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

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RATINGS: 1899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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, I’m 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, it’s 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 there’s a touch of mineral character here and there. Come to think of it, that’s the dominant note - mineral water. Yeah. It’s 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. It’s not as easily downable as this should be; that doesn’t make in undrinkable, though. Carbonation is appropriately low. O: I mean, it’s not a horrible brew by any means...it’s just ridiculously mild to the point of total boredom. I can appreciate a good ESB when I come across it (Fuller’s 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 ’worse’ category. Unless you really like ESBs, get something else instead.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Voras (20) - - APR 24, 2014
Red with almost no head. Aroma and taste: caramel. Low carbonation, not very bitter. Easy to drink. Fine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (131) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 22, 2014
Cervesa de color rubí, molt refrescant i fŕcil de beure, una opció segura. Cerveza de color rubí, muy refrescante y fácil de beber, una opción segura.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRobertovich (3) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Dark, ruby beer, low carbonation. Thick texture. Immediate burnt toffee, roast nuts, and chocolate, leading to dark fruits. Citrus and peppery hops to finish. Fantastic ale!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (59) - SERBIA - APR 20, 2014
Bootle at Samo Pivo Belgrade.Poir with small foam red color, taste and aroma chocokate, little bit of fruit cherry and apple note.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (587) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2014
Taste is slightly bitter and pilsnery...smell is of fresh apples, very nice! Watery with slight malt finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 15, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, fruchtig, nussig. Geschmack röstmalzig, leicht schokoladig. Karamell, fruchtig, nussig.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ozckr (213) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 14, 2014
hay, bread, citrus, red, hazy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, lively, bitter,

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (229) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
Pours a clear copper- red color with a very small white head. Sweet roasted caramel malt smell with notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. medium sweetness on the taste with some light bitterness. Palate is light to medium. Pretty good!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2014
(bottle) Clear, dark copper colour with a short and tanned foamy head. Slightly toasted malty aroma with notes of caramel, leather, a subtle fruity touch and shades of spicy hops. Sweet-bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Toasty malty, slightly bready taste with caramel, shy fruity notes and spicy hops; moderately dry and bitter hoppy finish with a mildly sweet malty and toasty counterpart, accompanied by a mildly fruity aftertaste. Okay, reliable. 12.III.14

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andregoncalves (1110) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 30, 2014
50cl bottle from el corte ingles. Color is dark brown, red. Head is thin to medium. Body is smooth. Taste is medium bitter. Aroma is caramel, wood, herbs, flowers, fruits.


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