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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2190   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 (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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (666) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 28, 2016
Dark ruby brown. Not getting anything from the aroma. Sweet at first then very dry and slightly bitter. Finish has more sweetness to it. Satisfying pub beer but not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AaronTDubs (251) - - MAY 19, 2016
Dark ruby color. Fruity aroma of plums, caramel, and come cocoa. Slightly roasted flavor, weedy/grassy hops, some caramel. Medium sweet. Balanced finish. Long lasting bitterness. An ok bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MetalMurphy (323) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2016
bottle @ british store (budapest) dark ruby colour, medium body, low carbonated, malty, bit caramel taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (886) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2016
Copenhagen 10/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from FÝtex. Little (hob-)goblin sporting an axe on the label. Pours clear reddish brown with off-white head. Settles as paper thin patches of foam. Very moderate lacing. Aroma of caramel and honey which have been kept in the jar for too long. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Taste is nicely balanced between caramel sweetness and distinct bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and finish is semidry. Fine little goblin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
panzerwolf (249) - FINLAND - MAY 7, 2016
A very clear, crisp taste of malts. Not very bitter, roasty, caramel taste. A very smooth, just easy beer to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nevalainen (468) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is malty caramel. Taste is medium bitter, a little bit roasty. Average carbonation. Pleasant to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (3215) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2016
50cl bb03/2017 (BL2). Clear ruby-copper, off-white thick soapy head. Smells of caramelised beets, old rose petals in their broth, vegetable soup. Flavour splits down the middle of those aromas: sweetish caramels with a metallic vegetal hint and a green-vegetal hop bitterness, then thin chocolate powder (Nesquick in water instead of milk), slowly gaining character near the coda, gaining earthy accents of tobacco, dry maple syrup, forest mulch. Corn sweet and slick in mouthfeel, retronasal banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodbod (151) - SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle. Moderate frothy head over a dark ruby body. Nose is lightly malty, slightly metallic. Palate is medium bodied, caramel and roasted malt. Finish is slightly chocolatey. A solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
I_LUV_BEER (81) - - APR 17, 2016
Served in a snifter. Pours clean deep ruby-brown with a dissipating head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice and some bread. The taste is a lovely combination of roasted malts, licorice, a hint of chocolate. Nicely balanced beer with a short slightly bitter finish. Medium smooth body with medium carbonation. Will have it again and again and again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sawyerpc15 (32) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
I expected more from this beer and was disappointed as I am an ale lover. Middle of the road at a premium price.

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