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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2070   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Brown color with slight malt aroma.Fruity alcohol flavor. Sweet malts are fairly strong.Smooth slightly tart finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Aroma is of alcohol and dark malts, with a flavor of fruits, namely sour apples. The alcohol flavoring adds a nice kick. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Clear bottle. Not skunky!. Nice brown color with thin, but lasting head. Slightly fruity aroma, with a certain maltyness. Pleasant malty flavor that reminds me of Octoberfest beers. I really enjoyed this. Much better than many typically made American equivalents.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Nutty and lightly bready malt aroma, toasty and grainy with hints of chocolate and toffee, combined with a light-moderate amount of fruity, spicy English hops. Medium-dark red-amber in color, clear, with a finely creamy head. Dark brown sugar and toffeeish malt flavors, with a modicum of hop flavors right alongside, providing a spicy, mild bite. Brief glimpses of red apple fruitiness and a slight woodiness, leading to a tangy finish. Smooth palate, light-medium bodied and a moderate amount of effervesence. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Smells a bit skunked but tastes fine. Good head, very dark beer-it's a clear bottle and I can't see through it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(12 oz bottle--brown glass!) Dark brown with small tan head. Spice aroma with earthiness /must. Earthy roasted malt aroma. Not skunky. Body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 An exceptional British Ale with a smooth mellow nut brown caramel twist. reminds me of a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale. Excelent appearance with a poor head. Exceptional malty/nutty flavor with a perfect clear reddish brown appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Clear bottle. UH-OH. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Nose is a musty nut brown and malt mix. It almost smells flat. The tongue is met with a malted dry nutty body. Finishes with some stale bitterness. Average at best.

Re-rate: Finally in a brown bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate foamy tan head. Nose is toasty and semi-sweet with light toffee and lots of floral hoppiness. Light tea notes and some earthiness as well. Taste is SO MUCH BETTER. Toasty malts, flowery hops, light spice and earthiness, dried fruits, caramel. Body is creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes with spicy and earthy hops, lots of flowery notes, some tea leaves and light grain. This is league sbetter in a rbown bottle. This is two Wychwood beers in a row that have been very good and lack the disappointing flavor and aroma that the clear bottles seemed to impose. Previous numbers were 5, 3, 5, 2, 11.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Bottle. Tea brown color with a laced tan head. A slightly fruit toasted malt aroma. A dry earthy flavor with a toasted malt aftertaste. Not as bad as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2003
Loose bubbly soaplike head. Rich malty aroma with dried fruit. Raisins, almonds and mild roasty flavours. Slightly sweet aftertaste, surprisingly given the flavours quite a thin body which doesn't quite meld with the taste

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