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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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very good

369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: AEK on 09-26-2010

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Served cold from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Ruby red-brown, almost clear. Little bubbles, little head, only thin film and some lacing.

S) Faint smell of rubber bands. Oh no, not looking good.

T) Quite pleasant - first sensation is of a lightish ale (bear in mind this is 6.6%), then followed by a faintly warm alcohol and mild malt flavour, then slightly bittering hops on the aftertaste. Well thought out actually, although no dominating flavours.

M) Definitely more presence from the high ABV. Little carbonation, but it does cut through to balance it out. Again, well thought out and certainly more there than your average 'supermarket' beer.

O) More sophistication in there than the nose suggests. Maybe I drank it too cold to get the full effect. Would recommend as it represents value for money and offers a notch above the average English ales of 4-5% ABV.

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We pour a brew of rich penny coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a half finger tall head of wet and creamy off-white foam, showing nice retention into an equally slippery film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is speckled, and while there is a rosy haze to the brew, no real sediment is appreciated. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma offers rich buttery diacetyls, caramel and brown English soured mash maltiness, toffee sugars, balsamic vinegar, lemon peel bitters, sticky figgy and concord grape sugars, strawberry licorice, salt lick, phenolic plastics, and cactus sap. The following flavor gives an equally rich beverage of true English proportions, giving liquid toffee sugars, grain of raw barley, steeped caramel, and dusty English pale wheatiness, violet grapes, prunes, and plums, tinny metallic yeastiness, baby’s breath weediness, lavender and chamomile florals, chai and black pepper spiciness, cloven and plastic phenolic bitterness, paint thinner and shoe polish, sunblock creaminess, ethanol, and bready honeybun sweetness. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with decently pleasing finishing pop. The mouth is coated in a sugary, cloying cloak, but this gives way to a slow and sweet dryness all of its own. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks somewhere in the middle.

Overall, if this brew is truly only brewed under a full lunar moon, then that’s awesome. This is not really of any benefit to the substance of the beer, but it is still an attractive gimmick. The sweetness is there, but unfortunately it isn’t solely in the form of fruitiness. It comes more from residual sugars and ethanol, making for a harsh-finishing beverage. Otherwise it is hearty enough, and full enough, to keep you happy and warmed throughout. Perhaps we should have waited for the full moon, so as to realized its full potential?!

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.