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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3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a mug.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a finger and a half, frothy, brown-white head. Settles slowly leaving a dry, sticky beer ring. Spotty yet pervasive lacing.

S: Woody, roasted, malt grains with a little fresh tea leaf, and honey.

T: Kind of papery or cardboard flavor. A little peat is present. Some tobacco leaf or tea leaf. A little citrus zest and raisin.

M: Light body, bitter finish.

D: Not much resistance. Can be powered through session style if you like.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice head and some distinct lacing. Nose consists of of roasted malt, wood tones, and some fresh tea and honey. Kind of a stale flavor with some peat, tea, and hints of bitter orange pith or zest and some sweet raisin for balance. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hobgoblin pours a brownish color with a nice large long lasting head. There is a roasted nutty and toffee like aroma. The taste has a nice toffee and nut flavor, with a nice mi of peanuts, finish with a bit of a boozy like flavor. A bit watery but the flavors come together nicely. Overall a very nice English like beer that is easy to drink.

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3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have some head retention. The head is a light beige with hints of yellow while the body is a very dark amber that glows shows hints of orange and dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind. The body is also hazy.

Nose- It's a little weak from the glass but rich and inviting when I smell the bottle. Roasted malts, weak notes of burnt bread and smoke, chocolate, and caramel. The aroma from the glass has softer roasted notes with a gummy or almost generic fruitcake character to it. Some brown sugar and molasses are evident as well. Maybe some raisins, leather?

Taste- Brown sugar with some leathery woodiness are the first tastes that I get. The finish tastes a lot like cardboard which would lead me to believe that this beer may be a little old. This is unfortunate because more hops presence would really balance out the sweet malts. The roasted notes seem a little too sour and have hints of something close to licorice. Some notes of raisin as well. At the moment, this beer lacks balance and integration. I do not see the situation improving. The sweetness of the malt in this beer is definitely too pronounced for my palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some smoothness and moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of syrup to the texture as well.

Drinkability- Cloying sweetness and a five dollar price tag? This is not this beer's category.

Overall- I am beginning to question whether I like this style- I will have to try Fuller's ESB to test this. This beer was rather mediocre in my opinion and the malt bill is too much for me. If you're a fan of the style, you might want to go for it. I,for one, will not be purchasing this beer again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from LCBO for $3.15 CDN into a pint glass- Best before June 2014.

A- Pours to a dark amber / garnet color and leaves just over a finger a head in the glass. Head quickly dissipates but lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Malty with some caramel and fruit on the back end up front. Substantial earthy aromas on the nose as well.

T- Fairly similar to the scent caramel with some fruity then earthy undertones. Grainy malts and some bitterness on the finish and in the aftertaste.

M- Feels heavy and quite a surprisingly filling beer. Carbonation feels high in the mouth yet virtually no bubbles are perceptible the deeper I get into this glass. Pretty good in the mouth.

O- A better beer than I remember, pleasantly surprised at its depth and the lingering of flavors in your mouth. Maybe my tastes have changed since the last time I had it but overall a plus brew that is worth drinking again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark ruby when held up to light, dark brown when not, off white-tan foamy head, great clarity

Aroma: Nutty and earthy aroma, very bready malt aroma similar to a dark raisin or pumpernickel bread; slight citrusy aroma as well

Taste: Nutty, dark, and bready with a fruity bitter finish. Earthy hop character balances the dark nuttiness and a raisin and slight citrus character on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than most ESB's but still quite drinkable. Medium-full to full body, moderate carbonation

Overall Impression: Quite a nice dark ale that would be especially delcious when the weather is cold out because of its thicker and full flavor. Nutty, earthy, bready, and fruity, this ale accomplishes the characteristics that all ESBs should aim for to varying degrees. Worth buying again.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,664 ratings