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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 21.43%
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

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Beer added by: AEK on 09-26-2010

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Photo of TwinCreator
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased for about $4.50. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark copper tones with very little visible carbonation which left a very thin lacing on pour.

Smell - Immediate sweetness detected - hard to place but definite fruity smell - like a Belgian Ale but not that strong

Taste - Sweet flavor instantly but then more complex tones of malts, fruity tones, with a very slight bitter. Alcohol comes through just a touch with the 6.6% ABV but masked well by the complexity of flavors. Not too sweet

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with low levels of carbonation - but nice drinkability.

Overall - I was not expecting a lot from this beer but I was very impressed and would buy this again. Great after-dinner beer that's not over-powering with the sweetness/fruitiness and just a solid showing from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Greg_Nall
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick Review, personal enjoyment, not style

Poured from bottle, into pint glass, dark color with 2 fingers of head lasting several minutes.

Nice dark malty aroma.

Flavor was high in malts, with a very low hop bite at the end.

A full mouth feel, with appropriate CO2 levels

A very enjoyable ale, for late evening or a cool / cold day

*I tend to favor malty heavy brews.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle coded 3CJK 22:34 at 40 degrees into a goblet
Bought through vintage Cellar for $17.95/4 pk
Aroma woody
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, fully diminishing
Lacing OK
Body clear, medium amber
Flavor starts with a light malt bitterness, slightly woody (phenols?), no hops evident, no diacetyl noted, no alcohol evident
Flavor ends about the same, short lived
Body medium, watery, carbonation lively

Overall, a nice, easy drinking clone of Hobgoblin. Small, rapidly diminishing head somewhat lowers the visual appeal for me, but still a reasonably priced reasonable ale.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

reviewed: 1/1/14

King Goblin from Wychwood
poured from a bottle into a mug

P-packaging:Nicely shaped brown bottle with Wychwood fairy tail like label 4.0

A-appearance : wonderful deep copper brown with a 1/2 in. tan head 3.5

S- smell: yeasty bread and some toasted malt 3.75

T-taste: again yeasty slightly pungent then balanced with bitterness 3.75

M-mouthfeel : medium body almost no carbonation 3.75

D-drinkability: surprisingly drinkable for a strong ale 3.75

O-overall: good flavor and smooth finish I like this one 3.75

picked up after my fall hobgoblin purchase

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint. Pours a clear copper with two fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing. Milk chocolate is what stands out on the nose, but there is toffee, brown sugar, plumb, and a real light trace of licorice as well. Taste is moderately sweet up front with a grassy bitterness in the middle, then finishes as it begins. Milk chocolate aftertaste lingers for a short bit, just keeping you begging for another sip. This beer is medium bodied and there is an average amount of carbonation, which keeps it as sessionable as 6.6% can be.

Overall: Beers like this are what sparked my interest in beer. Very nice dark beer and a nice balance of bitterness on the tongue. I could guzzle down a few pints of these at a good English pub any day.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle with awesome artwork on label picked up from LCBO for $3.50 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark copper with ruby hues in the beer. 1 finger of lingering white head and virtually no visible carbonation. Some nice lacing.

Smell - To me had typical ale smells crossed with elements (the sourness) of a strong bitter. Also a hidden sweet cherry aroma that may take a few whiffs to identify. Pretty tasty smelling.

Taste - Sweet, but not too sweet and quite a bit going on here. Some sweet fruits, maybe melon a hint of peach. Definitely some of the sweet cherry i picked up on the nose. Quite fruity overall. Slightly bitter aftertaste. While it sounds as if it is very fruity, to me it was a fairly strong ale with a number of infused flavors that really elevated this beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth feel, low carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Very nice beer, rather enjoyed this one and think it's the best product I've had from this brewery. Definitely would repurchase.

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Photo of Maltenbach
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a rocky, 2-inch head that dissipates to a quarter-inch. Aromas of caramel malt and hops. Flavors of sweet caramel up front with with brown sugar and a mild hop bite. Finishes with an alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich, smooth and malty beer. Very enjoyable, but nothing terribly extraordinary.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark orange-amber pour with a two finger off-white foamy head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is malty and fruity with hints of caramel, banana, dark fruits, toffee, pear, apple, and subtle hops. The taste is malt forward as well with lots of dark fruits along with hints of toffee, tea, caramel apple, and nutty brown bread. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thick, with great balance and a subtle bitter hop finish. Overall, a pretty decent and drinkable beer...

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - Medium golden brown, highly laced creamy white head.

S - Piney hops followed by a custardy sweetness.

T - Sweet malt, vanilla, fruity esters, vague pine bitterness.

M - Slick sweetness, a medium bodied ale, carbonation is masked.

Reminiscent of a young beer, something with a short secondary and a brief carbonation period. A creamy sweetness matched with a piney English bitterness.

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Photo of santomark
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I must admit, I'm a huge fan of the original Hobgoblin and I wish they had more of their lineup here in Los Angeles County.

A - Looked very amberish, not a lot of head with very mild lacing.

S - This thing smelled amazing, coffee tones, nice breathe of citrus hops, a tad malty, pretty much what I judge English Ales by now.

T - I didn't think it got better than hobgoblin, but this is tastes like everything that makes Hobgoblin unique, only this crazy taste bud foursome happening on the palate. Very dark tasting, coffee, malts, spic and citrus from the hops, a tad more sweeter, but a great malty, hoppy finish. I was absolutely left coming back for more sips.

M - Nicely balanced, not a heavy beer. You can definitely get through a few of these and not feel like you drank maple syrup. Great carbonation, nothing too much like soda and nothing to little to have it flatten out.

O - This is one of my favorite beers. I loved this brew and how it's Hobgoblin all grown up. I wish they had more of their selection out here. I love Wychwood! I'm a fan boy forsure!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper beer with moderate beige head, consisting of big and small bubbles, good retention. Aroma of dark fruits, strawberries, cherry, candy sugar, raisins. Taste is full, not very complex, warming alcohol, caramel, like most of british beers, leaning to malt profile, simple unnoble bitterness, that disappoints. Liquorish palate. Low carbonation, good at winter, worse in summer. Decent english strong ale.

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Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber, with minimal topping on top.
smell.... oh my. toffee? yes. malt? check. European descent? yes.
taste is a tad bittering. malty, for sure, but bitter. and maybe...old? it seems to taste as if it's old....
pairing this tonight with some Hibiki Japanese Whiskey. then some DiGiorno Pizza. it's a malty offering, but has that classic British flavor, ya know?
very decent however. I appreciate the attempt to balance it out. not as good as the 'other' common brew here- hobgoblin, but very good indeed.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of Wamesit
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber. Thick off-white head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Malts. Toasted. Raisin. Wood.

T - Heavy malt presence. Toasted malts, sweet malts. Caramel, burnt sugar. Fruit is more cherry than raisin in flavor. Slight hops bite in the finish.

M - Medium.

O - Enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry copper hue with a nice creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is glazed cherries,earthy hops,toffee,marzipan and caramel,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and a bit over carbonated with tastes of toffee,earthy fruity hops,caramel,butterscotch and finished with those earthy hops and overall it's not bad and very English and ill buy again cheers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Color is a dark copper, has about a 1 and a half finger off white head and has bubbles rising throughout. Head dissipates quickly leaving light lacing.

S: Muscadine, caramel, toffee, bread/grain, little alcohol.

T: Toffee/caramel, bready, muscadine, with a light alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very solid beer for not a lot of money and good for any occasion.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a - brown, all of the colors mentioned by other people, I just don't see. If anything in this world is brown, this is it. forms a nice head and the bubbles last throughout.

s - some caramel, malt with some coffee

t - good, it's got a bit of coffee taste with a little sweetness. it has some bitter bite too. I can pick up some fruit, maybe apple. a little caramel as well

m - not overly carbonated, but it sticks to your tongue leaving a long term bitter aftertaste.

o - a good beer, but I think it's a little closer to average, maybe slightly above. My first couple of sips, I thought it was much better, but with the long aftertaste it turns to a bitter coffee. Still a decent option. I'm harsh on beer ratings, so maybe I'm rating this lower than it deserves.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark amber/red with a thick, solid head.

S - Big fruit and malt aromas.

T - Lots of caramel and fairly sweet. Leaning towards the bitter side with nondescript hops. kinda fruity and a bit heavy tasting. A little bit of apple.

M - Lighter in body than expected but with a nice low carbonation level.

D - It's ok. not something I would seek out.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Digging the Wychwood Brewery fantasy themed beers, especially 'King Goblin' which appears the sort of thing Gandalf would tell Bilbo Baggins to stay away from as it's "An ale for rowdy dwarves and sinister men"... well Bilbo; here's to you.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep clear rust body, any darker and it would be chocolate coloured, with an off-white 0.5cm head with decent retention. A well appointed ale thus far.

S: Dark fruits upfront with brown sugar, sweet toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a touch of herbal hops. Bit of a mixture between a classic Strong Ale and a typical Brown Ale, both are top English styles.

T: All of the above: dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a herbal hop finish, with the added addition of some brandy booze flavour thrown in. The brown sugar and booze is very upfront and hides the other flavours a bit, particularly the yeast. The herbal hop finish is bitter enough to remind you of hops but can be a Kräuterlikör (herbal-liquor) like.

M: Mid to light body with light carbonation.

D: A decent enough ale, bit expensive compared to Hook Norton's 'Twelve Days' (which has a similar flavour profile), but it gets the job done like a good English Strong Ale should. If you're looking for a brew that is brown sugar, boozy, and with a medicinal herb after-taste you've certainly found it.

Food Match: I know the festive season is over but the traditional Christmas fare would work a treat with this... oh well, next year.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with an off-white, tall, long lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, earthy hops and cherry. Body is full and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery notes fill the mouth. Finish is long, peppery. Delicious brew.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.