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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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very good

2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 61
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of nasty15108
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured a deep brown color (Dark Amber when held up to the light). The pour produced a slightly tan colored head of foam. Sticky spotted lacing scattered throughout the glass.

S - Slight aromas of malts and toffee, nothing too overpowering.

T - Slightly sweet and nutty. Finished smooth and buttery with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth. I'd buy this again.

nasty15108, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +6.7%

redleg411, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of BeerBob
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

Hobgoblin By Wycwood Brewery, Witney, Oxfordshire, England, pours a deep mahogany from a 500ml clear glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head of light tan foam went to about two fingers before collapsing to a full cover of fine foam with very thick lacing foam along the sides of my 26oz beer glass.

Nose is of caramel and chocolate. Palate is bitter thin chocolate and light sweet malt.

The level of carbonation adds to the overall mouthfeel, for a refreshing taste of Mother England.

BeerBob, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

Had from the bottle from the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Poured from the 22oz, clear bomber into a pint glass the beer was a mild dark brown color with about a half finger of just off-white colored head. Some small bubble of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and some spots of lace clung to the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was dominated by a toffee and caramel aroma. Faint aromas of nut and milk chocolate were also there.

The taste was innitially sweet and malty with a slightly bitter after taste to each sip. Slight nutty bitterness with a toffee/caramel like taste as well. No real chocolate flavors (as the nose and label hinted at). Ever so slightly floral in the finish.

Medium body with slight but expected carbonation. Perhaps a little weak when colder, but gets slightly more robust at warmer temperatures.

This was an enjoyable beer and would indeed make for a good session. Nothing terrific stands out about it, but it also was not lacking in any key way. Enjoyable, but I will more likely than not stick to other (perhaps more local) examples of the style (i.e. Old Brown Dog).

Sycodrummer, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev +6.7%

hotsudge, Feb 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

dsigmon, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

brett606, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of xav33
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Wychwood Hobgoblin
500 ml bottle
Recent brewing, spellbound 11/06
Medium pour in a Hobgoblin gift set shaker glass!

Poured a clear ruddy brown with an off white frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate nuts, veggies, light coffee and earthiness.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and bitter mild coffee and flowery, almost citrusy, hops followed by a rustic yeasty and burnt malt bitterness on a mostly light bitter wet earth long finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, and softly carbonated.

Overall, the flavors and aromas aren't extremely bold or complex, but distinct and clean. Easy drinking and tasty.

xav33, Nov 05, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Buttermilk, Feb 28, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60%

sachie23, Jan 30, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Phocion
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a 4-pack of 500ml cans. Poured into my Fuller's nonic a very dark brown with just a hint of reddish orange and a creamy beige head which quickly fades into a thin lacing.

The smell is mostly a roasty caramel malt. Thin hints of raisins and toffee as well. Not much else detectable.

Very strong toffee/caramel malt flavor followed by citrus and raisins with a strong (for the style) bitter hops finish balancing this out perfectly. After reading the other reviews, I have to admit I'm very pleasantly surprised by this one. Didn't expect anything this good to ever come out of a can.

Light-bodied, but not watery. Very nice finish on the palate, and the hops, strong as they are, are nicely held in check by the malt. Excellent session beer.

Phocion, Jul 13, 2006
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1.93/5  rDev -48.5%

A: A nice rich mahogany color with a nice 2 finger head of off white foam.

S: Very, very faint biscuit.

T: Arghh. Not balanced at all for this style. First sensations are a bit of malty, bready sweetness that you would expect. The middle and finish is very different. Very, very bitter notes kick in along with a lemony tartness/sourness that is not pleasant to my tastes.

M: Very thin. Very highly carbonated.

D: Well....I could not finish this one. Draino! The balance was just not there and the high carbonation along with the bitter tartness was not something I felt obligated to continue with. I have plenty of other options in the fridge.

Brunite, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Given to me as a birthday present a couple of weeks ago. Cracked it open the other day. Pours a pale brown color with little head. Sweet smell. Taste is earthy with a touch of brown sugar in the aftertaste. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable due to the low ABV. Decent beer.

jdubjacket, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured from a twelve oz bottle with no fresh date, but a stamp on the neck that may be it. It pours a rosewood, dark color that is very clear with no carbonated bubbles present.

The head is tannish and thin, only about one finger that dissipates quickly. There are traces of lace. The aroma is kind of grapey, like a sweet white wine. There are other hints of fruit present along with some grassy overtones.

The taste is kind of bland with no tingle of carbonation at all. It almost tastes flat. It is kind of fruity. The aftertaste brings up a slight bitterness on the palate. Also, a slight toffee, malty bitterness as well.

abcsofbeer, Apr 27, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

beerbrains, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

twkirkby, Dec 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

HopGrazer, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

drinkAK, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

AWS2111, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +6.7%

This was a birthday present from my wife. 12oz bottle with L5BIN 02:17 and THK B, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours a clear cola brown, with a 1 inch fluffy mocha head that fades away somewhat quickly in sections, full lacing is produced as I drink

S—sweet and sugary, mild caramel, nutty, maybe some faint cocoa, just a touch of fruit as well

T—nutty and coffee flavors come out first, bitterness remains throughout with mild sweetness mixed in, some hints of chocolate malt come out in the finish

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—easy to drink and another would be welcomed. An excellent gift. I will enjoy the rest of the six pack.

hanco005, Apr 28, 2006
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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