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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1950   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2002
Copper, off-white head. Skunky aroma, if you try really hard you can find some roasted malt behind that awful smell. Roasted malt, caramel and alcohol flavors. The alcohol has too much presence for 5.5% ABV. Bitterness and skunk finish. I just don’t get why some breweries are stupid enough to package their beers in clear bottles. Great label though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Initial aroma was skunky, and I know this just hit the shelf a couple of days ago. Clear bottles be damned! Fortunately, the skunkiness was not pronounced in the taste. Unfortunately, there’s not anything in the flavor to particularly recommend this one anyway. Slightly sweet toasty malt flavor with hints of diacetyl. Run of the mill English ale with a very boring, semi-bitter hop profile. Cloying, caramel sweetness in the finish. Nicely designed label, now just concentrate on the brewing some more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2002
slight choclate, hits the back of the throat, fruity and hoppy as the glass goes on

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
Pleasantly sweet aroma. Opens with strong aromatic hoppiness, the middle is fruity with sweet maltishness. Finishes malty. Lingering aftertaste. I did not detect any of the skunkiness some raters have complained of, but then, I guess living in the UK I get the beer more fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBWalters3 (26) - USA - SEP 23, 2002
Could be better but nothing to complain about. If I was stuck on an abondoned island, no problem with this being the only drink.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 another weak Brit import, 5.5%ABV Doubtful.Look at the long nose on the Goblin that ought to tell you the story, weak Brit brew, they call this an English stong Ale, not in front of me they don’t. damnn candy asses. Another Loser from across the pond. NOT recommended, pour it down the drain

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2002
Nice colour. malt flavour, slight hoppiness. Vanilla or slight fruit taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Weird flavor combination but I can’t pinpoint why. Slight fruit and bitterness, almost like it’s rotten fruit. Cool bottle art!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
pours deep ruby with a thin head. slightly alcoholic, roasty nose. dried fruit and lots of sweet malt. hops show themselves more at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
Very dark auburn color. Alcohol, some hops and a little bit of chocolate in the nose. Hints of fruit, chocolate, yeast and a faintly bitter, well balanced hoppy finish. Nice strong ale.

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