after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draft at the Dog and Pony. Pours a medium, fairly clear brown with a bit of bubbly off-white head. Neutral nose, and neutral palate. Light body, though not watery, and very little carb. Even speaking as as a parochial American with tastes that run to the thick and raw by the standards of the English palate, this is a very mild and undistinguished beer. Not in any hurry to sample this one again. bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2006
On tap at the Dog and Pony in Renton. Probably shouldn’t have tried this beer after an RIS and an IIPA. but it just tasted like nothing in particular, but with a dry finish. Probably need to re-rate some time soon. dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2006
Dark brown with no head. Mild hoppy scent, some chocolate, quite a bit of sugar. Smooth but obviously carbonated. Quite bitter. In the mouth, there is a hoppiness there but not much else. beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2006
Not bad. Poured a reddish brown. And had a malty taste with some dark chocolate/coffeeish tastes. A little bit too watery. theisti (4221) - Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Tap at Barley’s in OP, KS. Malt and bitter. Very much an English bitter. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was served a bit fresher. I got the sense this had been on tap for awhile.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Wychwood Hobgoblin terapenguin (11) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
500 ml bottle
Recent brewing, spellbound 11/06
Medium pour in a Hobgoblin gift set shaker glass!
Poured a clear ruddy brown with an off white frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of moderate nuts, veggies, light coffee and earthiness.
Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and bitter mild coffee and flowery, almost citrusy, hops followed by a rustic yeasty and burnt malt bitterness on a mostly light bitter wet earth long finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, and softly carbonated.
Overall, the flavors and aromas aren’t extremely bold or complex, but distinct and clean. Easy drinking and tasty.
I’ve had this in bottle and hand-pulled from the cask. Don’t bother with the bottled variety. During the year or so that I spent in England, I drank more of this than anything else. Dark in hue, very light head when pulled from a cask, it has a fine yeast aroma. ganache (6068) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Rating No. 777. Bottle. Malty and mildly bitter aroma, dark amber body with a clingy creamy beige head. Very avg and typical with respect to bitterness and mild ale fruitiness AND crispiness and mouthfeel and caramel base. A nice layer of dark earthiness, though. Medium body seems watery at times. Decent avg session brew. epop033 (2) - van buren, Arkansas, USA - OCT 31, 2006 does not count
This is a very smooth novice friendly ale. It goes down easy and definitely warms you up. At four plus dollars per bottle in Arkansas, it is worth trying. Especially for Halloween. Not as satisfying as Sam Smith Winter Welcome, but for a few more weeks it will do. Hangover (1145) - oxford, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Had this one for halloween... oooh scary bottle lol! Slightly dark yet opaque red pour with a moderately thick and lasting tan head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma with a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Hops slightly bittering leading to a malty middle. Finish is bitter but watered down. Not bad.