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Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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2,625 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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"A bit dry"

These were the words that came to me as I drank it. Having just had a Cigar City Maduro brown before it, this was a definite step down. There's nothing wrong with it at all, and the slight dryness is not unwelcome, but it's not something I'd crave or tell a friend about. Serviceable.

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At cellar temp, this was poured from a brown bottle into a stein.
The color is dark, and the lacing hints of brown.
The aroma is very malty with caramel/chocolate undertones and just enough hop for the overall effect to be... wholesome.
Very smooth (nearly thin and slippery) and sweet malt flavor, not at all chewy or bitter. One might describe this as an English Altbier.
This could be a great beer for introducing craft brew to others. I would say that this is a highly quaffable brew with a satisfying aftertaste. As the beer gets flat, it becomes overtly sweet like wort. Drinking this cold, poured over dry ice could do wonders for this brew...

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a clear, deep ruby with about 2-fingers of creamy head. There is several minutes of retention before it regresses into a cap instead. The lacing isn't bad either, with strands of stray foam periodically spaced out.

S - Despite the reddish color, this smells much like a porter would, as I am getting a lot of dry, bittersweet cocoa and nuttiness. Some spicy, bitter hops as well, in the typical English style. A bit of grain and biscuit rounds out the finish.

T - Surprisingly, the taste brings more hops to the table, with a slight skunk mixed with mild citrus and spice. After the initial impression, though, the malts are the main focal point, with the chocolate and nuts being the most prominent. Somewhat bready, but this aspect is hidden beneath the other flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with decent carbonation. A spicy, bitter finish lingers on the palate, and it finishes rather clean.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty easy to drink but there isn't really anything in here that will blow you away. I could see this pairing well with food, as the flavors would lend itself well to chicken or beef.

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A: A reddish brown color, with a nice off white/tan head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Earthiness, honey, caramel, and a slight hint of butterscotch.

T: Almost completely like the nose, with slight woodiness and hop presence on the tail end.

M: Medium Bodied with Mid carbonation.

O: This brew was pretty good, do not know if I would buy it again. Very subtle and well balanced.

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It's a coppery brown with a tan head. Nice lacing as well.

It's got some chocolate notes and a big butter smell.

It's buttery, chocolaty, and nutty. A bit sweet. Very complex.

It's medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Why can't American brewers make them like this?

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,625 ratings
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