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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2016   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Smells a bit skunked but tastes fine. Good head, very dark beer-it's a clear bottle and I can't see through it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(12 oz bottle--brown glass!) Dark brown with small tan head. Spice aroma with earthiness /must. Earthy roasted malt aroma. Not skunky. Body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 An exceptional British Ale with a smooth mellow nut brown caramel twist. reminds me of a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale. Excelent appearance with a poor head. Exceptional malty/nutty flavor with a perfect clear reddish brown appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Clear bottle. UH-OH. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Nose is a musty nut brown and malt mix. It almost smells flat. The tongue is met with a malted dry nutty body. Finishes with some stale bitterness. Average at best.

Re-rate: Finally in a brown bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate foamy tan head. Nose is toasty and semi-sweet with light toffee and lots of floral hoppiness. Light tea notes and some earthiness as well. Taste is SO MUCH BETTER. Toasty malts, flowery hops, light spice and earthiness, dried fruits, caramel. Body is creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes with spicy and earthy hops, lots of flowery notes, some tea leaves and light grain. This is league sbetter in a rbown bottle. This is two Wychwood beers in a row that have been very good and lack the disappointing flavor and aroma that the clear bottles seemed to impose. Previous numbers were 5, 3, 5, 2, 11.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Bottle. Tea brown color with a laced tan head. A slightly fruit toasted malt aroma. A dry earthy flavor with a toasted malt aftertaste. Not as bad as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2003
Loose bubbly soaplike head. Rich malty aroma with dried fruit. Raisins, almonds and mild roasty flavours. Slightly sweet aftertaste, surprisingly given the flavours quite a thin body which doesn't quite meld with the taste

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
The appearance is a medium sized tan rocky head with fine-small sized bubbles. It has an opaque body with no carbonation observed and the hue is reddish. The nose is skunky and the flavor consists of malt and hops with an aftertaste observed. The mouthfeel is tingly, smooth, thin, watery and light bodied. This beer has good lacing to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Yes, I do call this knobgoblin. "Extra Strong"??? Im confused. This beer is thin and anti-climactic, very little to it. It did have some roasted malts and subtle hops here and there, but everything was toned down. The bottle had a cool shape to it, but not cool enough to describe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Bottle. My brother calls this "knobgoblin". Uhh. It looks like a beer that is brownish-black and has a good head that lasts. VERY thin. Where the hell did Fly get this stuff? The initial mouthfeel is like it's going to be strong and complex but the flavor peters out badly. Couldn't imagine drinking the bottle of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2003
A bit buttery, caramel, with nice roasted character and good bitterness. had hesitated long to buy due to clear bottle and finally caved when I found one tucked away back on a lower shelf. Glad did, but still nothing too spectacular.

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