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


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RATINGS: 2019   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
not quite sure i'm man enough to take the full onslaught of 5.5% abv here. pretty tame beer really - sweet, malty, and very bland, saved by a nice chocolatey/fugglesy-spicy finish. not actively offensive, just boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Too much going on for this to be a truly good beer. Sweet malt, coffee or chocolate bitterness, slight sourness of an English ale, and a hoppy bitter finish. Dark brown ale with almost no head or lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2003
Fast disapperaing off-white head. Dark-brown colour. Sweet and malty aroma. Taste; chocolate and a finishing bitterness. Not bad but not impressive either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Reddish brown color, good head and some lacing, medium-bodied. Hint of caramel/toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, oak, and blackberry, a very pleasant aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel, clean compared to Wychwood other beers. Good balance on the palate between sweet/smoky malts and fruity hops, dry finish. This is the one beer from this brewery that I've had and would buy again. Just not sure if I would call this a strong ale, maybe an amber/brown?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Note to the British! Stop bottling your beers in clear glass bottles! I'm sure this was a quality brew to begin with, but by the time I got to it, the ale smelled like it was poured straight from a hobgoblin's ass. Good God! Could this smell any more like a skunk's butt? The appearance is a nice, crystal clear mohogany ale. Small, beige-colored, creamy head. Quickly diminishing. Aroma? Need I go on? Hey, there's a skunk in the room! Okay, some caramel and butterscotch notes as well, but mostly just two skunks doing a "69"! The flavor? Wow! Nice recovery. Light molasses, alcohol, caramel and buttermilk. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fairly soft carbonation. Medium-dry, bitter finish. Better bottling would probably produce a better brew. Sill, a decent drinking experience. If you are going to purchase this beer, please make sure there's no dust on the bottle and that it was stored on a lower shelf where there is less light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2003
Typical british crap (no offence). Bitter and a bit smoky. I could finish it, but it's not the greatest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel), with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. I can't explain why a British ale would have a DMS smell, but this sample most certainly does...for a moment I thought I'd accidentally poured a can of Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve by mistake, but no. A bit unbalanced and not exactly the cleanest beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 Slight, beady white head. Has a bit of a hoppy aroma - looks like brewed dark tea. Good bitter flavor - also sort of a smoky undertone to it. I also detect a bit of mint in the after taste. Overall a decent ale - would not categorize it as a "strong ale" though - would make a good session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2003
Dark brown. Hints of toffee and coffee in the aroma. Toffee/Light chocolate flavor. I would prefer less carbonation...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 15, 2003
A little too sweet for my liking. It came in a cool English bottle, however. Poured out a light brown, almost clear enough to see thru. Tasted sweet, like Newcastle, but had a bit more malt flavor to it. Not something I'd go out of my way to buy again, though.

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