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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,312 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 71
Gots: 249 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of claytri
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ale poured a thick opaque reddish brown with thin tan head. The aroma was light but smelled of sweet malt and dark fruits. The taste was very appealing it was truly sweet malt with a great cherry finish and a strong alcohol burn throughout. It's feel was thick and syrupy almost medicinal. I normally avoid beers with the most fanciful names. So I found myself in the Intermezza Cafe in Atlanta and the selections lacked a little umph. This ones promise of chocolate malt fet my thoughts and so it was ordered. I was pleasantly surprised as it was quite a treat.

Photo of PintOHops
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - Ruby red color with a 1-finger head, it's quite soapy looking and it dissipated pretty fast. A bit hazy, it left a bit of spotty splashing on the glass.

S - There's a big grassy hop note that's dominate, I even get a bit of alcohol. Soft toffee & biscuit underneath the hops. A bit of grape & date fruit in there as well.

T - I get mildly herbal hop flavors upfront, a bit grassy as it unfolds into mild grain with a touch of biscuit. Soft caramel & honey flavors, almost faint cocoa powder along with some plum towards the finish. It finishes with an herbal/citrus hop flavor with mild bitterness.

M - A bit smooth with soft crispness. It's pretty thin overall, lite bodied. I would have like more body to it.

D - It's pretty good, the body makes it easy to toss back more than a few. I was really digging for those malts, and I just didn't get it. I wanted deep toffee/buttery/caramel flavors and this one just didn't have it. I'd pass for something else in the future.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thick foamy yellowish white head and a little lacing. Smells of malts and more malts. Tastes of caramel, a little coffee, and a huge malt explosion on the palate. Mouthfeel is light and a little watery and drinkability is low, I couldn't finish it.

Photo of fostachild
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

best before 17 jul 12

pours a clear dark brown amber colour with an inch of light tan head - okay retention.

smell was malty and had a bit of a skunkiness aroma as well.

taste was okay - sweet malt, chocolate toffee noticeable in the aftertaste. good drinkability

not a whole lot to say about this one... overall pretty average - didn't love it, didn't hate it.

Photo of MightiestBeard
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Wsherry1
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of goalie33
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear brown color with a redish hue. One finger of creamy tan head.
S: Hints of chocolate and toffee.
T: A little watery. Chocolate and toffee malt with a subtle bitterness. Almost like a stout but not as bitter or as thick/dark.
M: Very light mouthfeel with slight carbonation.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The infamous Hobgoblin. Let's check this one out.

Dark ruby in color, with a large fluffy white head. Carbonation looks well done. Smell has an aged dark chocolate malt flavor about it. Bourbon aged in nature. Cherries and toffee follow soon after as undertones.

Upfront has a solid chocolate/toffee malt backbone. Neither sweet, or bitter. Just balanced, and pleasing to the palate. Along, with getting some cherries and leafy hops in the finish.. Solid brown ale, and unique in it's taste blend. Mouthfeel is creamy, and tingly on the palate. Euphoric to a certain extent. Drinkability is good.

A solid English Ale all around.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with almost purplish highlights. The smell is pleasantly malty with a little hint of nuttiness. The taste starts off sweet with a little bit of malty caramel taste and ends up with a slight hops bite that is refreshing. The mouthfeel has a nice thickness and mild carbonation. To me, the big draw of this beer is its drinkability. I could imagine putting back quite a few over the course of the night if they served it at my local bar, it's a tasty beer that doesn't sit too heavy.

Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent, flavoursome beer and easy to drink

aroma: toffee, caramel, raisin and ripe fruit

taste: toffee, spice, raisin, chocolate, ripe fruit and slight grapefruit

great beer and well balanced - sweet with some nice bitterness to balance it out.

Photo of Jarod
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz. Brown bottle, no freshness date listed.

This beer poured a crystal clear mahogany color that had ruby red highlights on the edges, and seemed to be well carbonated. After a normal pour a beige/cream colored head was formed, light cloud like texture not very dense, lasted some time but not overly long then it falls to a light ring on the edges. There was some lace present, mostly in presented in creamy sheet form. The aromas that came from the glass were of chocolates, caramels, dark malts, roasted nut, fall leafs and some earth tones. The tastes were much like the aromas, it started off with a dry leaf landing on the tongue, followed by roasted nuts and malts, a sweet caramel taste comes in and leaves just as fast, light bitter chocolates through out, earth notes/tones as it heads to the back of the throat then gets nutty as it leaves. The aftertaste was mostly malty. The overall impression of the taste was it started off on the dry side then slid into a watery feel the rest of the way. The body was on the light to light-medium side. This is a simple beer, a good beer and very drinkable. A good example of the style.

Photo of Nipitato
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Russet brown color with a thin off white head. Clear.

S: Malt aromas dominate. Malt is sweet toffee. A very nice mild aroma. Faint trace of fruity esters develops as beer warms.

T: Malt tastes predominate up fornt. Malt flavor is toasted. Nice bitter finish that is nearly astringent. No hop flavor.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good English brown ale. A little too bitter onthe back end but quite drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of dsigmon
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of msanborn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear light amber with a light tan head of 2 1/2 fingers. Moderate lacing.

The nose is rich in caramel and toasted malt. It's a bit chocolatey.

The taste starts out sweet with a hint of chocolate, but then I get substantial grapefruit-like tartness, almost metallic at first. Some light bitterness rises in the end.

The feel is moderately light, with peppery tingle on the tongue, followed by light stickiness, with faint warming in the throat.

This beer grew on me. I liked it much better in the end than at first.

Photo of caahare
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a British Pint glass. Served at 62f.

Rich chesnut brown that is still as a cup of tea with a meringue like frothy latte colored head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma of rich toasted caramel, a noble type hoppiness and a barely discernible alcohol ester.

Mouthfeel: light.

Taste: Toasted caramel, pruny sweetness, burnt toast.

Notes: oh yeah, this has got it going on and then some. British Browns are becoming a favorite style. Bring more Hobgoblin, please.

Photo of Phocion
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kinger
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to grab a Hobgoblin for Halloween, although I sampled this a week later. Light floral hop aroma with some sweet malt, rather faint but enjoyable. Amber pour with a medium white head and nice lacing. Medium bodied ale not very filling. Taste is subtle for being a "strong Ale", although I'm finding that many English styles generally are tame. Caramel with a light fruitiness backed by those nice floral hops. Again this ale seems typical with the English way, lightly hearty. A decent one but nothing shocking.

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BRD14
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cdizinno
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red copper with tan lace.

S: Coffee with hints of malt sweetness.

T: Smooth with a nice fullish body. Malt sweetness is dominant with some vague nutty and chocolaty flavours. Slight hop bitterness.

Notes: A tasty, decent, full bodied brown ale.

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.