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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AEK on 09-26-2010)
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Reviews by REDAMI:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from 500ml bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - Medium golden brown, highly laced creamy white head.

S - Piney hops followed by a custardy sweetness.

T - Sweet malt, vanilla, fruity esters, vague pine bitterness.

M - Slick sweetness, a medium bodied ale, carbonation is masked.

Reminiscent of a young beer, something with a short secondary and a brief carbonation period. A creamy sweetness matched with a piney English bitterness.

08-31-2013 19:20:59 | More by REDAMI
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

10-14-2013 22:19:40 | More by cam477
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-17-2014 01:03:49 | More by JulioG
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-01-2014 02:26:00 | More by Lazaro
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-01-2014 22:20:46 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-04-2012 00:02:01 | More by fionn13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

From notes:

Appearance: amber hue; clear; head fades fast

Aroma: tough to put down; good interplay between mildly tart hops and light maltiness; slightly woody; some spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: somewhat grassy; bitter (but not the green hoppy kind) and gets more so for a lingering finish; clean with good carbonation

Overall: they definitely over-sell it a bit; this "special reserve" is not particularly interesting, but the hop profile is nice. A good Bitter but nothing more than that

03-25-2012 15:12:37 | More by BGDrock
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-19-2013 04:10:39 | More by williamjbauer
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

I really like the standard Hobgoblin ale, been drinking these ales since I lived in California back in 2001. Pours a deep ruby chestnut amber with a light khaki head, forms thick nicely retained head dwindling slow leaving behind speckled lacing with each sip. Aroma has a nice rolling fruitiness rich malt character with a touch of caramel and dark fruit with hint of a vinous/tart white grape character. Flavor is pretty dry a herbal tea earthy herbal hop character going through with each sip, moderate dark roasted malt character. A nice balanced beer not overtly sweet or one dimensional in anyway which makes for a nice fall beer. Pretty boozey for an English ale, compared to other fall seasonal ales. Again easy to drain the 500 ml bottle and completely enjoyable, my kind of English ale.

10-05-2011 00:12:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

500 ml bottle that appears to have a bottled on date of July 2011.

Pours a clear brown with a 1+ finger brown head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is rather unremarkable and a tad subtle, but with a good rich toasted malt component and more than a hint of dark fruits. The toasted malt is a major part of the flavor too, but there's a clear hop presence. The flavor also has a bit of alcohol and a hint of fruit. Lasting

M: rather smooth; medium+ body; semi-dry finish.

O: improved a bit with warming.

12-28-2011 23:25:28 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a rusty brown body, with a light khaki thin head that settled rather quickly. Left a saturn ring around the glass, but no lacing. Some carbonation here and there, love the color though!

S- Sweet smelling beer. Buttery toffee and caramels! Mild malts, and some fruit notes hidden between all the sweetness. I can catch a little bit of alcohol on the noise, but not overpowering, so that's good!

T- Butterscotch, toasted malt, toffee/caramel. You catch some sweet fruit in the end too. Nice dry hop flavors mixed in as well. Not overly complex, but a great balance. The alcohol isn't covered up too well with the flavor, only thing I couldn't get passed on the taste.

MF- Light-medium body, light carbonation, smooth/creamy finish... Very faint warmth. Coats the mouth decently though leaving a bittersweet taste on the palate.

O- Decent beer to try. I never picked up wychwood until today, I may give their wit a go in the future, but nothing too extraordinary about this ale. For a fair price it's a fair beer.

09-09-2012 11:18:05 | More by Blackwolf
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a crystal clear deep garnet red body with a thick bubbly cream tan head and a slow carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The rich aroma of crystal malt has a strong shampoo quality with some dark pot caramel that gets softer as the beer opens.

T- The mellow smooth soft malt has some dry toffee note with a woody quality and a green hop note in the finish. There is a yeasty character in the finish. There is a green bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very mellow with some soft dry malt and soft hops, being mostly bitterness. There is an odd character in the aroma and the taste that could be age or ringwood yeast it is slightly vinous aswell, but because the beer is so soft that flavor sticks out.

08-10-2011 20:47:23 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

King Goblin is a ruddy dark red color. Once poured, it's capped by a tan head just about a finger tall that shows good retention. Patchy lacing has some legs to it and is pretty plentiful on the glass.
The aroma has the hearty earthiness I expect with a lightly alcoholic undertone. There's an herbal note prevalent as well. A particular nuttiness brings it all together as distinctly English, with a sweetness that's a little more subtle than it is in the flavor. It's good, but it needs to be unwrapped a bit.
And the flavor is. After a nice toasty note, it's strongly earthy with the same herbal element in a gentle bitterness countered by caramel and a touch of something like brown sugar but without imparting that sweetness after it, which is instead provided by caramel and toffee notes from malts. Nuttiness continues to pull through and a very light dash of peppery spiciness rounds it out into a taste that's complex and one in which all the the complementary elements hold their own and meld into one great substance.
This beer is remarkably smooth, making a real pleasure to drink, especially considering that the smoothness is balanced by a light crispness that doesn't wane to give in to the creamy texture, but comes alongside it very nicely.
This is simply great stuff, and in my list of the top English Strong ales to date.

11-08-2012 21:21:59 | More by Brenden
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-10-2013 15:15:32 | More by Shawner
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-03-2012 19:10:37 | More by crowsoup
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

First review...

A- Nice red-brown. Off white head with decent lacing.

S- Typical English smell. Malts and caramel and earty hops.

T- Bready and caramel malts, earthy hops. Dry almost woody
aftertase with moderate bitterness.

Overall a typically English beer. I liked it.

04-17-2011 00:35:56 | More by sandqvist
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance - Pours a deep, clear ruby amber with an off-white, two finger head. Fair retnetion, resulting in a broken but ever-present layer of film across the top. Very thin, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Abundant toffee backed by some caramel and slight Earthy English hop aroma. Not far from it's kinship.

Taste - Much the same as Hobgoblin, only stronger; predominant toffee and caramel along with slight toasted malt and a touch of dark fruit esters. Certainly more sweet and malty than hoppy. Definite sweet, toffee finish with slight acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body; slightly syrupy. Fair carbonation. goes down well enough.

Overall - I'd have to do a side-by-side, but similar to what the Hobgoblin is flavor-wise, though obviously stronger. Not better, though. Less balance in this one. More brute malt force leading to a sweeter, boozier attack.

07-08-2013 05:19:28 | More by TheSixthRing
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

A malt job. Nothing special to look at (slight amber colour), neutral aroma, medium mouthfeel.Caramel, light toffee, light toast. Ok drinkable, but nothing special, another LCBO choice from their limited palate.Where are the nice balanced English ales?

02-26-2012 05:53:31 | More by Sammy
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Light ruddy amber body with off-white head head that retains admirably. Lighter in color than Hobgoblin, somehow.

Nose is tricky; very English, with hops and plenty of biscuity malt.

Taste follows the nose; it's a more bitter and refined Hobgoblin; the malt cleans right off the palate with teh hops and the balance is good, but there's a hop aftertaste I don't particularly enjoy, but understated compared to almost any American craft beer.

Mouthfeel is normal, unexceptional but not unpleasant.

A nice bitter, and it's actually bitter. Beyond that, not much to say.

05-11-2011 04:25:12 | More by zaphodchak
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

A - brilliantly clear copper with a solid off-white head

S - fresh hops, caramel malts

T - awesome deep, sweet malt; dark fruit, figs, caramel, slight chocolate. slight fresh hop character with a firm, bitter finish

M - medium carbonation, chewy malt body

Great strong ale that was enjoyed by myself, father, and grandfather. I don't typically come across a beer that all three of us would find outstanding, but this was one. A traditional English ale turned up up a notch with big malt and a assertive hop character. Would definitely recommend!

12-24-2011 15:57:23 | More by gdkersey
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1.3/5  rDev -65.4%

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Good half-inch beige, creamy head. Dark amber color. Mouthfeel is rather thin. First taste of dark malt flavor then a watery weight. Finally, an exquisite bitterness that tastes like nettles. So long does this bitterness last, that you taste it on the sides and back of your tongue until long after this sentence is completed. What can I say? I guess I should have known that a brew named "King Goblin" wouldn't taste pleasant. There is absolutely no sweetness in this beer. Even on the fourth or fifth sip when caramel makes an appearance, it quickly dissolves into profound bitterness. So I guess those questing after the ultimate English bitter could do worse than try this Oxfordshire product. I don't like it. Drinking it is like punishment to me. I poured the last 12 oz. down the sink.

Grade F Purchased at Stoney's -- $4.99 bottle

04-18-2011 00:36:40 | More by Dubbledown
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-17-2012 11:16:56 | More by adamcthomp
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-01-2014 18:12:43 | More by Iaido
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

A - clear deep amber, tall off white head retained very nicely
S - hints of toffee, dark fruit syrup, mild leafiness
T - pleasant sweet dark fruit and sticky toffee malt, light nuttiness with a leafy hop finish with a hint of boozy warmth
M - medium body with a sticky start that moves to a surprisingly dry finish
O - I wouldn't call it "extraordinary" as the label does, but it is a flavourful and easy drinking strong ale, well worth a purchase

12-21-2011 02:21:16 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured an almost perfect ruby/amber, crystal clear with a big sticky tan head.

I found the smell to be less inviting than the appearance, a bit tart and sourdough bready, but in sort of an off way.

I was expecting something much closer to the original HobGoblin, but this is much different. A light bready malt base with a touch of woody cedar notes and a bit of funky herbalness followed by a long earthy hop character. Good funky bitterness.

The mouthfeel is long and dry and a bit oily.

Overall not to bad, but I have had much better ESB's at much lower prices.

11-11-2010 00:02:22 | More by bashiba
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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.