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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2196   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4806) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Original Rating, 10/31/04. Dark red color with a medium head. Malty aroma. Quite a plain taste with maybe a bit of bread. Blah. 5/3/5/3/11

Re-rating, 7/12/12. Brown color with a small head. Light apple and grain aroma. Slightly metalic grainy flavor. A bit of wet biscuit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
500 ml clear bottle. Dark red amber colour with a frothy off-white head. Earthy, bready, and toffeeish aroma. Caramel, fruity, and bready malts with a lightly fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft, but lightly fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3709) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
Bottle - 500ml. Very nice dark ruby body topped with a thin off-white head. Pleasant malty/hoppy nose with some woody, spicy, and flowery notes. Good surprise: there’s no skunkiness! The mouthfeel and its long dry finish are definitely dominated by bitterness. Some light hints of oak and roasted cereals are present. Decently flavoured, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1852) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours deep red-auburn with a fluffy tan head. Crystal clear for its color, this brew entices with a malty spicy nose. the flavor does not dissapoint. Medium bodied with a full flavor profile that belies its sprightly step. Lots of brown sugar aroma and flavor, hops are straight up the middle and well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Garnet color. Deep rich sheen and nice. The fine froth makes you feel like you’re sipping from a cloud. Just a touch of woody sharpness to the aroma, like a fine aged timber lent itself to the effort. Clear bottle leaves nothing to the imagination. Sad. Drank this in celebration of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. Flavor is a bit reminicent of those good ol’ Massachusetts baked beans, the kind that are fired in a kettle overnight with maple syrup, pork and brown sugar in them. Tastes like long-awaited New England victory. Mm.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Brown Coloring. White Head. Little Bit of Hops on the Nose. Dry at the End. and Taste Like Bad Grains... Had Better Bitters... Although I LOVED their ad in a beer magazine...TOO MUCH FLAVOR FOR YOU LAGER BOY?! ..too bad they can’t live up to that...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a nice brown color with thin head. Alas! Skunked out of the bottle. Whatever nice subtle malty notes I should no doubt detect in this fine ESB, or mild hops fruitiness, is overwhelmed by UV ray created skunkotastic. How unfortunate. I will try again someday, but right now... oy veh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a pretty deep ruby-amber color that is topped by a creamy light tan colored head. The aroma is predominantly malty, with a deep fruitiness reminiscent of raisins and cherries, perhaps a bit of cough syrup as well. Quite light on the palate up front, which moves to a soft malty sweetness and the same type of fruitiness as in the nose. Actually this is pretty nice, it is easy drinking and is driven by the light maltiness and the ale-yeast derived fruitiness. Definitely a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3452) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Dark amber with a good head. Almost looked like it was nitrous poured. Dark caramel, apple peels and wood in the flavor and aroma. Nice flavor, but it was perhaps a bit on the thin and light side. I’m glad I got to try it on tap, though. I’ve heard some horror stories about the Wychwood clear bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7055) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled(500ml). -dark amber coloured, malty and hoppy taste, fruity aroma, mild spicy flavor, nice fruity finish

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