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


on tap

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RATINGS: 230   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1829) - 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 (1800) - Brentford, 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 (3711) - 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 (5219) - 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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
RateBeerMan (41) - , Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Its a deep and heavy beer, especially considering its only 4.5%. I can stomach the odd one, but really have this in a session and its hard to finish. Something unpleasant about this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (39077) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
From cask. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing small and off-white head. Spiced and slight herbal with a base of roasted malt in the aroma. Butterish and dry with a distinct malty base flavour. Ends medium dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
Cloudy deep amber with tiny off white head. sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Ends sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (6064) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2008
(Cask at Queens Hotel pub on 2008-07-03) Dark amber. Clear. Small white head. Malts and yeast in nose. Medium palate. Malts, yeast and bitterness in taste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Dark chestnut with lifeless head. Notes of toffee and caramel with understated earthy hop bitterness. I’ve never rated Wychwood much and this won’t improve things.

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