Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My most current sampling of this brew was not nearly as good as the bottle that I had a few years agoe. It was still fairly good, it had some nice bitter notes and was very drinkable. Not really a top tier beer at all, but nothing to turn down at a tasting.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Boiled. Gassy. 5.2% This is simply poor work. The cardboard flavours have crept in over the metallic toffee. The whole thing is fizzy and nasty with little if any redeeeming factors. A much abused beer, this once was a drinkable if unremarkable beast, byt at the new Refresh brewery this has suffered. Bad.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Simple uncomplicated bitter. Light caramel malt and decent hopping. The bottle tasted a little hoppier than on tap for some reason. Drinkable but not a lot going on here.
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a rough, bitter brew, about what you’d expect to find a hobgoblin drinking when you raided his lair. tried two different versions? - the Dark English and the Imported english both were equally bitter but good.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Sweet lightly hoppy aroma. Large to average size off-white head. Red-brown colour. Somewhat balanced flavour: sweet and bitter with average length finish. Creamy medium to full bodied palate. An average beer.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark color, tan head fair lacing and fully lasting. Caramel and hops aroma. Taste of malt caramel, nuts and alcohol finish. Not bad.
Bière de couleur brune foncé clair avec un collet brun qui perdure jusqu’à la fin. Odeur de caramel et de houblon. Au goût, malt caramel et goût de noix avec un final métalique,
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours red/orange with a frothy white head. Fruity aroma with notes of chocolate. Flavours are mostly malt with a bit of caramel, zucchini and pumpkin. Very clean finish.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this one twice, first straight from the fridge to the glass, and second after warming a bit. The cold Hobgoblin smelled, looked, and tasted much like the other English ales I’ve tried: fairly large head, nice dark reddish-copper color, somewhat flowery, metallic smell, and a hoppy, bitter, mostly non-descript taste. When the brew warmed some, it became much sweeter, with a more intense smell and taste of alcohol. The taste became more like fruit and candy, but it also went flat very quickly with no palate at all. Overall, though, this is an above average English ale, and so far I think it’s the only one I will probably buy again.
drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a dark ruby red color with a frothy head. a slight bitterness which seemed to overpower the toffee malts, but this is definitely a VERY good
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a creamy white head. Flowery, metallic, fruity dark chocolate nose. Nice bitter flavour with some hints of nuts and coffee. Somewhat flowery in flavour as well. Quite thin bodied.