Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A: a pretty translucent brown/ amber with an inch and a half white head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Toasty malt and bready yeast. Caramel. Not much for hops.

T: Get the slight hop bitterness that wasn't in the nose. Big biscuit yeast with the roasted malts bringing up the rear. Pretty light. Very sweet.

M: On the watery side but not to the point where it was unenjoyable. Hops left a nice bite and the carbonation was about perfect.

O: Overall I could definitely drink this beer again. I like sweeter, malty beers and this one definitely embodied that. I'll have it again if offered to me.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent, flavoursome beer and easy to drink

aroma: toffee, caramel, raisin and ripe fruit

taste: toffee, spice, raisin, chocolate, ripe fruit and slight grapefruit

great beer and well balanced - sweet with some nice bitterness to balance it out.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a predominately brown with amber highlights. Small head recedes quickly, although the film did leave a pleasant lacing on the glass.

S - Very little here. I was at a restaurant and didn't want to act inappropriately, but I took a big whiff and smelled some vaguely sweet malty notes.

T - Not bad, but nothing special. Smooth maltiness on the lighter side.

M - Very smooth, albeit somewhat watery.

O - I wasn't really impressed with this one. It's not offensive, but nothing about it stood out to me as being much above average.

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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.

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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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