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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1973   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 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
Little to no head. Nice mahogony color. Not real flavorful. No hop nose, no fruityness. Malty body with no significant mouthfeel. I might have had an old bottle of this from my local beer store.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
It's a long way from Witney to Dallas. Alas, the flavor must have been confiscated at customs. I gave this ample opportunity to warm up and blossom, but it never did. A rich dark, nutty color suggested lots of roasted malts, and it did have a rather attractive palate that was smooth, silky, and rich. A strong level of carbonation as well, somewhat stinging even after some time. The aroma gave a typical caramel-like essence but there was little in the flavor to match the expectations it produced. Some nuttiness at the back end, if anything. It is all too familiar a story for the Wychwood beers I've had, both on tap in Oxfordshire and in bottle in the U.S.--underperforming relative to the sophistication of their marketing and labels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
Because of my ancestry I feel bad asking why those silly Brits call this a strong ale. There's nothing strong about it. Some interesting fruity/malt flavors, but the body is very thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2004
Its called strong dark ale.Dark right but strong? Its the same w/w as Stella for godsake!Port wine and malt nose.Good off-white head which quickly disappears as does the lacing.500ml clear glass bottle Flat and clear with few bubbles.The light acidic malty flavour with liquorice toffee overtones compensates for its shortcomings particularly how flat it looks.It is a lovely tasting beer.nb I couldn't detect any fruit.Full mouthfeel. dry chemical finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
Nicely balanced with a strong bitter hop flavour. Better then I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2004
Nice pour. Dark Ruby color. Great taste, overall a very nice suprise. Didn't know what to expect. Turned out to be a pleasant suprise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
Bottle. Stale taste. Some fruitiness that was overwhelmed by a creeping skunkiness. Looked good and poured well, but remember the adage about judging books by their cover.

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