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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2008   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chromeotaphor (46) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2014
Prachtig bier om te zien, mooie robijn rode kleur. Zoete caramel geur, die fris aandoet. Kleine schuimlaag en redelijke carbonatie. Prachtig om te zien gewoon. In de smaak is een prachtige weergave van caramel lekker zoet, tevens hinten van chocolade. Daarnaast ietwat rokerig. Fruitig en zacht. Iets te waterig voor mijn smaak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozarkspops (368) - - SEP 27, 2014
Clear ruby brown color. Medium off white head. Aroma is roasty, raisin, and toffee. Mild hop aroma. Flavor was mostly malt. Roast, dark fruit, and toast. Medium bitterness. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bork (321) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Drinkable but somewhat disappointing ESB with a watery feel too it. Some roasted malts and some faint fruits but not a whole lot of anything. Gorgeous looking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cimbasso (194) - - SEP 20, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Deep red/ dark copper colour with a thick, firm, white head. Full aroma of fruits and malts. The taste is of fruit (apples and plums especially) and dark malts. Also pleasant flavours of toffee and dried fruit. The hops impart a nice grassy bitterness. A pleasantly fruity bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (2201) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Tap: Off-shaded, brown-ish body with minimal, soapy gray head & the smallest touch of lacing. Woodsy aroma, toasted malts, light caramel, & strong nutty undertones. Bitterness on the tongue crescendos front to back. Earthy, floral, but only lightly... The malt is the real show stealer, here. Nutty, full of stale caramel, yeast finish. Lasting bitter aftertaste. A little tangy. Grew tiresome after half the glass. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (452) - BELARUS - SEP 14, 2014
Deep red to brown color, well lacing head. Aroma of citric fruit, leather, herbs, brown sugar. Medium body. Bittersweet taste. English herbal finish. Well-made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Classic English ale with light beige, creamy head and brownish copper colour. Malty, bit smoky, nutty aroma with hints of wood, apple, leather and raisins. Nutty maltiness in the mouth, bit toasted, very drinkable with rather subtle, herbal hop bitterishness in the finish. Nice, I should taste this from the cask when I have the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - SEP 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-5-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – Pours an amber-red colored brew with a thick two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a good level of lace. Smell- The aroma is biggest of dark fruit smells but has a nice presence of caramel and a bready aromas as well. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of an earthy and grassy smell as well. Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready and doughty flavor with hints of roasted malt and some dark fruit. As the flavor advances, some caramel comes to the tongue along with a bit of nuttiness. The nuttiness is mainly of a hazelnut like taste which actually bring a tiny bit of bitterness to the tongue as the fruit flavors seem to fade toward the end. The light bitterness is not from the nut alone however as other flavors of an earthy hop nature join into the taste to leave a smooth and very pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a beer of only 5.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather on the lower side. Overall – This is a rather tasty and very satisfying beer at only 5.2 % abv. A nice one to try for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petkus331 (273) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Aroma of sweet bourbon, roast malt, a touch of vanilla-ish caramel, some savory hops. Appears deep copper red, minimal foam and lace. Tastes a lot like a red ale, gently roasted malt, savory oregano hopping, a slight cereal sweetness. Palate is ordinary. Overall, enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
yodapl (63) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Ciemny rubinowy kolor, czerowne refleksy. Piana na jeden palec, małe i średnie pęcherze, brudno biały kolor, ogólnie całkiem estetyczna i z lacingiem. Aromat: słodko, karmelowo, słodowo, ciemne owoce. Niezła mieszanka, przede wszystkim zapowiada dosc slodkie piwko. Smak: jest słodkawo, herbacianie, są ciemne owoce. Ciekawy bitterowy, gładki posmak na finiszu. Goryczka niska. Przyjemmy bitter.

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