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


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RATINGS: 2054   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 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
guiroul33 (161) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle 50cl @ wine more time, Bordeaux. A standard Amber ale, nothing special.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dequevedo (8) - BRAZIL - MAR 21, 2015 does not count
Bela coloração e formação de espuma, baixa carbonatação. No entanto pouco marcante. Cerveja ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (5373) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, nose is caramel, light fruit, taste is rich, fruity, sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bennymarley (4) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
My absolute favourite! Wychwood breweries brew the finest ales and this ruby beer is legendary! Iím totally biased as you can see from my scores itís a classic that will never be beaten

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours a clear copper, weak head with very little lacing. Taste of sweet and roasted malts and some sweetness. Dark fruit and maybe chocolate. Malts lingers on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leosanches (18) - - MAR 6, 2015
Cor acobreada e âmbar, com pouca espuma. Aroma é complexo e promete mais do que a cerveja oferece; é possível sentir toques rurais, de plantas e frutas frescas. A cerveja é bastante refrescante e rústica, cai bem com comida devido ao seu corpo leve. Após o aroma, o sabor decepciona um pouco devido a simplicidade. Justamente por isso a drinkability é excelente e a cerveja é bebida facilmente. Boa com qualquer tio de comida e excelente para ficar bêbado.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (226) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Deep mahogany beer with a thin light tan head. Rather soft nose of caramel, toffee, and prunes. Flavor is much richer with an initial sweetness of raisins, light molasses, and caramel that is bolstered by an unusual astringent bite all punctuated by a mild, but firm bitterness on the finish.Somewhat unusual beer that has its moments, but gets tiring after a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StuartC (56) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Amber-brown with a good & well-lasting off-white head; Aromas of berry fruits and soft leather; Medium bodied, smooth yet with a gentle bite; More fruitiness on palate, with hints of cracked pepper and woody spice. One of my regulars, a good staple drinkable session amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnymusky (434) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2015
nose is malty....sweet mouth light hops...a little fruity...decent...first beer from this brewer....(#403)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1135) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle (gift) consumed at home. Ruby brown. A bit of head, and not as much carbonation as youíd usually expect in a ísupermarket bitterí. Excellent nose: fruitcake, molasses, a hint of smoke. Blackberry and cooton candy. A sweet taste that is satisfying despite not really living up to the aroma. Balanced yet complex bitter finish. Quite a good recipe really, at a strength befitting the beer.

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