King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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
12-21-2011 02:21:16 | More by joemcgrath27
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-03-2011 15:18:06 | More by andrenaline
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Excellent beer for the price.
I like Hobgoblin but it does not excite me so when I saw this, I was not expecting too much. However, when I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised and found myself buying more.
This may not be a home run for Wychwood but still a very good beer.
Definitely a must try.
11-26-2011 17:34:50 | More by kjlued
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
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some caramel and toffee notes, fruitiness and some floral hops.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice caramel and fruity character with a grainy feel, some toffee notes and floral hops adding a bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
11-14-2011 19:33:24 | More by SebD
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
English beers for me have a tendency to be too earthy and I end up avoiding their hoppy offerings because of this. This beer takes on more characteristics of their AMAZING barely wines. What I mean is that this beer has the wonderful fruity notes mixed into a very complex malt profile.
This one pours damn near clear brown (and i mean brown) with a nice dark creme/mocha head. At first I thought there wouldn't be much lacing, but I stand pleasantly corrected! There is almost a sheet of lace with the beer only partially consumed.
Light fruity esters built on toffee and caramel malts not really much else here to speak of.
This one is really tasty. The showcase imo is the fruity yeast profile. This is built on toffee and caramel malts and then moves to a slight spicy finish (hops perhaps?). There is a bit of grain in the finish that seems to give this one more bitterness without distracting from the sweetness, it is enhancing it.
I hate to use the word perfect, but this one is perfectly carbonated. There is enough to keep the beer lively, but not so much that you're burping and being offended by it.
OK I gotta say this. The beer is nearly 5 bucks and frankly I can't justify doing this beer again at anything close to that. 16.6 oz so yeah I'm used to the premium that somehow gets placed on singles, but it is absurd! This beer is about the same price of Bastard, which btw if you over hopped this I might compare it to. I hear this is a brown ale and I'm missing the nutty flavors I expect in that style. Regardless of style I really enjoy this one. (half point deduction for price)
11-12-2011 10:08:56 | More by bobhits
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
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
A disappointing beer. Sampled this at the same time as a Hobgoblin and the latter won for complexity and balance, hand's down.
Pours a beautiful dark colour with a decent off-white head. Mouthfeel is also pleasant, silky without being too oily. Aroma is slightly nutty, but more focused on malts and grains. The taste was a disappointment, as the alcohol harshness was the clearest element. Roasted malts were present, just not at the forefront of the palate.
Perfect concept for Halloween, but probably not a beer I'll purchase again.
10-30-2011 14:13:43 | More by hopsolutely
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
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance – Clear dark copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, tea, caramel/butterscotch, pears
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. The is also a bit of a pear sweetness, some raisin flavour, and a hint of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a lingering hop bitterness.
Overall – An above average beer that was tasty and enjoyable. I think I was expecting the taste to be a little more bold and over the top based on the whole 'king' thing, but it was still good nonetheless. I'm not going to rush out to buy more, but I'm glad I gave it a try.
10-25-2011 16:04:37 | More by spinrsx
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
10-21-2011 15:38:39 | More by heebes
King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.