Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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2,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 310 | 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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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer that's reminiscent of a kolsch or even a Heineken. Decent & interesting but just so so.

Photo of thecoonfire
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit malty and sudsy.

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

Great beer of a dark red/amber color with an ok foam of cream color that.
Aroma is full of red fruits, specially cherry, it's also very yeasty and a bit hoppy.
Taste is somewhat complex, different tones arrives one after the other. It's possible to feel the malts and the yeast, and then the cherry, and then some raspeberrys. Great!
Bitterness comes really late in this beer.
Body is a bit light, carbonation is at good level.

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

It's just a three... not all that.

Photo of ChaimS
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rosted flavor, deep brown color, light lacing, half finger head

Photo of tekstr1der
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep redish-brown pour with clingy white head. Nose is all malt and slight caramel. Bright semi-sweet body with lingering malty finish. Very smooth and way too drinkable.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic English bitter which comes across with big toffee and nutty notes. Light and thin in mouthfeel, goes down very easily, with enough a faint hop presence to keep things ticking along.

Photo of gumbee86
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice flavour. After taste to sharp

Photo of Yelobirdy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty taste; interesting undertones. Not too bitter despite name

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

(Please ignore this not review.)

Photo of KonigObHops
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice dark brown with a finger-width head that is cream colored.

It has a nice fruity taste with a hint of hops.

The initial taste is a bit raisiny followed immediately by chocolate.In the middle some of the fruity notes break through The hops begin to come out at this point. The beer finishes with toasted malt which lingers on the tongue.

The mouth-feel is surprisingly crisp with more carbonation than I expected.

Overall, this is an interesting dark ale. There are a lot of subtle flavors in this beer and it doesn't have the bite at the end that many dark ales tend to have.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a slight malt smell, a little sweet with maybe nut, not a strong smell. Taste was bland, would have preferred a lot more malt. A little toasted bread with a bitter, dry finish. Overall I would say only okay with not a lot to offer. I will not be having this one again unless there were severely limited choices.

Photo of mick_cooper
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A bit drab and tasteless. Used to like it. Doesnt taste as good as it used to!

Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500cl bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice caramel and malt aroma.
Appearance- A rich dark brown color with a tan colored head.
Taste-A toasted malt and yeast flavor with a caramel aftertaste.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with light carbonation and a slightly oily feel.
Overall- A really enjoyable ESB for me, I will definitely drink this again.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nice beer with a bitterness I wasn't expecting.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Dark, reddish brown with fair amount of fine off white foam and lacing.

Smell: a bit horsey, barnyard and yeast, hint of malt and a mild metallic twang.

Taste: hint of barnyard musty, Malt and nonspecific nut/chocolate, finished is fairly well hopped with a fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation, rather smooth without being syrupy.

Overall not a bad brown ale, an odd flavor profile (perhaps I got a bad bottle?), I prefer a maltier, nuttier brown ale, but I wouldn't turn this down, but wouldn't be compelled to stock up on this one.

Photo of DiUr
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A full bodied ale which shows in ruby colour with a beige head that stays at half a finger. Smell of malts, chocolate, chestnut, apple pie and dark fruits, the aromas growing up as the beer warms. Taste of malts, earthy chocolate, cream and fruits is balanced by some kind of acidic character. Hints of toffee and orange too, and very subtle hops. Full bodied and smooth in the mouth, with almost no carbonation and good drinkability.

Photo of kenworhz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

great love it

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%

One of the first I tried, I drink this beer a bit rose tinted but overall I still think it's a very solid beer. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. The smell is full of sweet flavors with some floral notes from the hops. The taste has dark chocolate and vanilla notes well balanced by the floral hops making for a tasty and refreshing brew.

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear brown. Creamy Lacey head. Malty coffee aroma. Deep dark bitter chocolate flavour slight coffee and just a hint of vanilla. Overall, enjoyable beer. Not an everyday drinker for me but highly recommended!

Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Toasted, lightly fruity aroma. Vegetal flavor, with a tangy character that's offputting. Finish is bitter and dry.

Photo of Spify
4/5  rDev +6.4%

I really enjoyed this one. A tiny amount of sweetness at the end.

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

330ml bottle served in a snifter (original) and 500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp nearly 1 year from review date, purchased and served in Scotland (some minor revision).

Pours clear mahogany with a modest, semi-durable head.

Aroma: raisins and toffee with biscuit and bread base.

Flavor: Light grassy and herbal hop presence but dominated by toffee, bready and dark fruit elements. Slightly sweet overall but decent bitter/sweet balance. Approaches 4.

Feel: nice smooth mouth feel; good carbonation.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Deep reddish Amber with great two finger head of beige foam that has amazing retention lasting between 5-10 minutes after pouring. When it dies it is to generous cover and leaves some sticky clumping lace behind.

Smell – Very sweet and fruity. This one has a great toffee aroma with earthy bitter hops, sweet stewed apple, plum and prune. There is also a wonderful smokey phenolic whiff at the very back like fresh baked cookies in a wood fired oven

Taste – Wonderful sweet and roasted toffee flavour with a slight smokey biscuit edge. The same stewed fruit flavours that were present in the smell profile. Slightly spicy middle with a great hoppy bitter back.

Mouthfeel – Full and creamy with the low carbon body common to the style. There is mild alcoholic warmth that makes this a great Autumn beer and a final mouth-watering linger.

Overall – I cannot pretend this beer is anything other than outstanding. It has a brilliant flavour profile with excellent balance and it is a very fine example of the style. It is simply perfect for those long Autumn and winter nights with a roaring fire and plate of roasted pork ribs or a cheese platter!

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours nice in the glass: frothy, medium brown, and lively. Nose is characterized by malty aromas that remind me of malt vinegar or fermented asian black vinegar. Smell is malty, with some toast and grain wafting around the suds. Taste is malty, but not sweat, smooth with a medium body but with a light mouthfeel. Flavors of grain, and fresh pumpernickel crust.

Mild, but balanced. Reserved, but refined. Almost a stoic sensibility, but with a dry wit and pleasing charm. Very British! Tasty brew.

I just tried this and it's fall, close to Halloween in New York state and it's perfect for this time of year. The color is evocative of the season, the flavors complement the weather, especially the cool nights, and it's just fun drinking a beer called Hob Goblin in October.

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,381 ratings.