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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,069 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,069
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 58
Gots: 124 | 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 littlebibs:
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

nice, creamy concoction from Wychwood Brewery, didn't care
for the skunked Scarecrow Ale but it was a nice bottle. This
dark brownish type ale has a nice smooth fruity edge to it that
I like, it warmed nice. Has a great head that lasts. If you're looking
for something different during these cooler October days this
is nice and smooth, malty and delicious. I also enjoyed another
English Ale (Pendels Witches Brew) Halloween themes going
on here, another treat, delicious and
different.

10-08-2004 22:35:12 | More by littlebibs
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-07-2002 08:48:01 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

10-05-2003 12:37:00 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-26-2013 01:25:06 | More by cam477
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

10-14-2012 00:29:05 | More by tectactoe
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

03-08-2012 22:28:12 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-03-2012 03:25:39 | More by Zakk
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

03-21-2006 20:54:04 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

06-13-2009 03:55:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-20-2013 23:32:41 | More by tbryan5
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-07-2014 14:21:43 | More by GameOfBeers
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Shakerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-08-2012 16:04:26 | More by Shakerman
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PATECO

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -8%

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.

12-17-2005 01:48:58 | More by PATECO
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-22-2013 19:25:14 | More by FadetoBock
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Satyr179

Sweden

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-09-2013 10:08:40 | More by Satyr179
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

06-21-2006 17:29:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-15-2014 19:05:55 | More by freshflesh
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-13-2014 01:00:48 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-07-2014 03:31:42 | More by DaftPatrick
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Lazaro

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-01-2014 02:25:47 | More by Lazaro
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-07-2012 20:13:28 | More by WuAnquo1
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-02-2012 13:24:12 | More by generallee
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-20-2013 02:45:13 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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niangelo

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -24%

Bought from Chateau Louis in Edmonton in the 500ml glass bottle, served in a pint-glass.

Poured a smoky ruby-brown with a little head... smells fairly skunky, but faints of once it sits for a bit. Mouthfeel is nothing special, a tad watery with some dancing carbonation.

Taste is initally a little skunky, but this fades immediately, leading to a solid malt feel with a toasted finish and dates in between. Nothing that really spins my cap. Too expensive, there's way better local stuff for cheaper.

08-07-2005 05:40:24 | More by niangelo
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-16-2014 16:49:42 | More by Doomcifer
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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,069 ratings.