hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark color, tan head fair lacing and fully lasting. Caramel and hops aroma. Taste of malt caramel, nuts and alcohol finish. Not bad.
Bière de couleur brune foncé clair avec un collet brun qui perdure jusqu’à la fin. Odeur de caramel et de houblon. Au goût, malt caramel et goût de noix avec un final métalique,
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours red/orange with a frothy white head. Fruity aroma with notes of chocolate. Flavours are mostly malt with a bit of caramel, zucchini and pumpkin. Very clean finish.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this one twice, first straight from the fridge to the glass, and second after warming a bit. The cold Hobgoblin smelled, looked, and tasted much like the other English ales I’ve tried: fairly large head, nice dark reddish-copper color, somewhat flowery, metallic smell, and a hoppy, bitter, mostly non-descript taste. When the brew warmed some, it became much sweeter, with a more intense smell and taste of alcohol. The taste became more like fruit and candy, but it also went flat very quickly with no palate at all. Overall, though, this is an above average English ale, and so far I think it’s the only one I will probably buy again.
drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a dark ruby red color with a frothy head. a slight bitterness which seemed to overpower the toffee malts, but this is definitely a VERY good
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a creamy white head. Flowery, metallic, fruity dark chocolate nose. Nice bitter flavour with some hints of nuts and coffee. Somewhat flowery in flavour as well. Quite thin bodied.
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille-Brun foncé, mince mousse, senteur de fleurs, goût de citrouille, flat; trop grande présence d’eau, pas d’arrière-goût, pas skunké du tout!--Bottle-A dark brown one with thin head, flowery smell and pumpkin taste, flat: too much water in it, no after taste, surprisingly no skunky
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with some slight ruby hints. Aromas are of black licorice, rose, apple, and some soft fruit. The flavors are fairly malty, with some minor grassy hop notes, and some roasted malt and chocolate making a brief appearance. However, there is very little body to this beer at all, and not much of a finish to speak of. Overall, quite disappointing.
achtungpv (254) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice color and frothy head. Bit metallic at first. Overall it’s nice and pleasant, very drinkable.
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice British ale. Strong malt with a hint of chocolate and bright fruit (strawberry, green apple?) some citrus hop flavor, goes down nice. Can be a bit skunky but overall a good beer.
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Creamy white lasting head, wonderfull dark amber colour, OK aroma and flavour.
A very good esb