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


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RATINGS: 2031   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2486) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Re-rate 07/09/05. A turning point for me, beer wise, in 2001 when I purchased a bottle of Hobgoblin extra strong ale. This beer had a life of it’s own with fruity esters and balanced sweet malty notes. A month ago I purchased 4 x 50cL bottles, and the initial strike was in the label, 3 years ago ’Fiercely independent’ reigned out loud on the label and the ABV was 5.5%. From an Extra strong ale to a Strong dark ale of 5.2% ABV (as it is now! ’Fiercely independent’ has sadly disappeared)), it has lost a little of it’s lustre. Pours a deep, brownish copper with a short soapy off-white head. Burnt sugars and lightly roasted grain in the aroma with a hint of dark soft fruits. Lighter in body than its original, spritzy in carbonation and lacking in depth. A mix of husky grains, sulphurous yeasty tones and caramel in the mouth, light tangy fruit esters and an ever present, lingering burnt malt flavour. Deadly sessionable in its toned down state I can’t say there was anything bad about it and I could easily lose myself in another 4 bottles. Sad to see yet another brewer succumb to modern capitalism. Still....the legend of the ’Hobgoblin’ will live on with this fair, session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Bottle. Poured out dark ruby brown thin brown head disappeared quickly, no lace. Looked thin, but actually had a nice palate. Strong malt taste but well balanced. Good finish. Hints of dark roasted barley, very earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
A bottle, bought from a Victoria Wine in Liverpool. Dark chocolaty Brown colour. Nice & malty with a good strong taste. An excellent bottled beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 I have never had anything by this brewer before. I tried this one on draft at Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh. It poured a very dark red-brown color with a large tan head that lingered and left great lacing. . The aroma was sweet and hoppy with a bit of citrus noted and touches of pepper and toasted caramel. The flavor was fruity (apple and citrus), tart, and had a hint of spice and sour caramel. Medium finish and body. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
Bottled. Very nice braun golden color and a bir creamy head. Aroma iis bitter fruity. Flavour is gentle and sweet, very creamy and finish is toffiee

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mallen386 (20) - OKC, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 30, 2004
I am not a beer pro by any stretch, but I LOVE this beer. I crave it constantly now.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2004
I think this brew, being in a clear bottle and all, has a bit of trouble make a quality appearance in the states, very skunked. Aroma is very hard to tell, smells like some toffee and maybe a touch of hops, just hard to say with all the skunked qualities. Taste was a bit better, starts with a quick maltiness, caramel, then finishes with a fairly fruity bitterness. Pours a mahogany red with a small off-white head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2109) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2004
pours a dark brown with a red tint. tan head. dry cheese and sugar aroma. sweet malt flavor that has some caramel and a touch of chocolate. a very mellow beer. very low hop level. enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2004
Dark amber in color, almost brown. Has small chocolate aroma. A malty taste. I can´t say if this is a beer that I will drink again or not. Can´t deside if I realy like it or not...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Slightly hazy, dark amber-brown. Thin, fizzy off-white foam. Slightly skunked (clear glass bottle), malty aroma w/ some earthy hops. Medium feel. Relatively bland malty flavour of licorice, brown sugar & caramel w/ a mild, earthy hoppiness.

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