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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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1,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 51
Gots: 87 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the official Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, caramel brown with an ample, manilla colored head. Small hints of red hue are revealed by the light. Healthy lacing is left behind by this brew. Quite nice to look at.

Smell: As I poured this beer, I was able to get a whiff of its aroma. A strong scent of malts and caramels, mixed with a slight floral flourish. There are also hints of toffee in the background, and the experience gives a warming feeling. This beer is very inviting.

Taste: The taste does not disappoint. Full bodied and hearty, the initial flavor is bitter, which gives way to a mild roasted character of caramel and malts. The finish is long, and a malty aftertaste lingers after my sip is done. The taste is not overly complex, and it is quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good density. This is accompanied by a large deal of carbonation, almost a little too much for my taste. However, it is a minor complaint. The feel lives up to the smell and look of the beer.

Drinkability: The flavor is pleasing, the nose wonderful, and the ABV is average. That makes for an easy to drink beer that I would reach for all night, if it wasn't for the high price this fetches.

A great brown ale, and I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:55:30 | More by Romulus141
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Hobgoblin in a can; comes a little smaller than the bottles, but the better flavour from the totally airtight seal of a can preventing any oxidization makes up for it I feel.

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.

A nice strong red ale, bittersweet and uncomplicated, and very sessionable despite the ABV being a percent or two above the point most people go for in a session beer. Very good colour and feel to the beer too; always keeps the head and throws an inviting glow around the room

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Appearance: a bit of "smoke" from the bottle cap opening. Pours an extremely dark brown with a reddish tint. Clear with very little sign of any effervescence. Thick, foamy, 1.5" tan head dissipates to 1/8" lasting cap. This is a really handsome beer, but not quite to style for an ESB. Maybe more of a brown ale?

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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