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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2227   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shot (465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours dark copper. Thin head dissipates quickly with fairly good lacing. Aromas are smoky caramel, leather and yeast. Flavors are muted brown sugar and caramel, yeast. Slight hop bite. Light mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, it’s okay. It doesn’t have much character, but it’s not the worst beer ever. It’s probably a good representation of a traditional English bitters.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jashiu (124) - Gdañsk, POLAND - OCT 26, 2016
500ml bottle the Boneyard Bingo edition. Love the bottle graphic design. Aroma is green apples and hard candy. Pours clear ruby brown with a small off white head that goes down fast and leaves minimal lacing. Taste is malty caramel and burnt brown sugar, a bit sour and with a minimum bitterness in the finish. Not much carbonation but it’s there. Does no feel watery but I would not call it full either, fine for a brown ale. Overall I did not enjoy it this time as much as I did a while back, either my taste has evolved odleg?o?ci the beer got worse (it could always be a bad bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle. Clear maroon color, light tan head. Aroma of caramel with a nutty edge. Taste is toasted caramel, light citrus. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bijl (277) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2016
Donker robijnrood van kleur, 1 vinger hoge crèmekleurige schuimkraag, wazig, weinig koolzuur. Aroma: Moutig, toffee, karamel, licht chocolade, licht citrus en licht fruitig. Smaak: Donkere mouten, biscuit/brood, toffee,  iets chocolademouten, zoete graanmouten, bitter en prikkelig/netelig/floraal. Medium body, matig koolzuur, zacht en romig mondgevoel, afdronk is fruitig bitter. Ik vind hem best lekker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blueshawk (412) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2016
- braunschwarze Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - Aromen nach Apfel, Malz Bitterschokolade und etwas Himbeere - passende Carbonisierung - der Antrunk ist dann doch etwas enttäuschend, da der Körper zu schlank bzw. eine Spur zu wässrig ist - der Mittelteil versöhnt durch den schönen Schokoladentouch wieder etwas - der Abgang wird dann hopfig bitter Fazit: Kein schlechtes Ale, aber einfach eine Spur zu dünn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FCox143 (32) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2016
Aroma: mostly sweet malts with very slight notes of hops. Appearance: dark ruby coloured with thick cream head, which has some retention. Taste: slightly nutty malts with some fruit combined with bitterness. A very solid enjoyable English ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lidor1995 (51) - ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2016
A great beer with wonderful aroma a deliciously brown color deep bitter taste and a thick palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchad56 (369) - - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle - dark ruby, small off white head. Strong fruity caramel aroma. Ting tongue / mouth. Better when settled down, decent fruity bitter tasting. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2016
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1751) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DTCarl05 (30) - København, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016
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...

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