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