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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2138   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Ruddy brown color, perfectly clear, with a nice, creamy layer of froth. Nice aroma, for a brown ale/ English pale ale style, fruity, malty, light on hops, sweet, nutty, smacking of yeast, a bit. Nice and tasty....wait, third time Iíve used that word, "nice"...bad monk, bad...but, it canít be helped, itís unflinchingly pleasant and, as taste now tells, palatable. No hops, thick malt, rich and round, mix of cherries, and grapes, with a distinct malty,...yumminess. Iím liking this more and more, actually. Hadnít any clue, as my other encounters with this brewery were less than spectacular, or, at least, didnít live up to expectations raised by artistry and imagery....but this is pretty damned good. Easy to drink, packed with full flavor, medium bodied, long, fruity/nutty finish. I donít mind this little devil at all! P.S., if it matters, this was from a brown bottle, not clear. Although, I did see some of their other offerings in clear vessels at the same store...curious...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8789) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle. Musty, medicinal acetone like nose with some barnyard notes such as burlap, hay, wood, sweet grains. Has a particular light struck aroma as well, though the bottles are brand new of the shelves. Flavors are a mild, spicy and somewhat gritty vegetable, wet oats, lawn, hay, dirt, etc... pretty much what yard work would taste like. A little peppy, some stinging palate happenings. A bit of sweet cherry wood character as well. Not too bad, but not my bag, baby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
The color of this beer is just plain beautiful. A rich rusty brown color that would lead you to believe that the maltiness is the dominant flavor. But looks are deceiving. In fact, the maltiness is completely overpowered by the hoppiness (which is tame compared to, say, a Pilsner Urquell). Looking at this beer and drinking it are two different things. I found it enjoyable, but not something Iíd go too far out of my way to get. But it comes in a cool bottle and you look pretty cool/tough drinking it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Well at least it looks good. Wish it tasted as good as it looks. Initial taste is malt but then bitter hops kick in that is overpowering. Wonít drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Presentation: Clear 500ml bottle. Cool label and bottle cap. Pours a deep brown /red color with light carbonation and an off-white creamy head. The head diminishes, but leaves a fine layer and some sticky lace. The aroma is of malt, light hops and is a little tart (astringent). The taste has a light sweetness in the start, a citrusy middle and a mild hop finish with some smokiness lingering. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with a little carbonation and a lingering hop (astringent) bite. This beer was better than expected, and just got better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Dark with a nice head. Aroma is somewhat spicy and brings licorice and fruits. Creamy, peppery flavor with some licroce. Sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
Had this after having a fullers... probably should have had them the other way around since this one was a lighter, less malty and more bitter brew that just didnít please my tastebuds all that much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Poured clear amber with a thin white head...smelled a little malty and buttery...tasted quite bland with a hoppy finish...absolutely unremarkable...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
Itís the Hob to the Gob. BOR to the ING! Maybe I had already drank too much that day, but I thought his beer tasted like nothing. Sorry thereís nothing to this brew. Utterly average, and therefore below average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2004
Nice dark amber beer with red shine and normal head. This beer has a good malty aroma with a touch of Oveltine = (Chocolate drink). It has a round light taste with a small hint of lemongrass. The afthertaste is well in balance and ends with a good hoppy bitterness.

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