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

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (1318) - CROATIA - JAN 21, 2014
Cask, London, UK. Amber colored, thin head. Malty, a bit on the sweet side. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Cask in The Fleetsbridge, a Toby Carvery of all places; ruby, clear, no head; aroma is berry fruit, nuttiness; tastes dry and of berries, toasted malt; this example was a shade flabby but I’ve had enough of this in the past to regard it as one of the better mainstream cask beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (1870) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 I used to love a pint of hobgoblin back when it was 5%. I remamber it being a lovely flavoursome ale, but this pint was poor. Not sure if it was a bad pint or it’s just a lot worse for the reduction in ABV. Still had the ruby body and cream head, but the taste was vegetable with some caramel. Very disappointing. *UPDATE* Had again and it was certainly better, but still disappointing. A bit fruity and malty with a touch of caramel and licorice.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
YigSvartka (195) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
A malty, chocolate, and perhaps a hint of caramel scent, but subdued. Medium bodied with a lack of carbonation. A unique, but not very satisfying taste. Malt, roast, chocolate, cream, and mild dried fruit, but far too smooth. Absolutely no hop at all. Tastes akin to a water downed chocolate milk.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (756) - - FEB 2, 2014
Smells of chocolate and fruity vanilla. Almost see through but very dark brown in colour. Clean and flat on the tongue. Really pleasant tasting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nilz (445) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2013
A dark ruddy ale, slight head which dissipated; aroma of burnt toffee; taste of a nice caramel note and a mild bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoggymackem (4) - Seaham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
A lovely fruity nutty ruby ale, i am always looking for this wherever i go. Also stocked my fridge with the bottled version

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2157) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask inns o court wakefield. Great thick white head great lacing. Great dark ruby colour. Aroma is red berries nuts and malts. Taste is simlar to aroma good bitter finish. Great body. One of my favs drinks always a good pint great session beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lux_edwards (180) - - DEC 6, 2013
Tap. Appearance: dark with white head. Aroma: spicey, hoppy. Taste: lightly bitter. Palateah smooth. Overall: very good

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (3674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2013
On tap @ Ryries. Amber in colour with a decent head. Biscuits and dried fruit on the nose. More biscuits plus some toffee and more dried fruit on the taste - a little bit of astringent maltiness on the finish, which spoils the end result. The palate as already mentioned is quite astringent on the finish but there is a decent structure and texture to this beer. Overall, solid but didn’t have another - preferred the bottled version in fact.


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