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

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RATINGS: 2158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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arojewski's rating

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Nice pour with minimal head and deep mahogany color. Relatively tasteless for the style (per label). Basically, I had high hopes but was disappointed, though it wasn’t too bad.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierdimpfe (82) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Hazy dark copper color. Creamy light brown 1 finger head dead in around 3 minutes. Average legs and highly active. Strong aromas and flavors of toffee, citrus and fruitiness with some herbal spices. Great combination of crisp sourness and thick sweetness taste with a earthy roasted nut feel. Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Pleasant balanced finish ending with a sweet mouth coat and smoky bitter clove like aftertaste. Overall : Tons of flavors and good freshness, well balanced excellent craft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (2622) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt. Taste si bitter, medium sweet, caramel, roasted malt.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budedou (662) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2016
Appearance: pours clear copper with powerful soapy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, toffee, berry and herbal notes. palette medium malty aroma, average carbonation, medium body, average sweetness, balanced by an average bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: quite good ESB

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcius (394) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Copper color and medium head. Hoppy aroma with some toasted malt. Taste is a little bitter with a medium body. Nice Ale

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
promontor (99) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2016
0.5l bottle from Britishtore.hu. Nice, thick and creamy head, brown body with a hint of ruby when held against light. Foam has malty, somewhat sour and somewhat bitter taste, sourness also detectable in aroma. Taste is dominated by "British" maltiness, whatever that means. Well, it means mildly roasted malt, some caramel, moderate bitterness and also some unidentifiable fruitiness. Well balanced, well composed. Smooth, silky carbonation. Still, there is some moderate but unpleasant medicin-like bitterness in it (fairly common in some brown British ales) which prevents this beer from becoming a favourite for me. Very good and complex beer, just not my style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LazyPyro (222) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear dark ruby colour with a creamy tan head. Slightly sweet malty aroma, hint of lightly roasted malts. Flavour is malty with a lightly roasted hint to it, dark fruits, and a light hoppy bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ivan2702 (2) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
Taste bitter at the end, aftertaste strong but not too good, light body and basement aromas. Brown and clear colour. Easy to drink but not in large quantites.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
enidlesim (37) - - JAN 8, 2016
Classic British beer. Beautiful deep red colour with frothy off white head. Aroma of toasted summer pudding: doughy, fruity and rich. Flavour is autumnal stewed fruit, with a perfectly balanced hoppiness. Aftertaste is pleasingly sweet but with a deep bitter bite. Not overpowering but complementary. It’s a heavy beer: not alcohol wise but in taste. Kind of like a Christmas pudding. Delicious and warming but you can eat too much :-)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AntonyWilson (28) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 3, 2016
500ml bottle - Appearance: clear, ruby red with a creamy off-white head that lingers with minimal lacing. Aroma: fruity esters, bready with roasted under tones. Taste: plums, caramel, toasty. Medium to high bitterness that lingers. Good malt backbone that compliments the bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation. Finished sweet and bitter. Overall: a reasonably good bitter ale. Ruby appearance interesting. Could only finish a single.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beersiveknown (4663) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 3, 2016
can at brother’s house for Christmas Eve
light-bodied, sweet, caramel, quite thin, low carbonation.a mere shadow of its cask self, which in turn has diminished in recent years, shame


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