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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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1,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear dark ruby amber, with a decent finger width head, giving way to a decent, somewhat sticky lacing.

Smell - A fair amount of clean, sweet malty aroma. Toffee and caramel. A bit of hop as well. Decent, but not a strong impression on the nose.

Taste - A particularly sweet caramel and toffee feel to start, quickly offset by an earthy, anise-like bitter hop to finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light body, carbonation is about right.

Overall - Classically English, this one, for me, is a treat every other year or so. The mouthfeel isn't all that great, but there's just enough to keep me coming back every now and again. And a name like Hobgoblin with the bottle presentation? Pure awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:23:57 | More by TheSixthRing
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

03-21-2012 01:20:51 | More by s4s
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-20-2012 04:17:45 | More by allisino
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-20-2012 00:20:15 | More by AWS2111
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-18-2012 01:21:33 | More by juliusseizure
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-17-2012 18:45:19 | More by slowandlazy
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-15-2012 16:19:26 | More by jordanmckell
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-14-2012 01:48:44 | More by leokbelo
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-13-2012 13:55:01 | More by Leschber
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-13-2012 03:18:11 | More by conradh
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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +33.7%

03-12-2012 18:59:44 | More by Phil_Cousins
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-11-2012 23:05:17 | More by OldTime
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3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a caramel copper with so much sediment it almost settles into a solid. Creme colored foam settles on top with medium sized bubbles.

S: Aroma is intensely sweet with honey and malty syrup, hints of toffee and chewy caramel candy also swim around in there.

T/M: Carbonation is not aggressive at all which accentuates the malty sweetness. Some balancing bitterness emerges through the overly sweet malt and settles into a sort of metallic twang for a bit near the end. Aftertaste is more lingering malty sweetness and just a hint of bitter hoppiness; it's pretty sweet but light enough to be quaffable.

This is surprisingly dry on the tongue, great if you're a fan of American ambers, the metallic twang kind of turns it off for me.


Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 22:44:46 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty translucent brown and red body and modestly creamy head draws entices me to smell

S: Malty caramel smell with slight sweetness from the head

T: Moderately bitter in the malty flavor matched the translucent body, resonating aftertaste

M: Light malty feel to the toungue, not heavy at all

Overall satisfied with this light body malt. Has the expected malt taste and feel, pleasant to look at in glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:20:20 | More by BraveGator
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-10-2012 19:28:52 | More by CDS86
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-09-2012 00:39:40 | More by TrevorWGrover
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look ~ pours a deep coppery to ruby color. the head is decent: it comes up about two or three fingers, is cream colored, and falls at a usual pace with some decent lacing. clarity is very good with some nice visible carbonation.

Smell ~ overall, pretty good. it had a nice balance of hops and malts, though i'd characterize both as in the moderately-low range. the malt is pretty standard for the style (light, crystal, and some dark malt) and not too complex. hops are of the earthier english varieties (though i can't really identify it). some nice fruity esters round out the finish.

Taste ~ good, well-balanced, flavor. a little richer than what i got off the nose, although the character is more or less the same. the malt isn't too complex, but has a decent depth between primary malts (bread-like) and secondary malts (very light caramel, some chocolate/coffee). the malt is balanced nicely by a prominent earthy hops with a hip of floral in there. a bit of fruitiness on the finish.

Feel ~ medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. no alcohol warmth. nice mouth-coating feel.

I'm a big fan of this one. while it's not as complex and deep as Fuller's ESB, it achieves a great balance between hops and malt with some nice fruity esters in there that round out the flavor well. great sessionability.

I had this with some great english fare like yorkshire pudding, lancashire hotpot, and shepard's pie.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 22:28:12 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-06-2012 07:44:09 | More by javiernano
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-05-2012 04:54:04 | More by MoDunc
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1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

03-04-2012 08:09:17 | More by bullcrapp
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a Hobgoblin glass from a tin can gift set thing.

A nice hiss from the bottle, Hobgoblin spouts out a ruddy colored pond water brown and a off shade of white on a inch of head that fades quick. A ring around the glass and minor streaks.

Smell is very one demensional, pretty much toasted malt, caramel, and malt. That's about it. Malt.

Taste is very one demensional, pretty much toasted malt, caramel, and malt. That's about it. Malt.

Feel is smooth and luscious, no bitterness at all, sweet, yet not cloying. Aftertaste is minimal and not lasting.

This beer is simple. It packs in the malt, the caramel and if that's your thing, you will probably love this. While im not all that thrilled with this, it's not offensive, and well made. Im glad I got a fresh bottle. Why do they call this a ESB?

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:19:06 | More by BARFLYB
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-03-2012 19:29:13 | More by EddieJoe
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

03-03-2012 02:37:02 | More by moejoe10
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

03-03-2012 01:15:49 | More by StoutKing
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-29-2012 08:40:03 | More by wesbray
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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