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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (11505) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11262) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Cask at The Golden Fleece in York. Pours dark amber with a creamy beige head. Mild roasty aroma. Flavor is mildly spicy and moderately malty. Something like a flavorful amber.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11218) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Cask-GBBF. Copper with a lasting white head. Grass and toffee aroma. Rather harsh bitterness.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10488) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2003
Cask Conditioned, Red Lion, Cropredy. Dark Red brown colour, thin head. Strong on roased Malt with some bitterness but it is the full fruity nut and smoky flavour that pulls it through. Apologies to all that have to drink the pasteurised bottled version which has little of the character left.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9421) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Cask (Bun Shop, Cambridge) Brown, thin head. Toffee maltiness on the nose. Rich brown hoppiness, apple, woody and walnutty. Also some raisininess too. Sturdy malt base too - good strong bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 04/11/2001 Dark red coloured with fruity and earthy aromas. Bitter hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Sedge Lynn, Chorlton (JDW) 03/07/2004 Mid brown coloured with a fruity aroma. Crisp and smooth malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Roebuck, Northwich 28/12/2008 Some hop aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and fruity with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Roebuck, Northwich 17/10/2009 Some hop aroma. Small white head. Copper mid brown coloured and fruity with a little bitterness in a crisp full malt finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Wheatsheaf, Sandbach 02/01/2010 Slight malt aroma. White head. Mid brown coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity citrus flavoured with a dry and bitter malt finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Cask at the Crown Rivers, LHR T5, 18/05/13. Clear chestnut brown with a good sized bubbly light beige head. Nose is malt forward, dark berry fruit, toffee fudge. Taste comprises toffee, dark malt, berry fruits, dates, light sugars. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter notes in the finish. Not had this for maybe 10 years or so and had always edged away from it having held bad memories. However, when in good condition, this is a very drinkable beer, or perhaps it was because it was 6.50 in the morning and I’d had 4 hours sleep ! No - it was OK stuff to be fair!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Cask conditioned - no sparkler. Aroma is of fruity blackberries, the colour is a deep reddy brown, no head. The beer is a bit thin in the mouth for its strength, but has a good sweet berry fruit aftertaste.Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 3.4 and 3.0. Average becomes 3.4


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