Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by bmills1608:
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
I had high hopes for this beer. Cool label of a Hobgoblin taking a night stroll with a bloody ax resting on his shoulder. Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle, really deep copper brown color, clear as a bell. Really handsome looking ale. Hobgoblin's head was small and faded early leaving behind a ring of film around the outer edges.
On the nose were doughy malts, toffee and tons of a fruity aroma that immediately reminded me of red licorice. Lots of this licorice in the aroma. First sip brought with it a light overall impression and mouthfeel, again this read licorice, very smooth and easy malt, lots of fruit esters and fresh bread. For a "darker" beer, surprisingly little in the way of typical "dark" beer flavors (coffee, chocolate, molasses etc). Overall flavor was actually a bit light to me. In the middle pallette was a little sour astringency. Finishing things off was more English dough, brewed tea, herbs, toffee (diacetyl) and a medicinal characteristic.
Overall impression - I must admit being a little let down by Hobgoblin. A nice beer, very drinkable, moderately complex, but ultimately a little too light. I feel it could have definitely used some more punch and mouthfeel. My thinking is this - If this was a local brew that was in line, price wise, I would for sure seek this out from time to time and have no regrets. But for the price, it did not give me my bang for buck, so chances are I will not seek the Goblin again. (The score I give does not reflect price considerations - its not the beers fault I live in the USA).
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2003 19:43:25 | More by bmills1608
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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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