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


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
Draft at Flying Saucer, Raliegh NC.. Nothing exceptional stands out but a nice drinkable beer. Mild malt, bitter finish. and thin mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Very interesting beer. VERY strong bitter flavour. Not something i could drink a lot of, quite fizzy. Gives me a bit of a headache, id recommend anyone to try it though. good slogan ’afraid you might taste something lager boy?’ Very dark looking with a dark head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9166) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7253) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1437) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
Tap in London. A nice hobby beer, with a good colour, and good head. Nice rounded beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 3, 2012
Color: amber, and bronze reflexion with a small dirty white head. Smell: hops, and flowers. Taste: bitter and caramel. Aftertaste: bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Doggetts Coat and Badge, Southwark 2 Nov 12. Nicholson Festivaløl. Mørk amber. OK tett skum som varer lenge. Topp utseende! God karamellaroma. Smaken søt karamell. Litt tørr frukt i ettersmaken.

   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)

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