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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 (836) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Intense sweet caramel malts, spices, grain and sweet bread malts. Clear, dark amber, medium, creamy, off-white head. Light sweet. More sweet grain and bread malts, caramel, spices, soft carbonation, medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. Decent ESB, nothing too complex but quite solid. Bottle from Wine Rack, Chiswick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1740) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Copper body, small head. Weak aroma, I get flower soap and some red berries. Body is on the thin side. Sweet and sour taste with some light Fuggles in the finish. Too watery and the hopping feels industrial. Could have been a landmark beer in the past but in this form it should not belong to any "must drink before you die" list at all (as the tags here indicate). Rather poor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DTCarl05 (25) - Kobenhavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016
So this must be the real Champagne of Beers - holy carbonation. This is a darker ruby that has more bubbles than the taste can handle. Negative points for wasting the "Hop-Goblin" naming pun. Of course this would have required hops and a truly different flavor of beer but still...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bomberheucki (25) - - SEP 24, 2016
Pours nice and black! Little grapefruit taste but overly carbonated which spoils the experience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (706) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2016
Pours nut brown with high off-white head. Aroma is caramel, grapes, some wood, oak, malts, toffee, nuts. Taste is caramel, something sour, herbs, light toasted grain, fruit sweetness, red grapes, light toffee, grass, some medicine bitterness. Quite nice beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamillozo (124) - POLAND - SEP 18, 2016
Butelka. Piwo barwy ciemno miedzianej, klarowne. Piana koloru złamanej bieli, puszysta, drobna i obfita, dość trwała. Ładny lacing. Aromat nikły, estrowy, lekko słodki, karmelowy, z nutą alkoholu. Smak dość wytrawny, słodowy w typie chlebowym, tostowym i nadal wyraźnie estrowy i ciut alkoholowy. Kontrowany jest wyraźną ale umiarkowaną herbacianą goryczką, pozostawiającą ziemisty posmak. Średnia pełnia, odpowiednie nagazowanie, pijalne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (831) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Hobgoblin poured a dark brown body, amber when held up to the light. Decent carbonation with a thin head that left a little lace. Aroma had hints of banana, chocolate, and malts. Flavor also of spices, chocolate, toffee, licorice, and friuts. Mouthfeel was o.k. with a slightly bitter finish. Overall it was a pretty decent beer and i would try it again.Originally rated on 10/17/08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (246) - CROATIA - SEP 2, 2016
Pours clear dark ruby body with small sized, slightly off-white head. Smell of malts, caramel, toffee, and licorice. Herbal. Medium body, softly carbonated. Oily texture with somewhat dry mouthfeel. Mostly bitter taste with some caramel sweetness. Aroma of malts, yeast, caramel, licorice, toffee, nuts and herbs. A bit woody. Long, dry finish. Overall, nice brew. Tasty one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MatusBeer (469) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 27, 2016
Tap at hopnrolla days. Clear golden colour with stable head off. Aroma of citrus fruits,iron. Taste of lemons,citrus fruits,malty. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFF (140) - - AUG 22, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2016 Rond en bouche. Goût de noisette quasi sucré, mais dans l?être vraiment. Légère amertume. Robe brun pâle et translucide. Très peu de mousse.

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