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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2104   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 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 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Nice dark amber pour with white head and nice lacing. Malty aroma with that touch of sourness that indicates an English bitter. Refreshing with my Saturday lunch, a good sandwish after a hard workout. Bit pricey at $4 a bottle, but good. I wonít turn one down if offered!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2834) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours an amber color. Aroma is mildly malty. Mostly malts up front, maybe a little toffee. Slightly roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle, 5.5% abv. Iíve always liked the Hobgoblin, although when I had to break it down for rating, itís not necessarily the best beer going. Its a bit weak and thin, but has a nice caramelly flavour and malt. Itís a bit flat overall, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
Not bad, but like seemingly every english beer I have, it left me wanting more. A little sweet malty aroma. Brown color with a thin off white head. Low carbonation. I donít think this one holds up well to travel with the clear bottle. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little thin. As others have noted, the flavor is a little blunt, there are lots of hints of complex flavors, but theyre dull and fleeting. Probably a beauty of a brew cask conditioned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2005
A bit thin and boring, but still drinkable. Main attraction is the design of the label - thus the top score for "appearance" ;-)
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
A somewhat satisfying brew... a little too íbluntí on the finish, but otherwise nice and malty and slightly sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2004
I was pleasantly surprised by this bitter. I left satisfied although a little more kick would have helped.

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