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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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King GoblinKing Goblin

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very good

156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 417
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 71 | 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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Reviews by puboflyons:
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, more goblin/elven thematic renderings from this cheeky English brewery. Ooooh - brewed on a full moon, spooky!

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, lightly biscuity toffee, a hint of treacle, zippy black orchard fruit (maybe some plum, maybe some dried cherry), a touch of that musty under the basement stairs thing, and a dark spirit type of edgy booziness. The taste is grainy, doughy caramel malt, reduced brown sugar, some mildly sozzled dark, indistinct fruitiness, a middling yeasty acridity, pithy nuts, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat grassy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite light and hard to really corral, what with its underwhelming frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, the lame tartness of the fruit and the alcohol perhaps taking things down a peg or so here. It finishes well off-dry, the sturdy caramel & friends malt sweetness carrying on like the village lush, aided (duh) by the geared-up boozy-booze.

Overall, a mostly well-made version of the style, with an elevated ABV and supportive malt structure to keep it from overstepping its bounds. As noted, warming, full of old-school brewing, er, character, and a suitable tipple as the days grow shorter and Hallowe'en nears.

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Photo of sandqvist
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.