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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1960   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
A gorgeous deep red color with very little head. A beautiful beer. Nice toffee and slight chocolate aroma. Taste is subtle with malt, chocolate, slight orange and some carmel. A refreshing brew. The clear bottle worried me, but I got a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle: Poured a red/brown colored beer with a nice head with usual british ale retention, i.e. not much. Carbonation is below standard and aroma is great with a mix of orange and caramel. Taste is quite refreshing with again a nice mix of sweet orange and caramel. The finish is quite dry. Overall, I would qualify this one as a good but not great English ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2004
Amber/ruby color, not much carbonation or lacing. Delicate aroma lightly fruity-grapes, plums. Lighter in body than I expected with a caramel malt flavor, a nutty dryness and just a hint of acidity. Subdued hoppy bitterness in the finish. Drinkable but not particularly impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
Pours a light woody brown with a reddish hue around he edges. Aroma is sweet and malty. Fruit, malt, and wood on the tongue. Mild bitter finish. A decent beer for getting drunk. Otherwise it's bland and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DanielBrown (3782) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2004
Hand pulled at The Rainbow, Digbeth, Birmingham. I swigged this with a musical backdrop provided by the funniest one-man-band I've ever heard, complete with eyepatch and comedy pirate voice! A dark beer, with a sweet nutty aroma. This was a bit too heavy for me, very sweet, with a teensy bit of metal and some caramel. Nice head, but ultimately this left me a bit queasy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 12, 2004
Dark amber colored beer with a disappearing head. Weak malty and somewhat metallic aroma. Flavor is sweet malty with caramel notes and a bitter finish. Nice though quite watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bottle: Attractive coloring and a nice aroma of chocolate/toasted malts. Taste was good, but a little thin. A step up from Bass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2004
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a mostly diminishing off-white head. Some caramel in the moderately malty aroma. Malty flavours up front, with light notes of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit, after which a lemony hop bitterness makes an appearance. Balanced finish. Nothing special, but a relatively competent strong, dark, English pale ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
Every time I find an English beer in the bottle shop I gulp and wince at the prospect of handing over $8 for something that could be just another ordinary Pommy ale. At least my expectations are realistic as this is just another ordinary Pommy ale. Bugger it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
Small head with light lacing. Initial mouthfeel is soft with almost no carbination. Very light citrus/chocolate nose. Finishes with rasin/choclate tastes. Maybe good in England, but does not travel well.

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