Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.76 w/ 2,617 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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Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ruddy amber body with thin head that recedes quickly, but retains a bit.

Nose is a ton of bitter malt and some biscuity feel to it; it smells very English for what it's worth.

Taste is standard for an English brown, dark, nutty, and malty, but with a dryish finish. Very well balanced and chewy. Flavor isn't intense, but neither is it insubstantial.

Mouthfeel is great, super creamy and smooth. Quite nice.

Drinkable if a tad bitter, a good example of an English brown, close to a stout. Fans of Guinness and the like will appreciate it. Discounters of British beer may not.

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Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearancea - Nice dark ruby color, poured a nice head and left some lace.

smell - Toffee and malt.

taste - Nice mellow malt taste, not too sweet, not much hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbination.

drinkability - Very nice malt drink, not too sweet. Balanced right enjoyed it.

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Photo of Mark
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this beer which has always aroused my curiosity. While English ale is my favorite genre of beer, I hate clear glass bottles and that's what probably steered me clear up to now. Beer poured a deep amber, head retention was good but there was no lace at all. Sweet malty aroma also had hints of chocolate.
Sweet malts, toffe and chocolate seemed to dominate the taste profile. Fruitiness came out as well as the beer warmed. Hops were subtle. A decent enough beer but not in the same league as Young's, Fullers, or even some Sam Smith beers that we get here in the States.

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Photo of JohnTurano
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-red, clear body with a big, frothy head

Aroma: Malty; hops; vinous fruit

Taste: Refreshing; crisp; bitter-sweet start; hoppy, slightly bitter finish; excellent overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear light amber with a light tan head of 2 1/2 fingers. Moderate lacing.

The nose is rich in caramel and toasted malt. It's a bit chocolatey.

The taste starts out sweet with a hint of chocolate, but then I get substantial grapefruit-like tartness, almost metallic at first. Some light bitterness rises in the end.

The feel is moderately light, with peppery tingle on the tongue, followed by light stickiness, with faint warming in the throat.

This beer grew on me. I liked it much better in the end than at first.

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Photo of Rojada1988
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of rapayn01
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle of this ale into a pink glass, which produced a deep brown ale smelling of malt. The original taste sensation is somewhat sweet and malty, though a balancing hop bitterness is soon also apparent. The overall effect is nice and much like the taste of English Brown Ale's I've sampled in the past. It was certainly drinkable, especially if you like like a hint of buttery caramel smell/taste in your brew.

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Photo of Skidz
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. BROWN bottle....yeah. No freshness date.

Pours out amber brown and sits light chocolate brown in the glass with a large foamy off-white head with good sticking power.

Smells of caramel, chocolate, hint of espresso/capuccino with a nice malty base. Light hoppy spiciness lies within.

Taste of malty sweetness up front with toffee and dustings of light chocolate. Mild estery build blended with a lifting sense of alcoholic presence. Nicely toasted malts and citric taste of orange peel in the bitter, hop controlled finish.

Creamy and full of life in the mouth, nice gentle carbonation eases over your mouth. Nice medium body with plenty of kick.

Very tasty brew indeed. Love the flavor profile and creamy body. Easily consumed in mass quantities.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip glass. Artwork and bottle design is really cool.

Appearance- The head builds slowly and ends with an even finger that is tan in color. It's really bubbly and full of air pockets. There is no lace. The body is a deep coffee brown with amber highlights.

Smell- There is certainly bread malt and some sugary dark fruit in the nose. I notice brown sugar buried, only the slightest hint of citrus hops.

Taste- There are tons of malt in the drink, but they aren't as sweet as the nose made them out to be, more bread and maybe caramel.

It isn't until the finish that a little bit of earthy and slightly tangy hop comes through. The grains were toasted due to the slight roast noticeable.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied bordering on light. The finish is a little astringent due to the watery nature of the beer and the hoppy, roasted finish. It needs more carbonation to smooth it out and make it creamier.

Overall- It isn't quite as good as I remember, but I do have some more experience in the brown ale department as well. The nose is pretty good, but the flavors are a little bland. A creamier mouth feel will undoubtedly help this beer.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ski271
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark chestnut-brown with a small, creamy, light tan, slowly diminishing head and good lacing. S- Moderate caramel malt most notable along with chocolate, butter and alcohol. T- Smooth. Moderate malt flavors take center stage. Grain, caramel, chocolate, light cereal, cola, and some very light clove(?). Moderate to light hops that show up mostly on the finish, adding spice and fruit. M- A little brothy, buttery yeast in the too.
It has a medium-full body, dry texture and low carbonation. D- Easy drinking & interesting without being a big challenge on the taste buds. I could drink several of these in a sitting easily.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review might be somewhat biased, er, tainted because I tried the brew after several Strongbows.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown at first glance, but very dark red when help up to a light. Had > 1/2 a finger of foam that quickly dissipated.

The aroma was sweet with a faint presence toffee/chocolate. The taste was hoppy with the toffee/chocolate essence not so prominent. It was a bit on the thick side, but still pleasurable.

Will definatly try this one again.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TruePerception
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Wychwood Brewery's Hobgoblin Dark English Ale: Appearance: very dark amber; Smell: dirt, light malt and hop; Taste/Mouthfeel: well balanced (to the point of blah), faint malty sweetness, light cirtusy hop, tiny bit of grass; okay, easy drinking.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%

One of the first I tried, I drink this beer a bit rose tinted but overall I still think it's a very solid beer. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. The smell is full of sweet flavors with some floral notes from the hops. The taste has dark chocolate and vanilla notes well balanced by the floral hops making for a tasty and refreshing brew.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Steve's Liquor here in Madison. 500 ml clear glass bottle with a cool curvy design, that clear bottle though...methinks it contributed to a skunky little brew here.

Pours a standard brown ale amber with dark garnet highlights, a nice tan head and some lacing. Smell is a little off-putting at first, adjuncty macro corn/Heineken skunk fades into caramel malts. Taste sadly does the same, skunky then caramel malts, maybe a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is crisp, body is a little light. Overall, the skunky Heineken aspect of this beer kind of drowned out the sweet caramel malty tones that I like in a brown. I can't help but think those damn clear bottles that British breweries love to use adds to this unfortunate characteristic. Has potential, but just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of ultrasrs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of frank4sail
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark red color with not a big head on the pour, just pale/white bubbles. Not much retention but lots of bubble action in the glass. Lively larger bubbles. slightly fruity and abv warmth in the nose. Fruity initial taste followed quickly by a sharp straw like bitter bite. The mouth is smooth upfront followed by a dry tongued finish. This beer just does not float my boat... That strangly bitter/sour (skunk)finish seemed off... maybe a bad bottle.. it is clear glass....?

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Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 60.1% out of 100 with 2,617 ratings
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