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


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RATINGS: 2017   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 (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Reddy look caramelly aroma. Taste has some lightly tart berry fruit and smooth hop, simple caramel malt. Good medium feel dry palate, pretty good balance for big market brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergaard (124) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2014
Amber red/brownish beer with small and somewhat sticky off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and some dried fruit. Taste of caramel, malt and some hoppy, bitter notes that lingers for a while. Not particularily interesting - some unfortunate metallic notes as well. Above average though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unde (422) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Really nice red colour, pretty long lasting head on top and surprisingly a lot of lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma has syrup, caramel malts, light roasted notes and sweet malts. Taste is sweet and malty, syrup is there too and maybe some wooden flavours. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pleasant surprise, expectations were not much for this so it exceeded my expectations greatly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SLN (16) - Ivry-sur-Seine, FRANCE - DEC 8, 2014
Superbe couleur, belle mousse. Des aromes de chocolats, fruits mûrs, on sent bien le petit goût malté.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (856) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Clear deep ruby brown, small frothy tan head, small frothy light tan head, diminishes after a while to a thin layer, light lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted, bit smoky, dark fruits, brown sugar, some licorice, some chocolate, hint of laurel; taste moderate sweetbitter, roasty, spicy; medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, finish bittersweet, roasted malts, nutty and fruity notes; overall a solid and well-balanced bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ERB92 (399) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
Caramel, fruits, hay and a hint of nuts and chocolate in the aroma. brown with a tan head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a soft carbonation. slightly bitter and dry finish. Overall quite nice and fruity, but a hint thin at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kauge (349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Transferring some earlier reviews from my blog to RB. Märts 2014, mingi pood Londonis Bethnal Green Roadil. Suht rõve kujundus algusest lõpuni, etiketist pudelini, korgist kodukani. Tekib küsimus, miks ma selle poest võtsin - vist oli nii, et ülejäänud olid Tallinna poelettidelt pigem tuttavad. Aga okei. RB hinde järgi võiks eeldada, et enim on auru pandud just kujundusele. Valades sügavalt vasekarva, tume-tume ja ilus, vahtu tekib korralikult, kuid kaob aktiivselt mullitades kiirelt, jätmata klaasi seinale jälgi. Lõhn on mandariinine, metalne ja veidi iirisene. Tundelt ergas ja suht tugevalt karboniseeritud; maitselt kergelt karameljas, kuid mitte otseselt magus, samuti metalne, humala mõrksust eriti tunda pole, kokkuvõttes peaaegu isegi ebameeldiv. Ka lõhn muutub pikapeale ebameeldivaks. Kõntsane, ligane? Ei ükski neist õieti, kuid kuhugi sinna kanti. Suulakke jääb lääpund mälestus levika hilisöödest, siuke kriiskav-hele kraapimine, mida tahaks hullult ühe uue lonksuga hävitada, kuid nii jook kui raha on otsas... Siuke jook, mida oleks enam-vähem ok väga kiirelt mingi eriti hea toidu ja intensiivelt lolli jutu kõrvale märkamatult hävitada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corkyrory66 (702) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2014
Bière ruby red de chez Wychwood à 5,2 % abv, et une superbe forme de bouteille de 50 cl. Capsule bleu roi avec le lutin en doré, la classe. Couleur effectivement ruby red foncée superbe. Clarté nette (elle est pasteurisée).Bulles fines en colonnes partout dans le verre et bien vives. Mousse beige caramel épaisse, et qui garde un beau nappage crémeux. Arômes de fruits mûrs, malt, cassonade, feuille de laurier. 1ère bouche soyeuse sur un agréable malt grillé, épice, muscade, brandy, un peu de fumée. Arrière-bouche corsée, bien typée sur le malt grillé. 2ème avec une texture agréable, et avec un goût de caractère (proche d’une spéciale belge). Arrière-bouche bien maltée, mais aussi épicée. 3ème au beau malt dense, fort, avec une pointe de whisky tourbé. Arrière-bouche bien équilibrée, qualitative. La longueur donne un beau développement avec de l’amertume, les houblons passent davantage. On trouve aussi un bois de fût, intéressant, avec une bonne imprégnation, et quelque traces de fruits rouges. Les jambes sont grasses et bien marquées. La levure est suave. L’alcool est correct sur la longueur, mais il peine à donner un potentiel plus élevé. La finale est un peu trop linéaire. CONCLUSION : le problème majeur de cette bière est un petit manque de complexité, où je soupçonne fortement la pasteurisation d’en être responsable. Sans quoi, elle est très belle à plusieurs niveaux : malt, densité, équilibre, texture, générosité des 50 cl. Bravo le lutin….

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (86) - ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Pours a very dark clear amber brown. Head is short, off-white, quick to fade but well lacing. Scent is not strong, aroma of sweet fruits and malt. Mouth feel is medium-light, lightly carbonated and slightly creamy texture. Taste starts a little sweet, with some sweet dark fruit flavor and sweet dark malt. Then quickly turns quite bitter, with dark roasted bitter malt and a bit of herbal bitter hops. Nice bitter-sweet interplay, more to the bitter side, but also quite sweet. Very fruity and some interesting background flavors. Nice, not very heavy, slightly warming, good for sipping beer. After taste is quite dry, but with some leftover sweetness and herbal hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (155) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
Flaska på best western askersund. Mörkt rödbrun med vitt skum. Doft av karamell. Vattnig med inslag av karamell och viss beska.

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