Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

BA SCORE
84
good
2,598 Ratings
HobgoblinHobgoblin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,598
Reviews:
1,084
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,598 |  Reviews: 1,084
Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark reddish brown, 1 inch off white head, great lacing down the glass

S: Sweet malts, cherries, caramel

T: Sweet bready malts up front, a little of that cherry as the air hits your throat, sweet aftertaste

M: Medium, velvety smooth

O: I really like this beer. Sweet taste and smell, you can tell the quality is there.

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Photo of mflamar
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CultOfKings
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a chalice, pours a nice brown, borderline copper, colour. A head of about 2 fingers on top that dispersed into a nice cap with great lingering lace. Moderate carbonation that brings forth a nice smell of chocolate and black currant with a hint of coffee, but a nice malt sweetness to balance out the strong flavors. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had with the perfect amount of carbonation to finish off the body. Minor hops bitterness with some tastes of dark chocolate and malt. A buttery like quality appears on the finish. A very well balanced brown ale that I will definitely throw on the bookshelf where I keep my D&D collection.

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Photo of Xaldos
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TyrionBeernister
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imfinished
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cwkash
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCairns
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davidperez
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass, it pours a perfectly clear dark brown with ruby hues against the light. It forms a two-finger head, sudsy and creamy, with very good retention. Nice lacing.

Sweet and interesting bouquet, though not very assertive.
Slightly toasted malts, dark fruits, hint of chocolate, toffee, butter.

This beer confused me. I remember having it some years ago and really liking it; hence, I was surprised by the recent bad reviews and by its rating… but I must say, this flavor explains it all.
There's no much flavor to talk about. It's not that this beer lacks notes, there are notes, but it lacks assertiveness in those notes, they end abruptly, it has a watery mouthfeel and so is the flavor.
A pronounced bitterness at first, slightly earthy and acidic, followed by some sweet liquor, dark fruits, toffee and milk chocolate. The aftertaste has such decaying sweet notes and is slightly herbaceous and nutty, then bitterness prevails again.
Light body yet slightly smooth, watery mouthfeel, low carbonation, semi-dry.

I wouldn’t buy this again, although I would be interested in double-checking its flavor.

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Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thewargod
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Review: Bottle of Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer: ABV: 5.2%

There is no doubt that this beer stands out with its very amusing logo, inspired by the local myths and legends of the ancient Wychwood forest.

The appearance didn’t look good at all to be frank. It looked like coca cola, no head to speak of, very flat, dead and unappealing.

The colour was a deep ruby red, and on pour I got a big head, very frothy but dies, and no real lacing. Nice colour but the overall look was disappointing.

A lovely aroma, smelt like a nice stout to me! I got a smell of caramel, toffee and roasted malts, and a slight sour smell, but overall I liked the smell, pleasant.

Taste: Didn’t like this one bit, which was surprising to me as it is very much a hyped up beer. I really wanted it to be good, but alas……

Not much of a beer at all. Too strong for me, had a really strong bitter taste and could feel the alcohol. Very hoppy throughout, too hoppy for me.
Very sour creamy aftertaste,
Harsh flavours, chocolate, toffee and sweet malts, a lot of flavours in it alright, very robust and thick

I found it very hard to drink to be honest, one to sip, definitely not for a session, that’s for sure, for me anyway, lol.

It is a popular beer, but I do wonder if people are more swayed with the hype and the vibe than the actual taste.

Now I know they say that if you are a lager drinker beware, I would say that’s true. I think this is definitively an acquired taste, and perhaps with all the hype one for the nerds who like their war craft or whatever, or an English man and his real ales……….

This is reflected in their ad campaign where they challenge drinkers of pale lager to try a brew with more distinct flavours, “What’s the matter Lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?”. Could be true, lol!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiphansel
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant surprise

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of der_meister
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Furlinator
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Allegue04
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atpbass7
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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