hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 i have been so busy with domestic brews from my local Northcoast Coop I have been neglecting imports. Today I decided to give this one a try. From the bottle it poured a beautiful copper color and produced a nice whiite head. Very nice nose of malts and nuts. At this point I was thnking ... wow ... big rating coming. But mouthfeel was a little fizzy and flavor was kind of unexciting. Finish bitter. Still a nice brew to drink and the appearance and aroma makes the overall rating decent. Whlle not cheap at $3.85 it is worth every penny. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Not too much going on, but that is not to say that this beer is bad. It just doesn’t have any of its own character. Nice coloring though. It is not a super bitter beer if you are looking for one. Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2006
The appearance in the glass has this the makings of a perfect beer: dark copper color with one inch of white head. The aroma is just as inviting: very malty with strong undertones of roasted nuts. Fantastic set-up. Unfortunately this is where the compliments stop. The flavor is disappointing one dimensional and the finish is unremarkable if not bitter. Where did the roasted nuts go? A very good beer with an interesting name. If you really like bitters, this one should be on your list. For me, I’ll keep on searching. Canuckistani (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Pleasant aroma, but not my favourite. Citrus notes come through after a while. Bittery finish. Could use more carbonation. Enjoyable beer, but I’ve drank three already and my senses are being affected JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Pours a nice tan head about 3 cm. This remains as a nice full lacy covering after the initial suds fall back. Hobgoblin is a nice dark cola brown with copper at the edges.
The aroma is malty (oh my dear, molasses), some extremely faint cider, and hops o’ plenty.
The mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated, not at all watery or thin.
The taste? Well, the bitter, earthy hops come out in full force, followed by a nice maltiness (a bit of a walnut thing is going on as a result of the bitter-sweet combination), a touch of lemon sour, and a big copper finish. The aftertaste is tangy and citrus.
Overall, not a bad beer at all. Really nice. Again, I’d prefer a brown glass bottle to avoid skunkers, but whatever. Hard to get picky about glass when the beer tastes fine.
gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Pleasant herby aroma a bit malty. Dark red pour. Foamy thick head. Very malty taste a bit of chocolat with a slightly bitter finish. Overall a rather pleasant combination but in too weak a dose. Watery with not enough depth. This may be a good session beer. Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2006
(Bottle) Pours clear mahogany brown/red. Caramel, light roasted aroma with chocolate/cocoa and maybe some cinnamon. Notes of toffee, earth, fruity raisins and bread. Pretty smooth, a bit hoppy mouthfeel with a sour/bitter coffee like aftertate. Medium body. joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
Clear orange red coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of caramel, malts, fruits and bread.
Flavour of fruits, bread, caramel and hops.
Light hoppy finish. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Strong aroma of oak and hops, followed by metallic notes. Great deep amber colour with a nice frothy head. Strong flavour of hops, smooth with a fruity slick edge. Metallic aftertaste. Leaves a final taste of toffee long after sip. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Attractive color. Pours a rich amber color with brown highlights. Head is white and thin. Sweet aroma of caramel. Flavor is lightly sweet. Finishes with lots of lingering alcohol. Was better when it was colder, as it warmed up it showed some faults. I had the bomber, would like to try this on tap.