Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

1,081 Reviews

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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Reviews: 1,081 | Ratings: 2,586
Photo of rastaman
2.32/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the smellliest beers i've ever had, kind of had a rotten smell, which didn't really make me want to drink, but to my surprise, it was OK, quite malty, and bitter hop finish, just a bit strange. Oh yeah, lose the clear bottles.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown color, with a solid tan head. On the nose there are aromas slight hops and a pinch of chocolate could be detected after reading the description on the back label. On the palate hops, nutty, slight caramel, and rounds out with some fruitiness. Mouth feel is smooth. Overall good stuff, but a bit high in price.

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Photo of John
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz. bottle. Rich ruby colored brew...impressive appearance. Nice bubbly cascading effect when poured. Lumpy head reduces to a persistent layer of tan foam. Sweet wort, caramel and hoppy aroma. Slick and full on the palate. Chocolate malt is evident as well as molasses with an orangey hoppy flavor in the finish. I'd love to try this cask conditioned.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz clear English looking bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep reddish copper with a patchy spidering light tan lace that holds its own.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with hints of malt sweetness and a buttery nose from the yeast.

Taste: Close to being silky smooth with a nice fullish body. Malt sweetness is dominant in the front though soon lets in some vague nutty and chocolaty flavours with a slightly subdued hop bitterness. More chocolate flavours become noticable as well as a light buttery yeasty finish.

Notes: A tasty rounded and full bodied brown ale.

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Photo of Reverand
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off love the label and bottle design! Wychwood certainly has some colorful labels. Hobgoblin has great deep brown color with very little head. Taste was really good most dark beers taste heavy but not this one.

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Photo of inebrius
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, dark amber with a slight lace. Initially fruity nose gets lost in a sea of malts. Toasted hazelnut malt body finishes with a hint of hop and fruity-ester. Creamy-mellow form makes this Brown a drinker.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,586 ratings.
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