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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,075 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,075
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 58
Gots: 127 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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DubleAs


3/5  rDev -20%

06-19-2012 02:56:43 | More by DubleAs
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 20:24:22 | More by DruC4
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

5/5  rDev +33.3%

06-18-2012 10:23:23 | More by outdoor7or24
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-15-2012 23:29:22 | More by Rekrule
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance:
Pours a dark near black carmel with an ever so slight reddish tinge. The head is fat and frothy with a light maple syrup/whippedcream coloring and nice droopy white coloring that dissipates quickly. Carbonation seems fairly light.

Smell:
This is a very bready beer, with nice malty sweetness alongside a fruit bread wafting. Hops are nearly negligible in the smell, with the malt, and especially the yeast powering strongly through. This beer is definitely a trickster though, as its name might suggest, with some nice subtleties hidden in the smell.

Taste:
First impression is of bready with a fine malty backbone, quite similar to the smell. There’s a nice side taste of tingly rich fruits. The after taste is slightly bitter, with a sweet caramely/bready linger. As you drink down further a slightly watery taste seems to touch the beer.

Mouthfeel:
The initial sip is rich with thick bready beer, but it sweeps to away with to leave a dry resonation upon the upper tongue while the sides whet themselves for more. The beer is cool and drizzly on the tongue. Overall, after the initial splash on the tongue, the beer feels more watery and light on the tongue.

Overall:
Not a bad beer. Though it is my first dark English beer, I find it fairly reminiscent of dark Belgians that I have had. Nice beer.

06-15-2012 00:59:08 | More by Maxwell
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Fahz

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-15-2012 00:29:59 | More by Fahz
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theshoe316

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-14-2012 15:18:16 | More by theshoe316
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

Wychwood’s Hobgoblin has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, brown appearance, with some thick, splotchy lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, brown bread, and sugar, and the taste is likewise of those items, plus a decent hop bitterness and some orange flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Wychwood Hobgoblin finishes delicious and highly drinkable. This is not too dry. Overall, it’s a very nice beer to drink.

RJT

06-14-2012 14:47:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Nice clear amber red color, with a tan creamy head about one and a half finger high. Great lacing and good retention.
The smell is not very strong, and of roasted malt, brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.
The taste is much more complex. Some citrus fruit character is nicely blended with roasted malt and brown sugar. More bitter hops and more roasted malt character is added in the finish.
Very drinkable medium bodied beer, very smooth!

06-14-2012 03:52:46 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Reeba


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-13-2012 20:06:21 | More by Reeba
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Limbshot


5/5  rDev +33.3%

06-12-2012 23:57:25 | More by Limbshot
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rippedflesh89

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2012 02:43:20 | More by rippedflesh89
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nate1357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-11-2012 19:36:03 | More by nate1357
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mwayne


4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-10-2012 05:00:43 | More by mwayne
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aleslover

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-10-2012 01:56:37 | More by aleslover
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8%

I picked up this bottle quite a while ago, and I kept passing over it in the beer cooler. It is about time that I opened it up.

The smell is reminiscent of an old ale. Rich and thick smells of brown sugar or molasses. I get some feel of alcohol in the nose as well, which is surprising considering that this beer is only 5.2%. It might be due to the inadvertant aging in the cooler.

The flavor isn't nearly as rich. The bitter flavor comes through pretty easily. You get a decent amount of english hopping as well.

This is a very drinkable beer. I enjoyed having it this evening. It is pretty easy to find in my area. So, it may not be too hard to get in yours.

06-08-2012 01:59:27 | More by ummswimmin
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mcss

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-07-2012 21:51:02 | More by mcss
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Arno


4/5  rDev +6.7%

I had this before on tap and it's even better then the bottle. But still, this is a very interesting, tastefull and uncommon beer.

appearance: Amber/Red. Cream colored foam head. Not much visible carbonation.

smell: Roasted malts, caramel and dried fruits - like figs, raisins and abricot. With a slight citrus finish in the nose.

Taste: Caramel, hint of abricot, figs, nuts and citrus. Smooth, slightly creamy and not overly sweet. Has a dry, spicy but smooth citric bitter finish.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Bit creamy. Light to medium carbonation. Dry finish.

overall: I have to say. I fell in love with this beer from my local pub on tap. It's a bit more light, fresh and an excellent summer beer. From the bottle it's a bit more strong and flavored - and not as good. It has more spice and bitterness to it. I do prefer the tap version, but it's still a very interesting and tasteful beer. I can't really come up with a beer that's like this one. It has some odd flavor combinations. Especially the more caramel / nutty / creamy / dried fruit combo together with some sort of citrus / citric freshness and spicy bitterness.

From tap i'd easily give this one a 5.

06-06-2012 22:46:28 | More by Arno
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ccozzi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-06-2012 01:44:26 | More by ccozzi
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-03-2012 03:25:39 | More by Zakk
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BeerShman

California

3/5  rDev -20%

06-02-2012 22:14:24 | More by BeerShman
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lampshadedude

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-01-2012 03:49:30 | More by lampshadedude
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jjm2503

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-01-2012 00:54:55 | More by jjm2503
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Reddish/amber color with low to moderate carbonation visible. A light lace and a wispy hurricane pattern ontop.

S - Light caramel notes and toffee sweetness. Some fruit sweetness and nutty bitter scents.

T - Very rich and smooth flavors. Nutty and dry, sweet and smooth, malty and buttery. Toffee and grains swirling around with a pleasantly light sweet aftertaste. A hint of chocolate or carob but the malt and nutty flavors shine.

M - Smooth and soft on the palate, with some refreshing soft carbonation. Smooth finish, a tad dry.

O - Balanced and flavorful, yet crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

05-31-2012 21:49:14 | More by BeerForMuscle
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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