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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2081   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Aroma is unimpressive. Flavor is slightly malty but mainly light and ordinary. This was a little disappointing. Whatever. Kill the hobgoblin!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Not sure what's "extra strong" about this one - a pretty tame English Ale with very little carbonation and no head. Bitter, but not as much as most of its type. Caramel and roast, a bit of fruity aftertaste. Great label, not so great Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Copper coloured body from a nicely shaped bottle. Rather low carbonation. The little of head that there is taste the good fresh hops. Malty nose, nuts. Malty, but not too sweet in mouth, fruity, slight bitterness. Pleasant, english strong ale style is indeed questionable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Pleasing dark amber appearance and well carbonated. Little detectable aroma and a bland malt:hop balance. Minimal, if any bitterness. Hops and malt cancel each oteher out it in this smooth, insipid, brew that won't scare anyone. I would consider this an EPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 8, 2003
Reddish color, fluffy, easily dying head. Soft and bitter with caramelly and roasty notes. The label is greater...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 7, 2003
Nicely hopped and the roasted malt is evident.Mild flavours, but they dissipate rather quickly. Good quality beer-just nothing extraordinary about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Fairly large brown sugar and fruity malt (hint of butter, too). Less that generous, weedy disapating bitters. The label is damn intriguing, especially to an old RPG gamer, but the beer a little short of the mark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Copper color with no head at all. Mild brown sugar aroma when it warms a bit, but you really have to search for much of anything on the nose. Mild malt flavors of toffee and brown sugar up front and through the middle building to a robust, earthy, and lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Not too shabby, but it certianly doesn't deliver in the aroma, complexity or body categories.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
Why does it say powerful and full-bodied in the commercial description? This is a very thin and weak beer. Flat and boring. Wychwood should spend some time on improving their beer instead of making all those silly labels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
By far the best Wychwood that I've had to date -- perhaps because those clear bottles are ticking timebombs for skunkiness and it looks like we beat the clock. Nice Maris Otter aroma, with some berries and alcohol. Starts tangy, not sweet, brings in a little fruit, moderately bitter with a classic Fuggles/Goldings-style hopping. Rich ruby brown, good label, but I'm resentful at the clear bottle. Begins its finish woody, very distinctly like pine #2 pencils that I used to chew on as a kid. Finish is a building tangy affair, with medium-light body.

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