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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2008   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4816) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Slightly hazy brown colour with a very thin tan head. Very malty aroma with strong hints of chocolate (milk and low percent cacao). Medium-bodied; A nice balance of malt and hops, good spiceyness and an assertive chocolate character. Somewhat subtle in flavour compared to the aroma, but still very pleasant. An average beer, nothing offensive, nothing too spectacular. Overall, worth trying if you've had every other 'better' english beer! I bought this single 500 mL bottle at Harris Teeter in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia and sampled it on 30-August-2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Pleasant fruity aroma. The flavor has maly/grainy notes and I thought the body was a bit thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 This ale didn't strike me as particularly interesting. The flavor is not unappealing, just not very distinguished. Tried in bottle in London.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2003
color is deep cherry, mahogany, very thin head. aroma is of berry, cola..dont really pick up on the chocolate mentioned in the description. flavor is somewhat thin with subtle hints of cherry cola and has a finish reminiscent of campfire wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Red/brown, small head and almost no carbonation. The aroma is malty, slighty fruity, and metallic. Very sweet flavor with some malt and hops apparent. Pleasant flavor but it's like water on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (10499) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2003
Sweet apple aroma. Malty apple flavor. Some caramelly hopbitterness. Just a bit of butterscotch. Sweet apple aftertaste with some bitterness. Slightly disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2003
Dark amber, small white head. Weak malty skunky aroma. Nutty, coffeeish flavour, notes of burnt sugar and english hops. Quite bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Aroma is unimpressive. Flavor is slightly malty but mainly light and ordinary. This was a little disappointing. Whatever. Kill the hobgoblin!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Not sure what's "extra strong" about this one - a pretty tame English Ale with very little carbonation and no head. Bitter, but not as much as most of its type. Caramel and roast, a bit of fruity aftertaste. Great label, not so great Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Copper coloured body from a nicely shaped bottle. Rather low carbonation. The little of head that there is taste the good fresh hops. Malty nose, nuts. Malty, but not too sweet in mouth, fruity, slight bitterness. Pleasant, english strong ale style is indeed questionable.

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