Truly full of character, Hobgoblin from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England is a deep, ruby-coloured brew that creates a frothy beige head when poured. It produces a warm, hoppy and fruity aroma with spicy tones and a hint of toffee.
Hobgoblin has a very rich, thick and malty taste, though it still retains a rather light mouthfeel. Chocolate and toffee flavours give way to a nicely bitter finish, with a bright tang in the middle. Despite its complexity, I found Hobgoblin is easy to drink, even the first time I tried it.
This truly unique craft-brewed beer from Toronto, Ontario pours a lovely golden colour with amber tones. Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale gets a sweet and spicy aroma from having nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice and real pumpkin added during the brewing process.
The natural sweetness of the pumpkin balances the blend of spices. Underneath the overt flavours are a rich maltyness and finely-balanced bitter hoppy finish. Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale is an excellent example of a seasonal beer that captures the spirit of a beautiful Fall afternoon.
Dubbed the “Champion Beer of Scotland” and brewed in the historic city of Edinburgh at the Caledonian Brewery, Caledonian 80/- (slash dash) gets its odd-looking name from an alcohol taxation system used in Scotland at the time the beer was introduced.
Caledonian 80/- is a deep, rusty brown-coloured ale with a very appetizing and rich malty aroma. Fruit and hints of chocolate accent the aroma when the beer is poured and it produces a generous, but fleeting creamy beige head.