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


on tap

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   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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zacgillbanks (5180) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Mini Cask from Tesco, Gateshead. Dark copper coloured with red fruit, malt, chocolate and burnt toffee flavours followed by a roasted, nutty and warming fruity finish. It also has fruity currants and a creamy smooth mouthfeel to the finish.

JoshRaburn (118) - - 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.

mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Cask at Beefeater in Portsmouth - too light of a beer for my tastes, but has good roasted complexity

Cunningham (7969) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2014
Appearance: Deep nutty color with a creamy off white head. Lovely lacing.
Aroma: Toffee and some fruity notes.
Palate: Medium body. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Toffee, nutty, mild spices and a bit fruity.
Overall impression: Nice and easy drinkable.
Personal stats: Handpull at The Old English Pub in Copenhagen, Denmark

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
On cask at Last Post, Longton. Can’t believe I’ve not rated this before, it’s everywhere! Pours red brown with off white head. Malty bitter with a light spice and hop finish. In good condition it’s quite nice so a bit of a fall back beer in Marstons pubs.

Mr_Pink_152 (5005) - 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.

Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
A classic English bitter which comes across with big toffee and nutty notes. Light and thin in mouthfeel, goes down very easily, with enough a faint hop presence to keep things ticking along.

DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Tap, red pour, off white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, bitter, some hops.

ABBeerSnob (12) - - AUG 29, 2014
This beer left everything to the imagination. No head to speak of after pouring from the bottle into a glass and a malty taste that never left the palate. Cute picture on the bottle though.

SzopPiwosz (207) - - AUG 27, 2014
Piana: Beżowa, piwo nalane "na płasko" - warstwa ok. 3 mm. Bardzo gęsta, drobnopęcherzykowa. Bardzo szczelnie oblepia szkło. Kolor: Klarowne miedziane. Zapach: Bardzo owocowe. Przewijają się brzoskwinie, czerwone jabłko, dojrzała gruszka, morela, śliwka mirabelka. W tle nuty toffi i kwiatowość. Smak: Dość wytrawne, potwierdzenie owocowego aromatu. Delikatnie podwyższona kwaśność. Tekstura: Dość cierpkie i ściągające, ale w granicach komfortu. Ciężkawe, pozostawia ściągający osad. Nasycenie: Minimalne. Goryczka: Średnia. Pijalność: Wysoka. Najmocniejszą stroną Hobgoblina z caska jest aromat. Kwiatowa owocowość, fantastycznie słodka i bardzo apetyczna, nie zbaczała w stronę żądnych kwasków czy rozpuszczalników. Do tego tło z delikatnego toffi - rewelacja. W smaku były nieźle, choć już nie tak bajkowo, gdyż wytrawność, w połączeniu z odczuciem ściągania w ustach trochę nie pasowały do zapachu. Niemniej piwo było wyborne. Niewątpliwie przyczyniła się do tego wspaniała konsystencja i minimalne nasycenie, ostro wzmagające pijalność.

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