SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first time I ever drank a beer in a clear bottle, sunlight kills beer, when will the English ever learn? I thought it was going to taste like ass for some reason, maybe because I couldn’t stop looking at the pointy eared, big nosed hobgoblin staring at me every sip I took. That bloody battle axe is a sure sign that he just killed the entire Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!?! Yeaaaa… anyway I’m almost certain that devil worshipers make this brew I mean come on, Wychwood Brewery? Witch-wood? Made by Christians or sinners this is still a fine and enjoyable brew, good work.
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road. Guess it’s the clear bottle (although I’ve never had the same problem with Newcastle). Nasty flavors. Might be good on tap.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Many things but so unassertive…Butter, caramel, tropical fruit, green spices, wet earth…A vibrant country under dictatorship…
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 July 2002: Pasteurised bottle. Hobgoblin is becoming a popular classic. It might lack the full balance of flowery hops, but it makes up for it with a complex sweetness full of assorted nuts and fruit. Chrissie and I found peanuts, though hazelnuts might be more accurate; along with the chocolate we found a touch of coffee and some burnt marzipan. I felt the fruits were darker than grapes - more like raisins and sultanas. The treacle becomes more like brown sugar towards the end. A very nice beer. [3.0]
Aug 2004: Pasteurised Bottle. BBE Jun 05. Head to Head with Old Speckled Hen. The appearance is a pleasantly dark amber with a glowing ruby aspect. Even though I am fond of the Hen’s orange, I find the Goblin to be slightly more attractive. The initial aroma is, of course, simply co2, and a rusty metal - typical of non-live beer. When worked it does reveal a pleasant licorice accented caramel which is echoed in the flavour along with chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is soft, bland and lifeless (apart from the artificial carbonation) - again, typical of a non-live beer - but is not offensive. Finish is softly fruity with a trace of darkness.
Beers such as these do quite well in the bottle because hops are not a main feature. This is a style of beer I would once have termed an ’ale’ rather than a bitter because of the low hop bitterness. I have always been rather fond of these ’ales’. Solid, tasty, unpretentious and easily drinkable. On this Head to Head, I found myself preferring the Goblin over the Hen. [3.5]
June, 2008 Can This is a solid beer with a lot of attractive features. Fairly robust, with good malt character enhanced by the chocolate and crystal malts. There are the appropriate flavours of chocolate and wine and dark juicy fruit along with the rugged bitterness of the hops. Nothing fragrant here, but a good beefy English hop bitterness, well soaked into the huge, warm, but not aggressive malt. For a canned beer this really does well. It works. It’s good. It’s a modern classic fair enough. [3.6]
Nov 2010 Pasteurised bottle. Dark mahogany appearance. A robust, dark veined and bitter ale. Solid malt presence which does reveal the boiled sweets character of pasteurisation, but is nevertheless rich and deep with smooth toffee notes combined with touches of chocolate from the roasted malts. The hops are well integrated, with little in the way of aroma, but much rolling-boil bitter tang. A good British bottled ale. If this were bottle conditioned it would be a true classic. [3.7]
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, hint of caramel. Ruby red, creamy, toffee head. Roasted malt, liquorice, some bitterness. Medium fullness in the mouth, enjoyably sweet. Very good
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glorious deep ruby color. Good hoppy, malty aroma and taste. Bitter finish. A good example of its type. Well worth trying out.
pilsnerrogge (2397) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper coloured. Nutty flavuor with some hoppy bitterness. Quite o.k.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
These disturbing Wychwood beer labels are starting to get to me! This one depicts a goblin with Spock-like ears carrying a blood-soaked axe through a moonlit night. But the beer is a tamer affair. Though this pours dark as that moonlit night, the flavor is more schwarzbier-ish. A bitter presence exists and some odd malt flavor lingers. I would say go with the Fiddler’s Elbow if stuck with nothing else but Wychwood products, god forbid. Somewhat crisp. Avoid.
cathcacr (627) - Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, pleasing brew. Pours a pretty, partly cloudy dark-reddish-brown, but this one didn’t show any head for me except on initial pour. The taste is sweet, with noticeable touch of chocolate, particularly on the finish. A bit tangy. Had some mild hints of chocolate sweetness in the aroma as well. Goes down mild and somewhat watery. Not outstanding, but not disappointing either.