MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 5.5% abv. Iíve always liked the Hobgoblin, although when I had to break it down for rating, itís not necessarily the best beer going. Its a bit weak and thin, but has a nice caramelly flavour and malt. Itís a bit flat overall, though.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, but like seemingly every english beer I have, it left me wanting more. A little sweet malty aroma. Brown color with a thin off white head. Low carbonation. I donít think this one holds up well to travel with the clear bottle. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little thin. As others have noted, the flavor is a little blunt, there are lots of hints of complex flavors, but theyre dull and fleeting. Probably a beauty of a brew cask conditioned.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bit thin and boring, but still drinkable. Main attraction is the design of the label - thus the top score for "appearance" ;-)
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KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A somewhat satisfying brew... a little too íbluntí on the finish, but otherwise nice and malty and slightly sweet. Not bad.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this bitter. I left satisfied although a little more kick would have helped.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, now this is a bit more like it. Itís 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.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. ...
ALLOVATE (2687) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 itís 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 íFiercely independentí 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! íFiercely independentí has sadly disappeared)), it has lost a little of itís 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 canít 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 íHobgobliní will live on with this fair, session ale.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.