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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2095   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2004
Okay, now this is a bit more like it. It’s got the trademark Wychwood aroma, but it seems to fit this malty beer better. Additional aroma of malt, dried fruit, almond. Good medium mouthfeel, warm finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Pours a brown reddish color, aroma seems kinda skunky due to the clear bottle and long shipment, a lot of malt, not too impressed at all with the taste, kinda spicy, the skunkyness comes out some in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Strong, sweet/malty aroma ... gorgeous brown/red in appearance with a unique bottle... hoppy from start to finish with a bit of a watery ending. Somewhat disappointing. ...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Re-rate 07/09/05. A turning point for me, beer wise, in 2001 when I purchased a bottle of Hobgoblin extra strong ale. This beer had a life of it’s own with fruity esters and balanced sweet malty notes. A month ago I purchased 4 x 50cL bottles, and the initial strike was in the label, 3 years ago ’Fiercely independent’ reigned out loud on the label and the ABV was 5.5%. From an Extra strong ale to a Strong dark ale of 5.2% ABV (as it is now! ’Fiercely independent’ has sadly disappeared)), it has lost a little of it’s lustre. Pours a deep, brownish copper with a short soapy off-white head. Burnt sugars and lightly roasted grain in the aroma with a hint of dark soft fruits. Lighter in body than its original, spritzy in carbonation and lacking in depth. A mix of husky grains, sulphurous yeasty tones and caramel in the mouth, light tangy fruit esters and an ever present, lingering burnt malt flavour. Deadly sessionable in its toned down state I can’t say there was anything bad about it and I could easily lose myself in another 4 bottles. Sad to see yet another brewer succumb to modern capitalism. Still....the legend of the ’Hobgoblin’ will live on with this fair, session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Bottle. Poured out dark ruby brown thin brown head disappeared quickly, no lace. Looked thin, but actually had a nice palate. Strong malt taste but well balanced. Good finish. Hints of dark roasted barley, very earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
A bottle, bought from a Victoria Wine in Liverpool. Dark chocolaty Brown colour. Nice & malty with a good strong taste. An excellent bottled beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5364) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 I have never had anything by this brewer before. I tried this one on draft at Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh. It poured a very dark red-brown color with a large tan head that lingered and left great lacing. . The aroma was sweet and hoppy with a bit of citrus noted and touches of pepper and toasted caramel. The flavor was fruity (apple and citrus), tart, and had a hint of spice and sour caramel. Medium finish and body. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
Bottled. Very nice braun golden color and a bir creamy head. Aroma iis bitter fruity. Flavour is gentle and sweet, very creamy and finish is toffiee

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mallen386 (20) - OKC, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 30, 2004
I am not a beer pro by any stretch, but I LOVE this beer. I crave it constantly now.

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