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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2139   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a pretty deep ruby-amber color that is topped by a creamy light tan colored head. The aroma is predominantly malty, with a deep fruitiness reminiscent of raisins and cherries, perhaps a bit of cough syrup as well. Quite light on the palate up front, which moves to a soft malty sweetness and the same type of fruitiness as in the nose. Actually this is pretty nice, it is easy drinking and is driven by the light maltiness and the ale-yeast derived fruitiness. Definitely a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Dark amber with a good head. Almost looked like it was nitrous poured. Dark caramel, apple peels and wood in the flavor and aroma. Nice flavor, but it was perhaps a bit on the thin and light side. I’m glad I got to try it on tap, though. I’ve heard some horror stories about the Wychwood clear bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6651) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled(500ml). -dark amber coloured, malty and hoppy taste, fruity aroma, mild spicy flavor, nice fruity finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle out of an opened case. Poured a nice red with an ivory head. Aroma was big, with hops that really reminded me of Saaz, although I’m no expert. Flavor was a little spoiled by a parmesan cheese bite, but malt and a nice hop bite were there as well. Decent, but not really worth the money.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2004
I figured I was taking a chance buying something with such a silly label especially around Halloween. But I was pleased. The beer had a reddish medium sized head that didn’t last too long. Aroma was fruity and malty, taste was malty and a bit hoppy. If it were cheaper I would be happier, it doesn’t taste as good as it cost me. (~8.50US/six ;)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dan0 (9) - Elon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2004 does not count
Not the boldest ale around, but it is a good drink nonetheless. Pours a darker orange/amber color with a small eggshell foam that dissolved before my first sip. There is a definate sweetness present, the presence of fruit is obvious and the malt flavor is somewhat dull and sweet. Not much carbonation and it has been said before that it has a strange wine-esqe finish. Worth a try, nothing extra-special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The clear colour is dark amber, the white foam is compact and it dissolves quite fast. The smell is very discrete, but I did find some traces of malt and bread. Its carbon dioxide is strong and a little bit picking. The taste is well balanced with flavours of burnt malt, dried fruits and hints of diacetyl. The aftertaste is sweet and burned. I was surprised of the low bitterness of this ale. I drank it with Swedish beef stew cooked with allspice and bay leaves, and the tastes suited each other reasonably well. But on its own, there are some more interesting ales in this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Good drink. It poured out an off-orange color with a medium off-white head. The aroma was both fruity and grainy, smelling somewhat wine-ish. Kind of weird... sweetish malt flavors with a sour wine finish. An interesting and enjoyable beverage.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Clear orange-red body, thin/medium buff-colored head. Leafy hops aroma with tobacco leaf notes, brown sugar, fig, and pastry. The flavor resembles a red wine with plenty of tannins (teabags), cigar smoke, chocolate, brown sugar, grapes, raisin/tobacco and spicy/perfumey hops. Perhaps a bit sweeter than it should be (bordering on cloying). Still a solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle: Pours clear dark amber with a medium, short lasted off white head. Aroma light fruit & malt. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet nutty malt flavour dominates with a light bitter/dry finish. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

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