Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,622 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber-red colored brew with a thick two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a good level of lace.

Smell- The aroma is biggest of dark fruit smells but has a nice presence of caramel and a bready aromas as well. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of an earthy and grassy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready and doughty flavor with hints of roasted malt and some dark fruit. As the flavor advances, some caramel comes to the tongue along with a bit of nuttiness. The nuttiness is mainly of a hazelnut like taste which actually bring a tiny bit of bitterness to the tongue as the fruit flavors seem to fade toward the end. The light bitterness is not from the nut alone however as other flavors of an earthy hop nature join into the taste to leave a smooth and very pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a beer of only 5.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather on the lower side.

Overall – This is a rather tasty and very satisfying beer at only 5.2 % abv. A nice one to try for sure.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,622 ratings
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