HOBGOBLIN by Wychwood Brewery

Dark English Ale

Dark English Ale

Well looking at the Brew Cellar, I think I saw this one in there.  I need to get me one of those.  Well this dark ale has a nice roasted malt flavor with an almost fruity aroma dare I say.  Call me crazy but I tasted bananas and plums.  Go figure.  I peered into the dark red tinted glass as I sipped and must admit that there wasn’t a whole lot of complexity past the roasty flavor.  I think I struggled with the fruity aroma.  It did detect a smooth metallic banana flavor that must have been from the brewing process.  I’m going to look that one up to see if there has ever been a connoisseur of fine ales using banana as a descriptive.  Not that I would consider myself a connoisseur just yet.  More like a participant in the experience.  Carbonation was light and all in all a good pour.  I will be curious to hear the experts opinion as he starts to explore the cavernous cellar of his.  Until next time…


One Response to “HOBGOBLIN by Wychwood Brewery”

  1. Daddy-O Says:

    Drank this for the first time last night. I got to admit I’m a sucker for a beer with a cool name. I think that is why I bought it originally, I liked the name Hobgoblin.

    After I poured this beer it had a really beautiful dark red color. Not much in the way of aroma, mostly malty/bready. After reading the above post, i was really looking forward to experiencing this brew, bananna – had to taste for myself :-) . Unfortunately, I was not overly impressed by this beer, with a cool name you really need to impress with the product. The beer had sweet initial taste of toffee and banana bread and finished with a fairly bitter aftertaste. The neck of the bottle said a good balance of chocolate toffee malt flavor with mild bitterness. I couldn’t taste any chocolate notes and for the style of beer it was a bit more then mildly bitter.

    Tasting method: Mug poured from pint bottle
    Score: 8.3

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