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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5607) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Cask at The Rover, Gothenburg Redbrown with almost no aroma at all. A bit thin, but soft and smooth. Flavour from chocolate and some prune.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Quite an attractive pour, aroma of slightly burnt malt, no hops at all. Taste was different like i cant figure out what it was, decent all the same, maybe a bit thin though. Malty, burntness, caramel maybe. A decent session beer, good for wetherspoons anyway. Rerate: rubbish. Wetherspoon beer fest - kirky puffer (may 05)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
Served from Eurobrew’s Legendary Alehouse (?): It poured a clear amber body with a modest off-white head. The nose is caramel with some toffee and a hint of apples. These are balanced by a mild floral bitterness in the taste. It seemed a bit flat, but that’s perhaps because my palate isn’t used to cask brews from England.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2009
On tap @ Beiaard, Amsterdam.Pours amber with a small white head. Malty aroma. Taste is sweet, floral, wood and spices, ends hoppy bitter. Smooth mouthfell.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 5% abv Feb, 2004: White Cliffs Winter Ales Fest. Gravity. Average. Strong in aroma and flavour, but average in quality. [2.9]
4.5% abv Feb, 2009 Who’d Ha’ Thought It, Rochester One of my favourite locals, and I’m here to meet up with an old friend, so we’re in for a session, and all he has on is Abbott, Speckled Hen and Hobgoblin - all 4.5% or higher. I elect to go for the Hobgoblin even though I enjoy the other two beers, because i have fond memories of Hobgoblin drunk in the old Hobgoblin pubs, and also because I don’t often see it in the cask. I gave it a good go, but three pints later i switched to the Hen. This lacks hops, and the malt is neither clean nor malty enough - it’s a dreary mess really - heavy, with a vague, banana and dark fruit flavour in a brown splodge. And this beer is reasonably fresh because I was in here yesterday and he didn’t have the Hobgoblin on. [2.6]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 At the Abbey. Clear dark copper-red with thick tight tan head that is nice and natural looking and leaves scant lacing. Caramel malt aromas are fresh and fruity: apples and pears. Nice mouthfeel. Good bready flavors with just a hint of diacetyl that is ever so slight and well-integrated. Overall a generic brew but drinkable, and much nicer than it is in the bottle: the cask version lets the flavors shine.

revisited @ The Hobgoblin, Bath. Red-brown with thick cask head. Aroma has buttery biscuity malts. Palate is a bit oily. Good fruitiness in the body. Bready finish. Not bad altogether--5-4-6-3-12

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
Cask@GBBF07. Sweet aroma with raisin and vanilla. Brown color, beige creamy head, good lace. Sweet, raisin, vanilla, light bitter, very soft mouthfeel. Funny to see that I didn’t find much difference between the pasteurized bottled version and the cask version.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (4584) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2008
(Cask at Queens Hotel pub on 2008-07-03) Dark amber. Clear. Small white head. Malts and yeast in nose. Medium palate. Malts, yeast and bitterness in taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4525) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2007
Cask at the Old Silk Mill, Derby. A chestnut body with an off-white head; slightly spicy aroma; fruity, malty and spicy; sweet and warming finish with an underlying bitterness. Not as good as the bottled version in my opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2010
Draught @ Hobgoblin, London: Had this one a while ago. Dark orange to amber color with a small off white airy head, disappears quick. Smell malts, caramel, hops, spices, sugar and a hint of vanilla. Taste is bit dull: malts, caramel, grass, hints of fruit, hops and sweets. Slight bittersweet aftertaste.


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