King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 59 | 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 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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark caramel with slight touches of orange. moderate carbonation, about 1/2 fingers worth of of cream white head formation

S: i pick up on a strong burst of berries brings a touch of tartness that is complemented by a sweet malt backbone. thinking this one is pretty straightforward .

T: some dark fruits again here in the form of berries, a slight brown sugar note, big biscuit, touch of alcohol. i also pick up on heavy cream in the finish.

M: medium bodied, a slight tangy/berry feel is left on the palate. moderate carbonation

O: its a pretty decent beer, and a good starter for those getting into the micro/craft brews

Photo of sleuthdog
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip
Enjoy by 11/25/12

Appearance: A murky brown color with one finger size head. Held up to the light reveals a reddish color.

Smell: A dark berry component is dominant here with a very mild hop. Some caramel and bread notes.

Taste: This follows the smell with dark berry and caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation gives a moderate tickle on the throat.

Overall: This is an ok beer with nothing standing out but still enjoyable.

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imagine drinking a Newcastle Brown Ale that was crossed with an IPA. Very dark red in color, not much of a head. Tastes very rich, with caramel notes but is yet still easy to drink. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Good beer to curl up by a fire with during the long winters up here in Vermont.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

King Goblin is a ruddy dark red color. Once poured, it's capped by a tan head just about a finger tall that shows good retention. Patchy lacing has some legs to it and is pretty plentiful on the glass.
The aroma has the hearty earthiness I expect with a lightly alcoholic undertone. There's an herbal note prevalent as well. A particular nuttiness brings it all together as distinctly English, with a sweetness that's a little more subtle than it is in the flavor. It's good, but it needs to be unwrapped a bit.
And the flavor is. After a nice toasty note, it's strongly earthy with the same herbal element in a gentle bitterness countered by caramel and a touch of something like brown sugar but without imparting that sweetness after it, which is instead provided by caramel and toffee notes from malts. Nuttiness continues to pull through and a very light dash of peppery spiciness rounds it out into a taste that's complex and one in which all the the complementary elements hold their own and meld into one great substance.
This beer is remarkably smooth, making a real pleasure to drink, especially considering that the smoothness is balanced by a light crispness that doesn't wane to give in to the creamy texture, but comes alongside it very nicely.
This is simply great stuff, and in my list of the top English Strong ales to date.

Photo of Kremlock
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, mahogany brown colour, pours a 1/4 inch head then falls to a film on top that coats the rim. low-med lacing on the glass

S: Caramel/crystal malts, hints of toffee, bread, low hop aroma.

T: Strong caramel/toffee flavours. Hints of chocolate and toasted bread. Has a blackberry flavour through out. Has a sweet start that then goes into a balance bitterness to finish with a bitterness in the back of the throat, finial finish is dry.

M: Med bodied, good overall carbonation, great sweetness to dryness transition.

O: A good beer. Having it right now with a steak sandwich and it's very complementary.

King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.