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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,146 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 1,013
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 64
Gots: 158 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color that is nearly opaque, with a foamy taupe head. Red glints are noted around the edges and through the center when held to the light. Roasted malt and notes of Belgian yeast comprise the aroma. The mouthfeel is full, wet, and soft. There's a bit of tart fruit competing with the flat, sweet flavor of ripe date. There's some bitterness at the end, but no hop flavor, per se. Extremely drinkable.

DocJitsu, Aug 22, 2012
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brianplatt, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a beautiful clear mahogany dark caramel with a two finger off white head and magnificent lacing observed all down the sides of the glass. The smell is fairly sublime with notes of bread, caramel, and pine. Mouthfeel is about average, not thin, but not syrupy thick either. I can detect some rye notes in flavor along with sweet malt well balanced by the bitter hops on the finish. But I honestly didn't think it was all that bitter considering this is supposed to be a strong bitter. Overall a splendid offering.

Mojo, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Troville1990, Aug 08, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery brown amber. Small white head with short retention and lacing. Light aroma of toasted and sweet malt and dark fruit. Flavor follows with light sweet and toasted malts, faint dark fruit, subdued. A bland, almost diluted brown beer. No off flavors and seems like it could have been a nice beer with some more intensity. I liked the graphics and presentation and wanted to like this.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a very thick, slightly off-white head that holds very well. A deep, rich reddish-brown colour with very good clarity.

S - Malty, a good amount of sweetness, toasty flavours, and some toffee. Some subtle hops and fruits as undertones.

T - Toasted malts and caramel are the first things I notice, and some more mellow yeast and chocolate flavours come through as well. A touch of nuttiness on the back. The bitterness from the hops is there, but very delicately, just enough to balance and crisp up the finish.

M - Moderate to full body, great carbonation, very smooth feel. Good finish, leaves your palate well.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Each sip tasted like another.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Huntsman, Bath, England

A: Cola brown with a half finger head that lingers. Light lacing.

S: Malts come "goblin" up; bready.

T: Light malts, molasses, toffee; a smooth and easy drinker.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: This one's been on my wish list for a while. Not as impressed as I thought I would be. Would like to try a bottle.

brewskifan55, Jul 29, 2012
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.