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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Bottle and can: Pasteurised.
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6747) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2006
Can, 50 cl. Fine smell of malt, fruity taste and aroma from malt and hops. A bit on the sweet side for me, so not top marks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown with little head. Has a very sweet malty smell. Sweet, nutty, almost too sweet. Very thin in the mouth, like carbonated water. Not the best ESB Iíve had, but not the worst beer. Probably wouldnít buy it again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (46771) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a thin head. Did not find much aroma, nutts, but flavour of sweet malt, nutts and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
locarboy (129) - USA - AUG 28, 2006
500ml clear bottle. Poured a dark ruby brown color. A bit dark for an ESB. Nice fluffy head that disappeared to a thinnish ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Nice lacing. Typical Bitters flavor with a bit of an iced tea and faint fresh hop finish. Really canít taste the alcohol in this one, but that may be deceiving. Maybe a bit thin in the malt/mouthfeel department for a premium bitters. Not spectacular, but not disappointing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 bottle. A very decent style bitter which for around here is hard to get from the LCBO. Red-brown with thin head. Medium body with dry, bitter finish, but rounded out with some deep flavours of fruit & chocolate. Not too many beerís advertising on the label is true but this one is: full-bodied, well-balanced, chocolate toffee malt, moderate bitterness, distinctive fruity character. All very true for sure. If you donít like bitters, avoid this; if you do, this is one of the better ones (on par with Double Diamond on tap, Fullerís London Pride or Abbotís Ale in the can). Amazing with spicy foods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Cool bottle aroma of milk chocolate, sour milk and toffee. Average head nice brown body. Sweet flavor, however mouthfeel was too watery. Nice session.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
viggler (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006 does not count
Oh how I loathe clear bottles. Immediately after opening I was reminded of a pack of Newcastle that had gone bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6895) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
On bottle 0,5l at TromsÝ ōlfestival 17 Aug 06. Dark brown colour. A creamy head. Did not find much aroma, but flavour of fruit. Quite good balanced but not an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
12 oz brown bottle at OíRileyís. Even though I can find this beer anywhere, I found it here in a brown bottle and figured it was my only chance to get one and avoid the problems so many have had with the clear bottles. But itís still an ESB. Good for the syle, carmel color, light caramel head, caramel on the aroma too. Flavor was mostly malty with some fuggles hops that made it typical. Not bad, just Not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2006
500ml bottle - Pours dark reddish brown with a thin head. The aroma is dominated by caramel malts with a touch of yeast, and that was telling of the flavor as well. There wasnít much going on here. The moderate body was okay and the palate and the finish was dry and lightly bitter. This beer was okay, but at five bucks for one bottle I expected better. Itís definitely not worth it even for a bottle that survived okay despite being clear. I see some reviewers had skunkiness problems. What is it with English ales and their clear bottles? Donít they care about their product? It baffles me.

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