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Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why I never got to this one when its on tap year-round at my local beer spot is beyond me.

A - Red/Brown pour with minimal foam. Very little lacing.

S - Smells of english malts; sweet and notes of caramel.

T - This is really an ESB? Tastes more like an english brown ale, but what the heck. Sweet initial flavor, slight toffee and caramel flavor. Some bitterneess follows.

M - Great pub beer. Easy drinking, went great with lunch, and very sessionable.

O - Good english style. I think of it as a brown ale. Enjoyable and good for a pint among friends.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Maxwell
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark near black carmel with an ever so slight reddish tinge. The head is fat and frothy with a light maple syrup/whippedcream coloring and nice droopy white coloring that dissipates quickly. Carbonation seems fairly light.

This is a very bready beer, with nice malty sweetness alongside a fruit bread wafting. Hops are nearly negligible in the smell, with the malt, and especially the yeast powering strongly through. This beer is definitely a trickster though, as its name might suggest, with some nice subtleties hidden in the smell.

First impression is of bready with a fine malty backbone, quite similar to the smell. There’s a nice side taste of tingly rich fruits. The after taste is slightly bitter, with a sweet caramely/bready linger. As you drink down further a slightly watery taste seems to touch the beer.

The initial sip is rich with thick bready beer, but it sweeps to away with to leave a dry resonation upon the upper tongue while the sides whet themselves for more. The beer is cool and drizzly on the tongue. Overall, after the initial splash on the tongue, the beer feels more watery and light on the tongue.

Not a bad beer. Though it is my first dark English beer, I find it fairly reminiscent of dark Belgians that I have had. Nice beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wychwood’s Hobgoblin has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, brown appearance, with some thick, splotchy lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, brown bread, and sugar, and the taste is likewise of those items, plus a decent hop bitterness and some orange flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Wychwood Hobgoblin finishes delicious and highly drinkable. This is not too dry. Overall, it’s a very nice beer to drink.


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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber red color, with a tan creamy head about one and a half finger high. Great lacing and good retention.
The smell is not very strong, and of roasted malt, brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.
The taste is much more complex. Some citrus fruit character is nicely blended with roasted malt and brown sugar. More bitter hops and more roasted malt character is added in the finish.
Very drinkable medium bodied beer, very smooth!

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Arno
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,630 ratings
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