Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
3.24/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Golden brown with a touch of red in the body. The quarter-inch foamy, white head dissipated quickly leaving an intricate lacing on the glass.
Subtle, yet complex nose. Sweet and fruity aroma with a floral touch over top of malty caramel.
Unexpected earthy taste that I'm guessing is a product of the hops. Caramel malts, toffee and roasted chestnuts underneath. Fruity esters, banana in the middle. A lot going on here, but understated.
Thicker body that could use more carbonation. BeerDocT said in his review that it could use another layer of conditioning and I think that's a great analysis.
Overall, a good beer that just misses being a great one. Would have it again in a second, but wouldn't seek out.
As a side note, let's not forget that this is the flagship beer of an older craft brewery, established in the mid-80's. As such, it was brewed for a much different market than the bottle-conditioned, hop-forward crowd of today. In that light, I'll call it an enduring classic.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2012 07:35:33 | More by NedShakeshaft
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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