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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1974   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
As someone said before me, its a clear bottle and its not Skunky ! Dark brown, caramel and roasted malt beer. Not a strong beer, and it didn't seem like a trappist to me. But, it was enjoyable and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1311) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Very nice deep amber malt color. Good fruity but not too sweet aroma and flavor. Nice caramel notes. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
(bottled). Attractive brown/amber and brilliantly filtered clear. Rich caramel malt, medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, despite lowish carbonation (which is true to style). Quite subdued fruit esters and a strange truncated (albeit clean) very subdued bitter finish that just dissapeared except for a very faint oxidized note at the very tail. Unnoticeable alcoholic strength. This seems like a great ESB session beer to me, not a strong ale. My rating reflects the style guidelines, not the great drinkability. Extra strong? Extra Not. Extra drinkable? You bet. Were this sold as a traditional English Ale, I'd offer a 4.4 of 5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
A mostly unimpressive strong ale. Color is elusive, going from brown in the initial pour to a nice golden amberish color. Flavor is very fruity and sweet, with a slight alchohol presence. I did not really care for this, but it was finishable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Brown color with slight malt aroma.Fruity alcohol flavor. Sweet malts are fairly strong.Smooth slightly tart finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Aroma is of alcohol and dark malts, with a flavor of fruits, namely sour apples. The alcohol flavoring adds a nice kick. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Clear bottle. Not skunky!. Nice brown color with thin, but lasting head. Slightly fruity aroma, with a certain maltyness. Pleasant malty flavor that reminds me of Octoberfest beers. I really enjoyed this. Much better than many typically made American equivalents.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Nutty and lightly bready malt aroma, toasty and grainy with hints of chocolate and toffee, combined with a light-moderate amount of fruity, spicy English hops. Medium-dark red-amber in color, clear, with a finely creamy head. Dark brown sugar and toffeeish malt flavors, with a modicum of hop flavors right alongside, providing a spicy, mild bite. Brief glimpses of red apple fruitiness and a slight woodiness, leading to a tangy finish. Smooth palate, light-medium bodied and a moderate amount of effervesence. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Smells a bit skunked but tastes fine. Good head, very dark beer-it's a clear bottle and I can't see through it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(12 oz bottle--brown glass!) Dark brown with small tan head. Spice aroma with earthiness /must. Earthy roasted malt aroma. Not skunky. Body is a bit thin.

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