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

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RATINGS: 1946   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foolberry (53) - New Malden, Surrey, - JAN 26, 2013
Dreadful branding and bottle design. But it’s ubiquitous and I think this is because shopkeeper’s think that real ale drinkers and goblins are a good match and maybe even the same thing. I once got hammered on this stuff with the builder that lived next door, and to this day I’ve never had it since. Anyway - aroma is dark and leathery malt, book lined shelves. Taste a little thin at first and the rich and quite satisfying - good balance of bitter and sweet. Finish not bad. Marked down for appearance as the head quickly dissipates and you are just looking at a dark flat liquid in a glass. Overall - not bad. Not exactly complex. There are better beers of the type but I won’t look down my nose at it any more.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (262) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Very nice banana and malt aroma. Very dark brown colour with excellent head. Very malty flavor with excellent smooth finish. Medium creamy body with low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (433) - Osijek, CROATIA - JUL 24, 2014
0.5l bottle. Clear ruby color with nice tanned head. Toasted and fruity aroma. Taste is medium bitter with toffee notes. Medium body. Overall it’s nice and tasty beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2651) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Tap at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Originally rated 13082011. Colour is clear copper with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, bitterness and malts.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dgkiz (10) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2014
Pours deep ruby with a tan head. Discreet roasted aroma, with hints of dry fruits. Medium bodied, but perhaps slightly watery. Pleasant roasted character and some bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talmana (17) - ISRAEL - JUL 15, 2014
caramel, chocolate, roasty, floral, herbs, clove, raisin, pale, amber, red, clear, frothy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, bitter,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1630) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a somewhat soft glossed over effect covering the entire beer. There is a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing coating the glass. The smell had sweet English malts up front with a nice earthy nuttiness rolling in and out under my nose. The taste was mainly sweet but still carrying a nice "bitter" flavoring to balance. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as there’s a slight creaminess about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good ESB that is pretty defining for its style. To pick on this one probably tells me that the person picking on this beer probably shouldn’t be drinking ESB’s.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
w_adwersarz (126) - Cracow, POLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Z tym ciałem to trochę przesadzili ;) Owocowe wysoko wysycone, słodowe. Bardzo ładny kolor rubinowy, ze średnią pianą.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChristianHR (181) - DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
Has a fresh and slightly bitter smell of hops, pine and caramel. Pours amber with a white head. The taste is well balanced with notes of caramel and pine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (720) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
Dark ale drunk at the lovely tiled cafe in Leeds' library/gallery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (226) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby red with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, fruit a hint of chocolate and a light, bitter hoppy finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad.


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