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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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2,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 53
Gots: 99 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-14-2012 19:02:43 | More by JxExM
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4/5  rDev +7%

04-14-2012 03:55:17 | More by JoeyRamone
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-13-2012 23:13:06 | More by dsauter
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

04-13-2012 12:42:33 | More by aceparadis
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4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 500ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear brownish-amber hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Strong sweet malty aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee.

T: Smooth flavor that is both sweet and bitter. Great malt background composed of chocolate and some toffee and a slight fruity finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent ESB – very smooth with great flavors and aromas. Would grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:45:17 | More by ckollias
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good alcohol balance for a bitter, very nature in taste and in smell, a bit of mintyness in the taste and a wine type burn in the after taste, hops are present of course as it is a esb style ale, but there not attacking as they should be.
i would pick the fullers ESB of this and day of the week, its got more hops balls as well.

saying that this is a classic and goos bitter, and i understand why its so popular.

i drank this beer a couple weeks ago and it was good but didnt really stand out too much for how popular it is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 22:52:13 | More by cervezango
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-11-2012 03:52:34 | More by Kevlee722
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

04-05-2012 19:07:56 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hobgoblin? What is this crazy brew? All I know is that the strange name and bottle shape of this one have been staring me in the face ever since I walked past the import cooler at the local bottle shop. Here’s to random beer purchases!

Brewed anywhere from four to fifteen months before the date of this tasting, but that’s all I know.

A: Dark brownish-red, shining with a red-orange hue in the right light; I like the color here. There’s not much of a head, but what does show up is a fast-dissolving inch or so of off-white fizz. Nice strings of lacing, though there isn’t much retention apart from a ring around the edge of the body.

S: Damn, those are some rich caramel and toffee aromas; smells like someone’s making fresh butterscotch candy. Dark, grainy malts come in and rattle the cage a bit, but their straw and spiced plum aromas don’t get too far past the natural sugars at the front end. A little bit of strawberry shortcake scents come through in the end, but not for long.

T: If I had to describe this palate in a single word, I’d say “natural.” The starting flavors are a smooth, caramel malt, toasted in a smoky, bready, and peaty way – exactly what you’d expect if you just took a bite of some roasted barley. The only problem is that the flavors aren’t very pronounced, though I expected that for this style. Still, it’s a perfect transition into the bitters of this palate: natural, again, giving off a full-on orange and lemon rind character. Ends on a bit of a metallic note, but with a main aftertaste of banana, brown sugar, and light char.

M: Very light, so much so that it’s almost too watery at first. Soon after, though, it leaves a sticky-smooth residue on the tongue that’s much more satisfying.

O: This is a definitely a dark representation of the ESB style, though it has its light, hoppy moments. The roast and fruit peel flavor combo definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a tasty surprise. At any rate, pick this one up if you’re a fan of easy-drinking malt flavor, because that’s the overall showcase taste of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:01:18 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

04-04-2012 01:02:53 | More by mzeld
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

04-03-2012 07:10:34 | More by traumaqueen
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber color with two fingers worth of off white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of sweet malt and toffee. Just a hint of hops.

Taste- Malty with notes of toffee and bread with a slightly bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied brew. High amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:40:21 | More by scratch69
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-31-2012 09:15:15 | More by bh123
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear ruby red with a 3 finger bubbly off-white head. Retains a film all the way down with good lacing. Very attractive held up to light! Initially a lot of carbonation.

S: Toffee sweet aromas, chocolatey notes, deep and rich dark fruity smells, malty. Complex and inviting.

T: Toffee and fruit dominate the first sup. It's a slightly sweet beer with a nice bitter finish. Malty flavours are also present, and the aftertaste carries some nice fruit.

M: Full bodied, with carbonation tickling the tongue. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall: This is the second time I've tried this beer, and the first time I wasn't hugely impressed. However, I was completely new to the style then and was still training my palette. I now think this is one of my favourite beers. Very very enjoyable, really a lovely pint. Complex and full of nice flavours, and totally drinkable. Would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:44:35 | More by killianf
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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