Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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#24,449
Reviews:
1,114
Ratings:
2,687
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from notes 10/31/11: Pours a dark brown with a frothy, fast fading, tan head that leaves very little lace. Aroma is caramel sweet and biscuit malt, toast, nuts,dates, dried figs, butterscotch, tobacco, floral and faintly fruity. Taste is malt forward caramel, candied apple, toast, biscuit, butter, raisin and earthy. Dries in the finish to become a mildly bitter, earthy, toasted, astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, watery.

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Photo of Vyacheslav
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in form of a can, my impression was that the beers taste reminds me of a good wheat beer foundation spoiled by too much grassy/hoppy character that I've experienced many times in different sorts of beer but never liked, so that dragged my rating down a bit.

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Photo of Tibanu
2.11/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of moose1950
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anacross
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiefz1
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpeek345
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

unthinking reaction: robitussin...with some cool modification and some bubbles.
thinking response: There's been buzz on the streets in the past two years around another British invasion but this time it isn't rock-n-roll. Its British bitters and brewers respectively.
Hobgoblin is a Ruby Red with a classic mead or ale style tradition of brewing.
When I first sipped this beer it had a rather course aftertaste that *i thought* would interfere with its drinkability. I've drunk about 8 Hobgoblins on three separate occasions spanning about 8 months....and let me tell you, once you get past the little ACTUAL Hobgoblins that visit you the day after...little contradicting voices when you fire up your sense of reasoning for a work day and you hear "someone" new inside your committee in your head...(Hobgoblins from Wychwood!)... fear not for once you practice the acceptance and contentment necessary to quell the little beasties...they seem to go away AND KEEP YOU hooked on the brew for good! The only drawback to this outstanding ruby red is that its caloric. It'll go right to your girlish figure. Nonetheless, drinking 2-3 of these on this Halloween eve 2018 is a very good time indeed.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hobgoblin label art, as ever worthy of praise.

Poured into a pint glass, no smoke from the bottle.

An easy on the eyes ruby, earthy ruby hue. Finger and a half head, of wee and big bubbles. Not a trace of carbonation.

Mild Malt / "Ruby-malt" scent. Eventually some nutty-fruit notes emerge.

Easy drinking, wee bit watery. Moderately creamy, somewhat crisp.
Surprising cherry mid- aftertaste, yet not the typical sweetness Piercing, which make cherries generally loathsome.

Good brew for quiet daydreaming.
Offers vast expanses of calm, lazy space, with just a tricky pinch of goblin magic!

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Photo of Colborne
4.95/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We all enjoy different tastes, etc. This beer meets all of my own personal requirements.



















































































































































































































































































































This beer meets all of my personal likes. I only wish the 500ml can did not have a 4.5% alcohol by volume but rather the higher 5.2% of the bottle.

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Photo of Goity
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Deep clear chestnut, pours with 2Cm pale tan fine-bubble head, that recedes to lacing.
S- Toffee and mild spicing.
T- Hmm nice, caramel, stone-fruits and Xmas pudding. Very suited for drinking in colder months/winter.
F- Nice balance, towards the richer overall flavour profile - perhaps the opposite of a modern-day hop-bomb?
O- It's very nice, though is quite rich, so I'd enjoy one or two buy wouldn't plan a session from it.
BB 30-Sep-19

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimKal
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as a cask ale in the UK. Red brown in appearance with a nice head. Low carbonation and very smooth mouthfeel. Wish we had more cask ales in the US.

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Photo of bplogarbo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjarev210
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Neilos
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larrybwoy
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a reddish brown with a bubbly head that did not last long. The beer smells sweet and fruity. The taste is a little more bitter than the aroma. The dark fruit flavors are still there and a banana flavor as well. The beer is drinkable and light on carbonation.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,687 ratings