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


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RATINGS: 2217   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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thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
This beer was a major dissapointment. It pours a dark color, but is much lighter when held up to the light. The aroma and flavor are in the same category--pretty much non-existent. I thought this tasted like carbonated water, with a little bit of hops thrown in. The mouthfeel is incredibly thin to boot. Not worth the $6 in my opinion."

rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Hmmm the Hobgoblin as interesting and profound as it may seem left me disinterestred. I got concerened when i had absolutley no head on the pour. A weird combination for citrius and bitter chocolate.

dj (620) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle, 500ml. A dark amber-coloured pour with an average diminishing head. Musty citrus aromas. A somewhat sweet malty taste with chocolate and biscuity hints. A nice moderate bitter finish with burnt notes. Some acidity. Medium carbonation. Nice, but not unique.

Reid (2558) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Nice enough beer to look at, dark brown with a splotchy/bubbly creme coloured head. Aroma for me is very very light..malty, least its not horrible. Flavour is malty and slightly fruity, slight hopping, doesnt have they typical flavoursome tastes that most Englishh made ESBs have..its quite dull really. Palte is alright..nothing to write home about. Its drinkable but I am very dissapointed ..for me the Fiddlers Elbow was better and $2 a bottle cheaper. I will stick to Black Sheep for my English beer drinking pleasure up here in Salem.

Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
500ml Bottle: This one was a surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. Highly pleasing aroma of chocolate, toffee, and caramel; Glade should make an air freshener out of this. Pours amber with a decent head that, while it reduced, never went all the way away. Flavour is excellent, complex, with elements of fruit, chocolate, caramel, malt, and a hint of hops underneath. Smooth and pleasant, only light carbonated. Highly recommended.

HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Aroma was yeasty and sweet malty. Flavor was a wonderful balance of malts and hops. Another fine beer from the UK.

nakhoda (16) - ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Supermarket bottle. Nutty gassy/ petillante, which is a bit of a cheat on mouthfeel; dark with a very long bitter finish. Fizz had gone by the end of the jar leaving nothing in the mouth.

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2006
draft: poured dark brown with a small off white head. small notes of fennel and malty sweetness. medium body feel with stonch carbonation and a decent malt flavor with slight bittering characters throuout. better then i thought it would be.

User37895 (3042) - - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a brown color with a decent initial head that laced ok. Aroma was roasted malts. Flavor was roasted malts, some dry fruits, butter, and metallic flavors. The latter two were somewhat detracting and added to a light astringent bitterness to the beer. Alcohol was a non-factor. Mouthfeel was acidic and carbonated with a moderate body.

vyvvy (6521) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
16 oz can - Dark amber / copper pour with a tan head that drops and gets patchy. Aroma has toasty malts - grainy with some caramel with a hint of spice. Medium bodied and very smooth, carbonation is very soft and light. Taste has caramel, but it more on the dry side rather than rich. Spicy hops are on the finish. There are traces of chocolate intermixed as well. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. It could be a session beer if it wasn’t so expensive.

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