Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Bottle and can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Pale, chocolate and crystal malts; English Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops.
Hobgoblin is a powerful full-bodied copper red, well-balanced brew. Strong in roasted malt with a moderate hoppy bitterness and slight fruity character that lasts through to the end.
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Drinking_77 (77) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2016
Review: Bottle of Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer: ABV: 5.2% There is no doubt that this beer stands out with its very amusing logo, inspired by the local myths and legends of the ancient Wychwood forest. The appearance didn’t look good at all to be frank. It looked like coca cola, no head to speak of, very flat, dead and unappealing. The colour was a deep ruby red, and on pour I got a big head, very frothy but dies, and no real lacing. Nice colour but the overall look was disappointing. A lovely aroma, smelt like a nice stout to me! I got a smell of caramel, toffee and roasted malts, and a slight sour smell, but overall I liked the smell, pleasant. Taste: Didn’t like this one bit, which was surprising to me as it is very much a hyped up beer. I really wanted it to be good, but alas…… Not much of a beer at all. Too strong for me, had a really strong bitter taste and could feel the alcohol. Very hoppy throughout, too hoppy for me. Very sour creamy aftertaste, Harsh flavours, chocolate, toffee and sweet malts, a lot of flavours in it alright, very robust and thick I found it very hard to drink to be honest, one to sip, definitely not for a session, that’s for sure, for me anyway, lol. It is a popular beer, but I do wonder if people are more swayed with the hype and the vibe than the actual taste. Now I know they say that if you are a lager drinker beware, I would say that’s true. I think this is definitively an acquired taste, and perhaps with all the hype one for the nerds who like their war craft or whatever, or an English man and his real ales………. This is reflected in their ad campaign where they challenge drinkers of pale lager to try a brew with more distinct flavours, “What’s the matter Lagerboy, afraid you might taste something?”. Could be true, lol!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sebilinz (1759) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Dark reddish brown body with light tan head. Aroma is slightly roasted caramel malts with dried fruits. Taste is caramel malts and some herbs. Aftertaste is nice balanced between malty sweetness and some bitterness. Nothing special but I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (765) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 28, 2016
Dark ruby brown. Not getting anything from the aroma. Sweet at first then very dry and slightly bitter. Finish has more sweetness to it. Satisfying pub beer but not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AaronTDubs (309) - - MAY 19, 2016
Dark ruby color. Fruity aroma of plums, caramel, and come cocoa. Slightly roasted flavor, weedy/grassy hops, some caramel. Medium sweet. Balanced finish. Long lasting bitterness. An ok bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MetalMurphy (421) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2016
bottle @ british store (budapest) dark ruby colour, medium body, low carbonated, malty, bit caramel taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (1043) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2016
Copenhagen 10/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Føtex. Little (hob-)goblin sporting an axe on the label. Pours clear reddish brown with off-white head. Settles as paper thin patches of foam. Very moderate lacing. Aroma of caramel and honey which have been kept in the jar for too long. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Taste is nicely balanced between caramel sweetness and distinct bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and finish is semidry. Fine little goblin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
panzerwolf (261) - FINLAND - MAY 7, 2016
A very clear, crisp taste of malts. Not very bitter, roasty, caramel taste. A very smooth, just easy beer to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nevalainen (581) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is malty caramel. Taste is medium bitter, a little bit roasty. Average carbonation. Pleasant to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (3350) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2016
50cl bb03/2017 (BL2). Clear ruby-copper, off-white thick soapy head. Smells of caramelised beets, old rose petals in their broth, vegetable soup. Flavour splits down the middle of those aromas: sweetish caramels with a metallic vegetal hint and a green-vegetal hop bitterness, then thin chocolate powder (Nesquick in water instead of milk), slowly gaining character near the coda, gaining earthy accents of tobacco, dry maple syrup, forest mulch. Corn sweet and slick in mouthfeel, retronasal banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodbod (174) - SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle. Moderate frothy head over a dark ruby body. Nose is lightly malty, slightly metallic. Palate is medium bodied, caramel and roasted malt. Finish is slightly chocolatey. A solid brew.

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