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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2017   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2004 Very nice looking beer, does have a skunky aroma like the "fiddlers elbow" I have had. (probably the clear bottle. Nice malty flavor, slightly dry & weak finish. Re-rate 01/08/2004. This was worse the 2nd time around, even more skunk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Ruby amber hue. Nice fizzy whitish head. Nose is somewhat skunky, light malts. Pale malts first, light to medium bodied, big bitterness and fruit in the finish. Very drinkable, although there is kind of an "off" taste in the middle. Label is great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Mild fruity chocolate aroma.Dark crimson appearance.Dry balanced chocolate malt flavor.Mild hoppr finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Not much aroma, nice bitterness/ malt blend taste, very well balanced, but nothing special here. I wouldn’t buy it again, but I would drink it again. Definetely Wychwood’s best offering though!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Dark coca-cola hue with a light brown head. Toasted malt nose. Coffee roasted malt and toffee flavours with a lengthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 best till June 2004 Rerated from a holiday gift pack from the LCBO. Finally a fresh one to rate. Nothing too dicerning in the aroma. Malts present. However this time around I notice more roastedness in the flavour and the metallic skunk notes are gone compleatly due to this being pretty fresh. Mild hop bitter. Quite decent and refreshing. I'm sure the fresher this beer is the finer it would taste. I dropped the aroma rating down a notch and raised the flavour up one from my last rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
necromessiah99 (5) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
excellent beer.. nice coppery red hue.. very soft and smooth with a subtle chocolate malt taste... only piss drinking slack jawed rednecks would’nt like this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2002
I agree that this a pretty decent brew. Good hop/malt balance, little to no head. Nice color and a good taste. I’d certainly have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Sleek, simple, and beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Just tried a bottle of this last night, and it looks like the RateBeer folks aren’t very big fans of any of Wychwood’s offerings. I certainly didn’t think this beer was anything to write home about, but it really wasn’t as bad as everyone has made it out to be. Hobgoblin’s characteristics reminded me a lot of Newcastle with less acidity. Burnt copper coloring throughout with little to no head, and a strong nose. Pleasant palate that wears thin after a few seconds. Decent hop/malt balance. Better than average stuff unless there’s some bad bottles floating around.

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