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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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Sammy

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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, unidentifiable fruits, citrus zest, and an alcohol zing. Taste is of sweet malt, citrus and other types of fruits, and a bitter hop finish. The bitterness is very dry and lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a clean and dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an unexpected fruity flavor. However, the bitterness on this one doesn't sit well with me.

09-08-2011 02:15:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Malty rich yet highly drinkable, Wychwood's scaled up version of Hobgoblin puts this classy brown ale's body and boldness on par with today's advanced American brown ales.

Pouring a very clear and solid brown color, the beer allows for ruby highlights and heightened visual weight. Dense off white foam tops the glass in a most creamy appearance. Light lace adorns the glass wall. This is one handsome beer.

Moderate aromas seem light compared to what's expected in taste. Chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, light woods, spicy earthiness, subtle fruitiness, and malted milk work into the aromatic mix with a meldedness and maturity that's inviting and almost seductive.

Very malt and richly flavored with medium toast, light coffeeish roast, deeply caramelized toffee, walnuts, bark, mild cherry and apple esters, and a balance of earthy spice from hops fade from mid palate to clean bitterness late. Flavors which are rich early seem to mellow into a true malted finish with grassy bitterness that linger into the aftertaste.

Creamy and robust with just enough carbonation to accent the fullness in texture. But with the all the flavors that swirl across the mid palate, the beer lightenes and leaves much of it's complexity and weight at the mid portion of the taste and only allow for a semi-dry maltiness, crisp hop dryness, and mild alcohol evaporative warmth to finish the beer. The beer marches wonderfully from sip to finish.

With a mere 6.6% abv., the beer is much more akin to a more robust English brown ale than Southern browns usually exhibit, but as the trend upwards in gravity, strength, and flavor continue, perhaps this is the new stride in English browns. ...and Wychwood can say that they were there first.

06-18-2011 15:47:54 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a suds, just slightly off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, fairly fruity (a bit holiday fruitcake-like) nose including malty notes of toffee, treacle, toast as well as toasted nuts.

Taste: Moderately sweet crystal malt start with lightly nutty, toasty accents and an equally faint hint of chocolate that's eventually shadowed by the other tastes. Fruitiness of cherries and half-chewed apple gum. Earthy, leafy, lightly spicy hops with a subtle circulating bitterness. Dull woodiness with a bit of grape jelly and booze on the back end and until the drying, gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad, provides a bit more of, well, everything to fill the woeful void of character the standard Hobgoblin harbors.

11-03-2011 19:37:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

02-05-2013 18:40:31 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Purchased at Aibys in Jefferson City, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with a cherry-like aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Some mild bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Ale. I was hoping for more from a strong ale, though.

10-30-2012 02:07:42 | More by zeff80
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WVbeergeek

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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Modest, but lasting, head. It leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Deep copper color. Appears to be clear.

Deep, overly toasted caramel aroma--lots of melted sugar smell. A touch of alcohol in the background.

The taste starts as the smell indicates (some residual caramelized sugars), but there's a good dollop of bittering hops which take over the flavor in the swallow. The aftertaste is a blend of the aforementioned hop along with a bit of warming alcohol. Very rich body, almost oily. Moderate carbonation.

10-20-2012 00:13:18 | More by smcolw
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-29-2013 18:24:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

12-10-2010 17:53:41 | More by kojevergas
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 31/01/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: the beer label specifies the ingredients to include Crystal malts and Sovereign hops.

A: pours a deeply dark copper colour, coming with a light beige frothy head with decent retention and sporadic carbonation mixed of tiny and huge bubbles.
S: overripe dark fruits, plum preserve, dried berry fruits, raisins, burned brown sugar (understated) and marzipan, while a swirl brings up a complex note of fruit esters, almond shaves, semi-stinky pale malts and refreshing hop resins. Very pleasant, robust aroma befitting a strong bitter.
T: sour-sweet fruity foretaste is full of dark stone-fruits, fruit preserve, fruit cake and dark malts, underlined by a pleasant layer of sweetened tea-ish bitterness, then ensued closely by a semi-dryish palate rendered by the complex double fermentation system which I believe is used in making this brew. At the sweet-sherry like dry-ish finish, more hop influence is revealed, where the resinous fruity and earthy aroma lingers with a vivid layer of hop bitterness of moderate strength, echoed by pleasant and restrained aftertaste of dried-grapy, light cocoa and juicy maltiness.
M&O: the carbonation level is generally very decent, well complementing the rich body of malts and fruitiness but the palate is still semi-light; this full-bodied premium bitter or strong ale is richly-flavoured and decently dry-ish bitter in the finish, easily living up to the standards of Wychwood’s craftsmanship in general. Not bad.

03-09-2013 21:37:21 | More by wl0307
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

05-21-2014 02:53:22 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%

Here's a beer with its own quirk; being only brewed on a full moon. I hope that the beer gods don't frown upon drinking it any time. 500 ml of ale to come. On to the beer:

A ruby brown color with orange and yellow hues sits in the glass while the head, forming a half-inch before dropping to a lace, floats on top. The aroma is pleasant; sweet, yeasty, and nutty throughout. There is a steeley and huskiness aspect which interupts the soft yet appealing aroma.

This is a dandy. King Goblin has multiple personalities which work well together. Fruity esters hit the palate first, then that is put aside as a nutty yeastiness takes over. While that is happening, handfulls of crushed toffee are added to the mix. A bit of the 6.6% alcohol hurls itself onto the scene, and acts as a neutralizer to the sweetness. It's medium full bodied with modest carbonation hitting onto the palate.

Just what the doctor needed during a cool night like this, full moon or not.

04-15-2013 05:42:27 | More by DoubleJ
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 2011 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, pepper, floral, grass, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, floral grass, apple, pear, brown sugar, and floral/yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, floral, grass, pear, apple, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice English strong ale. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

09-14-2013 07:07:29 | More by superspak
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-22-2013 00:55:40 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

King Goblin is a great name for beer, or a heavy metal band for that matter. It appears shadowy but its true complexion becomes apparent when held up against the light where a perfectly filtered orange-y colour is smeared with a blood red tint. The beer is brewed only on full moons and, indeed, the head overtop it resembles one.

King Goblin has the same character of fruity house yeast that I recognize from the other half a dozen or more English ales I've reviewed from Wychwood. These esters are expected of a beer this style, brewed in this part of the world. But it is still somewhat grainy, despite the big presence of dark fruit and the trace of pear and nuttiness.

The flavour has a strong herbal element that, combined with the cherry-like esters and the sweetness of the crystal malt, can taste almost medicinal at times. To my knowledge I've never had Sovereign hops prior to this but I suspect they are responsible for the strong herbalness. It's taking me some time to decide just what I think of them...

The flavour they impart is almost candidly truffle-like, but with a bit of dry tree bark and, perhaps, a hint of something floral. The crystal malt tastes sweet like honeycomb but with much more of a caramelly toast (although the beer could stand to use a little more malt). The ale yeast imparts strong but restrained raisin, cherry and pear-like fruitiness.

King Goblin makes a wonderful beer for a moondance, whatever that means. It has a strong (and actually fairly distinct) flavour profile has a certain 'English' character to it that extends beyond the overtly earthy, herbal, Noble-esque quality of its Sovereign hops. It is an inherently good companion to dark, chilly evenings.

10-27-2011 00:11:44 | More by biegaman
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-28-2014 00:48:12 | More by Latarnik
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-15-2013 05:59:56 | More by Kelp
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chinchill

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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle from the LCBO, best before July 31, 2012. Into a tulip.

Pours a dark red, with a couple fingers of white head. A bit of lace sticks to the side of the glass, and a thin film sticks around. Nose has toffee, some earthy and dark breads notes, a hint of caramel and leather. A bit of dry sweetness and a light vinous note. Taste has some bitter caramel, toffee and dark bready notes. Again, a fruity vinous note comes through again, light bitterness in the finish. A touch drying, but sweet throughout as well. Medium heavy body. Decent drinkability. This was nice to try but I don't know how often I'd revisit this (as with most Wychwood offerings).

11-16-2011 00:29:00 | More by liamt07
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Brad007

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Finally, another beer from this brewery other than their standard offerings.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly has the hallmark of an ESB.

Grassy hops greet the nose followed by just a hint of buttery bread. Aroma isn't as bountiful as I'd hoped but it's still here.

More emphasis on grassy hops here. Very chewy and with just the right amount of malt flavor. Surprisingly drinkable!

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and chewy malt. Nothing new here.

Quite possibly one of the better examples I've had. If you want an example of how beer should be, check this out. Drinkable (albeit not quite a session ale) and good enough for a couple of pints.

02-12-2011 02:24:47 | More by Brad007
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever and sticks lots of lace to the glass. Smells of toffee and butterscotch with a hint of caramel and brown sugar. Hints of earthy hops provide some balance, but this one leans to the malts side of the equation. The flavor is quite sweet with toffee in spades along with brown sugar and caramel batting cleanup. Hints of earthy hop flavor, burnt sugar and mineral water attempt to provide a balance to the sweetness but its not enough. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but a bit on the sweet side.

12-01-2012 01:58:35 | More by johnnnniee
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-10-2013 05:41:47 | More by tobelerone
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bark

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

The colour is deep brown (39 EBC) with a tint of red; the liquid is clear. The compact three finger head is warm beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit sour, but it is dominated by robust roasted malt sweetness. Some clean bitter flavours and hints of raisins and dried figs. Caramel in the background.

The taste is strong with a quickly passing clean bitter flavour. Some dried fruits and roasted-nutty malts. Dry notes of chocolate and raisins. The aftertaste got some matured notes of caramel, Madeira wine and nuts, clean bitter flavours, some hay, toffee. Some roasted malt sureness in the finish.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.

A good strong ale that probably will gain of some cellaring.

05-01-2011 19:11:22 | More by bark
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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.