King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 392
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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 REDAMI
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
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! (1,072 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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 (638 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Aibys in Jefferson City, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with a cherry-like aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Some mild bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Ale. I was hoping for more from a strong ale, though. (490 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting, head. It leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Deep copper color. Appears to be clear.

Deep, overly toasted caramel aroma--lots of melted sugar smell. A touch of alcohol in the background.

The taste starts as the smell indicates (some residual caramelized sugars), but there's a good dollop of bittering hops which take over the flavor in the swallow. The aftertaste is a blend of the aforementioned hop along with a bit of warming alcohol. Very rich body, almost oily. Moderate carbonation. (514 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased for $4.99. I used to love hobgoblin back before I really got into craft and was mostly drinking British ales so i thought I'd try this for nostalgia's sake. Dark ruby red, creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt vinegar hits me almost immediately and this is what I usually pick up from British ales, not a fan. Flavor is very fruity, malty, not bad at all. Overall I wish I had my $5 back because this just isn't my cup of tea anymore. (456 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a rusty brown body, with a light khaki thin head that settled rather quickly. Left a saturn ring around the glass, but no lacing. Some carbonation here and there, love the color though!

S- Sweet smelling beer. Buttery toffee and caramels! Mild malts, and some fruit notes hidden between all the sweetness. I can catch a little bit of alcohol on the noise, but not overpowering, so that's good!

T- Butterscotch, toasted malt, toffee/caramel. You catch some sweet fruit in the end too. Nice dry hop flavors mixed in as well. Not overly complex, but a great balance. The alcohol isn't covered up too well with the flavor, only thing I couldn't get passed on the taste.

MF- Light-medium body, light carbonation, smooth/creamy finish... Very faint warmth. Coats the mouth decently though leaving a bittersweet taste on the palate.

O- Decent beer to try. I never picked up wychwood until today, I may give their wit a go in the future, but nothing too extraordinary about this ale. For a fair price it's a fair beer. (1,061 characters)

King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.