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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2220   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yased (152) - MEXICO - JUL 18, 2016
De Wychwood Brewery(ENG) la muy popular “Hobgoblin” una Strong Bitter de 5.2% ABV, este es un tipo de cerveza tradicional de los pubs ingleses, el estilo es muy amplio y la variedad de colores es bastante amplia como tambien de sabores, a grandes rasgos es una Bitter o Best Bitter rustica, con mas alcohol y sabores fuertes. La “Hobgoblin” presenta una corona de espuma delgada de poca retención, perlas que van muy unidas y compactas, ligeramente matizadas de color arena, encontramos que el liquido es de tono cobrizo muy intenso con destellos dorados y rubí, muestra un cuerpo pleno en las paredes del vaso. En aroma es maltosa, lúpulo floral y resinoso, carácter terroso, corteza de pan, dulzor moderado por las mismas maltas, intensidad media, se puede percibir ligera acidez, notas nuez, muy aceptable el aroma. Ya en sabor predomina sin duda el carácter maltoso, las notas iniciales son a corteza de pan, dulzor medio, algo de nuez, amargor ciertamente considerable del lúpulo y tambien de las mismas maltas, mucho sabor resinoso y herbal, terrosa, acaramelada, tambien hay nuez presente, carácter tostado moderado, final semi seco con retrogusto a grano con cierta duración, no me es de lo mas grata, pero es muy tomable, con 500 ml es una buena opción para ir conociendo este estilo que aunque no es tan conocido ni reproducido fuera del Reino Unido es muy rico y algo distinto a los estilos agresivos americanos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleRider78 (672) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a thick enough creamy off white head. Has a dark amber appearance. Lacing is pretty good. Aromas of light malts and hops, pretty well balanced between the two. Mild hint of caramel as well. Flavours of barley malts, light hops, caramel, hints of chocolate and some mild spices. Also notes of raisins and just a bit of toffee. Very good stuff! Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, a little bit watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiposserios (5) - - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
a disappointment for me ... a little bit of caramel flavor, nice color but boring in general

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
Kind of a boring English ale with nut aromas, okay head, watery graham cracker flavour with some caramel hints. A little higher abv than usual for these but otherwise nothing to recommend, discuss, nor remember.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (1278) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle @ home Clear brown, light brown head Burned caraml, chocolate, light toffee, malts, woody Light chocolate, light roasted, very drinkable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardbeerman (339) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2016 Gift bottle from Gabriel from his last trip to LCBO, thanks man! Pours a clear mahogany/cola,topped by a finger or so of creamy tanned head showing great retention and lacing properties. The nose is sweet, fruity, nutty and earthy. Banana, bubblegum, dattes, figs. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate paired with banana and dattes. Earthy hops stand out quite a bit all the way to the finish. Medium body, tingling carbonation. Smooth bitterness and light tartness. Good try. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
Pours clear mahogany with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, hazelnut, malt and citrus. Taste is sweet, caramel and butterscotch, with a mild bitter finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
younghomer (8) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
Cucumber, caramelly-hoppy, candyfloss aroma. Appearance of a pint of coke with a slightly foamy head. Taste is uplifting - a satisfying woody, bourbon biscuit, fruitiness. Smooth to dry on the palate. I’ve been on a Wychwood brewery tour. Those guys are as passionate as they come. You can taste the effort put in to making this such a flavoursome beverage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Drinking_77 (84) - 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 (1790) - 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.

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