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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,991 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,991
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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Das_Reh

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2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I've been seeing this one the shelves for a while now, finally decided to give it a try.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Color is a deep mahogany, very little head and little lacing.

Smells of cherries, raisins, perhaps some brown sugar or molasses, somewhat boozy.

Taste is very sweet, cloyingly sweet in my opinion. Cherries, raisins and caramel, sugar and booze. This tastes like a much higher ABV beer than it is, reminds me somewhat of a Belgian dark ale but not in a good way. There is a sharp bitterness but no actual hop flavor, which is a shame because this beer needs it to help balance out the boozy sweetness.

This beer lacks carbonation, which it desperately needs. There is nothing to cut the sweetness and cut the body a bit. This isn't very palatable in my opinion, it's too sweet and difficult to drink. Not quite a drain-pour but not something I'll ever buy again.

I do not like sweet, high alc beers, with few exceptions. This beer, at only 5.5%, tastes like a beer that is 8% or higher, and does not sit well with me. I found the sweetness overwhelming and the alcohol character almost fusel, and there was virtually no hop character to cut the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 10:25:13 | More by Das_Reh
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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.