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

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RATINGS: 1964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
12 oz. bottle. Poured with an off white head and was cola colored. Nice malty smell and taste with some hops in the finish. This would make a good session beer. I'm not sure what qualifies this as an English Strong Ale, but it is an enjoyable, good tasting beer and I will definitely buy it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3282) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Decent, but nothing special. Deep brown, virtually no head, draft serving. Aroma slightly of malts. Taste was malts, some hops for bitterness, and that is about it. Very British.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
guzzler67 (1495) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Attractive dark brown appearance. Had a somewhat nutty, earthy aroma. Taste was thin and rather one dimensional - malty with little hop balance. Not something I would classify as a Strong Ale; if anything, more like a weak schwartzbier.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This one came in a 16.9oz clear bottle. Isn't it bad for the yeast to put it in a clear bottle? Surprisingly, it wasn't skunky. Pours a nice brown/amber color with a really small head that dies off quickly. The aroma is fruity and slightly hoppy. Smells a little flat. The taste is very smooth with very little carbonation. It is sweet and malty as well. The local pub is going to have this one on tap soon and I'll be sure to be there for the event. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2003
Not much of a head, licorice colour, nice roasted malt and bitter flavours with an oily syrupy texture and an alcoholic finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
What a pretty label... Strong malt aroma. Dark copper/brown ale. Moderate head but not long-lasting. Notably bitter with a roasted malt flavour. Claims to a fruity character appear unfounded. This is a drinkable beer but ultimately not memorable. Bottle (clear).

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4716) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Slightly hazy brown colour with a very thin tan head. Very malty aroma with strong hints of chocolate (milk and low percent cacao). Medium-bodied; A nice balance of malt and hops, good spiceyness and an assertive chocolate character. Somewhat subtle in flavour compared to the aroma, but still very pleasant. An average beer, nothing offensive, nothing too spectacular. Overall, worth trying if you've had every other 'better' english beer! I bought this single 500 mL bottle at Harris Teeter in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia and sampled it on 30-August-2003.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Pleasant fruity aroma. The flavor has maly/grainy notes and I thought the body was a bit thin.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 This ale didn't strike me as particularly interesting. The flavor is not unappealing, just not very distinguished. Tried in bottle in London.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2003
color is deep cherry, mahogany, very thin head. aroma is of berry, cola..dont really pick up on the chocolate mentioned in the description. flavor is somewhat thin with subtle hints of cherry cola and has a finish reminiscent of campfire wood.


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