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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vargatul (139) - Bucharest, - JUN 5, 2012
Clear burgundy colour. Aroma has notes of elderflowers, grapefruit, dark chocolate, fresh bread, malt. Full body, fine carbonation, bitter taste, abrupt finish. I love this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (424) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours a clear beautiful rich garnet when held to light. World class lacing and retention, outstanding head volume. Light, but complex, nose of biscuit with notes of sweet chocolate and a touch of earthy hops. As it warms, subtle notes of dark fruit appear. Almost medium body with a nice smooth texture that is almost creamy in the finish. Superb carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a tight prickly finish. While not a typical ESB, this one is outstanding. It hits the bitterness marks with a nice herbal and earthy bitterness over a solid malt backbone. It exceeds typical levels of complexity by providing notes of chocolate, toffee and a light fruit. Balance is perfect. The finish is a slow fade of mild bitterness over a charred grain note.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aleksander9 (788) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2015
-from the bottle- English fruity yeast, pepper, floral and some leather notes. Sweet, yeasty, earth and citrus finish. Overall: Meh. Almost Belgian in character, and that is probably unintended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeErikS (33) - TAIWAN - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a dark leather brown with a lovely reddish hue and highlights, good creamy head with some retention and lacing. A decent cover of head stays throughout. Mild aroma consisting of toast, toffee, and British hops, in that order. Mild sweetness pretty well balanced by light hops with floral and earthy notes. Seems like it's going to finish dry but the real finish turns wet and watery first with light carbonation then finally finishes with lingering chalky hops. Overall a very nice beer but IMHO far from excellent. Bottle was purchased half a world away from the brewery so storage duration and temps could be off. If it had a bit more of the floral hops and a slightly heavier mouthfeel I might love this beer. It is highly attenuated and dry with a bit of hardness in the water which I usually love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsurkan_sergey (68) - Novosibirsk, RUSSIA - JUL 12, 2015
Drink it on tap at Bobby Dazzler Pub, Moscow. Beer 4 - an excellent dark ale, Premium Bitter, fruity flavor, the taste of roasted malt with moderate hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBlueSky93 (501) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours dark ruby, with a long lasting cream head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, nuts, earth..Taste is much the same. Used to be a far better brew, but still palatable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorkenstein (119) - - JUL 8, 2015
Aroma of fig, malted barley, cola. Taste is of seltzer water, cola nut, malted barley, dark chocolate, fig

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (556) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with huge short lasting beige head. Aroma is rather neutral, caramel, toasty malts. Slight nutty. Taste is light, sweet malts, toasty malts. Slight bitter finish with some toasty notes. Light body, high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ziobarba2000 (21) - Roma, ITALY - JUL 4, 2015
Bottiglia da 0,50. Birra dal gusto molto affumicato. Schiuma scarsa e poco persistente. Gusto corposo e fortemente legnoso. Gradazione media con finale forte e deciso. Forse troppo alcoolica. Consiglio 7/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brucebruce81 (317) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 4, 2015
This was a different beer it didn't have a great flavor but it wasn't a bud light it was very above average if I had to guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Achel (179) - GREECE - JUL 2, 2015
Dark red/brown colour. Aroma mainly of malt and hops, not much of anything else. Mild flavour of malt and caramel with hints of fruit and chocolate. Bittersweet aftertaste.

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