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.
MrTipple (3587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense sweet caramel malts, spices, grain and sweet bread malts. Clear, dark amber, medium, creamy, off-white head. Light sweet. More sweet grain and bread malts, caramel, spices, soft carbonation, medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. Decent ESB, nothing too complex but quite solid. Bottle from Wine Rack, Chiswick.
thirstyrabbit (1742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper body, small head. Weak aroma, I get flower soap and some red berries. Body is on the thin side. Sweet and sour taste with some light Fuggles in the finish. Too watery and the hopping feels industrial. Could have been a landmark beer in the past but in this form it should not belong to any "must drink before you die" list at all (as the tags here indicate). Rather poor.
DTCarl05 (25) - Kobenhavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
So this must be the real Champagne of Beers - holy carbonation. This is a darker ruby that has more bubbles than the taste can handle.
Negative points for wasting the "Hop-Goblin" naming pun. Of course this would have required hops and a truly different flavor of beer but still...
Bomberheucki (25) - - SEP 24, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours nice and black!
Little grapefruit taste but overly carbonated which spoils the experience!
phfyysik (714) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nut brown with high off-white head. Aroma is caramel, grapes, some wood, oak, malts, toffee, nuts. Taste is caramel, something sour, herbs, light toasted grain, fruit sweetness, red grapes, light toffee, grass, some medicine bitterness. Quite nice beer!
kamillozo (124) - POLAND - SEP 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butelka. Piwo barwy ciemno miedzianej, klarowne. Piana koloru złamanej bieli, puszysta, drobna i obfita, dość trwała. Ładny lacing.
Aromat nikły, estrowy, lekko słodki, karmelowy, z nutą alkoholu.
Smak dość wytrawny, słodowy w typie chlebowym, tostowym i nadal wyraźnie estrowy i ciut alkoholowy. Kontrowany jest wyraźną ale umiarkowaną herbacianą goryczką, pozostawiającą ziemisty posmak. Średnia pełnia, odpowiednie nagazowanie, pijalne.
BeerRenter76 (831) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hobgoblin poured a dark brown body, amber when held up to the light. Decent carbonation with a thin head that left a little lace. Aroma had hints of banana, chocolate, and malts. Flavor also of spices, chocolate, toffee, licorice, and friuts. Mouthfeel was o.k. with a slightly bitter finish. Overall it was a pretty decent beer and i would try it again.Originally rated on 10/17/08.
nephirem (246) - CROATIA - SEP 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark ruby body with small sized, slightly off-white head. Smell of malts, caramel, toffee, and licorice. Herbal.
Medium body, softly carbonated. Oily texture with somewhat dry mouthfeel. Mostly bitter taste with some caramel sweetness. Aroma of malts, yeast, caramel, licorice, toffee, nuts and herbs. A bit woody. Long, dry finish.
Overall, nice brew. Tasty one.
MatusBeer (472) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 27, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at hopnrolla days. Clear golden colour with stable head off. Aroma of citrus fruits,iron. Taste of lemons,citrus fruits,malty. Drinkable.
JFF (140) - - AUG 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2016 Rond en bouche. Goût de noisette quasi sucré, mais dans l?être vraiment. Légère amertume. Robe brun pâle et translucide. Très peu de mousse.