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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | 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:
Beer added by: AEK on 09-26-2010

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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 150
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Digging the Wychwood Brewery fantasy themed beers, especially 'King Goblin' which appears the sort of thing Gandalf would tell Bilbo Baggins to stay away from as it's "An ale for rowdy dwarves and sinister men"... well Bilbo; here's to you.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep clear rust body, any darker and it would be chocolate coloured, with an off-white 0.5cm head with decent retention. A well appointed ale thus far.

S: Dark fruits upfront with brown sugar, sweet toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a touch of herbal hops. Bit of a mixture between a classic Strong Ale and a typical Brown Ale, both are top English styles.

T: All of the above: dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a herbal hop finish, with the added addition of some brandy booze flavour thrown in. The brown sugar and booze is very upfront and hides the other flavours a bit, particularly the yeast. The herbal hop finish is bitter enough to remind you of hops but can be a Kräuterlikör (herbal-liquor) like.

M: Mid to light body with light carbonation.

D: A decent enough ale, bit expensive compared to Hook Norton's 'Twelve Days' (which has a similar flavour profile), but it gets the job done like a good English Strong Ale should. If you're looking for a brew that is brown sugar, boozy, and with a medicinal herb after-taste you've certainly found it.

Food Match: I know the festive season is over but the traditional Christmas fare would work a treat with this... oh well, next year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BGDrock
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sandqvist
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gdkersey
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Dubbledown
1.33/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bashiba
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a ruby auburn with a great amount of light tan head leaving large bubbly lacing. Nose is strong caramel malt base, spices, floral amber crystal malts. Taste is even more malty; caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some spices. Mouthfeel is heavily bodied and leaves a distinct aftertaste of it's flavour.
Overall, a nice easy drinking variant of the Hobgoblin. Pick it up if you like robust malty English strongs.

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing was left on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued but it is pleasant with sweet malt and a little citrus. Quite malty flavor with notes of toffee and caramel. Bitterness is there but not much flavor from the hops. Just a little unidentifable fruit. Plenty of body resulting in a filling beer. Nice carbonation. Pleasant drinking beer with some clean flavors.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. SA pint.

A: Brown with reddish hues. Creamy two finger head.

S: British hops, sweet dark fruits, and some toasted malts.

T: Sweet fruits, strong maltiness, and goldings hops.

M: Medium-thick and very creamy: almost like a nitro head.

O: It is bold and delicious and much better than Hobgoblin.

Photo of Cybr
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Not a nice beer. Overly bitter and lacking in flavour compared to other goblins.

Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a large fading head.
Nose shows banana, nutty and grainy malt and sultanas. Also a faint industrial note.
The nutty, grainy malt transfers through as a flavour along with the industrial note. Some caramel is also apparent.
Body seems pretty thin.

Photo of AEK
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

King Goblin, 500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot. B.B.E 30/4/11

Wychwood states that this beer is only ever brewed on a full moon. According to their website this style is classed as a Special Reserve so I have put it in the ESB category.

A. Deep red/ copper coloured ale topped by a nice white head. Head retention is very good.

S. Raisins, plums, pruney, some candy sweetness and alcoholic warmth.

T. Chocolate and some floral notes (if that is how flowers taste!). Similar to Hobgoblin but with this beer you certainly get the extra strength. Strong alcohol warmth is present.

M. Surprisingly a bit on the thin side given its alcohol content.

D. Hobgoblin's BIG brother. Although it is available year round it is a good winter warmer. A little pricey but still nice to have one every so often.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium ruby/brown colour with half a finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Grainy/bready aroma dominates the nose with some caramel and a light hop presence.

T - Bready notes dominate; sweet caramel and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of Erish
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 500 ml bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: bright, coppery-amber color, thick and fluffy cream-colored head that falls into a good cap with good lacing over the course of a few minutes.

S: lightly roasted malt, a slight metallic note, just a hint of grassy hops, lightly toasted oak.

T: bread-like malty sweetness up front, with a flash of green apple, and then a raisin-like fruitiness, the middle releases a flash of grassy hops, and then a drying, metallic/mineral note, the finish is grassy, lightly citrusy, dry and long lasting.

M: medium-bodied, somewhat silky, moderate carbonation, bracing finish.

D: Overall this is a good beer, but I find the extremely grassy finish a little off-putting.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.