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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2081   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 500mL Bottl. Deep ruby auburn clear pour. Copious off-white head, slowly diminishing. Decent lacing. Typical malt and hops aroma, with nothing particular standing out. Surprising complex taste. Dominated by yeast and buttery toffee, but backed with some mossy and filbert notes. Thin on the palate. A little flat and stale. Minerals dominate the finish. Dryish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gachupines (1047) - USA - FEB 16, 2005
Not a bad session beer, but I’ve definitely had better ESB’s. Color is reddish brown and taste is slightly bitter but a little watery. Goes down pretty easy, not bad for a session, but I’d probably go back to Fuller’s instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours dark red amber color with very light head. Sticky lace all over my english pint glass. Aroma is dark fruit, light malt......earthy. Flavor is malty, some caramel, some dark fruit, some nutiness, and chocolate. Oddly enough a very mildly bitter finish with the hop presence muted, it hits me as mostly sweet and malty but a bit dry. There are some good flavors in this one. It does have a finish to it that makes you want another sip soon. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Dark amber, garnet color with thin white head. Aroma is full of English hops and a small malt flavor underneath. A bit bland. Flavor is a somewhat sour mix of malt and hops. A milt citric grapefruit hop flavor is very mild and nice at the base of the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Poured a dark amber with little head. Smell of skunk and fruit. Flavor is lacking in this one.. malt sweetness to a mild bitter finish. Not a bad beer but not worth the price tag. could use more hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Out of the bottle. Pours a dark red color. Nice malty taste. Good but not great. Too bad this company can take more time and put it into the quality of their beverage rather than their stylish labels.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2005
CLEAR bottle. Upon opening...skunk smell. Poured aggressively, produce little head and more skunk. passing on the close-up sniff. Taste is a flat malt with mild hops and a sour note to finish. Tasted better then it smelled. A little watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1080) - SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2005
Bottled.Lovely dark brew with a firm head. A rather "dumb" nose, there are hints of malt & hops but not a lot. Palate makes up for the disappointing aroma this is so full of flavour and is well balanced too. This is a lovely,full bodied and satisfying ale, good stuff!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
Nice copper color with diminishing head, Drinkable with mild hop notes, a bit sweet and slightly tinny aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Pours reddish brown. Flavor is malty with brown sugar and sour fruit. Finish is somewhat alcoholic and a little grassy. Body was a bit watery. Not a great beer, but I wouldn’t turn one down. I fond the bottle and label designs to be pretty swell.

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