Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,591 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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3.75/5  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%

Photo of BMMillsy
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%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crimson red ale into a tulip from the 12oz bottle. Small off-white head forms to about one finger with a foamy-creamy texture. Falls to a thick ring and cloud atop the beer fairly quickly and the beer itself appears like it might be low in the carbonation department. The small ring leaves fairly impressive webs of thin lace.

S- Malty and fruity up front. A nice sweet, dark caramel malted grain aroma blends in nicely with the esters from the English Ale yeast strain. Brown sugar, toffee, toasted grains, nutty malts and bread also comes to mind. Some earthy hop aromas.

T- Malts, yeast and hops all come together nicely in a multi-dimensional flavor. Malts lends depth to the taste with caramel, toasted nuts, biscuit and very slight roast notes. Hops are earthy, grassy and herbal and just below the level of malt flavor but moderate in strength overall. Yeast brings everything together with fruity esters (raisin, fig, cherry come to mind) and some fresh bread hints.

MF- Medium-light bodied overall feel with a noticeable lack of carbonation. Texture is close to being watery but still silky enough despite the lack of bubbles. Moderate bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish.

Solid ESB that has Brown Ale elements with the high use of toasted and even roast grains. A low end carbonation takes away from a beer that could truly shine.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, hint of dry hops, hint of adjunct, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, dry hops, sweet malt, hint of adjunct, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, with an average feel.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,591 ratings.
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