King Goblin
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Strong Ale - English
Ranked #16
Ranked #26,076
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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James94 from England

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark orange/amber, almost no head, mild lacing
S: Bitter malts, sour bread, cherry, bubblegum, flapjack, cream
T: Roasted malts, blackcurrant, cherry, rich tea biscuit
F: Moreish, medium-bodied, balanced carbonation

O: 4.25

Dec 21, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 1/19/11: Pours clear brown. The pour produces 1 inch of frothy, tightly bubbled, shortlived, beige head which leaves a fine spiderweb of lace as it recedes. Aroma is delicate, if not downright weak, being composed of caramel, bread, apple, pear, faint dark fruits, and a hint of cherry. The strength of the aroma improves as the beer warms developing a nutty character with a little spice. Taste is slightly thin for the style: Dark bready malt, caramel, nuts, brown sugar, yeast and cherry throughout with mild butter and herbal notes in the finish. It has a nice balance of sweet and bitter with bitter leading the dance. Quite a menagerie with little dominance. Aftertaste is bitter and mildly astringent.

Oct 27, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown amber color with off-white (cream) color head with weak retention. Lacing is negligible. Small scent of caramel, toffee, malt. Taste includes aforementioned caramel and malt with some nutty and honey to go with it. Fizzy/carbonation somewhat elevated. Little bitterness. Not my favourite but that doesn't mean it's not a good beer which I think it is.

Aug 07, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper color with white head, malty, grainy and woody aroma with sulphur notes, taste of molases, caramel, malts and herbs, medium body and carbonation.

Jul 03, 2019
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a traditional dark amber color with a beige colored head with the typical soapy type carbonation you're used to see in traditional British beers. Lacing is ok and retention is pretty poor.

S: Smell is pretty light in intensity. You get dark honey, biscuit malt, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, sweet bread and mineral notes. Some very light herbal hops are present in the background. Light vanilla. Someone mentioned a light amount of plum and I will agree.

T: Taste is much more intense than expected. You get a ton of brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, buckwheat honey, biscuit malt, plum pudding, vanilla, light smoke, slightly boozy. Some artificial cherries. Almost feel like a porter in some regards but very much like a lower intensity english barleywine. Excellent.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and luscious considering the ABV. Carbonation is medium to low. Despite how sweet it is there isn't much stickiness to the feel.

O: Well, it's pretty rare I disagree with the average this much but IMO this is an excellently crafted beer with very coherent flavors. It's extremely old school but it hits all the right notes for what I expect in an English Strong Ale.

Jul 01, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Nov 10, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Sep 25, 2018
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alazzarius from Serbia

5/5  rDev +31.2%
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

Dec 21, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
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

Jul 25, 2017
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Jtee from Canada (ON)

3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Jul 08, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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

Jul 04, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Jun 04, 2017
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JMMOlenick from England

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Mar 21, 2017
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zpakalnis from Scotland

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Feb 22, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Dec 24, 2016
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Dec 18, 2016
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lmaduells from Spain

2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
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

Nov 05, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Aug 13, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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%

Apr 23, 2016
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Curiosibeer from Germany

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Mar 20, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Jan 13, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Jan 10, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jan 09, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Nov 29, 2015
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