The Twelve Beers of Christmas – Wychwood Hobgoblin

Ed and Catherine Byram came over for Christmas dinner (Turduken, mmmmm yummy). We arm wrestled the two of them into doing a taste-tasting for our series The Twelve Beers of Christmas. Ed chose Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery in the UK (I’ll bet it was the label that got him!). Just a note: Catherine does not drink beer, so it was brave of her to try a strong, rich ruby beer best served with meaty dishes. A good choice, Ed; the Turducken is triple meat so bring on the Hobgoblin!

Two even nicer Canadians

Two even nicer Canadians


Tasting Notes

Catherine: “I’m not much of a beer drinker but Hob Knobbing sounds fun.”

Ed (takes a sip and pauses for a moment): “Effervescent… slightly sweet with a mild fruity character.”

Catherine: “Wow, Ed, big words!”

Ed: “I like this beer. It’s a bit hoppy and it hangs on your tongue, but it’s surprisingly not bitter.”

Catherine: “It is bubbly, I’ll give it that, but I think I’ll be sticking to Root Beer!”

Ed: “If you’re not going to drink your sample Catherine, I’ll take it!”

Following which, copious amounts of stuffed turducken, potatoes and brussel sprouts were happily consumed by all.


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1 Comment

  1. Dee
    December 26, 2012

    Hmm, sounds like Ed came over a bit British there for a second. Good to see you hitting the real beer at last ;o)
    The 2 new ones I’ve tried and liked are Young’s ‘Double Chocolate Stout’ (yummy) and St.Austell’s ‘Admiral Ale’. The latter is an easy-drinker, leave the bottle on the side after you pour the first glass, it will have even more flavour when you come back for the rest.
    Jolly good chaps, carry on.


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