unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this one twice, first straight from the fridge to the glass, and second after warming a bit. The cold Hobgoblin smelled, looked, and tasted much like the other English ales I’ve tried: fairly large head, nice dark reddish-copper color, somewhat flowery, metallic smell, and a hoppy, bitter, mostly non-descript taste. When the brew warmed some, it became much sweeter, with a more intense smell and taste of alcohol. The taste became more like fruit and candy, but it also went flat very quickly with no palate at all. Overall, though, this is an above average English ale, and so far I think it’s the only one I will probably buy again.
drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a dark ruby red color with a frothy head. a slight bitterness which seemed to overpower the toffee malts, but this is definitely a VERY good
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a creamy white head. Flowery, metallic, fruity dark chocolate nose. Nice bitter flavour with some hints of nuts and coffee. Somewhat flowery in flavour as well. Quite thin bodied.
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille-Brun foncé, mince mousse, senteur de fleurs, goût de citrouille, flat; trop grande présence d’eau, pas d’arrière-goût, pas skunké du tout!--Bottle-A dark brown one with thin head, flowery smell and pumpkin taste, flat: too much water in it, no after taste, surprisingly no skunky
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with some slight ruby hints. Aromas are of black licorice, rose, apple, and some soft fruit. The flavors are fairly malty, with some minor grassy hop notes, and some roasted malt and chocolate making a brief appearance. However, there is very little body to this beer at all, and not much of a finish to speak of. Overall, quite disappointing.
achtungpv (236) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice color and frothy head. Bit metallic at first. Overall it’s nice and pleasant, very drinkable.
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice British ale. Strong malt with a hint of chocolate and bright fruit (strawberry, green apple?) some citrus hop flavor, goes down nice. Can be a bit skunky but overall a good beer.
HenrikSoegaard (11722) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Creamy white lasting head, wonderfull dark amber colour, OK aroma and flavour.
A very good esb
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
08.05.05 500ml bottle. Dark ruby brown; medium, lasting froth. Nose, initially, is obviously oxidized, metallic. But as the head subsides a mild and slightly toasty malt emerges. Light and somewhat soapy hops, moslty floral. Something about this brew reminds me of hand creme. Meduim bodied and soft, but the oxidation re-emerges in the end, unfortunately masking some nice and nutty malt flavors. I started liking this stuff, then it shot me down.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours brown with a nice thick off white head, aroma is of roasted malt, and a slight bit of fruit and coffee hints, the taste was a smooth malty flavor with a bitter finish, beteer than average id say, but nothing great.