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

bottled
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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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2.4
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium tulip. A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is not only healthy looking at 2 fingers high, but also pretty dense in its texture. It fades away deliberately, leaving some lacing in the glass. S: Honestly, I’m not picking much up here. A faint fruity character offset by a touch of chocolate, and neither qualities become any more assertive when warmed up sufficiently. Not a bad aroma, I suppose, just nowhere near as strong as it should be. T: Again, it’s not BAD, just overly mild. The flavor seems to pick up slightly on the finish and aftertaste, with faint caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Maybe there’s a touch of mineral character here and there. Come to think of it, that’s the dominant note - mineral water. Yeah. It’s watery. Boo. M: At first, it starts off too dense and rich for its lack of flavor, but manages to dry out nicely after the swallow. It’s not as easily downable as this should be; that doesn’t make in undrinkable, though. Carbonation is appropriately low. O: I mean, it’s not a horrible brew by any means...it’s just ridiculously mild to the point of total boredom. I can appreciate a good ESB when I come across it (Fuller’s ESB), but among the endless pile of ESBs that are mediocre or worse in my opinion (namely, just about all of them), this one is in the ’worse’ category. Unless you really like ESBs, get something else instead.


3
JDsz5 (32) - - JUN 26, 2017
Aroma 6. Appearance 4. Taste 6. Palate 2. Overall 12. Roasted malts aroma. Well balanced bitter and sweet tasted, but not strong enough.

3.3
Thomas_W1 (791) - Rastatt, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2017
Flasche 0,5l: Mahagoni, kastanienbraun, klar, kräftiger stabiler feinporiger Schaum; fruchtige und recht würzige Nase, rote/dunkle Früchte, Pflaumen, Malz, Getreide, fruchtige Bitterkeit; fruchtiger Körper, deutliche Hopfennoten, dunkle Früchte, Röstmalz, Getreide, cremig, deutliche Kohlensäure; angenehmer fruchtig-bitterer Nachgang

3.7
EvNa (303) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle. Color: Dark ruby, light brown head. Taste: Smooth, mostly light roasted medium sweet malts and caramel. Hints of brown sugar ans some hopbitter hints. Typical English style ale.

3.3
mjik83 (1559) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2017
50cl fles via de Lidl gekregen Alcoholpercentage van 5,2% Uitgeschonken in Seef glas Uiterlijk: hazelnootkleurig met redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus licht gebrande mouten, smaak is caramel, licht chocolade, gebrande mouten, goed bittertje Conclusie: niet verkeerd dit Engelse biertje

3
Hrc_Cro (525) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2017
0.5l bottle. Clear dark ruby color with nice beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel and some hops. Taste is bitter and little sweet and sour, kinda watery.

3
pbright (6) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2017 does not count
This is a pleasant beer: light roast and slightly smoky aroma; ruby colour with a cream head; mild bitterness with a bit of saltiness thrown in; medium body with fast disappearing bitter aftertaste

3
Inoven (695) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
Fles gedeeld met TomHendriksen. Donkerbruin helder bier met rode gloed. Weinig schuim. Weinig aroma. Smaak van hout, koffie en gebrande mout. Nasmaak is iets bitter.

3.1
TomHendriksen (475) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
Fles gedeeld door Inoven op zijn verjaardag. Het is een donker bruin helder bier met weinig schuim. Het heeft een moutige wat zoete smaak.

3.9
Excalibur123 (488) - Soria, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2017
Presenta ámbar oscuro a rubí con media cabeza de espuma beige de buena retención; aromas a caramelo, galleta, fruta, licor y ligero cacao; en boca entrada ligera, maltosa, con poco amargor, cuerpo y carbónico medios, notas a malta tostada y caramelo toffee, largo retrogusto con final ligeramente dulce y seco, buena y equilibrada cerveza, excelente relación calidad precio.

3.6
Rubin77 (2037) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2017
F: not big, tan, average retention. C: coppery, clear. A: malty, herbal, red fruits, apple, wet woody, nutty. T: malty, fruity, herbal, leather, caramel, medium body, medium carbonation, not as simple as it tastes on first sip, enjoyed, 0,5l bottle from Sainsbury’s Local shop, Baker street, London.


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