foolberry (56) - New Malden, Surrey, - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TorbenJensen (1334) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
waiake (510) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
bbertels (256) - NORWAY - OCT 8, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. A bit disappointed after tasting this; malty ok but very short in taste. Drinkable but will not try again.
mr_h (3901) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
szymonskc (97) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Świetne piwo, zapach owocowy, kolor miedziany. W smaku dosyć delikatne, owocowe.
BeerNinjaUK (9) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015 does not count
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
500ml bottle. Aroma slight, with just discernible toffee and biscuits. Taste stronger, with good maltiness, low carbonation and rather sweet notes - caramel and hay.
superspak (3627) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
WladimirN (5) - - SEP 21, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby body with light head. Low carbonated. Mildly bitter palate with tones of chocolate and toffee.
MarcinG (40) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker than Gold hobgoblin with carmel and spicy notes. Nice head .bitter taste. Good beer
steve_steve (12) - - SEP 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear dark brown colour, slight fruity aroma. averagely carbonated with a full bodied taste. a good addition to a strong meal!