Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
Was 5% - changed to 4.5% early 2008
Traditionally Crafted Legendary Ruby Beer.
Hobgoblin is strong in roasted malt with a moderate hoppy bitterness and slight fruity character that lasts through to the end.
The ruby red coloured Hobgoblin is full-bodied and has a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Cask, Crown, Carlisle. Has suffered from an ABV reduction, still a reasonably bodied beer, this had a slightly varnish-like taste, which overpowered the beer generally. Ripe fruit aroma, little aftertaste or mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (6919) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2009
On tap @ Beiaard, Amsterdam.Pours amber with a small white head. Malty aroma. Taste is sweet, floral, wood and spices, ends hoppy bitter. Smooth mouthfell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2009
On Cask at Coco’s Outback, Amsterdam. Nice amber body with medium head. Malty and fruity nose. Sweet and spicy taste with fruits and malts. Really punchy and went down well watching Barcalona beat United. Bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Clear amber pour with some ring of near white head. Warm, sweet floral, apricot nose. Flavor is cheesy, woody, and floral. Dry finish. Very interesting and unlike the bottled version. But I didn’t really care for it all that much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Cask @ Abbey Brewing Company. Pours whisky brown with minimal off white head. Fruity and malty aroma. Tart fruit flavor with a dry finish Medium body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1813) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Maybe I was just excited because it was my first cask, but the head was marvelous! I scooped it with a fork and swallowed it. It was way better than the bottled version, sweet and nutty like a brown ale. good stuff, at the Abbey in Miami Beach

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gary (1732) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Wen’t down smooth in a ridiculous Over-Sized Guinness hat on March 17. Malty and caramel’y.Dusty and fruity esters ...but that dusty yeast thing is way OTT.Like dust from an old school book. I liked the bottled version more.Sacrilege ?Whatever man.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2009
(cask at the Greyhound, Diss) Dark red bown with a very white head, although it disappeared quickly. Red fruit smell blended nicely with some hops. Nothing spectacular thoguh. First sip was really nice subtle fruit taste - cherries with a hint of biscuit malt rounded out with a good deal of sweetness. Got a bit bland after that but ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3562) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2009
Tap at North End Pub, Leiden: Dark brown ale thats have a fruity and bitter taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 At the Abbey. Clear dark copper-red with thick tight tan head that is nice and natural looking and leaves scant lacing. Caramel malt aromas are fresh and fruity: apples and pears. Nice mouthfeel. Good bready flavors with just a hint of diacetyl that is ever so slight and well-integrated. Overall a generic brew but drinkable, and much nicer than it is in the bottle: the cask version lets the flavors shine.

revisited @ The Hobgoblin, Bath. Red-brown with thick cask head. Aroma has buttery biscuity malts. Palate is a bit oily. Good fruitiness in the body. Bready finish. Not bad altogether--5-4-6-3-12

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