berkshirejohn (6759) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2007
Cask at the Old Silk Mill, Derby. A chestnut body with an off-white head; slightly spicy aroma; fruity, malty and spicy; sweet and warming finish with an underlying bitterness. Not as good as the bottled version in my opinion. Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2009
(cask at the Greyhound, Diss) Dark red bown with a very white head, although it disappeared quickly. Red fruit smell blended nicely with some hops. Nothing spectacular thoguh. First sip was really nice subtle fruit taste - cherries with a hint of biscuit malt rounded out with a good deal of sweetness. Got a bit bland after that but ok. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Draft at the Abbaye. Clear mahogony colored ale. Classic bitter, nice nutty and malty flavors. Decent session ale, I suppose. Still would rather have a Fullers. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Some light roastiness and raisiny malts. Smooth earthy hops finish. Fairly light bodied for its strength. Fin (11047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2006
Cask hadpump quite regularly at the Hobgoblin on the Cowley Road. Dark reddish strong bitter that is quite malty and fruity, it is quite a busy beer flavour wise but has never been my favourite of the Wychwood stable.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
A Mes rate:
I have consumed many pints of this recently as the Hobgoblin Pub is round the corner frm where I work in Baker Street.
Fruity aroma with slight sugar. Mahogany body with reasonable tan head. Surprisingly hoppy and floral given the colour and nose. Notes of lemon and vanilla too. Sweet yet hoppy finish. So so. fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Cask Conditioned @ Wychwood Brewery. Dark Red coloured strong bitter with a fluffy white head. Trace fruit in the aroma. Sweet taste with some fruit. sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2007
Cask - Hobgoblin, Canterbury. Poured an amber with a thin off-white head. Fruity malt aromas reminiscent of raisins and a caramel undertone. Medium in body and smooth on the palate. A tincture of floral hops amongst the standard, but nicely enduring, bitter hop taste. The flavour seemed less pronounced than the bottled version. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
mrant (330) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 2
Yeast : 2   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : 2 Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : 3   Toasty : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : 3   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : 2   Butterscotch : 2   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : 2   Oily : 1   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 2   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: Smooth, nutty and buttery brown ale.
I think this is what I had. In Hobgoblin bar in tokyo, hobgoblin dark cask on tap. Darkish, quite rich and malty. Somewhat watery, but very decent overall.