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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1946   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 7, 2003
Nicely hopped and the roasted malt is evident.Mild flavours, but they dissipate rather quickly. Good quality beer-just nothing extraordinary about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Fairly large brown sugar and fruity malt (hint of butter, too). Less that generous, weedy disapating bitters. The label is damn intriguing, especially to an old RPG gamer, but the beer a little short of the mark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Copper color with no head at all. Mild brown sugar aroma when it warms a bit, but you really have to search for much of anything on the nose. Mild malt flavors of toffee and brown sugar up front and through the middle building to a robust, earthy, and lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Not too shabby, but it certianly doesn't deliver in the aroma, complexity or body categories.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
Why does it say powerful and full-bodied in the commercial description? This is a very thin and weak beer. Flat and boring. Wychwood should spend some time on improving their beer instead of making all those silly labels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
By far the best Wychwood that I've had to date -- perhaps because those clear bottles are ticking timebombs for skunkiness and it looks like we beat the clock. Nice Maris Otter aroma, with some berries and alcohol. Starts tangy, not sweet, brings in a little fruit, moderately bitter with a classic Fuggles/Goldings-style hopping. Rich ruby brown, good label, but I'm resentful at the clear bottle. Begins its finish woody, very distinctly like pine #2 pencils that I used to chew on as a kid. Finish is a building tangy affair, with medium-light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 January 2006. Bottle in a gift tin from the LCBO courtesy of TheRoot. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Muted caramel malt, toffee and sugars in the aroma. Similar flavour, malt dominant with a light bitternes and sweet dark caramel with light hints of toasty malt. Average palate. Not unpleasant and not skunky since it was in a brown bottle in a tin! Huzzah! Perhaps they have learned their lesson? 6/3/6+/3/13-14 - 3.2 <P> July 2003. Dark amber, mine was a bit too warm. sweet and malty. Didn’t like it, can’t place why. Handed the second half off to a friend. Will have to try it again sometime. 4/3/4/2/9 - 2.2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haukur (1270) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 a very smokey aroma. Taste was smoked, toasted, "earthy" and had tiny hints of fruit. Surprisingly bitter... nothing special I must say.. but I'm interested in trying this again and maybe re rating it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 The flavor in this beer sneaks up on you, and then calls to you, it dosent jump out and seize you. It pours a red/brown deep color and has a nice off-white walnut colored head, though not much of it. Initial taste is VERY subdued and muted. However lacking of flavor it seems at first, the palette is warm, round and smooth and it finishes easy, albeit a bit thin. I saw some potential, and summoning up a lot of patience, waited til the beer was room temp. It finally brought forth a complex mix of malt/bitters/caramel/toffee and nut flavors all perfectly melded, with a warm fruit finish. However, they were still not exactly abounding, to say the least. If they could take the flavor and magnify it about 3 times over, I have no doubt this would be one of the worlds best beers, alas, as it is, it is just a good, balanced but lacking of flavor brew. Gotta love the commercial description of "powerful" and "full-bodied". No and No.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Sweet and sour, not earthy and leathern like I expect my English Strongs to be. Corny/DMSey as ecrvich states. More than disappointing. Lifeless in the glass too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2003
toasty nose, slight faint fruit. very dark reddish brown, sweet nutty. spritzy feel. starts sugarym really unremarkable

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