Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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84
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2,599 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:
2,599
Reviews:
1,085
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
474
For Trade:
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ah, one of the first real imports I remember trying back in the day. Memories. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight amber topped by a finger of dirty khaki foam. The nose comprises light buttery biscuit, perfume-y flowers, light greens, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of hard water, some grass, and a touch of toast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice bitter, nothing that will shake your perception of the style or the beverage, but something easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Pours the lightest shade of brown with orange/ruby highlights when put up to light. Bubbly white head impales itself to the glass till the very end. Smells a bit like minerals, mix up some raisins, brown sugar, dark caramel and dark fruit like plums or cherries with a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet with brown sugar and caramel up front. Melds into a long lingering burnt sugar/treacle flavor that persists long after each sip. Some Melanoid in there reminds me a bit of a dopplebock. Creamy bubbly mouthfeel is the best part about this brew. Medium level of carbonation and a medium body. This is not a bad beer, maybe not a brown ale but certainly quaffable. I could see drinking a few of these on a cool autumn night.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BTW, I forgot to mention thank god these guys switched to brown bottles it means their beer actually has a shelf life and that the Hobgoblin in cans is a great move as well but pretty hard to find. Aroma has a great mix of dark raisins with malty nutty sweetness going on, herbal and earthy hops in the background but a really nice roasted malt character overall. Flavor upfront roasted malt with a mild nut finish, some sweetness brings in the fruity raisins with a slightly sour bread finish blended with the bittering hops which have an earthy herbal feel. Mouthfeel overall is pretty damn solid one of the best English brown's I've tried outside of Sammy Smith's. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation goes a long way I like the drying herbal and earthy hop bitterness it is what makes this beer work. Drinkability overall is pretty good, again another worthy contender taking Newcastle Nutbrown Ale to the next level and hopefully crossing many more folks into the American micro section of the industry.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish/amber color with low to moderate carbonation visible. A light lace and a wispy hurricane pattern ontop.

S - Light caramel notes and toffee sweetness. Some fruit sweetness and nutty bitter scents.

T - Very rich and smooth flavors. Nutty and dry, sweet and smooth, malty and buttery. Toffee and grains swirling around with a pleasantly light sweet aftertaste. A hint of chocolate or carob but the malt and nutty flavors shine.

M - Smooth and soft on the palate, with some refreshing soft carbonation. Smooth finish, a tad dry.

O - Balanced and flavorful, yet crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish amber with a large, thick, foamy, brownish head that has good retention

S - light citrusy aroma

T - malty, chalky, milky, some caramel, clean bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

The chalky, milky flavor is incredibly off putting. Otherwise, this is a decent, sessionable ale. I probably won't be buying it again, though.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off well, but fades fast. You get just a hint of a full bodied ale, but it drops off nearly immediately. Because it had no lasting power, I wouldn't go for it again, or recommend it for that matter. Beyond that, I can't really think of anything constructive to deliver to you.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bottle, pours faintly cloudy, nice toasted almond color, nutty, malty nose, leaves well dispersed lacing. Malty British brown ale, lots of malt evident, moderate sweetness, balance is the British way and this one is a nice example. Nicely rounded mouthfeel, smooth finish. Fine sessioner.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with ruby highlights. The head descends to a thin, well-retained covering.

The smell is of sweet toffee with a lemony tang.

The taste is of sweet toffee with subtle hints of brown sugar. A lemony hop tang balances out the sweetness nicely. Suggestions of chocolate emerge as drink progresses. It has a pleasant, well-balanced taste to it Nutty finish. A slight warming alcohol touch finishes it off.

Fuller side of medium bodied. Smooth.

This is a nice English "session" ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy brown color, perfectly clear, with a nice, creamy layer of froth.
Nice aroma, for a brown ale/ English pale ale style, fruity, malty, light on hops, sweet, nutty, smacking of yeast, a bit.
Nice and tasty....wait, third time I've used that word, "nice"...bad monk, bad...but, it can't be helped, it's unflinchingly pleasant and, as taste now tells, palatable. No hops, thick malt, rich and round, mix of cherries, and grapes, with a distinct malty,...yumminess.
I'm liking this more and more, actually. Hadn't any clue, as my other encounters with this brewery were less than spectacular, or, at least, didn't live up to expectations raised by artistry and imagery....but this is pretty damned good. Easy to drink, packed with full flavor, medium bodied, long, fruity/nutty finish. I don't mind this little devil at all!

P.S., if it matters, this was from a brown bottle, not clear.
Although, I did see some of their other offerings in clear vessels at the same store...curious...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a moderately translucent brown with no head. Not really getting a lot of aroma off the beer itself, maybe a little malt and sweet. The taste is typical of a brown, with a slight bitterness at the end. Flavors of nut, caramel, and barley in the beer. The beer is sharp and light in mouth, with a fairly easy, smooth finish. The higher carbonation makes this a beer not for mass consumption.

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Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Tone
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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Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery brown amber. Small white head with short retention and lacing. Light aroma of toasted and sweet malt and dark fruit. Flavor follows with light sweet and toasted malts, faint dark fruit, subdued. A bland, almost diluted brown beer. No off flavors and seems like it could have been a nice beer with some more intensity. I liked the graphics and presentation and wanted to like this.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is what I consider a classic British ale. All is right in nose, taste and color. Soft smoky, peaty aroma, dark cola/ice tea color, thin beige head, taste is oak barrel, peat, hops and malt. Would like to enjoy this by a roaring fire on a cold, wet day in the English countryside.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad "dark ale". Basically this beer has some mellow fruit and caramel malt flavors. Really, we're talking subtle here except for a mice, spicy hop finish. So overall it's a nice session beer, but the mouthfeel is a little off. It's a sort of cheap beer tang. Meh, it's still a good beer, but I wish I could try it on cask and see if it opens up more.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,599 ratings.
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