Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

BA SCORE
84
good
2,592 Ratings
HobgoblinHobgoblin
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,592
Reviews:
1,082
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
469
For Trade:
1
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Photo of gtjwilding
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always loved Hobgoblin. Beautifully rounded beer, subtly championing the classic flavours of darker ales in an easy-drinking form.

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Photo of mnine
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhart96
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thought this one would be more full bodied than it was. Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful dark amber color, nice head with decent retention. Nose was almost non-existent. Very light notes of cocoa, toffee and coffee. Taste and feel were consistent with the nose, light and a bit watery. Expected something richer and more full bodied. Not really an English Ale drinker, so I don't know how this stacks up against the leaderboard. It was okay, cool bottle which I'll keep!

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer that looks a great deal better than it tastes or finishes. As advertised, it is a ruby-colored beer. It forms a decent ring for a head; however, the finish is that of a very thin beer. It unfortunately is watery. This was one of those beers I have seen on so many occasions that I wanted to finally try. That has been accomplished.

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Photo of hawkssb04
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of breardon1776
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've only had a couple of ESBs, having thoroughly enjoyed Fuller's and been okay with the Iron Maiden-themed Trooper. Found this to be rather mediocre, although perhaps good for the style. Opaque brown body, served from tap in a pint at The Good Life in Massapequa with just a slim foam cap on top. Aromas were malty, suggesting sweet dark bread with hints of licorice? Flavors brought forward more malts, molasses-like sweetness, vague and distant wet cocoa, and again something like espresso with anise. Feel was slim, barely carbonated; not a sipper, but still drank rather slow. Meh.

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Photo of szuhoj
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fallenshadow
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the bottled version a few times before--once it was badly light-struck, and the other times it just overly smooth and pasteurized.

I was fortunate enough to happen upon a cask of this at the British Beer Company in Danvers, MA. I couldn't pass up a rare chance like that.

And I'm glad I didn't. Suddenly, the plaudits this beer received in the the 90s and early 2000s seem pretty much warranted. This is still an old school ESB that's very British, but it's an excellent example of the style.

The aroma is malty, with complex nodes of toffee, coffee, and chocolate against some tangy old world hops. The flavor follows suit, with a malty beginning, lemony hops on the back end, and a surprisingly firm and pleasant warmth of alcohol on the back end.

Again, this review comes with the big caveat that this was the CASK version. If you ever get a chance to try the beer in its proper form, you shouldn't pass it up.

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Photo of Starchaserva
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffbeckinc
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kamahl16
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDL1911
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Robertas
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MN_Beer
4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. A true classic and a go-to beer. Everything an English ale should be.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here comes a weird ESB. Seems more like a British mild or brown ale. Clear bottle. Light colored brown, weak in appearance, not enough heft, malt etc. . . doesn't hold a head, went up to about 1/3" and died quickly.

Almost no hops, something totally off for an esb, same with the bitterness, so muted. You get a little sugar water like Newcastle feel to the mouth feel. Maybe some caramel in there from the malt. Nutty. Pricy, especially for everything it lacks, inconvenient pricy format. Undercarbonated. Pass, would not bang again.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with ruby red highlights; a tan 1 finger head, sweet baby! Sticky icky lace on the glass. A nice smell of roasted malt, some cinnamon and caramel. Tastes like roasted malt, cinnamon, some hints of chocolate, and brown sugar; toasted malt and nuts. The backend has a mild bitterness that is rounded out quite dry. It's full bodied, but silky smooth. A nice mild ale. This is actually 4.5 % abv although BA lists it as higher. Oh well....good beer.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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