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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2241   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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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.

climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle from Tesco in London drank in hotel. Dark ruby color w thick head. Aroma of dried fruit. Similar taste. A little sweet. Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Alebarasi (162) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - NOV 15, 2017
Mahogany/amber color with a thin white head. Medium body, medium carbonation, almost no lacing. Malty and fruity aroma of pear, plum, banana, biscuits, caramel, toffee, wood, herbs, some honey and molasses. Taste of caramel, plum, apples, raisin (and other dark fruits), malts, hay, hops, biscuits, butterscotch, chocolate, herbs, some strawberry and vanilla. Mild, yet nice aftertaste. Pleasant one.

rawelon (10) - - NOV 6, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2017 Colour brown to dark red. Nice smell of berries. In taste caramel, raspberries, blackcurrant, transforming into alcohol in finish. Drinkable, sweet, nice.

Syfher (494) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2017
Bottle of 50cl, in a Trappist glass; from the fridge. Common English beer, nor good nor bad. Brown colour with a sweet chocolate taste. It didn't really match my tastes... Try it ?

bertl (9) - - NOV 4, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 500ml bottle. Nice head. At first malty and ends with a hoppy bitter. Nice ale, good be a bit better balanced.

LLaurin (526) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2017
Dark amber with firm head. Nose is malty with herbal notes and some juniper. Taste is also light herbal and still the berries but accentuated with hops. Palate short but nice.

dorain (647) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2017
Aus der Flasche (Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Limited Edition) im 2017-10 getrunken. Klassisches ESB mit sher runden Malz- und leichten Fruchtaromen. Der Körper ist kräftig ohne aber aufdringlich zu sein. Lecker!

Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From 2007 Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$10.45 a 6pack. This pours from 12oz brown bottle a dark amber bordering on brown with a good 1 finger head of foam and it has some good lacing. The smell is of caramel and roasted malt and there's some fruit going on there as well....nice nose. The taste is a nice big load of caramel malt up front...very tasty. After another sip, I get a touch of roasted malt, a healthy biscuit presence, and a surprising amount of fruit...especially when I swish it in my mouth. Cherries, some fig, a little bit of citrus. Very tasty indeed. I've had this before so it comes as no surprise that I'll probably end up giving it a good review. lol Bottom line: This is a tasty brew....more flavours than I'd expect from a typical English Brown Ale and they work well together. At least to my palate. Will I buy this again? It looks pretty in the glass, has a good inviting nose, is very flavourful, has a good mouthfeel, and is pretty darned drinkable...yep. I sure will.

mickaellataze (31) - - OCT 30, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2017 bière ambrée, peu de mousse, faible carbonation, goût de malts grillés, chocolat amer, réglisse et résine. assez peu de corps rapide en bouche.

Nikokaoja (381) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - OCT 30, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2017 30. 10. 2017, Klimno. Bottled in limited edition day if the dead bottle. Amber colour with smaller head with some retention. Aroma is present but easy on the nostrils. Taste is somewhat malty sweet at start, a bit bitter in finish and also a bit tart in the aftertaste. More complex than it seems at first, but could also be improved further.

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