Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Bottle: Pasteurised
Only ever brewed under a full lunar moon, with crystal malts and sovereign hops for a rich, smooth sublimely satisfying taste of pure beer indulgence.

dfearnley's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1033) - Alberta, - JAN 21, 2013
King Goblin 500mL, unfortunately out of the bottle. Skunk, straw, English hops. Sweet with a bitter alcoholy finish. Medium bodied, silky and creamy. On occasion, I love me a nice hobgoblin, but this just doesn't seem to be worth the effort and elevated price. Solid, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Artichoke (73) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
No head, sweet rich malt. A nice floral palate, with rich sweetness and a hint of bitterness. A major step up from the regularhobgoblin ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1809) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
A nice ale. Great aromas of bubblegum and candy. Strawberries too. Flavors are sweet and fruity with a balanced hoppy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mjp12 (361) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Over sweet malt on the nose, and while there are some interesting flavous in the beer, they seem too reserved, hiding in the background. Not terrible, a decent esb .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1040) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Aromas of caramel, toast, and dried fruit. Clear ruby with a somewhat lasting white head. Malty sweet initially, fruity, balance is definitely towards malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (580) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - OCT 10, 2014
Pours a dark coppery color topped with decent off-white head. A relatively mild malty aroma, notes of caramel and some alcohol smell. The taste starts sweet, fruity, little alcohol taste in the body with some fairly pleasant bitterness in teh finish. A bit too sweet and malty, but still very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (1123) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear mahogany color with medium creamy off-white head, very nice lacing and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of caramel, cereals, pumpkin, dust, grassy hops and alcohol. Taste starts with light sweet caramel, follows by notes of wood, grainy malt and dark fruits, mouthfeel is mild spicy and alcoholic, while finish is medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Surprisingly good, just strong enough and pretty palatable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (60) - USA - OCT 4, 2014
Taste of raisins, toffee, caramel. Aromas of figs and raisins, caramel, earthy hops and malt. Decent but I prefer Hobgoblin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (203) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
I like this style of beer and I like Hobgoblin, especially from the bottle. I’m not sure this is much better that the standard Hobgoblin ale but it’s good, in a classic Englisg bitter way. Dark brown with red tones, a medium body and little lasting head. Pleasant rather than powerful aroma, with plums, figs and nuts in the taste before soft toffee comes in, and a slightly bitter closure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenOver (98) - SLOVENIA - SEP 16, 2014
Pours brown with medium head. Smell is gentle, resembles slight apple notes, little hint of yeast smell. Taste is full, slightly carbonated, little coffee aftertaste. A nice specimen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Aroma: Some typical English nuttiness with pipe tobacco and fig newtons; a fair amount of fruity esters for an English Strong Ale. Appearance: Murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles into a thin, mostly still skin. Flavor: Nuttiness is more subtle up front with some fig hanging around; a little more blunt force towards the finish. Alcohol is more apparent, and something like tobacco just sits on the tongue, going nowhere. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, astringent finish. Overall: Didn’t get into this one.

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