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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1963   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2002
These disturbing Wychwood beer labels are starting to get to me! This one depicts a goblin with Spock-like ears carrying a blood-soaked axe through a moonlit night. But the beer is a tamer affair. Though this pours dark as that moonlit night, the flavor is more schwarzbier-ish. A bitter presence exists and some odd malt flavor lingers. I would say go with the Fiddlerís Elbow if stuck with nothing else but Wychwood products, god forbid. Somewhat crisp. Avoid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Nice, pleasing brew. Pours a pretty, partly cloudy dark-reddish-brown, but this one didnít show any head for me except on initial pour. The taste is sweet, with noticeable touch of chocolate, particularly on the finish. A bit tangy. Had some mild hints of chocolate sweetness in the aroma as well. Goes down mild and somewhat watery. Not outstanding, but not disappointing either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2002
Regardless of its taste, it has, to use the technical term, a way-neato bottle design. Little hobgoblins with axes carved on the glass at all. Unfortunately, the glass is the best part. The ale is reddish brown with a thick, quickly dissipating head. Nose is odd, very sour and grassy with some hints of cinnamon. While this is only 5.5%, the alcohol seems much stronger, has a bit of a medicinial strength to it. Flavor is very, grassy, also pine and juniper berry/gin. Not particularly pleasing, but it gets bonus points for a nice bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 bottle 500 ml
Appearance: dark amber with red hints , large thick creamy top. Little lace shown.4-
Nose: dusty with hint of caramel, touch of woody twig of hop.
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied ale. Semi smooth with higher mid carbonation. Wood with caramel hints on side. Twig hop above. Fairly crisp ale. Lighter empty like finish. Lack of body becomes evident.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2002
Smelled like skunk, and tasted a bit like skunk. I rather enjoyed it though after a while. Iíll have to try again when itís fresher. It had nice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2004 clear dark red-amber colour with an unregular foam, aroma of dark fruits and toffee, malty, robust and fresh with a nice bitter fruity finish and some notes of vanilla - subtle and robust at the same time

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cheesemonster99 (14) - Glasgow, - APR 20, 2002
Quite nasty, by the end of the bottle its quite sickening, have some antacids on stand by!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2002
Itís pretty thin, especially considering the bottle I had was aged at least a year. The bottle says choclate ought to be present, but I mostly tasted apples. And why does it have such a strong alcoholic nose when itís only 5.5%?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
Strong alcoholic nose with a rather inactive appearence though the head is maintained slightly throughout the drinking. The taste of the beer is nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (797) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2002
Hoppy, malty and a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. This one wonít disappoint any ale-lover, and the label is a refreshing break to the conventional as well.

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