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

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RATINGS: 2097   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (10) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
Nicer-than-average English fruity bitter. Dark brown/ ruby red. Sweet aroma - Christmas-blend coffe/ orange chocolate/ caramel sweetness; some bubblegum ester. Clash of light bitterness and fruity vibes - nice balance. Medium, creamier-than-average body, a little too much fizz. Finish a bit cliff-drop quick, albeit with a slight fruit return.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
canddw (39) - - APR 22, 2015
Bottled. Deep brown with thin head and soft carbonation. Nose has yeasty, cakey, chocolate, coffee with a hint of bubblegum. Taste is hops, apricot, strawberries, coffee with dry tangy bitter finish. Palate is a bit too fizzy, but otherwise a nice beer.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Red brown pour. Pretty sweet - caramel, brown sugar, fruity, bready body. Bitterness at the end. Just okay.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours ruby with an off white head. Peppery spice flavour with some caramel, stewed fruit and a touch of pear drop. OK. I used to love this stuff before I discovered the world of craft beer. How times have changed...

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2015
good bite in the brew,,,, copper, caramel, resin, grass, dough, cooked vegetables, orange, red, clear, rocky head, frothy, tan foam, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation, creamy, long finish,

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tognetta (292) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 17, 2015
Avermelhada, espuma marrom claro de breve duração, lacing irregular. Aroma adocicado que lembra morango, caramelizada. Paladar adocicado, amargor bem discreto. Aftertaste relembra frutas vermelhas, carbonação e corpo leves, adocicado, leve.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JDBaker11058 (1518) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (733) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2015
Not that such a thing as a ’standard ale’ exists but this would be it. And not an especially pleasant one. Slightly too sweet, a touch sickly. It’s not unpleasant but it’s not one I’d pick.

3.6
   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 fiddler’s elbow in 2007. The characteristic staple of it’s brewery, Hobgoblin Live’s up to it’s 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 fain’t 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 feel’s like stout, it’s 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. It’s finish is bitter and Abrupt, superseded by that Chocolate explosion, a mighty but surprisingly drinkable .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (125) - 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.


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