Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 500ml bottle into the Hobgoblin glass that accompanied it as part of a gift set. Had a dark brown color and a short-lived frothy light beige head that left light lacing behind.
Smell: lots of fruits and toffee and milked coffee notes. Very sweet. Hops notes? Nope.
Taste: bready malts, fruity, with a lot of toffee, caramel, and to a lesser degree, coffee flavor all wrestling around vying for attention. Light coffee bitterness comes forward as Hobgoblin rolled to the back of the palate but the hops bill is clearly subservient to the malt platform.
Feel: medium-bodied and a trifle syrupy.
Overall, not too bad as the second half paired well with the strawberry/blueberry fruit torte I had for dessert. Leans a bit too far in the direction of seriously sweet but still a nice brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2008 16:44:34 | More by Boilermaker88
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2.63/5 rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
I tried out this beer several times and probaly it was never meant to work just for me. Its overall appearence was pretty attractive, it looked like any classic strong dark ale really should look like. If I recall it correctly, its smell combined slight notes of caramel and coffee together, which wasn't bad in itself as well. But what didn't strike me too well was the taste of this beverage. Unfortunately enough, every sensation supposed to derive from Hobgoblin became overshadowed by a strong bitterness which couldn't be associated with barley, malt or whatsoever. It truly had an awful alcohol-like bitterness about it and an even worse aftertaste, which almost ruined the whole picture of this ale for me. To be honest, I've had a hard time drinking it as well as finishing the bottle. The quality of this ale might have depended on storage conditions and the time it had to spend on the shelf. Still I'm afraid it couldn't have affected the taste badly.
I must confess I've also tried several other Wychwood varieties including Scarecrow (ex-Circlemaster), Fiddler's Elbow, Black Wych, and Wychcraft. Hobgoblin is by far the least interesting and captivating blend of them all. This, in fact, surprises me greatly (as the brewery itself considers it to be its flagship or core product).
I'm terribly sorry, as I know I'm treating this beer rather callously, but 2.63 is probably the only mark I can give to this ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 09:11:44 | More by stoutscout
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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