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Beer #79 – March 23, 2010: Hobgoblin

March 29, 2010

Beer: Hobgoblin

Brewery: Wychwood Brewery, Witney, Oxon, England

Style: Brown Ale

Serving Type: 500 ml bottle

Price: $4.39 / 500 ml bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.2% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A very tasty, classic British, malty brew.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby-raspberry brown hue with a medium off-white foamy head

Aroma: Malty, woody

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin with a frothy carbonation that adds some body.

Taste: Initial mild toffee, caramel, nutty flavors with a slightly buttery note, then develops into an oaky, tangy, slightly green middle. A little chalky with a slightly drying, slightly puckering, pepper and orange rind finish.

This brew has a classic British mineral tinged and earthy hop flavor reminiscent of the first British ale I drank for years, Bass, but with a darker, maltier twist, and more pronounced flavor.

Pairing: Dark and hearty British pub fare: think bangers & mash or shepherd’s pie.

Trivia: From this definition on Wikipedia, a Hobgoblin sounds much like a “House Elf” of Harry Potter fame:

“Hobgoblins seem to be small, hairy little men who—like their close relative, Brownies —are often found within human dwellings, doing odd jobs around the house while the family is lost in sleep. Such chores are typically small deeds, like dusting and ironing. Oftentimes, the only compensation necessary in return for these was food. Attempts to give them clothing would often banish them forever, though whether they take offense to such gifts or are simply too proud to work in new clothes differs from teller to teller.”

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