King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 482
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of toasted, bready, caramel malt and herbal, spicy hops, with a hint of dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by toasted, grainy, caramel malt and herbal, almost spicy hops, with notes of toffee, light chocolate and dark fruit: fig, dates. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some dark fruits lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. This has a great balance of hops and malts as well as sweet and bitter notes going for it, with lightly estery fruit and spice notes that almost bring to mind a Belgian Dubbel. An interesting and somewhat complex brew that is rather enjoyable.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Deep chestnut brown, clear, pours with fat 2cm off-white head
S- Somewhat sour on the front, then smokey toasty caramels
T- Woof. Complex at the start and middle, then zing - the goods get magically delivered 5 seconds in, when everything comes together. Same happens on the 2nd mouthful.
M- A rich and very deep ale.
O- Quite the dazzler, from the beer, to the Goblin on the jazzy lable (for a real ale!) with the glint in his eye.
BB 30/9/19

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Photo of BEER88
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle with an expiration date of 16 June 2019. look was brownish red with a tan capped head leaving spotted lacing behind. Smell was of caramel apples yeasty esters and biscuit malt. Taste is subtle tartness with a big malt backbone and dark fruits. the feel was very smooth and full. Overall well done for the style.

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Photo of alazzarius
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was about to forsake all beers after a two years beer spree when I tasted this beer. it was an epiphany, after each seep I would say to myself, "what a good beer!!"... I beseeched the Universe to have the people make beers like that to make this life worth living. I tasted this beer on the Winter Solstice when I was very down after drinking a lot, and one seep transformed my mood from depression into ecstasy, I don't care what everybody else says ..This is the best Beer in this part of the Universe!
To satisfy the bots: looks: average smell: divine taste: extactic feel: cold velvety overall: lifesaving

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Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Jtee
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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 -22.2%
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 +17.4%
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 werehereforthebeer
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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 JMMOlenick
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -9%
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 -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 -22.4%
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 -21.1%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Lewnanny
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super real nice beer.

IBU is probably zero. The color is a nice reddish brown color.

I really like the smell, but cannot describe it.

and the taste is absolutely nice.

I will have this one again soon.

The 500 ml bottle retailed for 4.35$ (CAD) for a ABV of 6.6%

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Photo of Curiosibeer
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another visit to the Siegburg store, another 3 (!!) beers for the collection. Good thing is that there is always a good rotation in relation to what the man has for sale. The first choice was this beauty, the King Goblin Special Reserve. The brewers, Wychwood Brewing Company, says that is produced only during periods of full moon.
It has a beautiful ruby color, with good creamy foam. The aroma is quite hoppy, with hints of ginger and a touch of caramel. The flavor is strong, sweet-sour, fruity and well hopped. The 4 types of hops used in its manufacture are well present in this beer.
It should be served at cellar temperature, between 8 and 12 degrees, in a goblet.

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was expecting this be better than the Hobgoblin. Bland, slightly sweet and uninteresting. Decent look, as it has a nice head for an English ale, Aroma is caramel and sweet malt, taste is just faintly sweet malt. Taste dissipates quickly, some lingering candy sweetness remains. Disappointed in this.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 0.5L bottle into a pint glass, comes out a dark amber color, ruby highlights, nice frothy head develops that leaves some lacing. Smell is rich, lots of sweetness, deep and bold maltiness. Taste is as expected, big malty sweetness and character up front, booze soaked fruits, finishes dry and bitter but with an unexpected medicinal aftertaste. Body is too heavy and with the aftertaste this ends up as not the greatest. Regular Hobgoblin was much better. Pass!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought the King Goblin was quite nice and definitely sessionable. It poured a rich amber with white head that did not lace. The scent was pretty not descript....maybe a touch of biscuit. The taste was very nicely balanced with slightly sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a solid beer....I liked it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had many times, not sure how I missed reviewing. Clear copper pour with quickly disappearing off-white top. Aromas are bread and caramel. The malt makes up most of the flavor, very smooth and semi-sweet. Really balanced, with a clean, somewhat dry finish. I really like this stuff.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Filtered dark amber body, white head with low persistence.
S- Caramel burnt sugar and malts.
T- Caramel burnt sugar, roasted malts and some alcohol.
F- Medium, slightly smooth.
O- Nice beer, not much to praise.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Sept 4 2016 and served at cellar temperature. I've had my eye on this one for a while now, but it only recently became available locally.

Pours a deep-hued copper-amber colour, topped off with one inch of creamy, khaki-coloured head. Displays good retention; the head slowly dissipates over a period of time somewhere between five and ten minutes, eventually depositing a solid, even curtain of lacing, and also leaving behind a bubbly, foamy cap and collar. Doughy malt, toffee and Wychwood house yeast are the first things I detect on the nose, with fruity hints of plum, raisin and cherry following closely behind. The hops don't come through as clearly, but seem to have an earthy, leafy vibe to them.

Biscuity, doughy malt and brown sugar sweetness comprise a sturdy flavour backbone, with suggestions of toasted nuts, orchard fruit, dates and raisins providing added complexity. This is all appropriately balanced in the back end by a concentrated dose of tea-leafy, earthy English-style hop bitterness that continues on well into the aftertaste. This is eventually joined by a yeasty, leather-like flavour, as well as a touch of boozy-sweet warmth. It really reminds me of Hobgoblin, though definitely a bit sweeter/boozier. On the more generous side of medium-bodied, with light carbonation levels and a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel that is quite befitting of an English-style strong ale.

Final Grade: 4.01, an A-. Not bad at all - as expected, Wychwood's King Goblin really reminds me of its little brother, Hobgoblin, though this monarch of a strong ale represents an experience that is both more warming and intense, while remaining extremely well-balanced. It's a solid introductory-level English Strong Ale that I'm pleased to try - I think I still prefer its lighter relative by a small margin, but I'll certainly be buying another bottle of this in the near future. Recommended.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Veiled dark copper color with a low amount of activity. Creamy and foamy, well defined, light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some very good leggings.

Faint aromas of booze, burnt sugar, ginger, bread and butter. Flavors of ester fruits like apple, berries, and grapes with some ginger bread feel and peppercorn, roasted grains with a wood feel and herbal spices. Highly sugary but with a strong bitterness.

Slick full body with prickly carbonation. Medium to strong finish, ending with a vinous fruity earthy feel and lingering herbal spices with some ginger. Thick sugary feel of bubblegum.

Overall a little above average in quality having decent flavors that I find slightly off, and its missing some freshness from a highly boozy, but warming feel. Although well spiced and well balanced, its a little flat and very acidic.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, more goblin/elven thematic renderings from this cheeky English brewery. Ooooh - brewed on a full moon, spooky!

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese patterned lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, lightly biscuity toffee, a hint of treacle, zippy black orchard fruit (maybe some plum, maybe some dried cherry), a touch of that musty under the basement stairs thing, and a dark spirit type of edgy booziness. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, reduced brown sugar, some mildly sozzled dark, indistinct fruitiness, a middling yeasty acridity, pithy nuts, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat grassy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite light and hard to really corral, what with its underwhelming frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, the lame tartness of the fruit, as well as the alcohol perhaps taking things down a peg or so here. It finishes well off-dry, the sturdy caramel & friends malt sweetness carrying on like the village lush, aided (duh) by the geared-up boozy-booze.

Overall, a mostly well-made version of the style, with an elevated ABV and supportive malt structure to keep it from overstepping its bounds. As noted, this is replete with a warming, and full of old-school brewing, er, character, rendering it a suitable tipple as the days grow shorter and Hallowe'en nears.

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 482 ratings