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


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RATINGS: 2111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Poured from the bottle, a dark copper with a frothy off-white head (which disappeared all too quickly). Aroma is strongly malty - molasses. In the mouth, it is quite smooth and malty, with hints of raisins. The hop character is quite mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Hoppy aroma, slightly metallic and skunked but still ok. Rather thin, watered appearance as often found in clear-bottle beer; typical malt-amber color. Mouthfeel is also quite thin. Flavor is rather more complex than the aroma, being more fruity e.g. banana and strawberry (separately, not straw-banana) though the beer also shows signs of a cloying artificial sweetening aka "added sugar". There is a bit of hoppiness to be found especially in the finish, but definitely not what one would expect from a beer slated as an ESB. Would like to find the cask version, being that ESB is a style that can show great variation between cask and pasteurized bottle (though the sugariness would seem to make this likelihood more remote in this case).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
A very drinkable beer. Eathy malty flavor. Like many beers, i wouldnt go ouit lookin for it, but i would have no complaints if you passed me this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedBurn (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours amber, with a thin head. The flavor was mildly sweet, but not as rich as I would have liked. Rather expensive in my area . . . I would drink again, but only as a gift.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
Light skunk and hop aroma. Clear dark brown. Light falvors of caramel and friuts. Watery throughout the middle. Was excited for this stuff but did not impress. Ending is rather alcohloy with a mild hop and bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2753) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Clear, ruddy brown with a filmy, tan head that disappears after not long, leaving an oily appearance from a bird’s eye view. Pleasant caramel aroma, though very weak. The flavour is raisiny and sweet with malt with roasty notes and a very nutty finish that almost tastes like sherry. No bitterness. I would like this beer to be a bit less sweet. Medium body and low carbonation. Is this a brown ale? Nice drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - APR 8, 2005
Well bottle was white it was the first time i saw a bottle which looks like water bottle.Quite ok beer at first taste but do not have aftertaste.Average ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2005
Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. The aromas are unpleasant at best skunky, rubberband, bandaid. The taste has alot of skunk in it as well and a sort of metalic bitterness. To be fair some "beer" flavours were noticed, malt, caramel a mild spiciness. I wonder how much this beer could be improved by bottling it in a brown bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ahmashar (9) - Stafford, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
On the basis of the excellence of this beer I’ve been searching for other beers Wychwwod makes, but they’re not readily available in the US. This beer had a beautiful dark color with a light beige head, a fruity nose without being acrid, and a smooth (not actually very bitter at all) nutty taste, with a slightly hoppy but smooth finish. Has flavors of coffee and caramel in with main taste. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
Clear dark copper colour with thin light tan head. Sour almost fruiy malt nose. Bitter sour malt taste with dry finish.

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