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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,247 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,247
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 203 | 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 jizdepski:
Photo of jizdepski
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass. appearance is brown with a puffy, tan colored head. i noticed a fair amount of lacing. head thins out but a layer remains. not much carbonation noticeable to the eye. immediate aromas are of malts, with some earthy tones. smell is ok, not very powerful. taste is more complex than the nose. good hop balance up front with malts, giving way to a nutty, malty middle with a more sweet than bitter finish. nuttiness is the prevailing taste on this one. i did like that it has a good hop presence underneath, so it isn't overly sweet. i'm not super impressed but overall its not bad. mouthfeel is unfortunately on the thinner side of medium bodied with low carbonation. has a thin buttery feel to it that i did like, but it is also a bit watery for me. drinkability is good but i expected a little more body...overall fairly average for an english brown ale, but certainly drinkable.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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.

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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