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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,893 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1893
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%


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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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 22:35:12 | More by littlebibs
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I tried out this beer several times and probaly it was never meant to work just for me. Its overall appearence was pretty attractive, it looked like any classic strong dark ale really should look like. If I recall it correctly, its smell combined slight notes of caramel and coffee together, which wasn't bad in itself as well. But what didn't strike me too well was the taste of this beverage. Unfortunately enough, every sensation supposed to derive from Hobgoblin became overshadowed by a strong bitterness which couldn't be associated with barley, malt or whatsoever. It truly had an awful alcohol-like bitterness about it and an even worse aftertaste, which almost ruined the whole picture of this ale for me. To be honest, I've had a hard time drinking it as well as finishing the bottle. The quality of this ale might have depended on storage conditions and the time it had to spend on the shelf. Still I'm afraid it couldn't have affected the taste badly.
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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.