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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 15/20
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Darkish brown, with an illuminating purple/tan hue. Frothy, off-white lasts for days. Hint of cardboard, oxidation, rich pale malt, prunes/raisins, dark grapes, bready, light toffee, honey on toast, beautiful blend of malty sweetness complexity. English type overly roasted caramel malts are subdued. Big notes of chewy, candy caramel up front. CO2 is moderately high takes over, may be more perceived with oxidation present. Finishes with a fast transition to a pungent prune fruit explosion, before the taste quickly fades into a remotely dry finish. CO2 scrubs out a lot of the malt flavor, making for easier drinking. As it warms up, picking up a big fruity ester character (shampoo) with burnt caramel (golden grahams cereal)...yummy. Picking up a distinctive pear-like aroma after the "mild" malt presence tides down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
varanid99 (901) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2015
Reddish brown pour with a thick off-white head. Malty, toffee and some red fruit flavour. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, comes through a little dry at the end

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidAust (167) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
500ml into a nonic pint glass. Key to this is to have it around 10 degrees celsius or you won’t get the full flavour. Deep reddish brown colour with an off white (tan?) head. Head retention is good with consistent lacing. Malts, caramel, chocolate all coming through at different times. Mild carbonation, but sufficient and medium bodied. Smell a lot of caramel malts and no hint of hops on the nose despite the label saying otherwise. I do like this, but a bit expensive compared to some other brands of similar quality. Still great to have on a cold night whilst watching an English murder mystery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ska (218) - ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
50cl bottle, dark amber/brown color, medium persistend beige head, caramel malt with roasted notes, balanced flavor, medium body, finish with roasted notes, pleasant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5114) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
1/18/2008 9:08:34 AM Bottle bought in London. Dark brown with tan head. Creamy with orange aftertase. Distinctive butterscotch taste. Also caramel. Quite powerful and enjoyable. Liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DomD (217) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle. A malty red with mild bitter taste. Slight aroma of malt but not much else. Goes down easy, but is not very distinct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nofearhatmatt (47) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Pours a nice ruby red brown. A nice malty flavour which goes down smooth. Little but of hop in the middle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (1002) - Beijing, CHINA - OCT 27, 2015
Flasche (50 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Versandhandel. - Angenehmer aber (für ein Bitter) etwas zu milder Duft nach Karamelmalz und Toast mit schwach weiniger Frucht, mild herb-würzigem Hopfen und schwach seifiger Note. - Antrunk angenehm mild karamelmalzig mit Anklängen an Toastbrot und angenehmer aber etwas leerer obergäriger Fruchtigkeit (Mandarine). Milde, für meinen Geschmack zu milde hopfenwürzig-fruchtige, schwach erdige Hopfenaromen. Mild rezent, sahnig weich im Mund. Im Abgang milde fruchtige Hopfennoten. Zum Schluß hin doch ein wenig wäßrig. - Süffiges, rundes aber wenig bitteres und leider auch etwas dünnes Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (2973) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2015
0,5 l bottle Bottled as Hobgoblin - the unofficial Beer of Halloween Dark amber - red color, clear, frothy, tan foam, cereal, roasty, citrus, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1457) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle. A clear ruby brown colour with a fizzy off white head. Aroma of caramel, cola, subtle roasted malts, some red berries, slight raisin and a little toffee. Taste of caramel, a little toffee, maybe chocolate, subtle roasted malts, some red berries, slight raisin, a little mineral and spicy hops. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, spicy hop bitterness with some caramel in the finish. A full flavoured malty ESB overall, which is great to chug by the bottle. Not as nice as cask but decent.

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