Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin

From the Brewery: DSC_0352 DSC_0353 DSC_0354

“Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate & Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings, & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavor, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character. Deliciously Dark. What’s the matter Lagerboys…Afraid you might taste something?” 5.2% ABV

The Pour: DSC_0355

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Hobgoblin in a dark, barely transparent brown color. The head is nearly white, slightly tan, moderately thin and creamy/bubbly. Good lacing is left on the glass.

The Nose: DSC_0356

Sweet caramel/toffee malts, following by a bit raisin/fruit like scents. There is a slight undertone of an astringent citrus aroma as well.

The Mouth: DSC_0357

Medium-thick bodied, and slightly harsh going down due to moderate carbonation and bitterness. The only flavor initially is a bit of maltiness on the way down. This leads to lingering flavors of bittersweet barley-style malts mixed with a hint of dark fruit hops on the palate.

Final Thoughts: DSC_0358

The Hobgoblin lives up to it’s description as a mischievous little beer. The flavor is mild at first, but lingers and transforms as it travels the palate. Nothing really pops out flavor-wise, but what is offered is done well. Surprisingly filling at just 5.2% abv, I think one pint at a time would suffice. This beer is likely more appreciated by some one with a bit of experience tasting beers/wine, as the transformation of flavor is an enjoyable experience. 7.5/10.

Wychwood Brewery – Witney, Oxforshire, England

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