JDBaker11058 (1459) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: dark ruby, slightly hazed, with a fizzy/creamy light tan head. Aroma: some chocolate and molasses, a bit of brown sugar, earthy and herbal hops, maybe some dark fruit. Taste: caramel, molasses, and treacle, but not overly sweet; some herbal, nearly medicinal hop notes. Finish: earthy, slightly astringent, also rather muddled. Notes: Not my cup of tea. Bitterness was on the medicinal side, which I found off-putting. Bottle brought to Beerble Study by Michael.
ianwelby (689) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not that such a thing as a ístandard aleí exists but this would be it. And not an especially pleasant one. Slightly too sweet, a touch sickly. Itís not unpleasant but itís not one Iíd pick.
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I first tried this in a Wychwood 4 pack along with wychcraft, circle master and fiddlerís elbow in 2007.
The characteristic staple of itís brewery, Hobgoblin Liveís up to itís legend as a freak of Ale nature, a premium Bitter/ESB which is almost a stout!
On the nose it hosts a strong aroma of Malted Coffee syrup and fainít spiciness, pouring an exceptionally dark Bitter, though like Guinness is really a Ruby Red in disguise, with a strong pale brown foamy head.
In the mouth it certainly feelís like stout, itís Heavy, thick and powerful, with some carbonation, but not enough to shake you from the taste.
This Ale has a strong Chocolate taste which lingers throughout, but quickly followed by spicy roasted coffee and even some vanilla with a full bodied, toasty character.
Itís finish is bitter and Abrupt, superseded by that Chocolate explosion, a mighty but surprisingly drinkable .
tfontana (76) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Epsom Circle Market, Epsom, NH. Aroma is roasted malt with bread dough and cereal. Appearance is clear dark reddish copper with minimal, fleeting head with mild lacing. Taste is well balanced but slightly more bitter than sweet. Palate is medium bodied, thick with lively carbonation--almost stinging to the front of the tongue and detracts from appreciating the taste. Finish is long and slightly bitter.
Cokemonkey11 (144) - - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, co-op, 0.5L. Pours dark, hazy "ruby" color with no head. Scent is medium yeast, slightly sweet, and otherwise plain. Taste is medium sweet with hints of earthy grainy texture. Finish is slightly bitter. Nice.
custardtrout (7) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hobgoblin is a perfect addition to any meal, full bodied with a great dark after taste
Alexi91 (137) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Sainsburyís (Bristol). Fruity with bitter overtones.
guiroul33 (206) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAR 28, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 50cl @ wine more time, Bordeaux. A standard Amber ale, nothing special.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
dequevedo (10) - BRAZIL - MAR 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bela coloração e formação de espuma, baixa carbonatação. No entanto pouco marcante. Cerveja ok
Stuu666 (5801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, nose is caramel, light fruit, taste is rich, fruity, sweet.