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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2081   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
0.5 L bottle. Clear, light brown without much head. Strong malt aroma with traces of alcohol and mint. Complex, sweet flavour with an initial, alcoholic bitterness changing to a sour aftertaste; very sweet. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Not a beer to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (625) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours a dark muddy brown with a large but quickly dissapating head. minimal lacing. malty aroma, toffee, bubblegum. thin body, sweet with a burnt coffee finish. ho hum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2004
5.5% bottle. Dark copper. Good head and light brown thin lacing. Deep malt aroma. Thick body, noticeable hops, dusty character and interesting spice for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Pours clear dark amber, with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, toffee, brown sugar. Tastes malty, with hints of brown sugar, toffee, fruit, root beer, and a slight cabernet-dryness type finish. Yet, as it warmed, the caramelly brown sugar came out more. Very complex, very nice style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2004
(Bottled, 5.2% ABV) Darkish amber color with a very small head. Sweetish, aromatic-hoppy aroma. Sweet, quite hoppy flavor with cocoa, plums and a hint of spiciness. Quite thin and rough palate. A decent ale, but lacks character and body - typically for Wychwood brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bland and watery, with a hint of a metallic taste, this is a beer I’ll not be buying again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Pours a dark red with a quarter-inch foamy white head. Subtle aroma of sweet malt; flavor is sweet and malty with a touch of nuttiness and perhaps some dark fruit, maybe black cherries. Slightly sour taste with the sweet malt up front and a very light bitterness on the end. Rather smooth, drinkable ... I could probably put a few of these down with no trouble at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Slightly sweet malt aroma with a bit of roastiness. Good malt backbone with the roasted malt nicely balanced and a touch of bitterness. Maltiness carries through to the finish nicely. An enjoyable English Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 12, 2004
pours a reddish brown with a thin head. malty cookie aromas with a slight cherry aroma. malt flavors with some fruit and an off burnt flavor. its harsh and lingering, somewhat medicinal. I think a hobgoblin pissed in the beer. not much good to say about this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
canary dog (685) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2004
My specimen did have a noticeable head and, when combined with the dark tan body, resulted in a handsome presentation. I thought this tasted similar to an English ESB, like Fuller’s, for example. Although this wasn’t quite as balanced or good as Fuller’s. The maltiness was just a little too much, and this resulted in an almost repulsively sweet finish. It seems a little off in the ending balance. This brew set out for the right intentions but needs further work. The potential is there.

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