Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

Origin: Wychwood Brewery (United Kingdom, England)

ABV: 5.2%

STYLE: Dark English Ale

I usually start off a review with some origin about the brewery, or how the particular beer came in to existence. This one is a little different. I happened to hear about this particular beer from a buddy of mine- Yesterday I was smoking stogies at our local cigar shop in Mt. Juliet,TN one day (shout out to Poppa P at Big Star Cigar!), when I was asked to make a beer run. My buddy Matt came with me and told me I should to try this Hobgoblin Dark English Ale). It was $5 for a little more than a pint (around 17 ounces), so it was a bit pricey for a low gravity beer… But, he has never steered me wrong, so I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did.

Appearance – Dark amber, or red in color. Light shone through, so it wasn’t too dark.There was a nice soft, fluffy head but it left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell – Hazelnut and hops are what I immediately smelled. A bit of dark chocolate was present as well.

Taste – I noticed chocolate and toffee flavor immediately, and some malti-ness was also evident. A bit of caramel flavoring became apparent about halfway through the sip. The hops then decided to make their presence known. Now I am definitely not a hoppy person, but they way they are incorporated in this brew, I really enjoyed it. The sip finishes with a slightly smokey taste (by the way, this pairs excellent with a cigar).

Drink-ability – A medium to full bodied beer that is very easy to drink, although the Hops at the end will keep you from downing this beer fast- however, this is a beer to savor and enjoy- after all, you did just spend $5 for a single bottle of beer, right?

Overall Score – 90%. I very thoroughly enjoyed this beer- this was a great surprise of a brew! I think I would classify it as a lighter take on Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. Same chocolate toffee chewiness but with more hop bite. I would definitely drink it again, but either on a special occasion or if I was looking for something extra special. You won’t find a beer like this in your local supermarket (at least not around my area), but your local beer store should have them readily available.

Shout outs: Fireman Matt, thanks for the recommendation here- excellent brew my friend!

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