Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,592 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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of seanyfo
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle poured into standard UK pint sleeve

BBE 31 May 2012

A- chestnut brown with excellent clarity. 3 tan head slowly reduces to a sustainable crown with some very good lacing.

S- nutty quality with a hint of vanilla, faint toasted malts.

T- lots of toasted malts up front, has an almost sour quality about it. A little bit of nuttiness and toffee but the more toasted malts take the lead with a medium finish and low hop character

M- medium body and carbonation

D- looks well and a nice aroma. A good toasted malt quality on the palate but this almost sour note from the high levels of toasted malt never really goes away. Id like a bit more toffee like sweeter malt quality in there. Otherwise a nice example of the style

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RepMichigan
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz poured into Weizen Glass

A- Clear dark orange with a two finger eggshell white/brown head.
S- Smells like New Castle brown, not too bold of a smell. A somewhat earthy smell.
T- Nutty taste with few hops and a caramel malt back bone, nothing sticks out too much because its all in good balance. Taste could be a bit more bold. Feels very slightly watered down.
M- A smooth easy drinker, good carbonation and you dont get any foam in your mouth. I could enjoy this beer under any circumstance.
O- This is a good beer that wont dissapoint, It reminds me of a slightly better and more expensive Newcastle brown. Worth trying and I may have again down the road.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lwillitz
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500-ml bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - semi-cloudy dark copper body under two fingers of thick light-tan foam

S - notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose; maybe a touch of hops; caramel sweetness

T - malts up front, chocolate and coffee, caramel and nuts, just enough hop presence for a nice balance

M - full-bodied; medium carbonation; smooth and syrupy

O - Hobgoblin is a sweet malty ale with just enough hops to keep it interesting. Not bad at all.

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Photo of radioscooter
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IPAaron
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of thestranger99
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of xaoslaad
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of mrhartounian
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown, massive head with large susdsy bubbles. Dies tho.

Restrained caramel, toffee on nose.

Taste is bitter roast caramel, toffee, almost too bitter for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel watery.

Better as it warms, flavours expand, and gets sweeter. Despite Styrian Goldings in the mix, a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle straight from the UK, poured in a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with two fingers of off-white head.

S: That familiar burst of earthy English hops rise first. Toffee and buttered, over-toasted bread.

T: Sweet caramel and creme, with a nice balance of dark fruits and raisons. Hops are restrained and pleasant.

D: Smooth, tasty stuff that is refreshing, but still rather filling. Mouthfeel isn't terrible but I can only imagine what it would be like on cask.

Overall: It is a delicious and simple English ale. Not sure why its labeled as a brown ale as it shares few similarities with other English browns (Northern or Southern) that I've had. I wouldn't mind having this at my local watering hole at any given time.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into shaker pint.

A: Mahogany with a big, sticky, off-white head.

S: Malt. Fruit. Caramel. Brown bread. Sweet breakfast pastries.

T/M: Malty and sweet up front, with a slight fruitiness. Caramel and brown bread notes come through in fairly equal proportions. Feel is substantial, but not ridiculous for beer of this color and strength. Finish is toasty and nutty with minimal bitterness.

Overall: Nice brown ale. Good execution of the style.

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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned Imperial pint from the BRIDGE Bar and Eating House in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London.

Deep amber, mahogany color with very little head. Just a small off white ring around the top.

Smells of rich maltiness, brown bread, and a faint aroma of some hops.

Bitter, rich with caramel, some roasted, and grainy malts. Subtle bread or toast flavor as well.

Medium bodied with decent mouth coating. A bit flat, even for being casked.

A great example of an English cask ale. Not familiar in many of the beers I drink at home so it was a nice experience to try this.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,592 ratings.
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