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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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very good

2,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 1,014
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 64
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

WestHam973, Today at 02:47 AM
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear mahogany with a modest, semi-durable head.

Aroma: raisins and toffee with biscuit and bread base.

Flavor: Light grassy and herbal hop presence but dominated by toffee, bready and dary fruit elements. Slightly sweet overall but decent bitter/sweet balance.

Feel: nice smooth mouth feel; adequate carbonation; body is a tad too light.

O: a fine ESB.

chinchill, Yesterday at 11:49 PM
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4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Deep reddish Amber with great two finger head of beige foam that has amazing retention lasting between 5-10 minutes after pouring. When it dies it is to generous cover and leaves some sticky clumping lace behind.

Smell – Very sweet and fruity. This one has a great toffee aroma with earthy bitter hops, sweet stewed apple, plum and prune. There is also a wonderful smokey phenolic whiff at the very back like fresh baked cookies in a wood fired oven

Taste – Wonderful sweet and roasted toffee flavour with a slight smokey biscuit edge. The same stewed fruit flavours that were present in the smell profile. Slightly spicy middle with a great hoppy bitter back.

Mouthfeel – Full and creamy with the low carbon body common to the style. There is mild alcoholic warmth that makes this a great Autumn beer and a final mouth-watering linger.

Overall – I cannot pretend this beer is anything other than outstanding. It has a brilliant flavour profile with excellent balance and it is a very fine example of the style. It is simply perfect for those long Autumn and winter nights with a roaring fire and plate of roasted pork ribs or a cheese platter!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours nice in the glass: frothy, medium brown, and lively. Nose is characterized by malty aromas that remind me of malt vinegar or fermented asian black vinegar. Smell is malty, with some toast and grain wafting around the suds. Taste is malty, but not sweat, smooth with a medium body but with a light mouthfeel. Flavors of grain, and fresh pumpernickel crust.

Mild, but balanced. Reserved, but refined. Almost a stoic sensibility, but with a dry wit and pleasing charm. Very British! Tasty brew.

I just tried this and it's fall, close to Halloween in New York state and it's perfect for this time of year. The color is evocative of the season, the flavors complement the weather, especially the cool nights, and it's just fun drinking a beer called Hob Goblin in October.

logicalparadox, Oct 18, 2014
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This is a very nice strong ale from England. Pleasant scent and sweet finish are the most impressive part to me.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.