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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,218 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 66
Gots: 181 | 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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Reviews by ghisty:
Photo of ghisty
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance:
pours dark. deep red, as promised on the bottle, very thin head, typical for the style, not over carbbed , well balanced , tight lacing. most if all of the head dissipates to the sides and makes lacing rings for each drink.

smell:
sweet, but not the sort of sweet from fruit, more like..a BBQ sauce, its not overly powerful in anyway for the nose, id imagine its smell will increase as it warms.

taste:
its smokey, but with a sweet grainey bit that comes in partway thru, slightly slick,
sharp, but not overly bitter, there are tastes of fruit in there , its a pretty complex range , the after taste lingers bitter for a second and then breathes out a bit sweet and nutty, its enjoyable.

mouthfeel:
like an ESB should be. not overly carbed. with some crispness and good texture,only reason i chose to score it a bit lower on mouth was its a bit slick. not a trait i prefer in a bitter, or any beer for that matter. but .. still good.

overall:
im going to wait a min and drink the remainder of this pint until i write the overall..
...*drinks pass*....

these style of beer often miss the mark, for me at least, overly flashy packaging,
claims of legendary styling. ..this stands aside from that generality..
its smokey, but fruity, and malty, yet has a bitterness that comes strong.
its complex. but drinkable, and not heavy, I don't know if it's something I could regularly drink.. but as an option for a beer to enjoy slowly, while relaxing, I could see it's appeal. If the sweet side of dark and bitter is your thing, give this a try.
It's a different offering..but I do enjoy it, and I will be buying again sometime.

ghisty, Mar 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of DiUr
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A full bodied ale that shows in ruby colour with a beige head that stays at half a finger. Smell of malts, chocolate, chestnut, apple pie and dark fruits, the aromas growing up as the beer warms. It has an interesting taste of malts, chocolate, cream and fruits that is well balanced by some kind of acidic character, maybe coming from the yeast or just from the malt itself. Quite earthy, with hints of toffee and orange also, and very subtle hops. Full bodied and very smooth in the mouth, with almost no carbonation and good drinkability.

Maybe not as rounded as the ESB from Fuller´s but still a great sweet ale to be tasted on a night like this, as the winter is actually coming.

DiUr, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good attention getter label,nice malty/chocalate beginning,with some fruit flavor in the end.Smell was a little musty on mind,but the appearance and taste was real nice.

oberon, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – A very flat head and brown, clear in the body.

Smell – Strong burnt toast aroma with a sweet, sugary molasses scent.

Taste – This one is very thin at the taste. There are some interesting flavors such as molasses and maple, cane sugar, and toasted malt, but they all come out halfway and ill advised. This has a very clumsy profile.

Mouthfeel – Flat and light-bodied.

Drinkability – I won’t buy this one again.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago. Pours an off-shade of brown with minimal head and lacing. Up front, the beer has a woody smell, full of roasted malts and caramel with some nutty undertones. It hits the tongue with a slight bitterness that grows and grows. The taste is somewhat standard, a bit boring, with the usual malty taste, a bit of caramel and yeast, with a super bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is welcomed at first, but by the end of the pint, it grows a bit tangy and tiresome. The body is medium thickness with a somewhat dry finish and a nice helping of carbonation.

Not bad, but not great either. The ESBs are an acquired taste, so if you plan on getting into the style, I would recommend starting elsewhere. Otherwise, it's still a decent brew to try if it's available.

tectactoe, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look ~ pours a deep coppery to ruby color. the head is decent: it comes up about two or three fingers, is cream colored, and falls at a usual pace with some decent lacing. clarity is very good with some nice visible carbonation.

Smell ~ overall, pretty good. it had a nice balance of hops and malts, though i'd characterize both as in the moderately-low range. the malt is pretty standard for the style (light, crystal, and some dark malt) and not too complex. hops are of the earthier english varieties (though i can't really identify it). some nice fruity esters round out the finish.

Taste ~ good, well-balanced, flavor. a little richer than what i got off the nose, although the character is more or less the same. the malt isn't too complex, but has a decent depth between primary malts (bread-like) and secondary malts (very light caramel, some chocolate/coffee). the malt is balanced nicely by a prominent earthy hops with a hip of floral in there. a bit of fruitiness on the finish.

Feel ~ medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. no alcohol warmth. nice mouth-coating feel.

I'm a big fan of this one. while it's not as complex and deep as Fuller's ESB, it achieves a great balance between hops and malt with some nice fruity esters in there that round out the flavor well. great sessionability.

I had this with some great english fare like yorkshire pudding, lancashire hotpot, and shepard's pie.

Rijtjeshuis, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a light caramel/ apple-juice colored brew which gives little in the way of head or smell. It tastes of light, but full flavored caramel malt with a unique robustness, there is a subtle apple fruitiness and spicy hops clench the finish. Very drinkable. There is definately something special about this beer, but most days I'd take a Sam Smith Nut Brown for about the same price per serving.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice pretty molasses brown with a brief
head and no real lacing going on .

S/T: Sweet and malty but otherwise unoriginal
and kind of bland as the style goes.

M: Thin and undercarbonated perhaps.

D: I think I'll have to pass when given other
craft opportunities but still head and
shoulders above any macro offerings that I
can think of.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tbryan5, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +6.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of PATECO
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wychwood brewery Hobgoblin Dark English Ale in 12 fl oz Brown glass bottle. Bought at Whole Foods Market in Coral Springs FL for $7.99 per six pack.

Cute Logo on the bottle got me to buy it. poured sort of heavy with small head of dense but coarse foam clear but dark brown in color, does not look natural. Sweet malty aroma with very little hops. Flavor starts sweet and goes nowhere, lots of malt, but does not evolve into anything else sort of bland. overall not a bad beer, better than many, but not a standout either. just ok to allright. Sort of what I would expect Anheiser Busch to make if they made a Dark English Ale. Not a star, but definitely quite drinkable

Don't think I would buy again,but will not have any problem finishing this six pack.

PATECO, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

FadetoBock, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 500ml brown bottle that cost $3.99. An OK, but not very great beer. It was a dark brown color with a small head. Aroma was all sweet malt. Fair taste, toffee with a little bit of hops. Mouthfeel was good, as was drinkability, but I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I enjoyed Fiddler's Elbow more.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

freshflesh, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +13%

SD-Alefan, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Lazaro, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.4%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,218 ratings.