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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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very good

2,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 72
Gots: 264 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz poured into Weizen Glass

A- Clear dark orange with a two finger eggshell white/brown head.
S- Smells like New Castle brown, not too bold of a smell. A somewhat earthy smell.
T- Nutty taste with few hops and a caramel malt back bone, nothing sticks out too much because its all in good balance. Taste could be a bit more bold. Feels very slightly watered down.
M- A smooth easy drinker, good carbonation and you dont get any foam in your mouth. I could enjoy this beer under any circumstance.
O- This is a good beer that wont dissapoint, It reminds me of a slightly better and more expensive Newcastle brown. Worth trying and I may have again down the road.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500-ml bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - semi-cloudy dark copper body under two fingers of thick light-tan foam

S - notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose; maybe a touch of hops; caramel sweetness

T - malts up front, chocolate and coffee, caramel and nuts, just enough hop presence for a nice balance

M - full-bodied; medium carbonation; smooth and syrupy

O - Hobgoblin is a sweet malty ale with just enough hops to keep it interesting. Not bad at all.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown, massive head with large susdsy bubbles. Dies tho.

Restrained caramel, toffee on nose.

Taste is bitter roast caramel, toffee, almost too bitter for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel watery.

Better as it warms, flavours expand, and gets sweeter. Despite Styrian Goldings in the mix, a bit one-dimensional.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle straight from the UK, poured in a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with two fingers of off-white head.

S: That familiar burst of earthy English hops rise first. Toffee and buttered, over-toasted bread.

T: Sweet caramel and creme, with a nice balance of dark fruits and raisons. Hops are restrained and pleasant.

D: Smooth, tasty stuff that is refreshing, but still rather filling. Mouthfeel isn't terrible but I can only imagine what it would be like on cask.

Overall: It is a delicious and simple English ale. Not sure why its labeled as a brown ale as it shares few similarities with other English browns (Northern or Southern) that I've had. I wouldn't mind having this at my local watering hole at any given time.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into shaker pint.

A: Mahogany with a big, sticky, off-white head.

S: Malt. Fruit. Caramel. Brown bread. Sweet breakfast pastries.

T/M: Malty and sweet up front, with a slight fruitiness. Caramel and brown bread notes come through in fairly equal proportions. Feel is substantial, but not ridiculous for beer of this color and strength. Finish is toasty and nutty with minimal bitterness.

Overall: Nice brown ale. Good execution of the style.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned Imperial pint from the BRIDGE Bar and Eating House in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London.

Deep amber, mahogany color with very little head. Just a small off white ring around the top.

Smells of rich maltiness, brown bread, and a faint aroma of some hops.

Bitter, rich with caramel, some roasted, and grainy malts. Subtle bread or toast flavor as well.

Medium bodied with decent mouth coating. A bit flat, even for being casked.

A great example of an English cask ale. Not familiar in many of the beers I drink at home so it was a nice experience to try this.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip glass. Artwork and bottle design is really cool.

Appearance- The head builds slowly and ends with an even finger that is tan in color. It's really bubbly and full of air pockets. There is no lace. The body is a deep coffee brown with amber highlights.

Smell- There is certainly bread malt and some sugary dark fruit in the nose. I notice brown sugar buried, only the slightest hint of citrus hops.

Taste- There are tons of malt in the drink, but they aren't as sweet as the nose made them out to be, more bread and maybe caramel.

It isn't until the finish that a little bit of earthy and slightly tangy hop comes through. The grains were toasted due to the slight roast noticeable.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied bordering on light. The finish is a little astringent due to the watery nature of the beer and the hoppy, roasted finish. It needs more carbonation to smooth it out and make it creamier.

Overall- It isn't quite as good as I remember, but I do have some more experience in the brown ale department as well. The nose is pretty good, but the flavors are a little bland. A creamier mouth feel will undoubtedly help this beer.

Photo of Doshkin
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - rich brown with a good amount of haze. half inch of head but a layer of tiny bubbles remains for the whole glass. those little guys leave a nice smooth lacing.

s - smells amazing. sweet, almost caramel, malts with the slightest touch of something roasted. extremely inviting brown aroma.

t - where did those hops come from? the sweet malts masked the smell of the piney hops that explode in the flavor of this beer. the aroma-dominant malts try to play tug-of-war with the piney hop taste by coming through in the swallow, but the hops win out by prevailing in the aftertaste. the flavors give this beer an interestingly moderate level of complexity.

m - medium, smooth/frothy carbonation, and a touch of dry bitterness.

o - wonderful representation of a good brown. highly recommend this brew. the smell is incredible and the taste sort of blindsides you with some hidden hops. i can see why my good friend picks this up any time he sees it.

Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap to finish out my lunch at First Street Draught House. Came out in a bulbed pint glass. A dark mahogany color with a finger-width off-white head on top. Sweet nose of caramel, syrup, light floral hops. The mouth is a little more bubbly than I'd like. I thought this would be a bit more smooth and mellow. Sweet toffee notes with some light caramel and a smidge of alcohol on the finish. Not a bad beer by any means. I'd have this again. It was refreshing and a great way to close out my lunch.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy amber, two fingers of off white head with gobs of sticky lacing all around
S - sweet toffee, nutty, raisins, and sour fruit
T - toffee and roasted nutt malt flavours, brown sugar, light leafy hops with a mild fruity finish
M - medium to heavy body with a sticky sweet mouth coating feel with a light dryness
O - top to bottom a solid brown ale, easy to drink and works well with a hearty meal

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a British Pint glass. Served at 62f.

Rich chesnut brown that is still as a cup of tea with a meringue like frothy latte colored head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma of rich toasted caramel, a noble type hoppiness and a barely discernible alcohol ester.

Mouthfeel: light.

Taste: Toasted caramel, pruny sweetness, burnt toast.

Notes: oh yeah, this has got it going on and then some. British Browns are becoming a favorite style. Bring more Hobgoblin, please.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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