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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2103   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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ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium tulip. A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is not only healthy looking at 2 fingers high, but also pretty dense in its texture. It fades away deliberately, leaving some lacing in the glass. S: Honestly, Iím not picking much up here. A faint fruity character offset by a touch of chocolate, and neither qualities become any more assertive when warmed up sufficiently. Not a bad aroma, I suppose, just nowhere near as strong as it should be. T: Again, itís not BAD, just overly mild. The flavor seems to pick up slightly on the finish and aftertaste, with faint caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Maybe thereís a touch of mineral character here and there. Come to think of it, thatís the dominant note - mineral water. Yeah. Itís watery. Boo. M: At first, it starts off too dense and rich for its lack of flavor, but manages to dry out nicely after the swallow. Itís not as easily downable as this should be; that doesnít make in undrinkable, though. Carbonation is appropriately low. O: I mean, itís not a horrible brew by any means...itís just ridiculously mild to the point of total boredom. I can appreciate a good ESB when I come across it (Fullerís ESB), but among the endless pile of ESBs that are mediocre or worse in my opinion (namely, just about all of them), this one is in the íworseí category. Unless you really like ESBs, get something else instead.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (555) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Achel (178) - 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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBlueSky93 (500) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburyís. 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsd08460 (226) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma: caramel, floral, Appearance: clear dark amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aleksander9 (787) - 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.

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