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

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RATINGS: 2065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2003
wow this is a damn good beer. i was kinda hesitant about payin 3.99 for a 500 ml, but i figure if it cost that you cant go wrong, i was right, this is a great ale. something i will purchase again :)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
(bottled) Not special, but a consistently good brew. I've never had the pleasure of trying the cask conditioned, but the bottled version is actually quite refreshing without loss of character when chilled a little. The only gripe I have is that I can never find it around hallow'een due to the carling drinkers buying it for "novelty value" :?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5552) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2003
(500 ml bottle). Dark brown colour, low head. Aroma of malts and ensilage. Flavour has some maltiness, some bitterness - but lacks complexity. Cool bottle and label promises more than the beer keeps. Probably better cask conditioned?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Poured dark as night with a bit of head, but it died quickly. There's a tad bit of an aroma. The beer itself is chalky, spicy, and somewhat smoky. Pretty good European style ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2003
brownish-amber color with small tan head. a very mild beer, some spiciness and fruit, but overall nothing exciting

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2003
I like its tameness. it doesnt need to smack you in the face. This was great with a steak, in fact its the ideal accompanyment as it didnt distract from the flavor of the beef and vice versa. Pretty standard english ale flavor. Decent example of the style. Light smoke/molasses and finishes with a weird "fruit" flavor. I think the best part is the awesome packaging.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1321) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6364) - 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?


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