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

bottled
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RATINGS: 190   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - 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!

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2006
Half on cask. Amber coloured. Small lasting white head. Dry fruity aroma. Well rounded flavour with a caramel component. Light bitter finish (Edgar Wallace, Temple 15.09.2006).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (7571) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
Bierbörse Karlsruhe 2013 (Germany). Pours nice and dark reddish. Pleasant clean taste with a slight bitter twang and a nice kind of sherbert finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2006
Cask hadpump quite regularly at the Hobgoblin on the Cowley Road. Dark reddish strong bitter that is quite malty and fruity, it is quite a busy beer flavour wise but has never been my favourite of the Wychwood stable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
A Mes rate: I have consumed many pints of this recently as the Hobgoblin Pub is round the corner frm where I work in Baker Street. Fruity aroma with slight sugar. Mahogany body with reasonable tan head. Surprisingly hoppy and floral given the colour and nose. Notes of lemon and vanilla too. Sweet yet hoppy finish. So so.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7097) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2008
The White Lion, Tamuff. Chestnut with a tight beige collar. Sulphur, caramel, slightly sourish stone fruit, a faint dusting of choc. Mellow, mild-like, dunkelish stillness. Alright, but a bit drab. Could use a richer or roastier depth of flavours.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Hobgoblin, Bristol. Chestnut coloured with a decent off-white head that left plenty of lacing. Red fruit and sweet malt aroma. More fruit in the flavour before a decent bitter finish. Ok.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Aroma:
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : 2 Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : 3   Toasty : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : 3   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : 2   Butterscotch : 2   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : 2   Oily : 1   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 2   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Smooth, nutty and buttery brown ale.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
Draught. Dark brown color with a small white head. Weak malty aroma and a bitter sweet taste. Medium body and a bitter sweet finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of some sour grain, caramel, toffee, hints of spice, slight cardboard, just not the right tastes in here. Taste is similar, some sour grain, cardboard, some slight sweet caramel, toffee, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.


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