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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8579) - 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 (4691) - 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 Iíll 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 (701) - 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 Fullerís, for example. Although this wasnít quite as balanced or good as Fullerís. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11804) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Dark brown with little head. Malty aroma and a nice medium bitter flavour. Good creamy mouthfeel. Good average ale. Cask conditioned: Just as average, same rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (673) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
Aroma strong hop aroma with a slight parsnip and celery. Appearance deep ruby red, no head except for intial small bubbly head. Flavour fresh hop & malt with a hint of mocha, celery and carrot that drinks quite clean. Good slightly herbally hop aftertaste. Reasonably thick but not too balanced as its fairly bubbly. Kinda funky and interesting, would like to have another one but not the sort of thing I would drink all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2004
A very nice amber. I was pleasantly suprised. Dark brownish color with good lacing. A nice nutty aftertaste.

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