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Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 2097   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle and can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Pale, chocolate and crystal malts; English Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops.
Hobgoblin is a powerful full-bodied copper red, well-balanced brew. Strong in roasted malt with a moderate hoppy bitterness and slight fruity character that lasts through to the end.
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (4041) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle, at home (031031). Redbrown. Aroma and flavor light malty/sweet (fruity) and hoppy/bitter. Light body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Deep orange amber ale with a creamy white head. Crispy herbal malt aroma with caramel notes. Caramel malts with nutty notes, with a lighter body. A decent ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
intial concern was skunk....clear bottle and all, and how many units do they move? maybe or maybe not...sam smiths doesn’t usually skunk. this was average average. not enough hops and under malted, almost watered down?? yet it had a nice taste and was clean on the tongue.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear amber color with foamy tan head. Smells and tastes of caramel with a hint of floral hops. Also some dried fruit and brown sugar undertones. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 The aroma is like super sweet cola with toasted malt, caramel, and medicinal hops. The appearance is a deep red brown and the head is small but persistent. The flavor is complex with cherries, raisins, toasted bread, coffee, and brown sugar. This one is almost too sweet for me. The palate is just about right. Bitter aftertaste. This is a quality beer but there is just something about the taste that I am not crazy about. Still this is not a bad beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisG (31) - Secunda, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 20, 2005
A fairly strong beer that has a chocolaty colour as well as aftertaste. Head stays a long time and looks real good. Not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 11, 2005
NOt really my type. It was dark, and with an ale colour, like the New Castle one. BUt it was too hopy, unnacesary, perhaps. Almost no foam, and tiring too.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1326) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
well i was expecting a bit more from this. even for a bitter the taste was rather plain. Can’t really describe this, except that it is excedingly plain.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours medium amber/brown with a big, thick off white creamy head. Head stays around for a while too, real pretty. Aroma slightly bitter, malty, with apples. Bitter smell, like a red delicious apple. First taste is light, apples, caramel, tasty malt, maybe hazelnut. Light bitterness on the back of the tongue, increases as flavor disappears. Feels a bit on the thin side, but the maltiness on the tongue makes it feel a bit creamy at the same time. Like 2 percent milk. Aftertaste leaves you a ghost of hops on the back of the throat and tongue, but disappears, finishing clean. All that being said, there is a little metallic hint in every part: aroma, flavor, finish. Not unpleasant, but noticeable. Still a pretty tasty beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2005
A deep red color with very little head. Very little taste jumps out at me. This is very suprising. There is a little of an alcohol nip, but not to the point where it is detrimental. Another rater mentioned a metallic hint and I agree.


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