King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
95
For Trade:
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Photo of pcbnumber1
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mandrilo
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
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 +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMMOlenick
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -8%
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 -17.9%
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 -21.6%
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 -20.3%
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 +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Inaya
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -7.2%
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 PatrickCairns
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gallan1
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atpbass7
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerinabottle
4.92/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Lewnanny
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Louismmce
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Martine
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curiosibeer
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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 innominat
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.75 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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