Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Wychwood Hobgoblin

Wychwood Hobgoblin 
5.2% ABV
Wychwood Brewery, Witney, Oxfordshire, England
18.7 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 3/6/13 

This dark English ale, as indicated on the label, pours a dark amber color with a bubbly ivory-colored head that has decent retention.  Nice carbonation.  Decent lacing. 

Smell consists of malt, hops, caramel, hint of chocolate, sugar, hints of wood, some dark fruit. 

Taste consists of malt, dark fruit, caramel, hops, sugar, some spice, touch of citrus. 

Mouthfeel has a good mix of bitterness and dryness.  Earthy with a good balance of flavors. 

Overall, this is a good tasting English ale that's fairly lively with a nice profile of flavors.  Malty with nice undertones of dark fruit.  Has characteristics of a winter warmer type of ale, but it's deeper tasting and more substantial on the palate.  Nicely done.

My score: 90

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