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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1988   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
Starts out with a great head which soon disappears. Body too thin for my liking. Slightly chocolate flavour. An inoffensive beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Presentation: 500ml Clear english style bottle with a great beer cap (profile of the hobgoblin with an axe). Gorgeous deep red color... not much of a head at all. Smells VERY grassy... not what i expected out of this one. Tastes pretty grassy too, with a hint of coffee. I do not taste the fruit that the finish was promised to present. The finish reminds me of iced tea. Well, not an awful brew, but not one of the best. Cool bottle for my wall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Aroma is fruity and lightly malty. Pours a nice dark red amber, small lingering head. Flavor is richly malty, with aspects of dark toast and chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium-full body. Decent malty English ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Had on draft.Nice dark appearance(reddish in light) with bubbles rising like soda though this beer was close to flat in the wychwood tradition.There was a tease of nice malts(chocolate?)very smooth mouth that went into that chalky finish that just didn't appeal to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2004
Not a bad looker despite the light head. Dark but shows it reddish hue against the light. Some sweetish fruit in the aroma, but also other scents I'm not able to identify. Flavour has hardly any coffee notes I was very much expecting. That would be to my relief, though. More of the dark fruits there. Quite pleasant, but could do with more body at least. The finish is the most interesting bit, reminds me of Sharps Blackcurrant menthols, which happent o be my favourite kind, so yea! Instant re-rate: this stuff ain't bad, but it get's tired after hald a 0,5l bottle. Berry sweetness seems to overcome the hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Unusual aroma, not quite woody, more of a bracken odor. Ruby copper in a clear bottle, but unskunked nonetheless. Toffee and malt, with a slight bitterness but very little discernable hops. Almost an Old Ale, respectable but hardly worth the price of importation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a pure brown with a little head and even less lacing. Scent was at first skunked. I was ticked. Why do breweries continue to use clear glass when brown is even cheaper!?! Aside from that was roasted malt. The taste, thankfully, was not skunked. Too spicy to be considered a Brown, IMO, yet not nearly a Strong Ale. Not exactly complex, but respectable. There's some dark fruits and spices in with the malt, but I can't identify much more with this, but something about it is quite appealing. Mouthfeel has the wonderful British minerals to it, but is otherwise thin yet creamy. Overall this is nice and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
Hmmm....not too bad. Rich ruby colour topped with a nicely lasting creamy head - both in texture and in colour. Fairly full-flavoured (nutty with some maltiness) although a little thin in the mouth. Enjoyable but not quite sweet enough to stand out as a classic example and not quite tart enough to distinguish itself otherwise. Seems like good potential left just slightly unfulfilled...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Dark amber/brown color, off white smallish head. Definitley some noticeable malt. Slighty bitter. Bit of a sharp feel. Wouldn’t mind having again, but wary of the clear bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Garrat (1262) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 From the bottle this is thin and malty brew,it was ok to drink until Refresh,now flavour and strength have gone downhill even further.

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