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King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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King GoblinKing Goblin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AEK on 09-26-2010

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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 438
Photo of barczar
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is 3 years old, so...

Pours a hazy copper brown with a modest cream head.

Aroma is reminiscent of cherry cough drops, with a bit of floral character.

Flavor follows suit, with more menthol and dull cherry flavor overtaking the toasted malt, into the fairly bitter, earthy, herbal, and medicinal finish.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I thought age was responsible for the of flavors, but other reviews indicate otherwise. This is going to be a little difficult to enjoy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells of butter and leather with some toffee thrown in it. Bitter oranges and some tobacco leaf with some sweetness.

Starts out sweet and malty with some English hop. Moderately hoppy and lightly bitter, tastes mostly of leather and tobacco. Alcohol warms the chest. Toffee candy make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of pknyc
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 finger cream colored head that settles into a ring which leaves no lacing. Dark amber or mahogany clear body.

S: Very clean. Malty grain, toffee, some alcohol. Maybe a little nutty.

T: Very clean again. Makes me wish this wasn't filtered. Some dark fruit, particularly plum and raisin. Little nutty. Some astringency.

M: Some prickly carbonation, slightly coating with a medium mouthfeel.

O: Its good and on the right path. I wish there was a little more alcohol and it was unfiltered which, in my opinion would have made it a little more interesting.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a pretty decent hobgoblin label.

Appearance: pours a dark copper with ruby highlights, very limited fine carbonation. A lovely one-finger off-white head slowly drops to a solid ring, great lacing.

Aroma: big, one-dimensional notes of brown sugar and heavy dark malts. Being a British ale, I'm impressed with its intensity.

Taste: some yeasts but predominantly those big sweet malt and brown sugar notes coming through. Not terribly complex - no fruits, chocolate or coffee notes. Still very drinkable.

Aftertaste: just some lingering sweetness - no bitterness at all. A bit cloying, but still goes down pretty well.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a moderate, fine carbonation. Fairly smooth in texture.

Overall: a decent English heavy, if a little one-dimensional. Still, a decent sessional beer. Not sure the price is worth it though. The massive import taxes in Australia really hurt, else I would have this one a bit more often.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. fashionably embossed bottle stamped CJK-22(smudged). Sampled on February 28, 2014.

It pours very British with its medium to dark amber color and long lasting cream colored head. Constant carbonation and decent clarity. Lacing too.

The aroma is full of sweet malts and even a touch of dark fruit. There is also an absolute bitter hop profile merging with the overall sweetness.

The body is around medium and rather smooth.

The taste has the same malty character as the nose but also a bit of black licorice to enhance it. Mild to moderate bitterness at the end but definitely not floral or citrus. Just more bold earthy bitterness.

This is the regular Hobgoblin on steroids.

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Photo of TwinCreator
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +12.5%
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%
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 +0.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +10.9%
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 +1.6%
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 -6.1%
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 -5.6%
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 -2.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +25.7%
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 -9.8%
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 +10.3%
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%
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 -7.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -4.5%
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 +13%
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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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.