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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2225   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7388) - 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 (5807) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle? well aropma is minimal thouhg malty. Taste is malty and peaty like a scitch ale! as it warms the scotch ale becomes more! excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle (500ml - clear). Poured deep amber with a smallish light tan head. Aroma of lightly roast malt (sweet), some yeast and bark notes. Taste is again somewhat sweet mildly roasted malt, but with a surprising amount of hops and even tannin-like bitterness - fairly balanced, not a long linger and the bitter lasts longer than the sweet. Smooth, somewhat lively, but unmemorable on the palate. Not skunky at all - decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Offwhite head on an amber body. Very drinkale, although not remarkable. Some bitterness, no defect to be detected. Nice, easy drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - SEP 17, 2005
dark amber w/ beige head. aroma of tea and malt, medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
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.

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