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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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1,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 51
Gots: 87 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown head of two fingers resulted from the pour of this brew from a dark brown bottle. Color of the ale is a rich brown, matching a 26 on the SRM beer color chart. Great round broken lace with lots of clinging power. Aroma of chocolate and coffee in the forefront and toffee, malt, ginger, and barley wisps filling in. Flavors of dark chocolate, rich roast coffee, toffee, barley malt, molasses and honey. Good creamy feel over my tongue and soft palate. A little heavy to drink in mass quantities, but great flavor. Good for more at a party or gathering.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:02:02 | More by beerprovedwright
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear chestnut brown. Quickly dissipating white head, little lacing.

smell; malty with a hint of buttery Brazil nuts. Mild, mellowed out hops.

taste; roasted nuts and burnt malts, some buttery notes give way to a bitter finish. Noticable alcohol.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with very active carbonation slick a buttery, quite smooth and refreshing. Dry finish.

overall; nothing special but worth a try, pretty good but better options are out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 18:11:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-29-2012 12:47:54 | More by SickNukes
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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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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Served in shaker pint glass.

Overall, this is a bready, biscuity, brown ale that is worth consuming to get more acquainted with the style. I enjoyed this brew, but not enough to track it down to see it in my cellar or fridge. Its a great beer to celebrate fall with, though. Especially, on Halloween night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 05:32:11 | More by BierStein711
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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.09 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown, with a tan head that has very good retention and side lacing. Excellent appearance.
Smell has stronger malts but there is some hoppiness in the background. Malts are noted by sents of coffee, breads and Chocolate.
Same things show up in the taste, aided by some sweet buttery notes and a hint of vanilla.
Smooth, medium body with light to medium carbination.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 20:49:14 | More by jadpsu
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2012 03:24:38 | More by Dweedlebug
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice, malty brown ale. A slightly buttery flavor, combined with a smooth chocolate taste, made this beer very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2002 21:23:06 | More by AaronRed
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-06-2012 22:31:24 | More by abrodsky
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1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

10-03-2013 02:12:34 | More by Wsherry1
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4/5  rDev +7%

04-13-2014 02:27:03 | More by chossboss
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a smallish head.

Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee with an additional hint of sweetness.

Nice full body, very smooth, like liquid silk. Lots of sweetness at the start, but nut and slight chocolate flavors begin to show later. Slight bitterness as well.

A nice brown ale that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 02:56:05 | More by Southernbrew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, clear with a 3 finger foamy off white head. Lots of lacing. Nose is pale malts, amber lager, reminiscent of a brown ale, sugary, slightly phenol. Taste is similiar to the nose, lots of mingling yeast and maltiness, sort of a stale taste...a fairly weak brown ale. Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied. Overall, I believe this sells well in my market, perhaps to the Dungeon & Dragons fans? but for a beer enthusiast theres not much to like. Unique bottle is cool, but falls short of a decent, returnable brew of choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:41:41 | More by heebes
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Burnt amber with cloudiness that does not settle. Thick offwhite head that settles rapidly

S-Nutty toffee and fruity malts

T-Smell continues in the taste, with mild sweetness of toffee and coffee followed by a mild hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced.

M-Moderate carbonation and again, well balanced.

D-Very drinkable beer, maybe not the greatest, but one that I go back to occassionally for a changeup to the old and familiar. I love the 500 ML bottles...the perfect portion size.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 00:32:03 | More by caddybuyer
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a COOL beer and I do NOT like the word cool at all.

The colour is rich ruby to chestnut - sooo promising. The rest of the beer is true to the style and somewhat above the average in all respects.

When i go to an english supermarket with a standard selection of english beers this is one of the go fors

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 17:49:20 | More by DerBayer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-22-2013 00:51:23 | More by CMOrak
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a head that is about a fingers width that leaves pretty quickly.

S: Very malty but it's pretty sweet

T: This is sweet tasting malt beer with a nut hint to it. The beer doesn't really have much hops, and it's fairly tame. It's balanced though, which makes it's so good.

M: Nice, creamy and carbonated.

D: Yep, great session beer, however after a few I get sick of the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 19:48:18 | More by swizzlenuts
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

04-22-2012 06:09:17 | More by Rojada1988
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-29-2014 02:43:25 | More by vhmf1978
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mine came in a brown bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. Medium brownish/tan color. 3/8 inch white head.

Bit of a fruity, hoppy aroma. Not skunky at all.

Slightly bitter, fruity,malty taste. A bit creamy. It seems like the beer is struggling to find a balance between bitter and malty.

Not a real clean finish, but better than some others I've tried.

Easy to drink, but not as smooth as Newcastle Brown Ale. GIven a choice, I'd choose Newcastle over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 23:23:35 | More by doppelmeup
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with almost no head or apparent carbonation, some carbonation, and beer is a medium brown color.

Smell- Butterscotch in the nose, very smooth smelling.

Taste- Slightly bitter with relatively smooth taste. Darkish mocha flavors that do not overpower with a pleasant bit from carbonation at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Feels a little thin but has better than expected coverage, really seems to explode onto tongue.

Drinkability- A solid english brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 18:50:12 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.2%

A - Poured a reddish brown colour with a 2cm bubbly head. The head reduced to a thin cap and the lacing was decent.

S - Caramel toffee and earthy yeast aromas. A bit light.

T - Mostly a dark chocolate toffee taste with hints of toasts, nuts & hops in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth, dry-ish finish.

O - Good enough and easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:05:13 | More by decimator
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-24-2013 13:34:19 | More by mattyrubes
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-30-2013 18:56:35 | More by TwoTrees
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-22-2013 23:32:59 | More by plinythederek
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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