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

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RATINGS: 184   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martinrumsam (461) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, - MAY 10, 2012
cask deep brown with ruby hints thin beige head no lacing .minimal carbonation .malt/floral nose . fruity / toffee taste , pleasant bitter finish , smooth , a touch watery . not bad though


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (146) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Ruby red with a thin off white head. Good retention and good lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet malts, chocolate and hops and floral notes. Taste is slightly fruity, with caramel and chocolate. Medium bitterness at the end with some toastiness and grassy hops. Slightly sweet. No carb, medium body. I found the bottled somewhat watery but probably nicer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (136) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Appearance - very dark, ruby, beige head leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma- malty, a bit of fruit. Taste- smooth, medium bodied, malts, slight roast, dark fruit hints. Not as complex as the bottled version.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
admiralwaffles (1) - Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014 does not count
Had on cask in Philadelphia at cellar temp. Almost no aroma, but a great caramel and estery taste. If you see this beer on cask, get it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (453) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 4, 2014
Une valeur sûre dans un pub anglais quand on ne sait pas quoi prendre. A goûter au moins une fois :)

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jj0076 (23) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2014
A pretty safe bet, always in draft in one of my local pubs and I'd be sad too see it go.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2208) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask at the Brown Hare, Penwortham. Pours ruby brown, thick off-white head. Aromas of toffee and red fruits. Dark sugar sweet taste. Clean finish. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (9856) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
Cask @ Green Lion, Malmö. Clear brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and caramel. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 070214

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3590) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2014
Cask at the Green Lion, Malmo. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head. The aroma is light hop fruit. The flavour is medium bitter with a rich fruit malt light hop bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Served a little cool but that didn’t do it much harm. Better in the cask than the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (182) - - 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

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
YigSvartka (47) - 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.


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