BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2007
[Tasted in 2003.]
Surprisingly good beer, which can be enjoyed for several hours. A few negative rumours from the neighbor made some nonexisting hopes for this beer, but the test showed something else. Bitterness in the ESB-way combined with some freshness makes this beer quite well. Dannny (3) - ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
bottle, medium-dark amber, thought i must say i was surprised at the tiny head. Very nice malty aroma with a nice tang. mildly hoppy with a nice fruity twine. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle: Medium amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is typical malt and hops, sweeter than hoppy. Taste is more malty than I like in an ESB, but still had some floral and fruity hops. Not bad, but needs more hops. nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008
The Hobgoblin pours to a deep, "burnt" amber color. Minimal head. On the nose, there’s quite a bit of malty toffee flavor with hints of what might be closest to dark chocolate.
On the palate, Hobgoblin has a smooth brown ale flavor. It’s full without overpowering. While it’s a darker beer, it’s pleasingly light on the finish -- definitely make me want to enjoy another -- and leaves a slight lingering note of hobs. Nothing terribly complex going on and certainly could be enjoyed as a session beer if, that is, your budget allows.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
A Very enjoyable ESB. Pours golden-red brown with wispy head, moreso from the can. Very light roasty toasty with appropriate hop character. Nice, sweet finish.
thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Pours amber-brown, with a diminishing head. Aroma is nice and malty. A nice little floral flavor from the hops. Finish is dry and nutty. Very nice bitter. - Rerate - This seems much less impressive when I’m less drunk. jainsv (113) - USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours with a Dark Amber-Red color with a medium frothy head. The aroma is strong of sweetness and malt. Tastes sweet at first and then immediately becomes bitter with a fruity/hoppy aftertaste. Relatively good bitter. Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
500 ml. Bottle that came with an official Hobgoblin english pint glass in a special canister set. The pour is a dark amber, medium bodied with a very thick and porous light creme-colored head. The nose is a sweet honey with an earthy malty aroma. The taste starts with a quick hint of sweetness, with an earthy and smokey mid that ends in a slightly hopped up finish that leaves the mouth slightly dry. The mouthfeel is slightly more fizzy than expected, but no horrible astringency. A decent bitter. animal8788 (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Red in color with off-white head. Strong hoppy smell. Does not taste as strong as it smells. It has a malty taste, and a little resinous. It tastes more alcoholic than its 5.2%. The aftertaste does not last long at all. zachh (23) - USA - JAN 12, 2007
I’ve always seen this beer around but I was a little hesitant to buy it due to the $9.95 pricetag. It pours, as the picture suggests, much like an amber Dr. Pepper. The initial taste reminds me of 1554, except that it seems to wash away more quickly. I’m probably not going to buy another 6 pack of this. Instead, I’ll get the pint bottles like the one shown in the picture. They are more reasonably priced and look cooler on a wall.