Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,605 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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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my fast food mug, it reminds me of expired juice (minus the mother).

See: Clear, watered down blood color with very little bubbles. Nice beige head 2 1/2 fingers high but shrinks quickly, to a small ring with a very thin cover on top. Wonderful lacing resembling spooky hallowe'en type shapes (vampire fangs, grim reaper pointing finger, goblin profile, hanging one-legged woman, eyes of every kind and flying bat). Maybe this beer is "laced" with something extra to enhance its effect.

Smell: Hamster pee, a bit of syrupy pancakes and well-used Scottish country dance shoe aroma.

Taste: mildly sweet, blandish beer like blend.

Hear: Thought I heard a tingling sound but realized it was my earing hitting the glass.

Feel: Watery with a bite, then smoothness turning bitter to the end.

Blanket: I like the label better than the beer but will buy it again because I am under its spell.

AKA: Be Nice or Be Cursed

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Pours a dark red amber to brown, with light caramel colored foam. Aroma is sweet and nutty, with a decent blast of fruit. This beer is malt forward but with a lot of fruity character as well. Caramel and sweet bitter nuts (like pecans) along with earthy hops and raisins, bramble fruit (raspberries). The brown sugar combines with sour fruit and bitter nuts to yield a pleasant complexity (albeit less complex than Fuller's ESB), yet the body renders the beer quite drinkable. Solid bitter or mild ale with a tea leaf dry finish and nice hoppiness compared to macrobrewed examples of the style. I also get a sanguine tang in the finish. Wouldn't do much different other than maybe temper the bitter finish a little.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber from the bottle with a small off white head. Aroma of big dark fruit, black cherry, figs, plums, raisins, some bites, sweet candy sugar, some yeast. Really smells like a quad. Flavor follows the dark fruit with some cherry and slight bitter. Medium bodied, a bit slick, with low medium carbonation. This comes off as a Belgian dark ale to me, and is not bad at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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