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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2008   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Pours a dark brown color, slightly ruby with a nice sheet of head and lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was slightly dusty and cobwebbish from the hops, I think it's an old bottle or perhaps the fact that it's a clear bottle. The flavor is pretty hoppy on this one, more than most ESA. This wasn't a bad beer, very run of the mill but I can see how it would be much better on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
Almost opaque color and nice head. Heavy taste that has caramel and some burnt notes but seems to fade rather quickly to a dull finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2003
Pours a dark brown ale with a small, quick-dissapearing head. Faint malty aroma of caramel. Nutty, currant molasses flavours. Full-bodied beer, but still very smooth. Nice label too. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2003
This was a very nice English Ale. I had it at Arie's London Grill downtown Kalamazoo. Nice red/brown color. Nutty burnt marshmallow flavor. Slight hops bitterness but not overwhelming in the least. Very smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
As someone said before me, its a clear bottle and its not Skunky ! Dark brown, caramel and roasted malt beer. Not a strong beer, and it didn't seem like a trappist to me. But, it was enjoyable and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1361) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Very nice deep amber malt color. Good fruity but not too sweet aroma and flavor. Nice caramel notes. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
(bottled). Attractive brown/amber and brilliantly filtered clear. Rich caramel malt, medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, despite lowish carbonation (which is true to style). Quite subdued fruit esters and a strange truncated (albeit clean) very subdued bitter finish that just dissapeared except for a very faint oxidized note at the very tail. Unnoticeable alcoholic strength. This seems like a great ESB session beer to me, not a strong ale. My rating reflects the style guidelines, not the great drinkability. Extra strong? Extra Not. Extra drinkable? You bet. Were this sold as a traditional English Ale, I'd offer a 4.4 of 5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
A mostly unimpressive strong ale. Color is elusive, going from brown in the initial pour to a nice golden amberish color. Flavor is very fruity and sweet, with a slight alchohol presence. I did not really care for this, but it was finishable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Brown color with slight malt aroma.Fruity alcohol flavor. Sweet malts are fairly strong.Smooth slightly tart finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (488) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Aroma is of alcohol and dark malts, with a flavor of fruits, namely sour apples. The alcohol flavoring adds a nice kick. Smooth.

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