Goliath - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
Aroma immediately gives off caramel sweetness; some spicy, grape-like aromas also present; buttery undertones gradually come though. Pours a dense, lumpy, off-white head with moderate retention which reduces to a thin crown after about a minute or so; leaves some webby lacing; body is deep gold. Flavor includes a slightly buttery malt sweetness accompanied by a tinny hop bitterness; spicy, woody hops follow along with a light, apple-like fruitiness. Soft carbonation provides a fairly light body; texture is just a little bit dry and watery; finish leaves a chalky sensation.
Could be better, though I don't want to write this one off as all-around bad. It's smooth, thirst quenching, sessionable. At times the bitter quality tastes a little too much like rocks, but on the bright side there is a respectable malt presence accompanied by a light fruity quality in the taste to round things out.
08-28-2014 06:29:56 | More by fipoceilz7
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of head that retained quite well and left some lacing behind. The body is a malty orange colour that boasts very low carbonation.
Smell: Dry caramel malt takes a back seat to floral and herbal hops. Warming helped it out slightly, but not massively.
Taste: Not really sure what they were trying to do here, I mean it starts with some very tightly reigned in caramel malt that comes across as incredibly tame and then turns a peculiar dusting of light floral and herbal hops then produce a slight bitter kick. Nothing offensive, it's just...well a bit bland. I get it's an English Bitter and it's supposed to be light, but there's just too little there.
Mouthfeel: The transitioning is a little weird, and the low carbonation doesn't do it any favours but the very mild malt aftertaste somewhat mitigates these issues. However it's a little bit dry.
Drinkability: Well it's refreshing but that's probably because it's so tame. I mean it's easy to drink and settles down nicely, but honestly, it's a little boring.
Final Thoughts: I got this in a pack for Christmas from my brother, and sadly the best brew out of that pack was Wychwood's flagship beer Hobgoblin. This beer has put me in the position of not wanting to try any more Wychwood products, save for maybe King Goblin, since I would hope it would be similar to Hobgoblin. Apart from Hobgoblin and Fiddler's Elbow, I've been very disappointed with this brewery as of late. This stuff is average at best, and you will want to pass.
03-30-2014 17:10:28 | More by TheHammer
3/5 rDev -12%
Bottle: a typically cool embossed brown 500mL bottle, a fancy label as well and a cool name. Good package.
Appearance: pours out a dark amber colour with a one-fingered beige head with good retention. Minimal carbonation visible.
Aroma: not a bad aroma for a mid bitter - some grass hops and citrus hops and some earth qualities. Not mind-blowing, but decent.
Taste: some of the earth malts and an almost fug-like toffee to go with it. A bit awkward, and very dull.
Aftertaste: the flavours fade away pretty quickly, really just not much there.
Mouth feel: a moderate body with a lower carbonation, suits the style. Perhaps a touch more carbonation would bring some more flavours through.
Overall: a pretty boring English Bitter. There are some malts and a touch of hops, but there really isn't that much there. I wouldn't mind it as a sessional - I'd particularly like to try it on tap - however the price in Australia is (as usual) prohibitive.
01-13-2014 05:00:35 | More by SmashPants
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, some toffee, floral hops and citrus.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready malts, some sweet caramel/honey, floral hops, some grassy notes and faint citrus.
Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.
11-15-2013 23:27:40 | More by SebD
Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.