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King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | 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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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 147
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a suds, just slightly off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, fairly fruity (a bit holiday fruitcake-like) nose including malty notes of toffee, treacle, toast as well as toasted nuts.

Taste: Moderately sweet crystal malt start with lightly nutty, toasty accents and an equally faint hint of chocolate that's eventually shadowed by the other tastes. Fruitiness of cherries and half-chewed apple gum. Earthy, leafy, lightly spicy hops with a subtle circulating bitterness. Dull woodiness with a bit of grape jelly and booze on the back end and until the drying, gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad, provides a bit more of, well, everything to fill the woeful void of character the standard Hobgoblin harbors.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing beer. Sampled this at the same time as a Hobgoblin and the latter won for complexity and balance, hand's down.

Pours a beautiful dark colour with a decent off-white head. Mouthfeel is also pleasant, silky without being too oily. Aroma is slightly nutty, but more focused on malts and grains. The taste was a disappointment, as the alcohol harshness was the clearest element. Roasted malts were present, just not at the forefront of the palate.

Perfect concept for Halloween, but probably not a beer I'll purchase again.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

King Goblin is a great name for beer, or a heavy metal band for that matter. It appears shadowy but its true complexion becomes apparent when held up against the light where a perfectly filtered orange-y colour is smeared with a blood red tint. The beer is brewed only on full moons and, indeed, the head overtop it resembles one.

King Goblin has the same character of fruity house yeast that I recognize from the other half a dozen or more English ales I've reviewed from Wychwood. These esters are expected of a beer this style, brewed in this part of the world. But it is still somewhat grainy, despite the big presence of dark fruit and the trace of pear and nuttiness.

The flavour has a strong herbal element that, combined with the cherry-like esters and the sweetness of the crystal malt, can taste almost medicinal at times. To my knowledge I've never had Sovereign hops prior to this but I suspect they are responsible for the strong herbalness. It's taking me some time to decide just what I think of them...

The flavour they impart is almost candidly truffle-like, but with a bit of dry tree bark and, perhaps, a hint of something floral. The crystal malt tastes sweet like honeycomb but with much more of a caramelly toast (although the beer could stand to use a little more malt). The ale yeast imparts strong but restrained raisin, cherry and pear-like fruitiness.

King Goblin makes a wonderful beer for a moondance, whatever that means. It has a strong (and actually fairly distinct) flavour profile has a certain 'English' character to it that extends beyond the overtly earthy, herbal, Noble-esque quality of its Sovereign hops. It is an inherently good companion to dark, chilly evenings.

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear dark copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, tea, caramel/butterscotch, pears

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. The is also a bit of a pear sweetness, some raisin flavour, and a hint of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – An above average beer that was tasty and enjoyable. I think I was expecting the taste to be a little more bold and over the top based on the whole 'king' thing, but it was still good nonetheless. I'm not going to rush out to buy more, but I'm glad I gave it a try.

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a ruby auburn with a great amount of light tan head leaving large bubbly lacing. Nose is strong caramel malt base, spices, floral amber crystal malts. Taste is even more malty; caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some spices. Mouthfeel is heavily bodied and leaves a distinct aftertaste of it's flavour.
Overall, a nice easy drinking variant of the Hobgoblin. Pick it up if you like robust malty English strongs.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a large fading head.
Nose shows banana, nutty and grainy malt and sultanas. Also a faint industrial note.
The nutty, grainy malt transfers through as a flavour along with the industrial note. Some caramel is also apparent.
Body seems pretty thin.

Photo of bryehn
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby colour with amber highlights and a fluffy tan coloured root beer-esque head that gets retained as a thin collar and leaves spotty lacing.

Sweet, toasted caramel malts, a light, grape-like fruit note that's reminiscent of wine. Light chocolate, fresh grains and pungent floral hops.

Fruits, malts, bread and a peppery tone make up the taste. Bitter at the start and at the finish.

Slightly heavy and malty overall, but still pops over the tongue. The aftertaste is dry with a bitter chocolate tone. Very clean.

Yet another quality product from Wychwood and one of the best English ales I've had in a while. Took me two just to BA. Ironically, the others I've really liked lately have been Goliath and Wychcraft.

Photo of GabesAles
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had decent head retention, decent lacing and good mouthfeel - nice brown color, a nice hop profile both on bitterness and taste/aroma. Good bold taste and well balanced. I quite enjoyed this one, and would buy this again, overall: another nice product from Wychwood

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium ruby/brown colour with half a finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Grainy/bready aroma dominates the nose with some caramel and a light hop presence.

T - Bready notes dominate; sweet caramel and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of shamus
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appears to be a pumped up Hobgoblin. It's labelled "Special Reserve" and has 6.6% alcohol per volume. It looks good in the glass with lots of carbonation and fuzzy head. kind of looks like a cola in fact. The taste however is nothing to get excited about. it's fine. It has a chalky texture on the palette. It's a big bottle so there's a lot here but I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, creamy 1 inch head, nice lacing.

Smell - Malts, yeast, bready/buttery. Some sugars and dark fruits come out also.

Taste - Very smooth and malty, buttery, with some fig/plum flavor at the end. Malts are roasted, and nutty. Yeast and some hops add flavor, and some slight bitterness. Sugars actually mellow this drink out.

Mouthfeel - Very mild on the mouth, coats tounge with malts, butter, and a little fruit. Palette gets some sugars and a little hop kick at the end.

Overall - Very drinkiable and tasty. Totally what you look for and expect in a english ale. This beer drinks like a 3.5-4% alcohol Level. If you enjoy hobgoblin you will love this.

Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour, 1.5 fingers of dense tan/off white head, lots of lace left on the glass. Smeel is biscuity and malty up front, fairly hoppy in the nose, lemon, citrus fruit, some pie crust like scents as well. Taste is a little sweet up front, caramel and toffe, bread/biscuit flavours, moderate bitterness with nice citrus notes in the finish. Light to med carbonation,creamy and full body, nice weight. This was quite good, it definitley won me over as I kept drinking, one of the better offerings from Wychwood.

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Halloween release at the lcbo

A- Ruby red with a touch of hazelnut. Three finger foamy off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Sweet malts, fresh baked bread, slight fig and dates. Subtle vanilla with a touch cinnamon.

T- Roasted malts are sweet and bready. Dates and a slight woody taste.

M- Medium bodied, sticky on the with a lingering aftertaste.

O- I've always enjoyed Hobgoblin as an occasional treat and this one is an even better treat.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the standard Hobgoblin ale, been drinking these ales since I lived in California back in 2001. Pours a deep ruby chestnut amber with a light khaki head, forms thick nicely retained head dwindling slow leaving behind speckled lacing with each sip. Aroma has a nice rolling fruitiness rich malt character with a touch of caramel and dark fruit with hint of a vinous/tart white grape character. Flavor is pretty dry a herbal tea earthy herbal hop character going through with each sip, moderate dark roasted malt character. A nice balanced beer not overtly sweet or one dimensional in anyway which makes for a nice fall beer. Pretty boozey for an English ale, compared to other fall seasonal ales. Again easy to drain the 500 ml bottle and completely enjoyable, my kind of English ale.

Photo of TheBigBoy
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz. Another winner from Wychwood Brewery. Similar to the staple HobGoblin from Wychwood with a bit more flavor and kick. I actually enjoyed this more than a HobGoblin but certainly this one is a beer that might get a bit much after one or two bottles. While English Beers are not my thing, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Give this one a shot as well as the other fine beers from Wychwood Brewery. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, unidentifiable fruits, citrus zest, and an alcohol zing. Taste is of sweet malt, citrus and other types of fruits, and a bitter hop finish. The bitterness is very dry and lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a clean and dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an unexpected fruity flavor. However, the bitterness on this one doesn't sit well with me.

Photo of OutFox
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a beer store deep in Brooklyn. Didnt know it existed. I love the Hobgoblin so trying the King Goblin was a must. Only brewed on a full moon which I find pretty cool.

A- Poured into a Harpoon Pint glass for lack of better glassware (all in dishwasher). Medium amber color. Dark white head with minimal/no retention or lacing but could be my fault for inappropriate glassware.

S- Sweet roasted malt off the bat. Definate candied sugar notes. Smells almost creamy and I enjoy that.

T- Sweet caramel malt notes with a hints of candied sugar and almost a undefined creaminess that I enjoy. Lingers on the palate for a good amount of time (havent had a sip in like 2 minutes but definately can still enjoy those creamy candied sugar notes).

M- Very nice. I like the medium to heavy bodiedness that the cream feel imparts on the tongue.

O- Its my fifth or sixth beer of the night so my description is probably a little lacking. I enjoyed finding this and enjoyed drinking it. Well balanced but it can be a little overly sweet at times. Good beer. Glad I found it. Another good offering from Wychwood.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Houblon Chouffe tulip.
A: pours light brown almost red with a reddish hue...2 finger off white head...carbonation

S: sweet smelling and a little zesty maybe, soft alcohol tones, mildly malty not like the original.

T: sweet...maybe fruity, slight hop presence, mild alcohol, nice and smooth not bad. English fa sho.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, stayed carbonated throughout

O: King Goblin is only brewed on a full moon so yeh, its kinda cool. A notch above 6.5 this King can cut loose. Not as malty as its subordinate and a nice change up from the Hobgoblin, but personally I'll let the King have his swill and drink with the grunts.

Photo of chefelf
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with not much head. This really reminded me a lot of their Hobgoblin ale just with more hops. It had a nice malty flavor and was quite enjoyable. At 6.6% ABV it did not have a very heavy alcohol taste at all.

A very nice English brown ale.

Photo of welldigger888
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a golden copper hue with a nice tan head and ample lacing.

Malty and a hint of buttery with minamal hop aroma.

SMOOTH and well worth the drink, buttery smooth with a nice maltiness that reminds of butterscotch goodness.

Well this elixer is very much the standard, creamy and smooth with a very drinkable side.

I like this English Swill.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a crystal clear deep garnet red body with a thick bubbly cream tan head and a slow carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The rich aroma of crystal malt has a strong shampoo quality with some dark pot caramel that gets softer as the beer opens.

T- The mellow smooth soft malt has some dry toffee note with a woody quality and a green hop note in the finish. There is a yeasty character in the finish. There is a green bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very mellow with some soft dry malt and soft hops, being mostly bitterness. There is an odd character in the aroma and the taste that could be age or ringwood yeast it is slightly vinous aswell, but because the beer is so soft that flavor sticks out.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Copper color, very clear, excellent foamy white head that sticks around for a while - nice lacing, too

Smell: Very English, to say the least - dry malts, hard water minerality, some roastiness

Taste: Good, not particularly special - very earthy and dry, kind of like licking a rock - very dry biscuit, an interesting herbal hoppiness - some bitterness, some roasted flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Good, not great

This beer was really more of an English Pale Ale than a strong ale. And for that style, it was about average. I will always remember this beer for it's name, which should obviously be "David Bowie, the Goblin King." Yup.

Photo of endincolorado
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is of a clear, beautiful, ruby-amber with rising bubbles and a nice, foamy cream-white head that settles slowly.

Aroma is one of welcome roasted malt, reminiscent of crusty baked bread with strong notes of caramel and ripe fruit. Some faint bitterness is noticed in back, as well as a slight hint of alcohol.

I cant help but take a huge mouthful of this beer, and upon doing so, I find the hops to be more prominent than expected. This bitterness is delivered alongside a pleasant, sweet plum-like flavor of malts (as well as that breadiness). There's also a very faint phenolic flavor- or maybe I'm just tasting the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice creaminess from the carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer. The flavors are balanced and not overpowering.

Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amped up version of Hobgoblin. Copper colour with a cream coloured head. Sweet caramel, Ovaltine and biscuits. Low, fruity hops.

Sweet, malty taste. Light metallic taste hidden in there. Banana, milk chocolate and even apple are hiding in there. Quite nice - well balanced. Complex but not overly rich.

The carbonation could stand to be a bit less, but its not entirely out of style. A nice, richer version of the Wychwood classic and one of their better beers.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with traces of toffee and hops as well.

T: Tasted of malt more than anything else, but also had toffee, hops, a nutty quality, and a slight spiciness. An interesting flavor, that was more complex than I expected.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of Wychwood's better efforts. A very solid, drinkable beer.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.