BertramDjukic (3) - - JAN 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sensational ale. In Ireland, our draught ale is generally Smithwick’s which is poor. A few craft ales indigenous to RoI emerging, but poor availability in pubs. Hobgoblin is rare, an off license of renown or supermarket stock it. Great taste, body, look. Compliments to the good citizens of the UK, consider this your greatest achievement....
rdb84 (539) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola pour. A: sweet malts, cola, caramel note, vanilla. T: very smooth, sweet malts, vanilla, cola. Bit watery. Medium bitter development, sweet bitter finish.
Yased (119) - MEXICO - JUL 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
De Wychwood Brewery(ENG) la muy popular “Hobgoblin” una Strong Bitter de 5.2% ABV, este es un tipo de cerveza tradicional de los pubs ingleses, el estilo es muy amplio y la variedad de colores es bastante amplia como tambien de sabores, a grandes rasgos es una Bitter o Best Bitter rustica, con mas alcohol y sabores fuertes.
La “Hobgoblin” presenta una corona de espuma delgada de poca retención, perlas que van muy unidas y compactas, ligeramente matizadas de color arena, encontramos que el liquido es de tono cobrizo muy intenso con destellos dorados y rubí, muestra un cuerpo pleno en las paredes del vaso.
En aroma es maltosa, lúpulo floral y resinoso, carácter terroso, corteza de pan, dulzor moderado por las mismas maltas, intensidad media, se puede percibir ligera acidez, notas nuez, muy aceptable el aroma.
Ya en sabor predomina sin duda el carácter maltoso, las notas iniciales son a corteza de pan, dulzor medio, algo de nuez, amargor ciertamente considerable del lúpulo y tambien de las mismas maltas, mucho sabor resinoso y herbal, terrosa, acaramelada, tambien hay nuez presente, carácter tostado moderado, final semi seco con retrogusto a grano con cierta duración, no me es de lo mas grata, pero es muy tomable, con 500 ml es una buena opción para ir conociendo este estilo que aunque no es tan conocido ni reproducido fuera del Reino Unido es muy rico y algo distinto a los estilos agresivos americanos.
AleRider78 (573) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a thick enough creamy off white head. Has a dark amber appearance. Lacing is pretty good. Aromas of light malts and hops, pretty well balanced between the two. Mild hint of caramel as well. Flavours of barley malts, light hops, caramel, hints of chocolate and some mild spices. Also notes of raisins and just a bit of toffee. Very good stuff! Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, a little bit watery.
tiposserios (5) - - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a disappointment for me ... a little bit of caramel flavor, nice color but boring in general
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of a boring English ale with nut aromas, okay head, watery graham cracker flavour with some caramel hints. A little higher abv than usual for these but otherwise nothing to recommend, discuss, nor remember.
Sissio (1207) - 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 (334) - 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 (3834) - 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 (8) - 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!