Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by Das_Reh:
2.58/5 rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5
I've been seeing this one the shelves for a while now, finally decided to give it a try.
Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Color is a deep mahogany, very little head and little lacing.
Smells of cherries, raisins, perhaps some brown sugar or molasses, somewhat boozy.
Taste is very sweet, cloyingly sweet in my opinion. Cherries, raisins and caramel, sugar and booze. This tastes like a much higher ABV beer than it is, reminds me somewhat of a Belgian dark ale but not in a good way. There is a sharp bitterness but no actual hop flavor, which is a shame because this beer needs it to help balance out the boozy sweetness.
This beer lacks carbonation, which it desperately needs. There is nothing to cut the sweetness and cut the body a bit. This isn't very palatable in my opinion, it's too sweet and difficult to drink. Not quite a drain-pour but not something I'll ever buy again.
I do not like sweet, high alc beers, with few exceptions. This beer, at only 5.5%, tastes like a beer that is 8% or higher, and does not sit well with me. I found the sweetness overwhelming and the alcohol character almost fusel, and there was virtually no hop character to cut the sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 10:25:13 | More by Das_Reh
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
A - Clear dark brown with red highlights. A short, tan/light brown head that leaves a continuous lace.
S - Lot's of roasty malt and neutral hops.
T - Taste follows the nose plus a bit of chocolate toward the back.
M - Thin and finishes a bit dry. Carbonation is just right for the style.
O - Very good. This is definitely a brown and certainly not an ESB of any sort, by the way. Not a Sam Smith Nut Brown or Fuller's 1845, but darned good. It really lacks the body that I expect from a well-made northern brown. And, as reviewed, it's a bit too dry- which may be due to the lack of body..
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 02:13:10 | More by TheVenerableMead
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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