King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 404
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AEK on 09-26-2010

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with red highlights, full dense off white head which dissipates quickly, some lacing. Nose is pleasant fruity malt, not much from the hops at all. Taste has those same fruity malts, both light and dark fruit and malt coming through. Some musty and cardboard notes. Bit of sweetness gives it a bigger feel, but still not a big beer. Quite a decent beer, and better than the other Wychwood offerings, but not super special. Would certainly give this another try if I ever saw it on cask...not sure if this one is produced that way or not.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite fruity. I think there are a fair amount of esters in this...banana and pear flavours. Quite a rich mouth feel but tends to dissipate into a carbonated bitterness at the back of the tongue. The beer tastes high in alcohol and feels a bit rough round the edges. 'Rocket fuel' comes to mind. It's not subtle but it is fun.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, poured into glass.

Appearance (Look): Pours a nice clear ruby red to mahogany brown, finger and half frothy head but lost quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy. Light caramel aroma.By no means overbearing

Taste: This is where the fun starts. Gorgeous chocolate and crystal malts. Earthy hops. Not overly strong but rich and leaves a lingering delight with a drying bitterness.

Mouthfeel (Feel):Medium to full body, great carbonation. You should be sipping this one.

Overall: A stronger version of the standard brew, but remarkably smooth for all that's going on Perhaps less balanced but the blend of flavouring remains delightful. Teases you for more. One to come back to.

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Photo of drmeto
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear dark amber with a big,frothy, offwhite head
-medium carbonation
-moderately bitter
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
-slight alcohol warming
Pretty Decent,mouthfeel was lacking

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear ruby with huge short lasting beige head. Aroma caramel, toasty malts. Slight nutty. Taste sweet malts, toasty malts. Slight bitter finish with some toasty notes. Light body, high carbonation.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out in around 2mins. Very dark brown and filtered clear

S- Yeast and cloves.

T- Bready good. Good malt backbone. Not very sweet at all. Nice brew. Cloves, cinnamon and yeast

M- A bit watery that was not expected

O- Pretty good brew. Nice blend and nothing sticks out at you. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... BBQ'd shish kabobs! Made these ones with chicken breast cut into 1" square chunks then plum tomato, yellow onion and mushrooms.


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Photo of vladdswrath
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red amber with smallish head that disappears quick but manages to lace the glass, although it's a pretty feeble lace. Aroma is very sweet and a hair of nuts and fruits, reminiscent of the better brown ales that I've had. Flavor wise, it's as sweet as it smells...but it's not heavy like a lot of the dessert stouts, so I feel like I could put a couple of these down and not feel sick about it later. Mouth feel is a little thin, but in this case I think it helps the brew stay out of the desert box. One of my favorites...

(Supposedly this is the same as Hobgoblin Ale, but brewed under a full moon. It's 50 cents more, but I'm glad to pay it, as I don't want to anger the moonbeams and ruin the brew.)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wychwood King Goblin
500 ml. brown glass bottle, Best Before 31 Mar 16
£2 @ Tesco Metro, Clayton Square, Liverpool, UK

Appearance: Crystal clear light mahogany brown body with gold and orange highlights. Pillowy head of lightly yellowed off-white. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Dull fruit, perhaps a combination of apple and plum. Darkly caramelish malt. Some minor yeasty mineral like crushed granite.

Flavor: Nicely malty with a median to dark caramel component that also hints at fudge (but never quite goes there) over yeasty minerals, a hint of earthiness, and some pleasantly rounding leafy, almost minty, and subtly grassy hops. A median bitterness dries it but leaves a bit of sweet malt at the front followed by a suggestion of tarragon once the hops kick in in the finish. It lingers nicely, reminding you to have another sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a gentle caress of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: Impressive. Satisfying in all aspects. Both flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice English Strong Ale, complex aroma and flavour. Also very affordable and easy to get in Mexico. Pours deep amber with a very mild white foam head, strong character is present, smell and taste is malty in profile.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased last summer in New Jersey at my favorite beer store stop in the state, on sale for an irresistable $2.87. Since I like malty British beers generally and had already enjoyed Hobgoblin (purchased previously at the same store), I had to give this a try.

Poured from the 25.4 ounce bomber into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Translucent amber with a two inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s; Caramel malt and light fruit.

t: Same as nose. The fruitiness is somewhat muted but a combination of mainly pear and apple. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Full, great body, good carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent ESB, very drinkable and full of malty goodness, with just enough slightly bitter fruit notes to keep the malt from being overly sweet. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a darkish ruby/ amber colour with 2 finger creamy head with good retention. Fair amount of lacing. Not quite transparent.

S- Very malty with sweeter notes of caramel,toffee, etc.

T- Still malty with a slight earthiness. Mild hop aroma. Pretty tame.

M- Low Carbonation with medium body.

O- Another great brew from Wynchwood. Lots of great characteristics that are typical of an English style Bitter. Malt forward but complimented nicely with a slight bitterness. Wynchwood's Hobgoblin is much more flavourful in my opinion but King Goblin is quite similar but with that added alcohol kick. I recommend.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a malt forward beer with notes of cookie, honey, toffee, and some toasted grains. The hops is very subdued but tastes of grass and herbs. The yeast lends flavors of dough and earth. The scents of cookie, toffee, toasted grains and earth are noticeable when bringing the glass to your mouth.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Served cold from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Ruby red-brown, almost clear. Little bubbles, little head, only thin film and some lacing.

S) Faint smell of rubber bands. Oh no, not looking good.

T) Quite pleasant - first sensation is of a lightish ale (bear in mind this is 6.6%), then followed by a faintly warm alcohol and mild malt flavour, then slightly bittering hops on the aftertaste. Well thought out actually, although no dominating flavours.

M) Definitely more presence from the high ABV. Little carbonation, but it does cut through to balance it out. Again, well thought out and certainly more there than your average 'supermarket' beer.

O) More sophistication in there than the nose suggests. Maybe I drank it too cold to get the full effect. Would recommend as it represents value for money and offers a notch above the average English ales of 4-5% ABV.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of rich penny coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a half finger tall head of wet and creamy off-white foam, showing nice retention into an equally slippery film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is speckled, and while there is a rosy haze to the brew, no real sediment is appreciated. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma offers rich buttery diacetyls, caramel and brown English soured mash maltiness, toffee sugars, balsamic vinegar, lemon peel bitters, sticky figgy and concord grape sugars, strawberry licorice, salt lick, phenolic plastics, and cactus sap. The following flavor gives an equally rich beverage of true English proportions, giving liquid toffee sugars, grain of raw barley, steeped caramel, and dusty English pale wheatiness, violet grapes, prunes, and plums, tinny metallic yeastiness, baby’s breath weediness, lavender and chamomile florals, chai and black pepper spiciness, cloven and plastic phenolic bitterness, paint thinner and shoe polish, sunblock creaminess, ethanol, and bready honeybun sweetness. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with decently pleasing finishing pop. The mouth is coated in a sugary, cloying cloak, but this gives way to a slow and sweet dryness all of its own. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks somewhere in the middle.

Overall, if this brew is truly only brewed under a full lunar moon, then that’s awesome. This is not really of any benefit to the substance of the beer, but it is still an attractive gimmick. The sweetness is there, but unfortunately it isn’t solely in the form of fruitiness. It comes more from residual sugars and ethanol, making for a harsh-finishing beverage. Otherwise it is hearty enough, and full enough, to keep you happy and warmed throughout. Perhaps we should have waited for the full moon, so as to realized its full potential?!

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Photo of barczar
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is 3 years old, so...

Pours a hazy copper brown with a modest cream head.

Aroma is reminiscent of cherry cough drops, with a bit of floral character.

Flavor follows suit, with more menthol and dull cherry flavor overtaking the toasted malt, into the fairly bitter, earthy, herbal, and medicinal finish.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I thought age was responsible for the of flavors, but other reviews indicate otherwise. This is going to be a little difficult to enjoy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells of butter and leather with some toffee thrown in it. Bitter oranges and some tobacco leaf with some sweetness.

Starts out sweet and malty with some English hop. Moderately hoppy and lightly bitter, tastes mostly of leather and tobacco. Alcohol warms the chest. Toffee candy make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of pknyc
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 finger cream colored head that settles into a ring which leaves no lacing. Dark amber or mahogany clear body.

S: Very clean. Malty grain, toffee, some alcohol. Maybe a little nutty.

T: Very clean again. Makes me wish this wasn't filtered. Some dark fruit, particularly plum and raisin. Little nutty. Some astringency.

M: Some prickly carbonation, slightly coating with a medium mouthfeel.

O: Its good and on the right path. I wish there was a little more alcohol and it was unfiltered which, in my opinion would have made it a little more interesting.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a pretty decent hobgoblin label.

Appearance: pours a dark copper with ruby highlights, very limited fine carbonation. A lovely one-finger off-white head slowly drops to a solid ring, great lacing.

Aroma: big, one-dimensional notes of brown sugar and heavy dark malts. Being a British ale, I'm impressed with its intensity.

Taste: some yeasts but predominantly those big sweet malt and brown sugar notes coming through. Not terribly complex - no fruits, chocolate or coffee notes. Still very drinkable.

Aftertaste: just some lingering sweetness - no bitterness at all. A bit cloying, but still goes down pretty well.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a moderate, fine carbonation. Fairly smooth in texture.

Overall: a decent English heavy, if a little one-dimensional. Still, a decent sessional beer. Not sure the price is worth it though. The massive import taxes in Australia really hurt, else I would have this one a bit more often.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. fashionably embossed bottle stamped CJK-22(smudged). Sampled on February 28, 2014.

It pours very British with its medium to dark amber color and long lasting cream colored head. Constant carbonation and decent clarity. Lacing too.

The aroma is full of sweet malts and even a touch of dark fruit. There is also an absolute bitter hop profile merging with the overall sweetness.

The body is around medium and rather smooth.

The taste has the same malty character as the nose but also a bit of black licorice to enhance it. Mild to moderate bitterness at the end but definitely not floral or citrus. Just more bold earthy bitterness.

This is the regular Hobgoblin on steroids.

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Photo of TwinCreator
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased for about $4.50. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark copper tones with very little visible carbonation which left a very thin lacing on pour.

Smell - Immediate sweetness detected - hard to place but definite fruity smell - like a Belgian Ale but not that strong

Taste - Sweet flavor instantly but then more complex tones of malts, fruity tones, with a very slight bitter. Alcohol comes through just a touch with the 6.6% ABV but masked well by the complexity of flavors. Not too sweet

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with low levels of carbonation - but nice drinkability.

Overall - I was not expecting a lot from this beer but I was very impressed and would buy this again. Great after-dinner beer that's not over-powering with the sweetness/fruitiness and just a solid showing from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Greg_Nall
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick Review, personal enjoyment, not style

Poured from bottle, into pint glass, dark color with 2 fingers of head lasting several minutes.

Nice dark malty aroma.

Flavor was high in malts, with a very low hop bite at the end.

A full mouth feel, with appropriate CO2 levels

A very enjoyable ale, for late evening or a cool / cold day

*I tend to favor malty heavy brews.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle coded 3CJK 22:34 at 40 degrees into a goblet
Bought through vintage Cellar for $17.95/4 pk
Aroma woody
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, fully diminishing
Lacing OK
Body clear, medium amber
Flavor starts with a light malt bitterness, slightly woody (phenols?), no hops evident, no diacetyl noted, no alcohol evident
Flavor ends about the same, short lived
Body medium, watery, carbonation lively

Overall, a nice, easy drinking clone of Hobgoblin. Small, rapidly diminishing head somewhat lowers the visual appeal for me, but still a reasonably priced reasonable ale.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

reviewed: 1/1/14

King Goblin from Wychwood
poured from a bottle into a mug

P-packaging:Nicely shaped brown bottle with Wychwood fairy tail like label 4.0

A-appearance : wonderful deep copper brown with a 1/2 in. tan head 3.5

S- smell: yeasty bread and some toasted malt 3.75

T-taste: again yeasty slightly pungent then balanced with bitterness 3.75

M-mouthfeel : medium body almost no carbonation 3.75

D-drinkability: surprisingly drinkable for a strong ale 3.75

O-overall: good flavor and smooth finish I like this one 3.75

picked up after my fall hobgoblin purchase

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another English beer I thought I'd reviewed years ago: any here's my thoughts today.

500ml Bottle: BBD 31 Jul 14, poured (twice) into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip at home on 29 Dec 13.

Lovely light ruby red hue to the amber brown body: clear and clean looking, on top of each pour sat a creamy foam that gave good lacing.

Caramel, toffee and all the other malty molasses combine in the aroma to give a rich and sweet nose to the beer.

The taste follows, but it isn't as sweet s the smell indicates, this is more complex than just a sweet malty brew. The hops may well be hiding but they still give the beer a little balance and a mini bitterness towards the end of each sip.

Good feel to this beer: I make no secret about my preference towards malty, sweeter brews and this sits right in that slot for me. If this was brewed by some fancy Dan brewery people would be pontificating about it for ages, well they should do so even if it's from a Marston's subsidiary like Wychwood.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint. Pours a clear copper with two fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing. Milk chocolate is what stands out on the nose, but there is toffee, brown sugar, plumb, and a real light trace of licorice as well. Taste is moderately sweet up front with a grassy bitterness in the middle, then finishes as it begins. Milk chocolate aftertaste lingers for a short bit, just keeping you begging for another sip. This beer is medium bodied and there is an average amount of carbonation, which keeps it as sessionable as 6.6% can be.

Overall: Beers like this are what sparked my interest in beer. Very nice dark beer and a nice balance of bitterness on the tongue. I could guzzle down a few pints of these at a good English pub any day.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.