Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,612 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle quite a while ago, and I kept passing over it in the beer cooler. It is about time that I opened it up.

The smell is reminiscent of an old ale. Rich and thick smells of brown sugar or molasses. I get some feel of alcohol in the nose as well, which is surprising considering that this beer is only 5.2%. It might be due to the inadvertant aging in the cooler.

The flavor isn't nearly as rich. The bitter flavor comes through pretty easily. You get a decent amount of english hopping as well.

This is a very drinkable beer. I enjoyed having it this evening. It is pretty easy to find in my area. So, it may not be too hard to get in yours.

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Photo of mcss
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Arno
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this before on tap and it's even better then the bottle. But still, this is a very interesting, tastefull and uncommon beer.

appearance: Amber/Red. Cream colored foam head. Not much visible carbonation.

smell: Roasted malts, caramel and dried fruits - like figs, raisins and abricot. With a slight citrus finish in the nose.

Taste: Caramel, hint of abricot, figs, nuts and citrus. Smooth, slightly creamy and not overly sweet. Has a dry, spicy but smooth citric bitter finish.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Bit creamy. Light to medium carbonation. Dry finish.

overall: I have to say. I fell in love with this beer from my local pub on tap. It's a bit more light, fresh and an excellent summer beer. From the bottle it's a bit more strong and flavored - and not as good. It has more spice and bitterness to it. I do prefer the tap version, but it's still a very interesting and tasteful beer. I can't really come up with a beer that's like this one. It has some odd flavor combinations. Especially the more caramel / nutty / creamy / dried fruit combo together with some sort of citrus / citric freshness and spicy bitterness.

From tap i'd easily give this one a 5.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish/amber color with low to moderate carbonation visible. A light lace and a wispy hurricane pattern ontop.

S - Light caramel notes and toffee sweetness. Some fruit sweetness and nutty bitter scents.

T - Very rich and smooth flavors. Nutty and dry, sweet and smooth, malty and buttery. Toffee and grains swirling around with a pleasantly light sweet aftertaste. A hint of chocolate or carob but the malt and nutty flavors shine.

M - Smooth and soft on the palate, with some refreshing soft carbonation. Smooth finish, a tad dry.

O - Balanced and flavorful, yet crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is mahogany brown, the liquid clear. The finger thick head is beige. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is loaded with caramel, but also a slight hint of vegetables. Medium strong somewhat metallic bitterness. It is rather sweet, but at the same balanced.

The taste starts off with caramel and toffee and a bitterness with metallic hints. Medium body. The aftertaste is sweet with some bitter and vegetable notes. Apricot jam and smooth bitter notes in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the liquid is a bit sticky.

Apart from the metal bitterness, this is a pleasant ale. A bit too malt-heavy, perhaps.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color semi hazy. Off white head. Chocolate covered rum raisin on the nose with some roasted caramel and toffee.

Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors similar to the nose with extra roast. Hop bitterness comes in to dry things out. Nice sweet malty hop bitter play back and forth. Pretty good. Touch of smoke, is there smoked malt in this? Classic English hop presence paired with a big complex malt character. Slightly detectable alcohol which is strange for 5.2 but the beer itself is pretty nice. Maybe too complex for such a small beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.72 out of 5 based on 2,612 ratings.
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