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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,975 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,975
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 50
Gots: 86 | 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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chaunur

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a med/dark brown with a hint of red, a somewhat disappointing head only .25" little lacing. A malty aroma was present but not overwhelming so. Very nice taste, again more malty with slight sweetness, for a beer this dark it was surprising light in taste and feel. A good beer but a little overpriced for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 16:14:55 | More by chaunur
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bort11

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin tall pint glass. Very active tan head that jumps to the top of the glass. Takes a couple of pulls to pour the entire bottle. Head recedes to a filmy lace. Leaves a couple of sticky patches on the glass. Color is a dark mahogany red.
Smell and taste is a dark resin, very woody and smokey. A bit of sweet toffee/caramel in the back notes. Bitterness is subdued and is really more spicy than bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium body and slightly chewy.
Definitely has English characteristics. Interesting to go to every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 03:28:05 | More by bort11
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rfabian

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch head with good lacing. The appearance is dark amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malts. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter. The feel is medium bodied with a metallic finish.

This is a refreshing and tasty brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:05:44 | More by rfabian
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sixteen oz bottle based on discussion I had heard about it.
A- The appearance was a medium brown, with reddish edges with very little head.
S- The smell was really the only downfall to this one. The fruityness totally overwhelmed me. There was good malt aroma as expected, but far more prevelant were the fruit, grape and apple predominantly, with a bit of chocolate.
T- The taste did not match the scent at all. The same fruit scents were there but switched roles with the toffee, while the chocolate maintained a high amount of flavoring.
M- The carbonation was kept at an appropriate level. My mouth did have a mildly dry feel to it when I finished.
D- Overall, a decent beer, probably one of the best ones to match with a burger among the beers I've had recently. If you can get it for a reasonable price, it is certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:44:20 | More by jsprain1
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden brown colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty and spicy with some cinnamon and nutmeg, with a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with the spicy malt notes dominating (cinnamon and nutmeg). The caramel lingers on the palette with a touch of buttered bread.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty brown ale that's memorable and unique. Easily drinkable with some tasty flavours that linger on the finish. Would be tasty on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:39:19 | More by andrenaline
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A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby red, with nice brown head with ok lacing. not that strong though. smells like strong sweet toffee and chocolate tastes the same with a hint of alcohol. overall a food beer i find. tastes great with a steak on a cold winter day! with some lovely asparagus. :) enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:18:18 | More by A380
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dchester

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy to muddy amber/brown in color. Head is a light colored beige with very little retention. Smell is caramel malt with a mild hint of raisins. The taste a little complex. After thinking about what the initial flavor I was getting was... it dawned on me... Twizzlers.... that faint candied fruit, strawberries, raisins and bananas with the maltiness. Wierd but good. The bitter edge I thought was also nice. Not too overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:27:30 | More by dchester
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky brown color with a wispy head. A dark malty aroma with some dark sweet fruit. Fairly full bodied brew, but very smooth and creamy. Caramel toasted malt leads to a bittersweet finish. There is a nuttiness to the beer from start to finish.

This is a decent English ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:23:05 | More by BeardedBoffin
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times before but never drank with the intent to review it. Hobgoblin is a wychwood beer and tthus has a cartoony fantasy figure on the label that screams novelty beer but I really loved their stout and Fiddler's Elbow.So my expectations are higher than if I were to judge this bottle by its label.

It poured with a very thick and cramy looking tan head. It has a very pleasant bread smell not overly yeasty but biscuity perhaps.Mmmmm a lovely sweetness but not cloying. This is good. Not my usual type but a great surprise because of that.

I would gladly drink another.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 00:00:22 | More by shamus
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hobgoblin pours a brownish color with a nice large long lasting head. There is a roasted nutty and toffee like aroma. The taste has a nice toffee and nut flavor, with a nice mi of peanuts, finish with a bit of a boozy like flavor. A bit watery but the flavors come together nicely. Overall a very nice English like beer that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:35:03 | More by vette2006c5r
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark brown with hints of red when held up to a light with an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass smells of nutty and hoppy yummyness. taste just as it smells not too bitter. nice carbonation and crisp. if this was locally available i'd probably drink this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 03:17:40 | More by SirChugsAlot
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew enjoys widespread availability in supermarkets here in the UK. My bottle was brown rather than clear (a definite improvement) as in the photo, and as I recall from having bought one when I lived in the US.

Pours a pleasant dark tan colour with a minimal head which forms a very thin ring around my rim. I detect a rich fruity nose with hints of cherry and fig. Very well coordinated taste with a rich, slightly fruity malt start, and a pleasantly bitter finish.

Both the wife and I recall it being significantly inferior to our present take on it when we had a bottle five years or so ago in Ohio. Has it improved or doesn't it travel well or have our palates changed?

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:00:55 | More by charlatan
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can poured into a pint glass.

A: Hobgoblin is beautiful to look at--ruby-brown ale with chestnut and maple hues and a 1-finger off-white head on top; dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a nice lacing.

S: nutty, maple, caramel, very autumnal.

T: I prefer the bottled version as the can lacks the richness found in the glass bottles. Not sure why unless it has something to do with the conditioning.

M: taste and mouthfeel are slightly thinner in the can than from the bottle.

D: very drinkable brown ale!

Serving type: can

02-26-2010 11:55:59 | More by fullsweep
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bluedaisyboo

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A nice golden red; slightly darker than I would have expected of the style.

S: Not much of a smell, but the predominant scent is a light raisin bread smell. Overall quite pleasant.

T: Exact what you'd expect from the smell... raisin and a bready malt taste are foremost. Hints of oak, chocolate, and caramel underneath, but the raisin lingers after swallowing.

M: Overall a light mouthful, slightly watery but finishes slightly denser than I would guess from initial sip.

O: A quite pleasant ESVB/ale with moderate bitterness. Easy and enjoyable to drink.... definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:41:14 | More by bluedaisyboo
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a ruby color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: caramel and bready malts, with a little fruitiness in there too.

Taste: Same as above with some mild hop bitterness and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: smooth, tingly hop bitterness, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice ESB that I have time before and many more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 06:45:13 | More by Flounder57
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-26-2013 01:25:06 | More by cam477
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henryclay_

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-10-2014 18:11:13 | More by henryclay_
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Moo5152

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-12-2012 11:11:30 | More by Moo5152
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-04-2012 00:01:00 | More by fionn13
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-30-2014 01:35:42 | More by GOBLIN
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KarlMcGowan

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2013 12:07:34 | More by KarlMcGowan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2013 04:09:29 | More by williamjbauer
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brianplatt

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-20-2012 12:44:59 | More by brianplatt
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Arherring

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-27-2012 00:21:13 | More by Arherring
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-26-2013 01:11:24 | More by MJ63
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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