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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,992 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 53
Gots: 93 | FT: 1
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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Boilermaker88

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into the Hobgoblin glass that accompanied it as part of a gift set. Had a dark brown color and a short-lived frothy light beige head that left light lacing behind.
Smell: lots of fruits and toffee and milked coffee notes. Very sweet. Hops notes? Nope.
Taste: bready malts, fruity, with a lot of toffee, caramel, and to a lesser degree, coffee flavor all wrestling around vying for attention. Light coffee bitterness comes forward as Hobgoblin rolled to the back of the palate but the hops bill is clearly subservient to the malt platform.
Feel: medium-bodied and a trifle syrupy.
Overall, not too bad as the second half paired well with the strawberry/blueberry fruit torte I had for dessert. Leans a bit too far in the direction of seriously sweet but still a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 16:44:34 | More by Boilermaker88
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Hobgoblin has always been a favourite of mine. Was only the 3rd ale I ever tried in my life after a brief flirt with the commercial lagers and it's definitely the beer which steered me onto real ale and craft beer.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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