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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2196   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2005
Moderate English ESB marred by pasteurisation. Poured a teak colour with ruby highlights and a short but lasting head that laced a bit. Sweetish aroma of boiled lollies, popcorn-like diacetyl, caramel and custard. Not particularly inviting. Tastes much, much better than it smells. Nice creamy palate, medium-bodied, with a dry finish. Very malt-driven, with chocolate and toffee notes and a fruity middle before that disappointing boiled pasteurised taint to the finish. Decent bitterness in the finish. Better than I remembered but no classic. (500ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, best before 1/9/05)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest í05 - An excellent Bitter. Second best "new" beer at event (not including ones tried before). Probably best Brit ESB Iíve had. Most are more thin and flat than this. More like our (US) Bitters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1215) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 29, 2005
Iíve had enough Japanese macros over the past week, time for something different! A clear medium to dark Brown, Ruby at the edges. A small beige head. Sweet rich malts, caramel and fruit. A nice flavor with a sweet front, some floral hops in the middle and carmalized sugar sweetness towards the finish, a slightly hoppy, copper penny, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2005
I love English Ales, I picked this one up on random. what a great treat! Taste of caramel, maple, toffee and a touch of smoke. Good malt gives it great character Must buy!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - APR 28, 2005
Dusty, caramel malt, and slightly skunked aroma. Milk, caramel, and toffee flavors. A tad bit nutty as well. Finishes lightly roasted and drained. Watery mouthfeel. This is a painfully average ESB. A bit of a let down compaired to itís wicked looking bottle label. Oh well....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Poured from the bottle, a dark copper with a frothy off-white head (which disappeared all too quickly). Aroma is strongly malty - molasses. In the mouth, it is quite smooth and malty, with hints of raisins. The hop character is quite mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Hoppy aroma, slightly metallic and skunked but still ok. Rather thin, watered appearance as often found in clear-bottle beer; typical malt-amber color. Mouthfeel is also quite thin. Flavor is rather more complex than the aroma, being more fruity e.g. banana and strawberry (separately, not straw-banana) though the beer also shows signs of a cloying artificial sweetening aka "added sugar". There is a bit of hoppiness to be found especially in the finish, but definitely not what one would expect from a beer slated as an ESB. Would like to find the cask version, being that ESB is a style that can show great variation between cask and pasteurized bottle (though the sugariness would seem to make this likelihood more remote in this case).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
A very drinkable beer. Eathy malty flavor. Like many beers, i wouldnt go ouit lookin for it, but i would have no complaints if you passed me this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedBurn (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours amber, with a thin head. The flavor was mildly sweet, but not as rich as I would have liked. Rather expensive in my area . . . I would drink again, but only as a gift.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
Light skunk and hop aroma. Clear dark brown. Light falvors of caramel and friuts. Watery throughout the middle. Was excited for this stuff but did not impress. Ending is rather alcohloy with a mild hop and bitterness.

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