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

bottled
available

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Dark brown pour. Small head that left in a hurry. Faint, Sweet aroma - maltly, fruity. Smooth malt flavor with not a whole lot to grab a hold of.

3.9
Haack (101) - Hornslet, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2006
bottle. Red-brown with thin head. Medium body with dry, bitter finish, but rounded out with some deep flavours of fruit & chocolate. full-bodied, well-balanced, chocolate toffee malt, moderate bitterness, distinctive fruity character.

2.8
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Pretty standard english ale. Similar to boddingtons or old speckled hen. A little thinner on the palate than expected, and a little bit metalliic overall. Decent, but not great, a bit pricy too.

2.9
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2006
On tap. With a tagline like "What’s the matter lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?" you shouldn’t make a beer like this.. So average... Seriously, what’s wrong with the guys at Wychwood? Seems to me like they’re only reaching out for the pre-adolescent, role-playing sci-fi geek segment of the market

4.4
vitamine (35) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
this beer is amazing. i love just to sit down and relax with a hobgoblin. definatly one of my best

3.1
KnutAlbert (6754) - 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.

3.2
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 I’ve had, but not the worst beer. Probably wouldn’t buy it again

3.2
fonefan (48737) - 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.

3.3
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 can’t 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.

4
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 beer’s 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 don’t like bitters, avoid this; if you do, this is one of the better ones (on par with Double Diamond on tap, Fuller’s London Pride or Abbot’s Ale in the can). Amazing with spicy foods.


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