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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

320 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of amalburg
1/5  rDev -73.4%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of Dubbledown
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

Dubbledown, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of apanloco
2/5  rDev -46.8%

apanloco, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Cybr
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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

Cybr, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 10th, 2010.

A: Pours a dark brown with a hint of amber and an adult, thick head with some cream. Two a half finger head retains well. Moderately appealing.

Sm: Notes of toffee, cream, and a musty scent I usually associate with cask or barrel aged beers. Hoppy. Hard to discern notes with my broken nose.

Taste: Middling opening bleeds into the complicated body: stale barley jarred by hints of cream topped by a rough finish with lingering bitterness. Not the bitterness of a pale ale - it's more refined, but I don't know that it's better. The biggest problem with this beer is its balance (or lack thereof). The aftertaste is particularly foul. That said, this is a bold beer, and may satisfy fans of this style. I'm not a fan of regular hobgoblin either.

Mf: The best part of this beer. Coarse where it needs to be but the wetness is off.

Dr: This beer grows on you as you drink it, but ultimately there are better beers to be had at this price point (particularly here in Ireland). Don't write it off if you're a fan of the style, but don't expect it to lift your skirt up.

kojevergas, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of kashmoney
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%

Bought a bottle at the local liquor store and poured into a standard glass.

A: Maplesyrup colored. Very little head, less than one fingerwidth.

S: Raisiny with a hint of coffee

T: Initially sweet, then overwhelming hops. Clingy aftertaste.

M: Very thin.

Drinkability: After reading the other reviews, i may have just gotten an older bottle that was not preserved well but was fairly disappointed. Wanted more complexity before the hops hit me and also more body/head.

kashmoney, Dec 30, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

rostencrantz, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

mikemacisso, Mar 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Woodysbeard, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Love the "only brewed under a full moon" schtick. This stuff pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light brown sugar, light red apple skin, light toasted biscuit, and the vaguest possible sense of candied orange peel. This is a strange amalgam of general fruitiness, sweetness, and spiciness. Diggin' the complexity, even if it means I can't pinpoint things entirely. The taste continues the complexity, but in a sideways direction: hints of old orange rind, dusty toasted biscuit, brown sugar, bad carrots, dark and musty greens, and grass. It's a sharply painful flavor at times, basically taking an evil mirror to the elements of the aroma. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. The flavors break the promises made by the smell and rub my face in their deceit.

TMoney2591, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Zimbo
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

Brownish in colour with easy easy forming rocky head which leavers some fluffy spots of lacing, this smells think with lots of cloying potential. You taste the alcohol all right but there is so little on the palate at the beginning and middle. Ends with a rather unusual unappetising sulphery dry taste.
Was hoping this beer would redeem this Tolkeinesque brewery in my eyes but it has unfortunately only reconfirmed my longstanding impressions.

Zimbo, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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?

Sammy, Feb 26, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

Bottle shared by Alucard4

Look: Deep ruby red color with a 1/2 inch tan head and semi translucent with just ok retention

Smell: English malt with dark fruits and bitter hops

Taste: Very plain and boring pretty much just taste like malt caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with mild carbonation

Overall: Boring as hell

DarthKostrizer, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

JulioG, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

JaySchneider, May 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

kdivers, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

VaporDome, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

sneefcity, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

mpenske, Jan 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

steve8robin, Mar 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

spiderwebb70, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

barnzy78, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

boszormeny, Jan 04, 2014
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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.