Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5.24.05 Had this on my birthday...supposedly I was drinking warm glasses (not shots..glasses) of vodka after having this...which would explain my blackout and waking up fully dressed with my shoes on. Rock. A really good bitter.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very deep red, Dr. Pepperish-color, thin short-lived head, no lace. Aroma was flowers and herbs nicely cooperating with chocolate, coffee grounds and malt. Hints of esther, cherry, and yeast. Solid well-balanced flavor, with elements of sweet fruit, toasty malt, bread, cherries, caramel and toffee. coffee and cola in the middle and a good wallop of Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hop bitterness. Excellent creamy texture, solid and viscous, without leaving a slimy feeling behind. Unusual, unique bottle. Check out their web site -- itís better than many and tells the humorous "Legend of Hobgoblin Ale."
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smelled a bit like a wet basement, cola colored. Head foamy white, did lace up nice though. Strange fruit taste to it. Not too bitter and seems to get better by the sip. Body was thin and watery and leaves you with very little. Overall ok not great maybe good.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Pailhead. Clear brownish color. Fair white head. Fruity aroma, perhaps bananna which is a little disturbing. Thin bodied. Touch of malt and a bit of hops. Mediocre.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear and red with a small head. Caramel aroma with a little roasted smell. Relatively dry with a fast finish. Watery. Not much in the way of flavor with moderate caramel flavor.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Hoppy and metallic enough aroma that I double checked to see if I really poured from a can. Dark reddish color body with a creamy head. Creamy palate with a sweet, hoppy slightly smoky flavor. Went well with fish and chips.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Juicy fruit gum aroma with some funky smelling hops. Pours a transparent red with a small white head. Lightly fruity with some caramel with almost no hops in the finish. Itís not horrible, just really boring. At least it came with a decent glass.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wychwood artwork is always a pleasure to behold, and the evil little guy on the label is no exception. I liked the dark colour and cream head. Somehow I couldnít pick up much of the aroma. The toffee taste was pleasant enough. Bitterness I thought was exactly right. The overall verdict: quite good but somehow disappointing. Not quite sure why.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
this beer is very different from the normal american beers much more complex and very bitter. a decent brew with a great name and bottle
highlandlad (1474) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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)