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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6153) - 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 (6065) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5929) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Cask at the Auld Hoose. Pours reddish brown, nose is toffee, caramel, taste is similar, light fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (5672) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5606) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (5570) - 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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (5452) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
Brown with a small red glow and a creamy head. Light malts in character and a thin texture.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5370) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015
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]
April, 2015 The Station, Bitterne. Impressed with this. Very malty and full of flavour. [3.2]


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