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: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,116
Reviews:
1,105
Ratings:
2,661
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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94
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Ratings: 2,661 |  Reviews: 1,105
Photo of Furosemide
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown bordering on black with a quickly dissipating head reminiscent of cola. Aroma of burnt grain. Tastes very strongly of carbonation with a weak background of stout - like a beer diluted with soda water. Lingering smoky, slightly sweetish aftertaste with carbonated notes. Would not recommend, but it seems I must have had an off-batch considering the other reviews.

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Photo of GoatLender
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber colour with a fluffy, light brown head with fair retention. Fairly consistent but thin lacing. Minimal carbonation streams.

S: Barley with a very faintly tangy fruity smell.

T: Medium bitterness with some hop presence, but quite drinkable despite the strong flavour. Semi faint and short finish. Mild coffee and banana notes.

F: Low carbonation and pleasantly smooth underneath the bitterness. Medium-light body.

O: An interesting beer. Despite some hoppy bitterness, quite drinkable owing to a short finish and understated feel. Worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has, as advertised, a ruby color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel, bananas. Taste is bready malts, dark fruits, some banana. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and highly refreshing beer.

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

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gorski1974
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It does not stand up to ESB style.
BB date is June 30th 2018.
Look and smell are much better than taste!I had an impression of drinking a decent beer, that was diluted.
Won't be buying it again at that price.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1/27/18...really dark crimson amber brown with light foam layer. Malty toffee nose. Cherries too. Mild heavy malt taste. Lightly carbonated, if at all. Classic english bitter and amber.

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

Looks dark. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Had some fruity notes as well. I picked this because I'm American and like stronger beers, but I found it decent overall and would get it again.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bixby1971
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rlhj
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nass
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This will be first & last english special bitter. Too bitter & prune tasting for me to handle. I do fancy the label artwork. You know what they say "looks are deceiving" ha ha ha. One bottle is worth a try. Cheers! C- (70-74) score range

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Photo of WeeJoyRising
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warm and clear deep amber brown beer with glints of ruby. Low off-white head which dissipates quickly.

Medium-bodied beer which fluffs a bit in the mouth due to its med-high carbonation level.

High level of toffee and bananas foster aroma, just a bit of Nilla Wafer cookies, and a mere whisper of warm tobacco earthiness.

Taste mimics the aroma in magnitude, intensity, and interplay... Light toasty caramel drizzled bananas and sweet biscuits with fleeting peppery spice back notes which wander in later... And the whole orchestration finishes moderately dry. Dark fruit esters crosslink the nose and tongue (black currant, raisin) - with some discernable oxidation at the finish which presented as red grape skin-esque astringency. Not uncommon for a bottled import which may have had less than ideal treatment en route to my beer glass from the UK.

Sweet, rich, caramel-y dessert-like beer that isn't cloying. I'd holla back.

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

Not a Belgian but I can drink this all night !

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of caramel malts with notes of citrus hops and toffee. Taste is malt forward, but with an excellent hop balance. Caramel, biscuity, slightly roasty malt and grassy, citrus hops. Notes of toffee, chocolate and red berries. A fantastic brew that combines the complexity of darker Ales with the drinkability of a Bitter. Great balance of flavor. Hobgoblin has been a longtime favorite of mine when I was living in London and it will always be one of my favorite English Ales.

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Justin23060
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Look is ruby as advertised. Deep Brownish Ruby. With 1/2 finger light beige head that diminished pretty quick to a minimal lace.

S - Smell is nice all caramel with some coffee.

T- A little weak for a brown. Quite dry from start to finish. Any hopes of a linger are lost in the dryness. I was so excited at the promise of Fuggles and Golding and all that leathery graham cracker I'm used to in a Brown. But sadly, Its nowhere to be found.

F - Feel is very thin. A little too water for style.

O - One and done. A case of judging a book by the cover. Purchased this one on label art and cap design for my Brother's collection only. Priced a bit on the high side for what's actually inside. I will probably not get again. As for recommending, not really going to recommend for price point. Plenty of better option out there.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Certified Burger and Beverage on St. Simon Island, GA. A cloudy reddish brown ESB with great lacing.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 - London, England

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Photo of Jimjiminy
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rymish
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,661 ratings