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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2273   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2220) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 18, 2006
Intense dark red color with browns reflexes. Dense and fraught. Creamy, soft and fading head. Determined and alcoholic scent with notes of dry wood, cortex, caramel and alcohol. Dry and full bodied taste, rather decided and with overbearing alcohol and bitter content. Dry and of good persistence end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Tap at the Princess Pub. Clear mahogany with a little ring of bubbles. Sweet, malty aroma. More malt and nuts in the taste, but bitter this time. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Poured a nice dark brown with a little head. Aroma was basically yeast and hops not much more than that. Taste was nice, a nice sweet malt taste. I would drink again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Mahogany with a large, cream colored head comprised of foam. A good deal of lacing accompanies this. Rich and earthy aromas of nuts and caramel. A wet smell of peat is there. The flavor is mostly caramel with a good nuttiness. It is also earthy. Thin bodied and watery, but refreshing. An earthy finish coupled with a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Dark black/brown beer with a light brownish creamy head. Thick root dirt smell is totally diffrent from the rich sweet taffey malt flavor. It also has caramel tons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
From the keg, which Iíve never seen before. This really appealed to me - dark brownish ESB with minimal hop bitterness and a full, malty body with notes of vanilla and caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Murky brown ale. Initial skunky aroma masked any good aromas it has. The taste was bitter and nutty. Nothing fancy but a pretty good brew. Would like to sample a cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
1 pint 9 oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma was very yeast-like with some malt. Taste was pretty good, very smooth with a caramel, malt flavorings. I would have rather had this in a smaller bottle but enjoyed it overall.

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