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


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RATINGS: 2139   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2002
stumbled onto this beer in south carolina on vacation. wonderful full bodied beer. strong flavor. great aroma. just the right amount of bitterness great smooth finish. terrific color. one of the best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nazzty (921) - ÷dŚkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2012
Perfect with a dram of whiskey in front of the TV. One of the most wonderful beer I ever tasted. Flavour of almond and caramel with malty richness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BertramDjukic (3) - - JAN 23, 2013 does not count
Sensational ale. In Ireland, our draught ale is generally Smithwickís which is poor. A few craft ales indigenous to RoI emerging, but poor availability in pubs. Hobgoblin is rare, an off license of renown or supermarket stock it. Great taste, body, look. Compliments to the good citizens of the UK, consider this your greatest achievement....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Daefido (9) - Welland, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014 does not count
It became one of my favorites right after drinking it several days ago. Great choice for ale fans, I think!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bennymarley (4) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
My absolute favourite! Wychwood breweries brew the finest ales and this ruby beer is legendary! Iím totally biased as you can see from my scores itís a classic that will never be beaten

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kyspent (2) - - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
Initial bitter taste changing to a light and almost sweet flavor after a minute or so in a pint glass...Iíve yet to find a better beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tommyknockers (7) - Beaufort, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
Great taste, slight bitterness. The slight fruitiness and bitterness compliments the appetizers. Great label! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chantdaddy (19) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Iíve had a lot of beers... and this is easily one of my favorites... if not my absolute favorite. Depth of caramel, malt, and roast flavors clearly shows that the brewers know just what theyíre doing. English hops balance the brew just enough so that the perceived maltiness/sweetness doesnít get out of hand. People often confuse "mild" with "properly balanced"... many beers these days strive to showcase one ingredient (or a small group of ingredients), and it is much easier for the brewmaster to do so... It takes more thought and skill to consistently brew a beer that is so easy to drink, yet so well weaved that all of the individual ingredients become a whole... As is commonly said about this brew, itís dangerously drinkable, and you almost forget that itís a strong ale... Iíve found myself (quite a few times) forgetting that this isnít a session ale... heh heh. I love itís deep, almost garnet, hue. The current rating of this ale doesnít really represent itís quality... a must for anyone who enjoys a good English ale now and then.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papaski99 (11) - USA - FEB 6, 2002
the goblins got some serious bite, good chillin beer, pretty nice top

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Bottle: dark red brown, clear with small bubbles and pretty big white head that lasts a while and leaves a little lace. The aroma is very dark malty, a bit of toffee, with a floral element, earht, and hints of chocolate and fruit. The taste is full and rich, with a rich malty body, sweetness, slightly earthy, toasty, a faint coffee element, and a perfectly balanced piney hop bite. The finish is smooth, long-lasting, and aromatic. The flavours blend together very well and not much stands out on its own, but the balance and blending are outstanding. The result is delicious and full flavoured, yet exceedingly smooth and drinkable..

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