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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1766) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Thin head. Dark and cloudy amber colored body. Rich caramel and bread smell. The taste starts strong, big malt, sweet, then it waters off ending with a slightly bitter, lemon taste. The sweetness sticks around though. Smooth, yet still fizzy. A stickiness to the body. A fine and enjoyable ale, but not amazing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenJensen (1334) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
This ale foaming nice, but unfortunately shortly. It has a flavor of smoked malt with a fairly average, hop bitterness and a little fruit in the finish. I also had glimpsed a little chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (510) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2015
from 500ml bottle poured a fine ruby colour with a lasting frothy head the aroma is mild malt taste is bitter malty earthy a light fruity hoppy presence in the background bit bland overall

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bbertels (256) - NORWAY - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. A bit disappointed after tasting this; malty ok but very short in taste. Drinkable but will not try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3896) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2015
500ml bottle at home, courtesy of JohnRMurdoch, fruity, caramel aroma, deep chestnut, thin bubbly beige head, intermittent lacing, caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, fruity, carbonation quite high, malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
szymonskc (97) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Świetne piwo, zapach owocowy, kolor miedziany. W smaku dosyć delikatne, owocowe.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
BeerNinjaUK (9) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015 does not count
500ml bottle. Aroma slight, with just discernible toffee and biscuits. Taste stronger, with good maltiness, low carbonation and rather sweet notes - caramel and hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3627) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, 4BFH bottle code. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, light toffee, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, grass, light plum/apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, light toffee, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, grass, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/woody bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, wood, and herbal/toasted earthiness after the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent ESB style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WladimirN (5) - - SEP 21, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Ruby body with light head. Low carbonated. Mildly bitter palate with tones of chocolate and toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarcinG (40) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
Darker than Gold hobgoblin with carmel and spicy notes. Nice head .bitter taste. Good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve_steve (12) - - SEP 7, 2015
pours a clear dark brown colour, slight fruity aroma. averagely carbonated with a full bodied taste. a good addition to a strong meal!

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