Brewed by Wychwood (Marston's)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   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.

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wheresthepath (2424) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
[Cask at the Hobgoblin, High Wycombe] I’ve always liked this beer, and I’m quite surprised that I haven’t actually rated the cask version before. Nowadays it seems to be delivered through a huge, lager-style tap that somewhat surprisingly is still actually a cask handpump. Think this might be a marketing faux pas - it may alienate their traditional market, whilst the mass market they’re clearly targetting will stick to their known big brands. However, nice to see one of the big regional brewers doing something to try to keep up with the times. Now, to the beer itself - it pours a chestnut colour with a moderate creamy head. Fruit and toffee great you initially, before an oaky flavour develops at the back of your mouth with odd hints of sawdust. Rich, smooth and comforting, this beer is still a fine one despite the strength reductions. c7

Jonb5 (576) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
Pint, one little finger head. Mahogany colour. Strong smell of roasted coffee and malts. Tasted woody with some coffee. Smooth enough. Decent pint but not one to seek out again.

beerme31 (707) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark amber full tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Flavor is medium sweet. Full body, soft carbonation, light bitter in the finish. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Overall quite enjoyable.

Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
On cask at Bennets. Pours a dark ruby colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and yeast. Similar flavours with a mildly oily mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle. OK but a bit boring.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 At Red Lion. Very smooth beer much like the bottle version but a little disappointing on cask. Some what watery. Serving: Cask

ken1 (2209) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
Tap in London. A nice hobby beer, with a good colour, and good head. Nice rounded beer.

BeerManic (21) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
Deep ruby red ale with a creamy off-white lasting head. Looks pretty good in a glass. Malt dominated nose, with little in the way of hop character. Nice enough, but not enough interest.

superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
deep red amber colour with a thin white head. slight aroma of yeast and a bit of malt. not as thick in the mouth as i’d expected. and almost overpowered by the sweetness of the fruit

jvhemert (438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2011
AROMA: chocolate, caramel, hint of licorice, roasty APPEARANCE: brown, clear, minimal head TASTE: medium sweetness, lightly bitter PALATE: light body, thin feel, soft carbonation OVERALL: aromas are quite faint and the thin palate makes this beer miss the mark.

JorgeLee (2280) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 On tap at King’s Head W2. Deep colour with red-purple tinge in the depths. Smooth, fruity and malty on the palate with a hint of bitterness cutting through into the not overly long finish. Pleasant dark bitter. Re-rate in Elephant and Castle W8. Review stands but score was a bit miserly, upgraded slightly.

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