62 Blade Chainsaw
Wychwood Hobgoblin is a Dark English Ale created by the Wychwood brewery in the market town of Witney famous for its bread, blankets and beer. The Hobgoblin is brewed with Pale, Chocolate and Crystal Malts as well as Fuggles and Styrian Hops for an Alcohol Content of 5.2% ABV.
The Wychwood Brewery has a long history dating as far back as 1841 when it was the Clinch’s Brewery: a landmark that remained alive for over 120 years. The site was eventually purchased by Paddy Glenny in 1983 and called the new brewery The Eagle Brewery – it was later renamed the Wychwood Brewery in honor of Witney’s bordering Ancient medieval Wychwood Forest.
Hobgoblin Ale was created by Chris Moss as a special request by a local landlord incelebration of his daughter’s wedding in 1988.
The bottle displays an interesting looking hobgoblin holding an axe and seemingly full of murderous intent.
Onto The Method
6.0/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – As it implies, Hobgoblin pours a dark roasty color with ambitious carbonation rising to the top, creating an off white, bready head.
1.0 – Aroma – Subdued malt aromas with faint coffee and caramel character, towards the end of the first I smell a strong scent of booze; I like booze.
1.0 – Taste – Sweet caramel and coffee notes with a bready yeast formula and a hint of mild bitterness.
1.0 – Palate – A little bready but not as heavy as I usually dislike, therefore the weight and body are quite nice.
1.5 – Overall – It has a smooth body and flavorful mouthfeel; a pretty nice brew overall.
6.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – The hammer is a 5.2% abv that is a medium and well balanced tool harmonizing well with its equal body.
6.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The knife cuts right through the ingredients – being a little boozy while the body is about equally resistive.
9.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –The spiders rise fast and are evident even in the first beer. It’s a full headed rush that fills out beyond the size of the skull, making it a beet drowsy and uncomfortable at times.
5.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? –Eventually the weight takes over and the combination of the alcohol and heavyingredients puts you out after the conclusion of the fourth and halfway into the fifth bottle.
30.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Wychwood Hobgoblin is a nice rush that is warm and pleasing but also commands sleep and surrender. Not that drowsiness is a bad quality; sometimes you just need a good brew to knock you out after a long and stressful day. I’m usually into fully chainsawing the night, but surrendering into the warm safety of sleep is sometimes a good way to enjoy a beer buzz.