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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (286) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
I wouldn’t mind meeting this goblin in a dark cave again. You really taste the chocolate, toffee, and caramel in the malts, and earthiness of those old fuggles. Grand old body on her and not as bitter as one would suspect, more like a sweeter fruit finish to it. I love beers with creatures on them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (720) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Aroma of malt, wheat, nuts, grass, earth, caramel. Full mouthfeel, chewy texture. Rather sweet on the back end. Very sticky. Uck. Decent malt/chocolate residue. This is a foreign beer to me if ever I had one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EspritBulles (10) - - MAY 31, 2014
Une belle robe brune foncé avec une mousse aéré.Une brune avec un avant goût de cacao amer subtil mais présent, un final un peu amer. Très équilibré.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (1648) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has roasted malt, light caramel, light blunt English hops. Clear amber to brown colour. Taste is mostly bitter, light sourness, neutral earthy hoppy flavour. Drinkable, but somewhat belchy IMO. Typical bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (515) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Flasa - Miro. Tmavo jantarova farba, kremova pena. Vona sladovo karamelova, jemne kava. V chuti na zaciatku sladovost, ktora prechadza do kyselkavosti, neskor prazene slady a karamel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (4417) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, kindly donated by Miro, many thanks. Dark amber color with medium beige head. caramel malt, light hops in aroma. Fruity taste with caramel with light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (788) - NORWAY - MAY 30, 2014
Ruby, with beige head and lacing. Fruity aroma of ripe berries, young wine and plum jam, with a hint of darker malt. Complex and satisfying taste with good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (801) - HONG KONG - MAY 23, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at Market Place by Jason’s in K11, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear deep copper brown colour with no yeast sediments; One finger head and off-white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Small sticky lacing and fizzy small carbonation; Quite fragrant and sweet aroma of dark ale malt, with caramel, toffee, raisins, light plums, sugar, light musty, strong lemon and light grass; Very light sweet taste of light ale malt, with light roastyness and nuts, thin tartness, caramel, Cola, strong toast, light bread, light yeast, lime, moderate bitter hops and light sharp grass; Close to light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is non-sweet dark ale malt, lightly roasted and nutted. Good caramel palate with a strong toffee undertone despite its watery body. Virtually no sweetness, light bread and strong lemony hops give it a pretty good balance. Quite nice… Hoppiness is strong lemon and light grass in nose, lime, hint of grapefruit and light sharp grass in taste. Moderate to light bitterness for a short citrusy grassy finish; Slightly dry after taste. Easy and hoppy to mouth.

Comments: Like most PB / ESBs, this one has decent fragrant, sweet and dark fruity aroma not being matched by the non-sweet caramel taste. That said, it was achieved via a watery body is quite amazing, and I can’t imagine how nice it would be with a thicker and richer body. It’s pretty decent style-wise, even though I realize I am not a big fan of this style. Recommendable nevertheless.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
guitartown (26) - SPAIN - MAY 19, 2014
Botella. Color ámbar rojizo oscuro. Espuma cremosa .Ligero aroma a maltas tostada. Buen cuerpo pero un poco decepcionante en general.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (131) - - MAY 17, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, and caramel make a great tasting beer, however the flavours are a touch light. A nice beer to be enjoyed with appetizers like chicken nachos. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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