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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eRock_2013 (522) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2015
I found this to be a delicious English bitter ale, made all the more enjoyable in the setting of a somewhat authentic British style pub here in South Carolina. On draft, this poured a ruby reddish-brown copper appearance with good lacing and some white head. Aroma of English hops and caramel malt, rich aroma intensity. Tasty and smooth, featuring an almost chocolately caramel maltiness, with an earthy bitterness that finishes cleanly. Some warm spice notes here and there. Medium-full bodied, comfortably filling, overall a very pleasant experience. I will definitely try this again.

The_Osprey (9721) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Cask at JDW Putney. Clear dark orange amber, still, decent foamy off-white head, sparse lacing. Aroma is caramelly malt. Body is medium, slightly foamy, smooth. Taste is toffee, lightly ashy, slight citrus, some chemical, a little drying. Decent.

Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2015
Deep ruby red with a light tan head. Malt nose with some slight floral hints. In the mouth, nice and solid maltiness throughout, peppered with light grasses, a little spice, some boiled fruits.

HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
500 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a couple fingers of off white head. Not a lot of retention but some nice thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, dark malts, toffee.

Flavours: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery with little carbonation.

Overall: An okay English bitter. I found it a bit on the thin side. I realize bitters aren’t usually a thick beer but I think this one was a little thin for the style. Also, no real bitterness to speak of, just a lot of sweetness. Not a lot going on.

Hophaze (192) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours a ruby color with minimal head or lacing. Roasted flavors by thin bodied. English style. Nothing fancy. ----Hophaze out

spartakbarnsley (67) - St Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 25, 2014
Cask pint in Carre Arms, Sleaford. Not quite sure what has gone wrong with Hobgoblin. The beer that got me started with craft brews, and used to be one of my favourite bottled ales always disappoints on tap. Metallic aroma, thin and watery appearance . Watery mouth feel, metallic and astringent taste with little discernible hoppiness. Struggled to finish the pint. Meh.

kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Pours clear brown with a light tan head. Aroma of toffee, biscuity malt and light fruit. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

zacgillbanks (5661) - 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 (721) - - 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 (1091) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Cask at Beefeater in Portsmouth - too light of a beer for my tastes, but has good roasted complexity

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