Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by thagr81us:
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a ruby red orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, spice, nutmeg, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, bread, earth, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Despite the fact that this is not a complex beer by any means, it makes up for this fact with a really good balance of flavors and aromas throughout. This made this brew quite approachable and rather enjoyable. I had this brew a long time ago before I even knew what BA was and absolutely loved it. Now that I have experienced so many new beers and my palate has completely changed, it is still solid, but just does not have the same magic that it had for me 5+ years ago. Definitely a good intro beer into craft beer for the truly curious or for the veteran alike. You can’t go wrong either way.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2013 21:37:16 | More by thagr81us
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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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