Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
11.2oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A - Pours a clear, deep ruby with about 2-fingers of creamy head. There is several minutes of retention before it regresses into a cap instead. The lacing isn't bad either, with strands of stray foam periodically spaced out.
S - Despite the reddish color, this smells much like a porter would, as I am getting a lot of dry, bittersweet cocoa and nuttiness. Some spicy, bitter hops as well, in the typical English style. A bit of grain and biscuit rounds out the finish.
T - Surprisingly, the taste brings more hops to the table, with a slight skunk mixed with mild citrus and spice. After the initial impression, though, the malts are the main focal point, with the chocolate and nuts being the most prominent. Somewhat bready, but this aspect is hidden beneath the other flavors.
M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with decent carbonation. A spicy, bitter finish lingers on the palate, and it finishes rather clean.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty easy to drink but there isn't really anything in here that will blow you away. I could see this pairing well with food, as the flavors would lend itself well to chicken or beef.
01-23-2012 04:19:51 | More by nhindian
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2.45/5 rDev -34.7%
Appearance A very flat head and brown, clear in the body.
Smell Strong burnt toast aroma with a sweet, sugary molasses scent.
Taste This one is very thin at the taste. There are some interesting flavors such as molasses and maple, cane sugar, and toasted malt, but they all come out halfway and ill advised. This has a very clumsy profile.
Mouthfeel Flat and light-bodied.
Drinkability I wont buy this one again.
10-05-2003 12:37:00 | More by RoyalT
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
On tap at Old Chicago. Pours an off-shade of brown with minimal head and lacing. Up front, the beer has a woody smell, full of roasted malts and caramel with some nutty undertones. It hits the tongue with a slight bitterness that grows and grows. The taste is somewhat standard, a bit boring, with the usual malty taste, a bit of caramel and yeast, with a super bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is welcomed at first, but by the end of the pint, it grows a bit tangy and tiresome. The body is medium thickness with a somewhat dry finish and a nice helping of carbonation.
Not bad, but not great either. The ESBs are an acquired taste, so if you plan on getting into the style, I would recommend starting elsewhere. Otherwise, it's still a decent brew to try if it's available.
10-14-2012 00:29:05 | More by tectactoe
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Look ~ pours a deep coppery to ruby color. the head is decent: it comes up about two or three fingers, is cream colored, and falls at a usual pace with some decent lacing. clarity is very good with some nice visible carbonation.
Smell ~ overall, pretty good. it had a nice balance of hops and malts, though i'd characterize both as in the moderately-low range. the malt is pretty standard for the style (light, crystal, and some dark malt) and not too complex. hops are of the earthier english varieties (though i can't really identify it). some nice fruity esters round out the finish.
Taste ~ good, well-balanced, flavor. a little richer than what i got off the nose, although the character is more or less the same. the malt isn't too complex, but has a decent depth between primary malts (bread-like) and secondary malts (very light caramel, some chocolate/coffee). the malt is balanced nicely by a prominent earthy hops with a hip of floral in there. a bit of fruitiness on the finish.
Feel ~ medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. no alcohol warmth. nice mouth-coating feel.
I'm a big fan of this one. while it's not as complex and deep as Fuller's ESB, it achieves a great balance between hops and malt with some nice fruity esters in there that round out the flavor well. great sessionability.
I had this with some great english fare like yorkshire pudding, lancashire hotpot, and shepard's pie.
03-08-2012 22:28:12 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
This is a light caramel/ apple-juice colored brew which gives little in the way of head or smell. It tastes of light, but full flavored caramel malt with a unique robustness, there is a subtle apple fruitiness and spicy hops clench the finish. Very drinkable. There is definately something special about this beer, but most days I'd take a Sam Smith Nut Brown for about the same price per serving.
03-21-2006 20:54:04 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
A: A nice pretty molasses brown with a brief
head and no real lacing going on .
S/T: Sweet and malty but otherwise unoriginal
and kind of bland as the style goes.
M: Thin and undercarbonated perhaps.
D: I think I'll have to pass when given other
craft opportunities but still head and
shoulders above any macro offerings that I
can think of.
06-13-2009 03:55:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.45/5 rDev -8%
Wychwood brewery Hobgoblin Dark English Ale in 12 fl oz Brown glass bottle. Bought at Whole Foods Market in Coral Springs FL for $7.99 per six pack.
Cute Logo on the bottle got me to buy it. poured sort of heavy with small head of dense but coarse foam clear but dark brown in color, does not look natural. Sweet malty aroma with very little hops. Flavor starts sweet and goes nowhere, lots of malt, but does not evolve into anything else sort of bland. overall not a bad beer, better than many, but not a standout either. just ok to allright. Sort of what I would expect Anheiser Busch to make if they made a Dark English Ale. Not a star, but definitely quite drinkable
Don't think I would buy again,but will not have any problem finishing this six pack.
12-17-2005 01:48:58 | More by PATECO
3.28/5 rDev -12.5%
This came in a 500ml brown bottle that cost $3.99. An OK, but not very great beer. It was a dark brown color with a small head. Aroma was all sweet malt. Fair taste, toffee with a little bit of hops. Mouthfeel was good, as was drinkability, but I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I enjoyed Fiddler's Elbow more.
06-21-2006 17:29:43 | More by lordofthewiens
2.85/5 rDev -24%
Bought from Chateau Louis in Edmonton in the 500ml glass bottle, served in a pint-glass.
Poured a smoky ruby-brown with a little head... smells fairly skunky, but faints of once it sits for a bit. Mouthfeel is nothing special, a tad watery with some dancing carbonation.
Taste is initally a little skunky, but this fades immediately, leading to a solid malt feel with a toasted finish and dates in between. Nothing that really spins my cap. Too expensive, there's way better local stuff for cheaper.
08-07-2005 05:40:24 | More by niangelo
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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