Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,598 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Whyemier
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried this one on several occasions, not my favorite because it is more hoppy than I like, not as bitter as an IPA but still more hops than I normally look for. That should be expected in an Dark English Ale.

Having said that, it is a one I still drink on occasion for a difference in taste.

Dark Amber or Red in color, the body is 'normal' the best I can say about it though much better and far beyond what I term as 'commercial beers'. There is a very slight sweetness, on the front of the tonque and a nut like flavor as you swallow. For me this is obscured somewhat by the hops.

I am not knocking this beer completely just recognizing it is not my favorite. Because it is close to an IPA in my opinion, many would find it an excellent substituion for one of those beers.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... dark brown beer with head colour beige of almost 2 fingers
Aroma... grass, hazelnuts and hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste...some nuts and malt, then bitterness appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a classic English style

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4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chestnut color, substantial head that dissipates in 1-2 minutes.

S: Sweetness dominates, metallic hints, earthy.

T: Sweetness balanced with roasty bitterness. Nutty, earthy flavors last longer than the sweetness.

M: Medium light, average carbonation.

O: Typifies British style ale in the earthiness, low hops bitterness, mellow roastiness. I love it!

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3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, great reddish brown color with a 2 finger medium brown head that lasted a tad. The aroma was toasted malt and sweetness in the mild dark fruit range, the taste was filled with a nice malt balance against mild hops and a hint of sweet. Really a enjoyable Black Ale all the way around as it had a nice mouthfeel that satisfied in all the right places,had you thinking about having another as you looked at the beautiful lace hanging on the glass. I like the style and will pick this one up again, I would love to try this on tap!

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a ruby color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: caramel and bready malts, with a little fruitiness in there too.

Taste: Same as above with some mild hop bitterness and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: smooth, tingly hop bitterness, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice ESB that I have time before and many more in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,598 ratings.
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