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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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very good

2,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 58
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of rustymoore


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours flat with very little head...is amber, milk chocolate in color...smells of carmel, coffee, and chocolate are apparent...tastes somewhat watery but you can pick out the nutty flavors with chocolate and malts...I like this brown ale about most that I have had.

01-16-2006 01:44:06 | More by rustymoore
Photo of eballard


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

This beer pours a clear brownish red. With a nice thick head that settles into a heavy lace. It has a strong malt smell with a sweet caramel. The taste is much like the smell it’s very sweet and malt. It has a smooth feel but it’s a little heavy and sits in the mouth. In all it’s a good beer and has a good taste but lacks any thing that sticks out all that surprising.

04-26-2007 02:26:51 | More by eballard
Photo of KohlbeckM


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-14-2013 01:31:27 | More by KohlbeckM
Photo of TownDunkel


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

English Dark Ales, what can you say but yum. I never tried hobgoblin so this is a first taste

Appearance - A gorgeous molasses brown that sucks in light and generously lets it out, only because it wants too

Taste - Now I dig the flavors mix in here, cocoa with coffee with tree bark makes it. If your a fan of dark ales, this is the flavor you will want

Mouthfeel - The only point where the beer makes me not happy, the flavor doesnt stick around long enough and what does taste like old bottom of the bottle

Overall - This is a nice beer, just needs some work on the mouthfeel and it would be a keeper / daily drinker

07-13-2012 03:01:19 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of mikeborglum


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

caramel and choclate aroma, dark brown, minimal head off white color that holds on, clear, medium sweetness, malty, medium body, average carbonation, bitter.

It's a good beer that came highly recommended from my local beer store and I will definetly drink again.

11-29-2009 16:07:20 | More by mikeborglum
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

This is my kind of English Brown. Full bodied, malty, the right amount of sweetness, with a little nut and chocolate, maybe even a slight coffee taste. Very nice finish. If I could only give points for the artwork! It's a great looking bottle. Luckily, the brew is just as fun as the label. Recommended.

12-10-2010 07:06:59 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of airforbes1

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Being a MST3K fan, I just had to buy this beer because it reminds me of that awful film Hobgoblins. I hope the beer will be much better than the movie!

Pours a dark red-orange (nearly brown) with a billowy head that sticks around. The aroma is sweeter than I expected; I smell some sweet malt and something like cherries.

I have to say I've never had a brown ale like this. I taste vanilla and cherries, with a teeny, tiny amount of diacetyl on the finish. As the beer warms, I also get a smidgen of alcohol. Definitely not a bitter beer.

A solid offering, one that to my Yankee taste buds tastes like a cross between a brown ale and a bitter.

09-15-2011 03:49:05 | More by airforbes1
Photo of Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4%

A: Deep mahogany with a dense tan head that leaves spotty lacing as it shrinks to a bubbly cap.

S: Toffee, sweet malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of fruity hops.

T: Sweet malts and toffee. The hops taste more floral than fruity, and roasted, nutty bitterness comes through gradually.

M: Carbonation comes on unexpectedly crisp, but it drinks smoothly. The bitter finish is long-lasting, but a bit too astringent - strongly reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate, but I was hoping for more hops presence.

D: Though simple, fairly well-balanced and definitely sessionable. A solid, particularly bitter English brown ale.

03-20-2011 23:53:45 | More by Kartoffeln
Photo of ByMySword

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: This beer looked great. It featured a dark reddish brown color that permeated the entire glass. It poured well with a distinctive head that preserved every nuance of the bear. No carbonation was really seen as it sat in the glass. The beer was extremely cloudy.

Smell: The smell was unique but very faint, possibly due to a prominent head.

Taste: The taste of this beer was phenomenal. The spices used are a mystery to me, but whatever they were using, they need to keep it up. It was a thoroughly enjoyable kick to my tastebuds which evoked memories of the fall season. Its no wonder the brewing company takes inspiration from goblins and witches.

Mouthfeel: Despite the appearance of the beers thickness, it was surprisingly thirst quenching, but not at all watery. The carbonation was set at a perfect level which complimented the texture of the brew very well.

Overall: This beer was a welcome addition to my drink list. A little more evidence of hops would have been nice, but for what it was, I was happy. Despite its lower alcohol content, this beer definitely does not sacrifice any quality in taste. I will definitely drink this brew again.

05-19-2012 01:56:01 | More by ByMySword
Photo of BeerMeColorado


3/5  rDev -20%

11-16-2013 22:39:19 | More by BeerMeColorado
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

This beer is very delicious, It pours a dark brown color with a cream colored head. I couldn't really pin point an exact smell to this beer, but the tast was a little malty with a nice after taste. I will be drinking this beer agian and will be enjoying it for years to come. I would recomend this beer to anyone who wants to try this delicious lager.

08-28-2007 19:34:07 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of MEsoJD


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Ruby red amber. Head dissipates fast yet retains nice lacing.

S: Smells of malt, toffee notes, and dark fruits.

T: Taste of sweet malt with dark fruits, chocolate, tart, and slight bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium body, and light carbonation.

O: Very tasty beer, especially for the price. Would defiantly recommend and buy.

08-22-2011 07:15:51 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of Eramen


4/5  rDev +6.7%

A - A deep ruby red and light brown in appearance. Starts with a two centimeter head that shrinks to foam around the edges of the glass.

S - Smells of malts, apple, spiciness, earthy hops, there is also a very noticeable solvent type aroma as well.

T - Predominantly the malts, spice, a rich earthiness, chocolate, and some zesty notes as well. A nice bite from the hops pulls through, though it not overdone in the least.

MF - Mild carbonation that doesn't take away from the flavours, luscious and rich body overall.

O - A very decent brew, taste and mf combine for a solid drinkability.

08-10-2011 22:31:49 | More by Eramen
Photo of 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

10-08-2004 22:35:12 | More by littlebibs
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a nice deep brown color and has a tight white head. It smells of roasted caramel.
The carbonation is medium.
The flavor of this beer is quite exceptional for a bottled English beer. My bottle was brown unlike the clear one in the pic, which probably preserves it better. I'm not a big fan of English style ales, but this one is quite exceptional. It has a nice bready malt flavor.

I would seek this out if you want a good English style ale.

05-28-2008 18:35:41 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of obrendano


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

as a metalhead/fantasy lover I think this is easily one of my favorite presentations for a beer. great to listen to some Iced Earth for atmosphere while drinking this one

A - great fantasy bottle design. beer is a standard ale brown, the head is dense and khaki colored

S - caramel malt, wheat bread fresh out of the bag, banana-like esthers....nice

T - very prominent caramel malt, ripe fruit notes, even takes on a milk chocolatey taste towards the end. finishes bold with dark malt and just enough fruity hop bitterness to balance everything out.

M - super smooth and medium bodied

O - I really like this one, and it's almost always a steal price-wise. nice to see a beer that holds up even under heavy image and marketing

06-04-2011 14:20:52 | More by obrendano
Photo of beerborn


3/5  rDev -20%

02-04-2012 22:13:36 | More by beerborn
Photo of Viceroy

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-03-2012 17:46:49 | More by Viceroy
Photo of AR_Rios


4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-17-2013 00:35:58 | More by AR_Rios
Photo of TwiggyCZ

Czech Republic

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-13-2014 13:18:42 | More by TwiggyCZ
Photo of revdrjbob


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

An interesting English ale. The label says "Exrta Strong Ale", but at 5.5% abv, I beg to differ. Not sure on it's shelf life considering the clear bottle. Poured well, a nice thick creamy head that dissapated quickly, to exhibit the usual thin English example. Aromas of chocolate, dark sugars and a slight hoppiness. Tasted good, reflecting the aromas, and additions of malt and hop in the finish. A fine English brown ale, easy drinking, a perfect example.

06-14-2004 01:41:47 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of Dsimenson


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. It produces no head, but sim mild lacing that does not cling to the glass as you drink it. It has little aroma--mild malt. Flavor is mild, malt, mild hops, a bit of a chemical aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very bubbly but thin. Overall this is a good ale, not as dark or interesting as my favorite porters, similar in color but not as exciting as a very good red ale.

01-27-2014 03:33:56 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of ChrisCBeets


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-09-2013 04:45:59 | More by ChrisCBeets
Photo of BanrionMAB

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-07-2012 01:14:32 | More by BanrionMAB
Photo of Kevin_Chapman

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-12-2013 04:04:54 | More by Kevin_Chapman
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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