Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.76 w/ 2,617 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: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a beautiful clear mahogany dark caramel with a two finger off white head and magnificent lacing observed all down the sides of the glass. The smell is fairly sublime with notes of bread, caramel, and pine. Mouthfeel is about average, not thin, but not syrupy thick either. I can detect some rye notes in flavor along with sweet malt well balanced by the bitter hops on the finish. But I honestly didn't think it was all that bitter considering this is supposed to be a strong bitter. Overall a splendid offering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery brown amber. Small white head with short retention and lacing. Light aroma of toasted and sweet malt and dark fruit. Flavor follows with light sweet and toasted malts, faint dark fruit, subdued. A bland, almost diluted brown beer. No off flavors and seems like it could have been a nice beer with some more intensity. I liked the graphics and presentation and wanted to like this.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a very thick, slightly off-white head that holds very well. A deep, rich reddish-brown colour with very good clarity.

S - Malty, a good amount of sweetness, toasty flavours, and some toffee. Some subtle hops and fruits as undertones.

T - Toasted malts and caramel are the first things I notice, and some more mellow yeast and chocolate flavours come through as well. A touch of nuttiness on the back. The bitterness from the hops is there, but very delicately, just enough to balance and crisp up the finish.

M - Moderate to full body, great carbonation, very smooth feel. Good finish, leaves your palate well.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Each sip tasted like another.

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On tap at the Huntsman, Bath, England

A: Cola brown with a half finger head that lingers. Light lacing.

S: Malts come "goblin" up; bready.

T: Light malts, molasses, toffee; a smooth and easy drinker.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: This one's been on my wish list for a while. Not as impressed as I thought I would be. Would like to try a bottle.

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3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown/caramel color. Honey hues on the edges. Very light brown soapy head.

Aroma: Molasses. Very dark malt notes.

Taste: Lots of dried fruit. Apricot, plum. Some off flavors of soured fruit as well. No date on the bottle but I'm thinking it's expired or wasn't stored well before I bought it.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting it to be on the heavy side but it is actually pretty light and nicely carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I'm going to have to give this one the benefit of the doubt. If the opportunity arose I would try it again and give it a second chance. However, this was definitely not the beer I thought it was going to be.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 60.1% out of 100 with 2,617 ratings
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