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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Bottle: Filtered.
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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bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Poured copper red with a light tan head that lasts. Aroma was terrible. I was frightened to taste. I felt like I just drove past a skunk that had been flatened on the side of the road. (I have experienced this on several bottles) Taste is suprisingly good once I got past the smell. Malty and finishes a little bitter. I didn’t mind this one.

greenmanalishi (568) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 after falling for the presentation of the bottle and the "not for lagerboys" slogannering, i was expecting a little more. pleasantly balanced, but mediocre.

BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber pour topped with a 3-finger light tan head. Nice hoppy aroma, hint of lemon mixed with a pleasing slight malty aroma. Great fresh from the cask English ale taste.

madlizzie (12) - ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
This beer is spot on! It pours a dark ruddy/cloudy copper colour and has a finger and a half or so of head which disippates quickly. Grassy, earthy hop aroma...This beer is loaded with english hops (Challenger, maybe FUGGLES??) which marries nicely with caramelly, toffee flavored malts. I believe I can taste a hint of complex Maris Otter malts. This brewer knew what he was up to - this beer is extremely well balanced. Overall taste is wonderful in this medium bodied, low to moderately carbonated, smooth drinking beer. This beer would pair wonderfully with an array of fine foods - or just by itself. Brewed with the spring water drawn from the headsprings of the Otter River, this beer has become a regular in my portfolio.

luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 29, 2006
12 Oz bottle - World Market pours deep brilliant amber with a nice tan head which persists and leaves some lacing behind Aroma:some herbal notes, malt and some soft fruit notes. Caramel notes as the beer warms up Taste: nice varied malt flavor with an after finish of chocolate, soft fruits in the nose is carried thru. Some bready notes with a spicy hop flavor and a dry finish. Some card-board notes dont know if it is age or some other reason.... Palate: With medium-low carbonation is flows lightly on the tongue I am thinking a little less carbonation would take some edge off the prickly sensation. Overall: If only looks could carry all the way thru... a very attractive looking beer which does not seem to do well in the bottle or journey. Not a bad ESB, just nothing special. I would love to try this on cask

somecrzyguy420 (13) - schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
big fan, love the almost chocolate after touch, good color and pour, good on the down slope, taste may linger a bit but over all good

CraftAlelvr (9) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2006 does not count
These disturbing Wychwood beer labels are starting to get to me! This one depicts a goblin with Spock-like ears carrying a blood-soaked axe through a moonlit night. But the beer is a tamer affair. Though this pours dark as that moonlit night, the flavor is more schwarzbier-ish. A bitter presence exists and some odd malt flavor lingers. I would say go with the Fiddler’s Elbow if stuck with nothing else but Wychwood products, god forbid. Somewhat crisp. Avoid.

chubbyhubby (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
Great Dark. Hardly any aftertaste. Mild malt to the aroma. good on a summersday

barbiedoll0808 (11) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
This beer is decent.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.

yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2006
Tasted 28/12/2006. 500ml bottle from RW&S, Wellington. Dark amber with a disappearing off-white head. Very much an ale on the nose with pretty high fruit esters plus caramel and toffeeish malts on a quite pleasant nose. A little toasty in the mouth but it’s a little dull, fizzy and light. Medium bitterness. Short.

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