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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Very interesting beer. VERY strong bitter flavour. Not something i could drink a lot of, quite fizzy. Gives me a bit of a headache, id recommend anyone to try it though. good slogan íafraid you might taste something lager boy?í Very dark looking with a dark head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Very thick head, noticeable and lovely. That said, the beer was strange - started well, finished poor. I didnít enjoy that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Very pleasing to the nose. Mix of fruit, malt, caramel, and a hint of nut or chocolate. I loved the first mouthful of this beer. Very complex taste, pleasing mouth-feel. Gets more generic as you drink. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Draft at Party Source. Poured a light brown with an average off-white head that was lasting and porduced a fair lacing. Moderate well balanced aroma. Medium body with a sweet finish. Medium sweet balanced flavor that was for an average duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark nut brown with an edgy tan head. Sour malt (straw) and nutty caramel, yeast aroma with some background hops. Yeast sweet maple flavor with a hoppy fizzy dry finish; caramel and nut notes. Medium clean refreshing palate, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7301) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle. Pretty good. Very dark and thick roasted aroma and flavor. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Very dark brown with a large cream colored and long lasting head. Some smoke aroma that promises a roasted malt flavor. Heavy palate for a bitter. Good for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 This is one of the best ESBs Iíve had and is brotherís favourite (of course if he would have tried a few more styles, Iím sure he would find a new favourite). Aroma is fruity, hopy, malty, caramel, grapefruit. Tastes bitter with a nice sourishness/sweetness that mankes it really rich. A good beer with much taste in proportion to the ABV. However not fantastic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Amber. Dense, bubbly, light tan head. Roast malt and subtle hops- not much of an aroma. Flavor is more balanced but has some macro character in the finish. Some caramel/toffee flavors also. Medium body, well carbonated, crisp clean, although macro-like finish. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Brew Haha - I could swear the bottle I sampled from said Dark English Ale, not Strong Dark Ale as the picture to the left says. And then RateBeer has it listed as an ESB. Iím so confused?!? Anyway, whatever the heck it is, it is good. Malty, fruity and frightingly easy to drink. Well balanced throughout, the roasted malt is balanced nicely by the fruity, spicy hops. I have seen this one at the LQ for years, glad I finally tried it!

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