ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 27, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There’s nothing wrong with this beer a bit of bottle conditioning couldn’t put right. A stronger version of Hobgoblin with more caramel added.
edsspoon (714) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - deep mahogany with a thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, a little dark fruit and caramel. Taste of oak, earth, pine and chocolate with some biscuit. Medium to heavy body with low carbonation.
TheKernOwl (3) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruddy amber/ ruby brew with, a nose full of cocoa powder/ choc/ touch of toffee.
Taste similarly toffee/ caramel/ choc, with a little hopping and a quick dry finish.
Like a dubbel but less chewy and roasty than that. An altogether drier, slightly thicker, more ’one-note’ but refined version of Hobgoblin.
Lele (217) - Padova, ITALY - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ASPETTO: marrone con riflessi granata, limpido. Schiuma beige, abbondante e abbastanza persistente. AROMA: prevale il caramello e lo speziato ma non particolarmente intenso. GUSTO: caramello, liquirizia, leggero tostato e biscottato. Corpo medio, carbonizzazione tra media e leggera. Birra molto interessante e abbastanza gustosa, ma che non si fa particolarmente ricordare.
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed only on a Full Moon, a vintage version of an all time great.
I literally found this a slightly better, stronger crack of the whip.
It’s biggest difference from the non kingly version, this addition has a powerful Aroma, it hits the nose from across the room, and pack’s a Toasty, Roasted Cocoa, oddly Banana toffee like Aroma, though a little overpowering in that it melts your nasal passages.
It pours a deep darkest of dark ruby glimmering Ale, a little hazy with a Liberal medium brown, frothy head.
In the mouth it literally feels just like Hobgoblin, Stout like, Heavy and strong, of great fortitude.
I find it’s taste simply a stronger more punchy version of regular Hob, Toasty, dominating chocolate, vanilla, and high Coffee profile.
It’s Finish is much longer and provides a smooth, but warming bitter-sweet taste, an amazing Brew and a Bold step.
Ratballs (5) - - APR 12, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from asda. Pint glass. Much thicker feel that hobgoblin and indeed most of this breweries beers. Caramel, citrus, spruce. Deep red amber beer. Very good.
Iphonephan (4016) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a pint bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Light malty nose. Flavors of caramel. Decent.
SangreSani (153) - Głowienka, POLAND - APR 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good head. Color between amber and copper. Clear.
Hops, esters, raspberry and caramel in aroma.
Medium bitterness, sweet.
Light carbonation, medium body, frothy texture.
custardtrout (7) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A much heavier hitter than the Hobgoblin, that strength adds a great new deeper darker taste
Alexi91 (129) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Morrisons (Bristol). Strong and thick with fruity bitterness.
sic1314 (4754) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured medium reddish amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet berries and light liquorice. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, lightly bitter.