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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2005
Dark Amber with a redish tinge. Small but fine head with good lasting lacing. Some nice caramel and toffee aroma characteristics. Some nice toffee and caramel malt flavours but nothing too exciting.No real hop flavour to start with, although it goes towards a bitter finish. A bit thin and watery, but would make a good English session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
5.24.05 Had this on my birthday...supposedly I was drinking warm glasses (not shots..glasses) of vodka after having this...which would explain my blackout and waking up fully dressed with my shoes on. Rock. A really good bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Very deep red, Dr. Pepperish-color, thin short-lived head, no lace. Aroma was flowers and herbs nicely cooperating with chocolate, coffee grounds and malt. Hints of esther, cherry, and yeast. Solid well-balanced flavor, with elements of sweet fruit, toasty malt, bread, cherries, caramel and toffee. coffee and cola in the middle and a good wallop of Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hop bitterness. Excellent creamy texture, solid and viscous, without leaving a slimy feeling behind. Unusual, unique bottle. Check out their web site -- it’s better than many and tells the humorous "Legend of Hobgoblin Ale."

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Smelled a bit like a wet basement, cola colored. Head foamy white, did lace up nice though. Strange fruit taste to it. Not too bitter and seems to get better by the sip. Body was thin and watery and leaves you with very little. Overall ok not great maybe good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. Clear brownish color. Fair white head. Fruity aroma, perhaps bananna which is a little disturbing. Thin bodied. Touch of malt and a bit of hops. Mediocre.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Clear and red with a small head. Caramel aroma with a little roasted smell. Relatively dry with a fast finish. Watery. Not much in the way of flavor with moderate caramel flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
From the bottle. Hoppy and metallic enough aroma that I double checked to see if I really poured from a can. Dark reddish color body with a creamy head. Creamy palate with a sweet, hoppy slightly smoky flavor. Went well with fish and chips.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Juicy fruit gum aroma with some funky smelling hops. Pours a transparent red with a small white head. Lightly fruity with some caramel with almost no hops in the finish. It’s not horrible, just really boring. At least it came with a decent glass.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Wychwood artwork is always a pleasure to behold, and the evil little guy on the label is no exception. I liked the dark colour and cream head. Somehow I couldn’t pick up much of the aroma. The toffee taste was pleasant enough. Bitterness I thought was exactly right. The overall verdict: quite good but somehow disappointing. Not quite sure why.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Stained crimson glow. Skimpy, baggy, blanched ivory crown. Narrow collar keeps and light skeletal lacing clings. Vapid aroma of stale graham cracker crust, flat vanilla abstract, and obtuse cocoa. Flavors usher in a bland and empty front with a mild dark grainy malt. Slow middle with common and infinitely inadequate roast barely reaching the surface. Eases off slow and gradual with a bit more huskiness building with a exaustingly soft effort into a rounded out tameness of roasted grains. Slender sweetness sticks a bit. Slightest of slight hints of vanilla and hazelnut dust sit underneath. Clean and firm mouthfeel with only a partail carbonation keeping a lighter airyness about it. Tender on the palate but has a slight chalky gracing and softly airs out with a scantly small drying tone. An average typical English Brown drinker thats altogether bland and boring with meager but acceptable flavors and body to get ya to finish the pint.


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