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

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
kassner (1354) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Had this at Cotswold hotel in Lower Slaughter, but it had gone over and soured.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
somersetelvis (11) - Weston super Mare, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
This used to be a good beer but as usual with a big brewery takeover, itís lost itís big flavours. A mild roasted malt flavour with slight fruit tones remain but I was left wanting more from a beer which should be better.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (551) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 18, 2013
Dark ruby red. Creamy head which stays. Not much aroma - bread, hint of spice, nuts. Malts initially, medium sweetness. Low body which ends in a taut dry bitter aftertaste. A little watery on the finish. Flat. Itís okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
(Cask): Dark ruby brown colour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, nuts, toffee. Same notes in the taste but with a slightly over-sweet after taste. Slightly flat too. A personal favourite in the bottle but the cask hasnít done it justice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (8229) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
BierbŲrse Karlsruhe 2013 (Germany). Pours nice and dark reddish. Pleasant clean taste with a slight bitter twang and a nice kind of sherbert finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Hand-pulled pint in The Boat, Jackfield on 24 Aug 2013. Another one of those beers youíre sure youíve rated, but it was bottled. Anyway Iíve set the records right by having this once again in cask form. Looks moody, dark amber, ruby brown in colour, with an inch high off-white, cream coloured head, which stayed throughout the pint, although it was a lot thinner by the end. Sweet and malty, with a hint of dark berries. A little sweet, but to my taste buds, about right. Malty aftertaste which stays until the next mouthful. Fairly thick, it hangs around for a time.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
sjv88 (3) - Chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013 does not count
Pleasant aroma. Cask pulled from Hollingwood in Chesterfield. Good smooth beer, nice and lipsmackingly malty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (606) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Cask handpull at the Vine, Manchester. Pours a mid ruby brown colour with a small off-white head. Roasted malty toffee aroma, fairly sweet, notes of fruit and nut. Medium/full body. Roasted malt finish. Served well. Over-hyped in bottle version, but had a lot worse as cask.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOSSbrewer (1696) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Amber brown. No head somewhat hoppy. I think the cask was bad because it tastes somewhat tart, almost sour. Had at the church converted into a bar across from Chichester cathedral.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10620) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2013
Cask. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Some dark fruits present. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.


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