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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1960   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Ruby red pour with a medium off-white head that dissipates down to not much of anything. Malty aroma, little bit of sweetness. Taste is toffee, some fruit, little bit of hop flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
realadam (73) - HUNGARY - JUL 30, 2014
Unique colored beer with a fruity, bubblegum aromas and a hint of alcohol in the smell. At first tastes sweet but the sensation soon turns into bitter. Medium bodied beer with a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miss_Honeybee (5) - CANADA - JUL 29, 2014 does not count
I tried this at first while it was cold, and felt that it was light, with slight toffee notes and a hint of bitterness... Luckily I had only sipped it slowly, because as it warmed I couldn’t believe I was tasting the same brew! This is one beer you want to drink close to room temperature, as only then can you really taste the full flavour!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1157) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle@606jazz club. Dark copper brown. Clear. Huge foam. Honey Caramalty notes. Earthy hop aromas. Dry sweet. Medium body. Well carbonated. Straight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Very nice banana and malt aroma. Very dark brown colour with excellent head. Very malty flavor with excellent smooth finish. Medium creamy body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (450) - Osijek, CROATIA - JUL 24, 2014
0.5l bottle. Clear ruby color with nice tanned head. Toasted and fruity aroma. Taste is medium bitter with toffee notes. Medium body. Overall it’s nice and tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Tap at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Originally rated 13082011. Colour is clear copper with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, bitterness and malts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dgkiz (10) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2014
Pours deep ruby with a tan head. Discreet roasted aroma, with hints of dry fruits. Medium bodied, but perhaps slightly watery. Pleasant roasted character and some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talmana (21) - ISRAEL - JUL 15, 2014
caramel, chocolate, roasty, floral, herbs, clove, raisin, pale, amber, red, clear, frothy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1947) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a somewhat soft glossed over effect covering the entire beer. There is a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing coating the glass. The smell had sweet English malts up front with a nice earthy nuttiness rolling in and out under my nose. The taste was mainly sweet but still carrying a nice "bitter" flavoring to balance. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as there’s a slight creaminess about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good ESB that is pretty defining for its style. To pick on this one probably tells me that the person picking on this beer probably shouldn’t be drinking ESB’s.

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