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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2226   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. Boiled. Gassy. 5.2% This is simply poor work. The cardboard flavours have crept in over the metallic toffee. The whole thing is fizzy and nasty with little if any redeeeming factors. A much abused beer, this once was a drinkable if unremarkable beast, byt at the new Refresh brewery this has suffered. Bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Simple uncomplicated bitter. Light caramel malt and decent hopping. The bottle tasted a little hoppier than on tap for some reason. Drinkable but not a lot going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2005
a rough, bitter brew, about what you’d expect to find a hobgoblin drinking when you raided his lair. tried two different versions? - the Dark English and the Imported english both were equally bitter but good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Sweet lightly hoppy aroma. Large to average size off-white head. Red-brown colour. Somewhat balanced flavour: sweet and bitter with average length finish. Creamy medium to full bodied palate. An average beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
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,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
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 beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
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.

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