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

bottled
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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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
markas101 (2220) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Cask, The Francis Newton, Sheffield, UK. Hazelnut colour, creamy head. malty flavour. Pretty standard but good.

2.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3809) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2010
Ruby-brown with a thin beige head, fruity malty nose, notes of port and liquorice on the palate, a little roast malt, roast-bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2011
Nice malty roast aroma. Slight hoppy. Nice amber colour redbrown head. Medium sweetbitter taste. Smoith.finish nise drinkable ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (943) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2012
A clear red pint with a thick, lasting and red-tinged head. A sweet aroma and a similarly fruity taste with a hint of spice (ginger, perhaps?) I found it to be a little bit sickly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
sjv88 (3) - Chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013 does not count
Pleasant aroma. Cask pulled from Hollingwood in Chesterfield. Good smooth beer, nice and lipsmackingly malty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (10771) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (15760) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (636) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
On tap at the Shakespeare, Coventry. I prefer this from a bottle, maybe needed to be warmer. Reddish, little aroma, taste OK with plums and caramel but not enough of it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3112) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Pint from the mailbox Lincoln. Deep dark Amber colour with a tight white head. Aroma has sweet malts. The taste is too but a touch watery.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoshRaburn (104) - - DEC 17, 2014
The cask was on good form, but strangely it was not much of an improvement over the bottled version. Very rare for a British beer where the two forms are usually like night and day. I haven’t had much if any Marston’s cask beer in the last several years, so maybe it has to do with the cask doctoring that people in CAMRA complain accuse the big nationals of doing? Cask breathers or pellet capsule conditioning or something like that? Or maybe it’s just the massive drop in gravity? I’m sure this was better last time I had it (back in 2004 ish). Still not terrible by any stretch. The brown ale flavours come through nicely. Was served too cold at the Museum Tavern - to be fair the casky character did improve slightly as it warmed. But there is a certain blandness. The hops lacked strength, and the malt lacked strength and complexity for a beer this dark.


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