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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JDBaker11058 (1459) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (689) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
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 Itís finish is bitter and Abrupt, superseded by that Chocolate explosion, a mighty but surprisingly drinkable .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (76) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cokemonkey11 (144) - - APR 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
custardtrout (7) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
Hobgoblin is a perfect addition to any meal, full bodied with a great dark after taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alexi91 (137) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Sainsburyís (Bristol). Fruity with bitter overtones.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
guiroul33 (206) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle 50cl @ wine more time, Bordeaux. A standard Amber ale, nothing special.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dequevedo (10) - BRAZIL - MAR 21, 2015
Bela coloração e formação de espuma, baixa carbonatação. No entanto pouco marcante. Cerveja ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (5801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, nose is caramel, light fruit, taste is rich, fruity, sweet.

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