Hobgoblin – Wychwood Brewery (England)

Hobgoblin – Wychwood Brewery, 5.2% ABV – 500ml, (Whitney, England)

On the back label:

“Full-bodied & well balanced with a chocolate toffee malt flavour, moderate bitterness & a distinctive fruity character & ruby red glow.”

  • Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy airness -> sarsaparilla/malts/chocolate -> sharp lingering bitterness.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Tasting notes: pours root beer brown with a hint of red, small creamy head, thin retention, tight clusters of CO2 streams. Hints of malts on the nose, but otherwise muted. Drinks with a crisp creaminess airyness up front, tastes of sarsaparilla, malts, mild chocolate, cutting quickly into a sharp lingering bitterness. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability.

Duchy Originals Old Ruby Ale 1905

Old Ruby Ale – Duchy Originals from Waitrose, 5% ABV – 500ml, (Oxfordshire, UK)

On the front label:

“A deliciously robust rich blend of hops and malt, including an English barley first used in 1905 called plumage archer.”

  • My Rating: D+
  • Why I don’t like it: one-note and boring
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: NO

Tasting notes: pours copper brown, minimal head, several active CO2 streams. Medium malts, transitions into a watery body, rough finish in mouth. Finishes medium bitter. Low complexity, low-medium depth, okay transitions, not so good carry, no good drinkability. I only taste malts, quite boring.

Re-tasted (12/2012): Rating: C- Notes: Pours almost clear copper brown, almost no head, not much activity. (honesty) a bit of fart on the nose. Drinks with med malts and hops up front, sourness, dryness, finishing sharp hoppy bitter. Low-med complexity, medium depth, okay carry, okay transitions, okay drinkability.