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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 05:53:31 | More by Sammy
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2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:27:03 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" beige head with moderate lifespan. The body is a clear deep amber. The smell is good but a little less complex than Hobgoblin, with malt and toffee. The taste mirrors the malt and toffee smell plus there's lots of dried fruit and even a bit of banana esther in there. The moderate length finish highlights sweet toffee, not slow burn bitter hops like Hobgoblin. All in all I like it I just find it less interesting than their Hob to which I'm comparing it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:38:22 | More by MoreThanWine
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-11-2012 03:40:58 | More by BFro
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:58:57 | More by bucklemyshoe
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-30-2012 17:10:24 | More by Goldfishman
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a clear amber with a foamy off white head. Wonderful lacing.

It's carmely and molassesy. bready,

It's got a nice roasted toffee taste. Not as buttery as Hobgoblin. Some molasses in the middle. The hops lend a nice bite to the finish.

A bit lighter than medium bodied. Lots of tiny carbonation. Smooth and soft.

This beers better than Hobgoblin. I'm a fan of traditional English beers, and this is another one that I've really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:22:45 | More by TippySelenoid
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3/5  rDev -20%

01-23-2012 19:15:21 | More by sneefcity
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice clear ruby red, a hint of copper, a nice tan head at the top that leaves slight lacing around the glass.

S- A nice malt aroma that is obvious with slight hints of carmel, a nice hint of honey as well.

T- A simple taste throughout, nothing crazy with this brew, a nice malt taste with woody notes as you sip this one.

M- Medium bodied and creamy, barely any carbonation.

O- Very mellow brew, this is probably my favorite from Wychwood Brewery. Very simple.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:19:49 | More by thedoubler55
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color. Creamy off-white head is film-like, yet thick, and leaves lacing.

Smell: I'm honestly not getting much of any aroma off of this.

Taste: Earthy and bready with caramel and hop notes. The taste is actually quite nice, but marred by being much too sweet. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: After a while I think I get a hint of alcohol in every sip, though it may just be the sweetness as this is only 6.6% ABV.

If the sweetness (and perhaps alcohol) were taken down a couple of notches, this would be a great beer.

Also, nice to see Wychwood using brown bottles now!! Hopefully their other beers are coming in such bottles now too.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:28:58 | More by mithrascruor
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-13-2012 21:03:56 | More by RepMichigan
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. A nice frothy cap settles onto the top of the beer and lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma is quite malty. Rich notes of caramel and toffee dominate. Some dark fruit is also present. There is also a slight nuttiness.

The flavor is quite sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee again along with some cherries and raisins. A very slight piny hop note is detectable along with a pretty stout bitterness. The finish is pretty bitter but there is also a sticky malt sweetness and some alcohol. Carbonation is light and appropriate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but not quite my style. A little too heavy and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:00:16 | More by rangerred
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-08-2012 00:04:02 | More by towlea25
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:25:28 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-26-2011 20:33:35 | More by JohnnyChimpo
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-26-2011 14:40:46 | More by ericwilson54
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:57:23 | More by gdkersey
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip stout glass. Batch on the neck is stamped 1AGK.

Appearance: Slightly hazy tarnished copper. Off-white 1/8" thick head upon pouring that died back to a very thin ring at the edge and just the barest hint of foam on the top. Some strands and islands of lacing noted, but this tended to dissipate or slide down the glass over time.

Smell: Caramel/Toffee with a strong metallic (copper penny) smell. Some fruit and solvent smell upon warming all the way up to room temperature.

Taste: Sweet malt with hints of toffee blending quickly into a piney hop and then English bitter flavor. Metallic taste is more pronounced when the beer is cold, but it goes away as the beer warms up. Highly malty and hoppy at the same time in a very English style. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation for an English ale, a bit sticky on the teeth and some hop oil on the teeth noted as well. Felt quite wet and slick when cold, but as it warmed up became more sticky and maybe even a bit chewy.

Overall: A beer that definitely needs to warm up to reach its full potential. For the price I cannot see myself buying it again, but it was enjoyable and went well with a Ploughman's lunch. The hops in this are interesting (piney at times and also classic English Bitter) and are well balanced again the higher level of malt. Well, King Goblin, I'll pay my respects to you, but will not pledge my fealty.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:38:06 | More by damndirtyape
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:21:16 | More by joemcgrath27
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-17-2011 14:40:20 | More by Vylo
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3/5  rDev -20%

12-05-2011 04:47:28 | More by barnzy78
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice ruby red, finger of head, solid retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Spiced rum, earthy hops, all spice and maple sugar.

T - Subtle cinnamon notes, spiced rum, caramel, and an earthy, leafy green hop that lingers on the tongue.

M - A tad prickly going down, but solid body carbonation and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty seasonal ale, some unique spiced characteristics, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:18:06 | More by andrenaline
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-02-2011 01:43:43 | More by OzmanBey
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-29-2011 09:43:56 | More by JabXIII
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-28-2011 07:51:35 | More by bigox420
King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.