King Goblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 404
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | 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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a hazeless body and a nice, moderate effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: lightly sweet caramel aroma, very much like a nut brown ale in character. A bit mild for a strong ale, but well-enough composed.

Taste: malty flavor with an emphasis on caramel malt and a light nutty toastiness. I rather like it; it's not really strong-ale flavored, but Wychwood doesn't market it as a strong ale. It's a tasty brown ale that I rather like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent and well-integrated carbonation; there's a good, boisterous creaminess here. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent beer, if possibly mis-categorized. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger light tan head that recedes to a thin layer over the surface. No lacing, but plenty of carbonation.

Dark fruits in the aroma when cold. Spicy and earthy from the bottle with light bubblegum. Green apple and nuts after it warms.

Fruitiness is lighter in the taste. More like a sweet/tart apple than the previous dark fruits. Bitterness rises to balnce in the finish. An occasional hint of bubblegum.

Medium bodied, lightly clinging feel. Carbonation and alcohol are apparent.

Quite enjoyable for a hot summer night. The fruity qualities help in this regard.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber red with nice amounts of carameling and some yellow along the edges. It also pours with a nice white head and good thick lacing that dissipates at a medium pace. Smells of sweet malts, almost an apple juice-like smell with a faint hint of biscuit in the back. Tastes again of sweet malts with a nice caramel backbone and an ever so slight tingle of hops on the tongue. There is a flavor in the initial swig that reminds me of sweet vegetables… Unfortunately that is the most specific I can be on the taste… Its swigs nicely on the tongue, a bit watery, but with just enough oomf to suggest its caramel flavor. Overall this is decent beer, I’m not as taken with it as I was with the HobGoblin, the wateriness of the beer is a little disappointing, though I’m sure it holds out well as an almost session-able ale.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep reddish brown. Lovely one finger off-white head with coarse bubbles dies to film.

Aromas of England, toffee, caramel, butterscotch malts.

Taste is restrained and integrated. Malt driven, with some earthy dry hop bitterness to round out. Alcohol hidden. Dry finish builds, and leaves me wanting some more malt.

Mouthfeel spot on for style. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good session beer in taste - if not ABV :-)

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a cloudy chestnut brown, with a small one-finger light khaki colored head. Unique lacing that coats every square inch of the glass when sipped but also clumps together in larger patches at the same time. Maintained at least some semblance of a head all the way through the glass.

S – Caramel, toffee, fruit, and drawn butter. Smells awesome. Aroma nice and strong.

T – Big toffee and caramel notes forward. Earthy and musty hops detected in the mid-palate. Nice bit of buttery diacetyl in the finish, but not overpowering. Fruit (cherry) notes come out as it warms. Smooth. Tasty. Butter and herbal hop aftertaste carries for days. I know this may be obvious, but saying this beer tastes "English" is still a good description.

M – Low-to-medium bodied, but with a nice creamy slickness that kind of makes up for it. Low carbonation. The overall package comes together well.

O – This one is everything its weird little brother (Hobgoblin) wants to grow up to become; a very solid, flavorful, unique, dark English ale. I could just see sipping this by a fireplace in some quaint little pub in the English countryside. I’m a fan. Would recommend if you enjoy English style ales.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby red ale, under a finger of creamy head with extensive beautiful lacing.

S - Very light and mild. A bit stale also. Hints of caramel and butterscotch.

T - Follows the nose, some raisin and caramel and raspberry cordial.

M - Medium carbonation, light body.

O - Probably not something Ill be on the lookout for in the future.

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Photo of karait95
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is mainly reddish it can be considered dark amber with reddish hues, head is light brown and big, dissipations is slow and traces are present on the glass, carbonation is not so vivid thus no permanent layer is formed on top of the beer.

S: Some toasted malts are present and the high alcohol is at once also, not other things easily identified.

T: Mainly toasted malts forms the backbone of this beer but this also has hops spirit and some faint fruity flavor

M: Starts balanced and shows some bitterness or to say it better is a bittersweetness, sensation is long enough for a good ending nothing short and/or simple.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: amber hue; clear; head fades fast

Aroma: tough to put down; good interplay between mildly tart hops and light maltiness; slightly woody; some spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: somewhat grassy; bitter (but not the green hoppy kind) and gets more so for a lingering finish; clean with good carbonation

Overall: they definitely over-sell it a bit; this "special reserve" is not particularly interesting, but the hop profile is nice. A good Bitter but nothing more than that

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A malt job. Nothing special to look at (slight amber colour), neutral aroma, medium mouthfeel.Caramel, light toffee, light toast. Ok drinkable, but nothing special, another LCBO choice from their limited palate.Where are the nice balanced English ales?

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Alucard4

Look: Deep ruby red color with a 1/2 inch tan head and semi translucent with just ok retention

Smell: English malt with dark fruits and bitter hops

Taste: Very plain and boring pretty much just taste like malt caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with mild carbonation

Overall: Boring as hell

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

Poured a 1.5" beige head with moderate lifespan. The body is a clear deep amber. The smell is good but a little less complex than Hobgoblin, with malt and toffee. The taste mirrors the malt and toffee smell plus there's lots of dried fruit and even a bit of banana esther in there. The moderate length finish highlights sweet toffee, not slow burn bitter hops like Hobgoblin. All in all I like it I just find it less interesting than their Hob to which I'm comparing it.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. SA pint.

A: Brown with reddish hues. Creamy two finger head.

S: British hops, sweet dark fruits, and some toasted malts.

T: Sweet fruits, strong maltiness, and goldings hops.

M: Medium-thick and very creamy: almost like a nitro head.

O: It is bold and delicious and much better than Hobgoblin.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a clear amber with a foamy off white head. Wonderful lacing.

It's carmely and molassesy. bready,

It's got a nice roasted toffee taste. Not as buttery as Hobgoblin. Some molasses in the middle. The hops lend a nice bite to the finish.

A bit lighter than medium bodied. Lots of tiny carbonation. Smooth and soft.

This beers better than Hobgoblin. I'm a fan of traditional English beers, and this is another one that I've really enjoyed.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice clear ruby red, a hint of copper, a nice tan head at the top that leaves slight lacing around the glass.

S- A nice malt aroma that is obvious with slight hints of carmel, a nice hint of honey as well.

T- A simple taste throughout, nothing crazy with this brew, a nice malt taste with woody notes as you sip this one.

M- Medium bodied and creamy, barely any carbonation.

O- Very mellow brew, this is probably my favorite from Wychwood Brewery. Very simple.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color. Creamy off-white head is film-like, yet thick, and leaves lacing.

Smell: I'm honestly not getting much of any aroma off of this.

Taste: Earthy and bready with caramel and hop notes. The taste is actually quite nice, but marred by being much too sweet. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: After a while I think I get a hint of alcohol in every sip, though it may just be the sweetness as this is only 6.6% ABV.

If the sweetness (and perhaps alcohol) were taken down a couple of notches, this would be a great beer.

Also, nice to see Wychwood using brown bottles now!! Hopefully their other beers are coming in such bottles now too.

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Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. A nice frothy cap settles onto the top of the beer and lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma is quite malty. Rich notes of caramel and toffee dominate. Some dark fruit is also present. There is also a slight nuttiness.

The flavor is quite sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee again along with some cherries and raisins. A very slight piny hop note is detectable along with a pretty stout bitterness. The finish is pretty bitter but there is also a sticky malt sweetness and some alcohol. Carbonation is light and appropriate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but not quite my style. A little too heavy and sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle that appears to have a bottled on date of July 2011.

Pours a clear brown with a 1+ finger brown head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is rather unremarkable and a tad subtle, but with a good rich toasted malt component and more than a hint of dark fruits. The toasted malt is a major part of the flavor too, but there's a clear hop presence. The flavor also has a bit of alcohol and a hint of fruit. Lasting

M: rather smooth; medium+ body; semi-dry finish.

O: improved a bit with warming.

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

A - brilliantly clear copper with a solid off-white head

S - fresh hops, caramel malts

T - awesome deep, sweet malt; dark fruit, figs, caramel, slight chocolate. slight fresh hop character with a firm, bitter finish

M - medium carbonation, chewy malt body

Great strong ale that was enjoyed by myself, father, and grandfather. I don't typically come across a beer that all three of us would find outstanding, but this was one. A traditional English ale turned up up a notch with big malt and a assertive hop character. Would definitely recommend!

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

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip stout glass. Batch on the neck is stamped 1AGK.

Appearance: Slightly hazy tarnished copper. Off-white 1/8" thick head upon pouring that died back to a very thin ring at the edge and just the barest hint of foam on the top. Some strands and islands of lacing noted, but this tended to dissipate or slide down the glass over time.

Smell: Caramel/Toffee with a strong metallic (copper penny) smell. Some fruit and solvent smell upon warming all the way up to room temperature.

Taste: Sweet malt with hints of toffee blending quickly into a piney hop and then English bitter flavor. Metallic taste is more pronounced when the beer is cold, but it goes away as the beer warms up. Highly malty and hoppy at the same time in a very English style. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation for an English ale, a bit sticky on the teeth and some hop oil on the teeth noted as well. Felt quite wet and slick when cold, but as it warmed up became more sticky and maybe even a bit chewy.

Overall: A beer that definitely needs to warm up to reach its full potential. For the price I cannot see myself buying it again, but it was enjoyable and went well with a Ploughman's lunch. The hops in this are interesting (piney at times and also classic English Bitter) and are well balanced again the higher level of malt. Well, King Goblin, I'll pay my respects to you, but will not pledge my fealty.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep amber, tall off white head retained very nicely
S - hints of toffee, dark fruit syrup, mild leafiness
T - pleasant sweet dark fruit and sticky toffee malt, light nuttiness with a leafy hop finish with a hint of boozy warmth
M - medium body with a sticky start that moves to a surprisingly dry finish
O - I wouldn't call it "extraordinary" as the label does, but it is a flavourful and easy drinking strong ale, well worth a purchase

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice ruby red, finger of head, solid retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Spiced rum, earthy hops, all spice and maple sugar.

T - Subtle cinnamon notes, spiced rum, caramel, and an earthy, leafy green hop that lingers on the tongue.

M - A tad prickly going down, but solid body carbonation and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty seasonal ale, some unique spiced characteristics, definitely worth a try.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.