King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

King GoblinKing Goblin
BA SCORE
61.4%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 461 ratings
King GoblinKing Goblin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AEK on 09-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,018
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
461
Liked:
283
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
12.96%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
99
Trade:
0
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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allegue04
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Game of Thrones 7x01 + playing Pillars of Eternity. Caramel and even children bubblegum in a good body and great feeling thanks to a well adjusted noble hops bitterness. I want another

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Photo of SayBoom
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtee
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a 500ml bottle served at 11 degrees Celsius into a British pint glass. The beer warmed up to room temperature during consumption. Best before date: 20.11.2017

Look: The beer pours a clear reddish-brown with 4cm of dense, tan head that settles into a craggy cap within three minutes. Good lacing.

Smell: Quite mild and balancing towards sweet. Nutty and toasty with faint caramel and fruity esters (dried fruit). A touch of noble hop character. Some alcohol on the nose as the beer warms to room temperature. Pretty nice if not that complex.

Taste: Moderate intensity and just a hair on the sweet side. It follows the aroma perfectly. Nutty and toasty notes again. Faint caramel with fruity esters. A notch better than the aroma sets it out to be. The finish is medium in length and intensity with a sweet-ish balance and a slight mineral note.

Feel: Medium body with mild carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a faint alcohol warmth.

Overall: An overall malty brew with great balance and drinkability. Well-within the style. I'll be honest in saying it's not that interesting and you're not really missing out much by not trying it. However, it's still a decent brew and I'd have it again if offered.

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Photo of Vader444
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

I was gifted a case of this. While not ungrateful, I really can't get into it though. Looks great, dark ruby/amber with a pale fluffy head. Smells rich with stewed fruits and dark malts. The flavour lets it down though. I really can't put my finger on the problem but there's a certain plasticky artificial quality that I just don't like. Fortunately a couple of my buddies love it so I'm happy to palm it off on them. Cheers

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Photo of monkist
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Some people don't like if a beer has excessive booziness to it - I think I am on the contrary. Especially if that booziness is well balanced with the rest of the ingredients, the beer could have as high ABV as they like.
This King Goblin has only 6.6 but somehow it has some sort of booziness but as if it was an overtone to the taste - a heavily malted and solidly hopped Special Brew, "brewed only on a full moon".
Well, whatever the legend making says, I like the heavy character of this ale, can imagine this being drank in dark English pubs, a dark ale that weighs heavy on you. This is the King of the Goblin series and not without reason - highly recommended for tough Ale aficionados.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pcbnumber1
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mandrilo
4.96/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a tankard.
Appearance: a pleasing dirty copper look. A pour thin head shortly lived.
Aroma: apple, caramel. Nothing stood out drastically possibly because of poor glass choice.
Taste: malty, metallic and a little harsh at the end. As the beer warms up, the bitterness softens.
Mouthfeel: surprisingly hollow but the bitterness at the end lasts too long.
Overall: although not awful it doesn't come close to hobgoblin.

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Photo of fallenshadow
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMMOlenick
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly decent, but nothing really special. From the bottle into a Carlsberg pint glass.
Look: very appealing orange/copper color, excellent creamy head (probably due to the pint glass design with etched base).
Smell: honestly just fine, malty caramel with a slightly noticeable high-alcohol-content undertone.
Taste: disappointing given the lead-up; more metallic than expected, fairly bitter, but safely redeemed by the malty caramel notes and alcoholic warmth hinted at by the smell.
Feel: neither thin nor heavy, surprisingly fizzy, but pleasant with the head described above.

Overall: despite being branded as somehow premium compared to the usual, I would describe this as no better than (possibly worse than) standard Hobgoblin. Less appealingly red, equal malty character, and a similar metallic bitterness. Redeemed mostly by the cost-efficiency of its high alcohol content.

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Photo of zpakalnis
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan. Introduced to the 'lesser' Hobgoblin by my dad who loves it. Definitely malty which I'm always a fan of but has a bitterness on the back end that just did not go well with the beer. Hardly any alcohol taste which is another bonus. Smelled of caramel and had a pretty nice head. Though would agree with many other users on lack of lace and staying power. It was decent but I'm sad to say I won't likely be getting it again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

**
08/25/2013
Smokey, woody aroma. Hint if Apple. Opaque dark copper. Medium white head. Alcohol is present in taste, woody, semi-bitter. A stronger version if the hobgoblin, but not necessarily better. I’ll have to check my rating on that.
**

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Photo of TheHammer
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Alright Wychwood, this is your last chance. If this one tanks, it's going to be a long while before I buy anything else but Hobgoblin or Fiddler's Elbow (should it return).

Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of head that retained decently, but did not produce much lace. The body is a deep, murky brown with the barest touches of red crimson. Carbonation is the body is practically absent, which is a bit concerning.

Smell: Warming is really needed to bring this one out, but even then is lacklustre. Some brown sugar, a little bit of roast malt and sandy bitter hops seem to dominate the nose.

Taste: Toffee malt with a strong plum presence, that then turns to a more burnt brown sugar notes and some slight berry touches. Then it ends with an abrupt dry earthy and pine hop note that is unpleasantly accented by a very clear alcohol note. It really doesn't mask itself well at all, as it tastes very boozey at the end.

Mouthfeel: Apart from the boozey note, the beer seems to lack carbonation as a whole, it also transitions in an odd way, like it has an identity crisis. The dry note at the end really doesn't do it favours here. At least it redeems itself with a mild toffee aftertaste with slight notes of hops.

Drinkability: Well, it didn't get drain poured, and despite it's high alchohol, it is very easy on the system, although smooth and easy drinking it is not. I just have a hard time of picturing when I'd drink this.

Final Thoughts: Well, that pretty much settles it, I'm done with Wychwood. King Goblin wasn't at all what I was hoping for, that being an amped up version of Hobgoblin. Instead I found a beer that wasn't sure what it was. Was it supposed to be a brown, more potent Hobgoblin? Was it a strong amber trying to showcase malt? Was it a strong pale ale trying to do something different? It pretty much was a beer that didn't seem to really have an identity, and frankly, while passable, was a disappointment. All in all, I can't recommend it, as while the beer isn't bad, I can't really conceive when I'd want to drink this.

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Photo of lmaduells
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Traveling to Ireland trying to prove than the typical beer Guinness. And by chance I found this beer .This is a good choice. Although I like most Belgian beer

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Photo of Dewsby
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Inaya
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Always geat beers from Wychwood...

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Obviously, the label is fantastic. But the beer itself is lacking; milky reddish-brown body with hardly any head, lazy bubbles rise. Nose has raisin and plum, a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is based n raisins, but also adds other dark fruit and currants, which add a nice sweetness and a bit of a tart bite. There is also a good amount of toffee malt, adding more sweetness. No bitterness, which is unfortunate because there is nothing to add variety or interest to the sweetness and uninspiring flavor. Body is thin, kinda flat.
Just an OK beer. Appearance was uninviting with all the haze and milkyness, and the nose and flavor just weren't impressive. It's fun to play Dungeons and Dragons with, but I think that's the only appropriate time to pull one of these out.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gallan1
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 61.4% out of 100 with 461 ratings
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