Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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2,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 309 | 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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Ratings: 2,380 | Reviews: 1,061
Photo of 57md
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with reddish edges. The nose has a sour touch. The body is lighter than expected and the malt profile is a tad wanting.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice ESB and affordable in Mexico.

Photo of Mfenoll
1.71/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Não gostei do aroma nem de gosto. Lembra um pouco vinagre

Photo of Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: dark orange/amber ... brown ... it's a fantastic array of darker colors, crystal clear; head is smallish and dissipates quickly, tan colored, does keep a nice collar; no sticking and very little lacing

S: buttery sweet malt with a good English ale fruitiness (peach, apricot) ... fruit note is almost toasted, again the malt showing through; after tasting it, I can start picking up the earthy hops in the nose, but they're very subtle; sour grain underneath

T: classic sweet/bitter dance of the good English ale ... the brew has plenty of sweeter malt flavors including bread, nuts and butter with a hint of sugar, and the fruit note in the nose comes across like a toasted peach in the flavor; a generic bitterness balances it, "generic" as in there's little flavor to the bitterness, just something bitter ... typical earthy hop note

F: solid all around, great carbonation for a good crispness that works well to my American palate ... love it

O: for the longest time I figured this brew was just a bit -- a subpar beer with a fancy label and cool name to help market it to the masses. it's much more than that. compared to the general array of English imports in my area, Hobgoblin is as good as any ... a nice English pale ale fruitiness mixed with a subtle-but-detectable earthy hop bitterness make it a pleasant quaff. it's a good beer and one I'll revisit.

Photo of Spacebird11
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

great caramel color. good bitter ESB

Photo of Boardwalk
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer. Had a smooth toffee taste and pleasant aroma. The caramel color of the beer was beautiful and appetizing. Good tasting beer without an overly strong finish.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me some bitters and this is ESB English ale

Photo of Sharpee1937
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, slightly hoppy, great feel.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep copper color. Snow white head. 1 and a half finger height. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Toffee, raisin, orange. Buttered treacle biscuit; orange marmalade.

M: Med-light in character. Soft body, but firms up on the edges with quick, moderate carb bite.

T: Nice toffee and malt biscuit character. Treacle comes to mind. Not overly, aggressively sweet. Has an aged, port-like flavor of dried raisins, apple, pear. Spicy hop notes. Woody, cinnamon. Nuanced chocolate.

Photo of Chris_Burton
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hobgoblin is something of a go to beer for me, and I'd been meaning to review it for a while.

It's definitely on the darker of ESB, although not dark or rich enough to really qualify as a porter. The body is a translucent brown with shades of ruby when held to the light. A finger of head quickly disappears. It smells of forest berries and caramel. The taste is a strange combination: light hints of chocolate, a slightly bitter dryness and an aftertaste of cherries. A very balanced beer, being neither sweet and malty nor bitter and hoppy: as Goldilocks would put it, this one is juuust right! Mouthfeel is full enough to support the chocolate and dark fruit without being rich and heavy; this is a beer you can enjoy a few of in one sitting.

Hobgoblin isn't quite my favourite ESB, but it definitely stands out from the crowd. Probably the best beer Wychwood have to offer.

Photo of craigsp
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

meh,so,so, beer not bad,don't need to drink it again,unless you're visiting the shire with Gandalf the grey and Frodo Baggins!

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark copper color. Creamy light brown 1 finger head dead in around 3 minutes. Average legs and highly active.

Strong aromas and flavors of toffee, citrus and fruitiness with some herbal spices. Great combination of crisp sourness and thick sweetness taste with a earthy roasted nut feel.

Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Pleasant balanced finish ending with a sweet mouth coat and smoky bitter clove like aftertaste.

Overall : Tons of flavors and good freshness, well balanced excellent craft.

Photo of fourstringer
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle in to a Samuel Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date, but stamped 4CGM 20:24.

A: Classic amber body with good clarity. 1 finger of eggshell-colored head. Ok retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fruity malt with notes of grape, apple, raisin, prune and cherry. Faint toffee, dark bread, toasted nuts, chocolate.

T: English hops hit first, soon followed by relatively subdued, bready malts. The backbone fades to a decently dry finish. Nice, clean lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a medium to light body. Feels English.

O: I particularly like the finish on this one. Not quite as "dark" as expected. Fairly straight-forward. I'm good for a few of these.


Photo of CraigS119
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rich (but translucent) mahog, with some big-bubbled head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of buttered toffee, caramel malts, cherry, and winey notes are cut through by an umami soy-sauciness. Very clean front-end berry/cherry soda flavors are followed by some sour/bitter notes and then some really roasty, wood-fiery malt. Overall a pretty good beer, I could see someone comparing this to lighter version of Founder's Dirty Bastard actually. I'm not much of a fan of the style, but for like a dead-of-winter 1500s British pub beer selection, this would be up there.

*What she said (about the taste): "Nothing. Just... beer. It does have some hoppiness, but..."

3.79/5 _ her: 3.5/5

*I have a new segment where my fiance takes a sip of my beer and reviews. She's more of a cider/mead fan, but she tries.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-weak head, nice rich hue
-sweet wood
-smooth biscuit flavor, mellow bitterness aftertaste
-slightly dry but balanced

Photo of Bunman3
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has some really interesting flavors happening. It looks nice, smells of candy and has plenty of layers in the mouth. Burnt grains, toffee and a bit of chocolate combine nicely with some bitter hops to finish things off. It is clear that this recipe has stood the test of time!

Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown body allowing shadows through with a light tan creamy decent sized head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Rich caramel candy aroma with a bit of a wood scent.

Taste: Biscuit and toast flavors with a touch of roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mouthfeel. Nothing spectacular to point out, it just feels right for this beer giving it a medium presence on the palate with a touch of bite from the roasted grains.

Overall: It's a fairly average ESB. It's an import so I'm willing to try it again if I can get it fresh. It didn't have as much of a caramel overtone as many other ESB's that I've had, but it has a nice biscuit quality which is pleasant enough to make it an enjoyable drinking experience. It's in that middle ground of not recommending but not warning against drinking.

Photo of Yeppy
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice cool looking beer, lacks smell but taste amazing.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Classic dark English. A bit fruity. Barley winish.

Photo of Tarabey96AN1MAL
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer. Very enjoyable

Photo of ichakarov
4.98/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this ruby fantastic beer!Thank you!

Photo of tedvr
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/ amber with a thin, creamy head. Smells are faint, but has a malt backbone. There is a mild taste of raisins and sweet malt, kind of leaning towards a mild barleywine. There is a little syrup in the mouthfeel, with mild carbonation. Overall a beer that is a little complex, but very drinkable.

Photo of GerryPendry
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't usually get excited about a beer's aroma, but this one really stands out. It has as much complexity as a lot of "bigger" beers. Superior drinkabilty...I could drink this all day.

Photo of rrbleser
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 2/1/15 for first time in very long time. Consistency upheld

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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