simonblaine (571) - Alberta, - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/amber, decent head. Chocolatey, coffee, fruity, delicious. I could drink this stuff all night long.
Sissio (1169) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home
Clear brown, light brown head
Burned caraml, chocolate, light toffee, malts, woody
Light chocolate, light roasted, very drinkable
Beardbeerman (329) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2016 Gift bottle from Gabriel from his last trip to LCBO, thanks man! Pours a clear mahogany/cola,topped by a finger or so of creamy tanned head showing great retention and lacing properties. The nose is sweet, fruity, nutty and earthy. Banana, bubblegum, dattes, figs. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate paired with banana and dattes. Earthy hops stand out quite a bit all the way to the finish. Medium body, tingling carbonation. Smooth bitterness and light tartness. Good try. Cheers!
Ktwse (3753) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear mahogany with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, hazelnut, malt and citrus. Taste is sweet, caramel and butterscotch, with a mild bitter finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.
younghomer (7) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cucumber, caramelly-hoppy, candyfloss aroma. Appearance of a pint of coke with a slightly foamy head. Taste is uplifting - a satisfying woody, bourbon biscuit, fruitiness. Smooth to dry on the palate. I’ve been on a Wychwood brewery tour. Those guys are as passionate as they come. You can taste the effort put in to making this such a flavoursome beverage.
Drinking_77 (76) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2016
2.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Review: Bottle of Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer: ABV: 5.2%
There is no doubt that this beer stands out with its very amusing logo, inspired by the local myths and legends of the ancient Wychwood forest.
The appearance didn’t look good at all to be frank. It looked like coca cola, no head to speak of, very flat, dead and unappealing.
The colour was a deep ruby red, and on pour I got a big head, very frothy but dies, and no real lacing. Nice colour but the overall look was disappointing.
A lovely aroma, smelt like a nice stout to me! I got a smell of caramel, toffee and roasted malts, and a slight sour smell, but overall I liked the smell, pleasant.
Taste: Didn’t like this one bit, which was surprising to me as it is very much a hyped up beer. I really wanted it to be good, but alas……
Not much of a beer at all. Too strong for me, had a really strong bitter taste and could feel the alcohol. Very hoppy throughout, too hoppy for me.
Very sour creamy aftertaste,
Harsh flavours, chocolate, toffee and sweet malts, a lot of flavours in it alright, very robust and thick
I found it very hard to drink to be honest, one to sip, definitely not for a session, that’s for sure, for me anyway, lol.
It is a popular beer, but I do wonder if people are more swayed with the hype and the vibe than the actual taste.
Now I know they say that if you are a lager drinker beware, I would say that’s true. I think this is definitively an acquired taste, and perhaps with all the hype one for the nerds who like their war craft or whatever, or an English man and his real ales……….
This is reflected in their ad campaign where they challenge drinkers of pale lager to try a brew with more distinct flavours, “What’s the matter Lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?”. Could be true, lol!
Sebilinz (1650) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown body with light tan head. Aroma is slightly roasted caramel malts with dried fruits. Taste is caramel malts and some herbs. Aftertaste is nice balanced between malty sweetness and some bitterness. Nothing special but I liked it.
Cristobal37 (709) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown. Not getting anything from the aroma. Sweet at first then very dry and slightly bitter. Finish has more sweetness to it. Satisfying pub beer but not much else.
AaronTDubs (263) - - MAY 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby color. Fruity aroma of plums, caramel, and come cocoa. Slightly roasted flavor, weedy/grassy hops, some caramel. Medium sweet. Balanced finish. Long lasting bitterness. An ok bitter.
MetalMurphy (352) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ british store (budapest) dark ruby colour, medium body, low carbonated, malty, bit caramel taste
DraftDodger (935) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copenhagen 10/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Føtex. Little (hob-)goblin sporting an axe on the label. Pours clear reddish brown with off-white head. Settles as paper thin patches of foam. Very moderate lacing. Aroma of caramel and honey which have been kept in the jar for too long. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Taste is nicely balanced between caramel sweetness and distinct bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and finish is semidry. Fine little goblin.