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


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RATINGS: 2291   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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keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2006
The curse of the clear bottle strikes again. This bottle was purchased at Discount Liquor and was clearly light-struck upon opening. It smelled extremly skunky but following my own rule of finishing every beer to the best of my ability, I drank it anyways. The flavor was not too skunky, but tasted much like Newcastle in bottles. It had a distinct cola taste to go along with slight cocoa and toffee notes. I have a strong hunch that this beer is really of quite high quality and would be best enjoyed on draft. I love Newcastle, and this was very similar in all aspects. I would love to rerate this one appropriately.

bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Interesting... the look is quite good.... the rest doesn’t quite match up. Pours beautiful deep brown, amber and brick colors... nice medium off-white frothy head with webbed spiderlacing. The aroma is a bit of a mix between caramels, toffee, milk choco and sweet malts. The flavors are slight caramel/toffee hues, with lightly peppering hops all the way through the pour. As the beer warms, I pick up some burned dry-roasted walnuts. That’s about it... there’s not much complexity here, as the finish is just a continuation of the pull, with a slight addition of lightly buttered nuts. Hops linger for a bit, while the mouthfeel is quite boringly plain (medium body). Disappointing.... I was hoping for a little more from the initial appearance.

biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Solid beer. Easy drinking... pretty cool bottle. Could have used a little more in the hops department. That new Justin Timberlake song rules, btw.

MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Color was great, but the aroma and flavor were very light. This thin brew was made up of mostly malt.... and water. I never found any toffee notes that were described and there were not really any discernable hops in the finish either. It tasted very similar to what I imagine a light Newcastle would taste like with a boring finish. It’s probably best to avoid this one, it’s surrounded by way too much self-proclaimed hype....

GRM (4052) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Brown bottle, 500 ml, best before 13/4/7, tasting at Ian’s with Dum and Lubière on September 15, 2006; eye: bBurgundy with caramel reflections, no effervescence, clear, no head; nose: caramel, cabbage, malt; mouth: caramelized malt, unpleasant "burnt" taste, finale with a hint of corn, medium body, grainy texture, lightly sweet and bitter FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, meilleure avant 13/4/7, dégustation chez Ian avec Dum et Lubière le 15 septembre 2006; oeil : bourgogne avec des reflets caramel, pas d’effervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : caramel, chou, malt; bouche : malt caramélisé, petit côté brûlé désagréable, finale avec une pointe de maïs, corps moyen, texture granuleuse, légèrement sucrée et amère Clear bottle, 500 ml, expiry date: 24 JUN 05, purchased on: October 5, 2004; eye: reddish brown, no head, lightly hazy, no effervescence; nose: really light hops, caramelized malt; mouth: enjoyable light hops right off the bat, caramelized malt, finale of sweet water and light hops, mildly sweet, thin body, light carbonation; overall: not much taste FRANÇAIS Bouteille transparente, 500 ml, date de péremption : 24 JUN 05, acheté le 5 octobre 2004; oeil : brun rouge mât, aucune mousse, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence; nez ; très léger houblon, malt caramélisé; bouche : léger houblon agréable au tout début, malt caramélisé, finale en eau sucrée et légèrement houblonnée, moyennement sucrée, corps mince, légèrement carbonatée; en résumé : pas très goûteuse

wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
I stayed clear of this one for a while thinking a beer what a crazy goblin on it can’t be that good. Man was a mistaken. Poured a deep brown/amber colour (which I love) with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is slightly malty with hints of choclates, caramel and what could be berries. Taste is everything the aroma promises and more. Caramels, toffee, a hint of fruit and chocolate that was pleasing right to the last drop. I would definitely consider having this again.

burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 20, 2006
this had a nice,long lasting head.Aroma was yeasty and fragrant.colorbrown.Tasted like a heavy bodied coors.The picture on the bottle is better than the beer tastes.Actually it may be a good English ale,as it’s advertised.I tasted roots,earthy.Not bad.Might try again.

TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2006
16.9 oz can. Mahogany color with a thin tan head. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Flavor is nutty toasted malts with a bit of a hop finish. Very drinkable ESB.

gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
From bottle. Dark brown pour with no head. Nose is skunked malts. Flavor is better, light caramel malt with a light bitter. Drinkable.

Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Poured from bottle to shaker glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a light tan head with moderate retendion. Aroma was certainly of English hops, maybe Fuggles or EKG. Toasty, nutty flavor. I had a strange "warm and cozy" moment while I was drinking this, as if I were sitting amongst friends in front of a fireplace at a favorite pub. Strange but true.

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