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King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.78/5
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464 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#18,299
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
464
pDev:
13.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Dubbledown
1.33/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Good half-inch beige, creamy head. Dark amber color. Mouthfeel is rather thin. First taste of dark malt flavor then a watery weight. Finally, an exquisite bitterness that tastes like nettles. So long does this bitterness last, that you taste it on the sides and back of your tongue until long after this sentence is completed. What can I say? I guess I should have known that a brew named "King Goblin" wouldn't taste pleasant. There is absolutely no sweetness in this beer. Even on the fourth or fifth sip when caramel makes an appearance, it quickly dissolves into profound bitterness. So I guess those questing after the ultimate English bitter could do worse than try this Oxfordshire product. I don't like it. Drinking it is like punishment to me. I poured the last 12 oz. down the sink.

Grade F Purchased at Stoney's -- $4.99 bottle

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Photo of LaMbOfGoD
1.97/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of Cybr
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Not a nice beer. Overly bitter and lacking in flavour compared to other goblins.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 10th, 2010.

A: Pours a dark brown with a hint of amber and an adult, thick head with some cream. Two a half finger head retains well. Moderately appealing.

Sm: Notes of toffee, cream, and a musty scent I usually associate with cask or barrel aged beers. Hoppy. Hard to discern notes with my broken nose.

Taste: Middling opening bleeds into the complicated body: stale barley jarred by hints of cream topped by a rough finish with lingering bitterness. Not the bitterness of a pale ale - it's more refined, but I don't know that it's better. The biggest problem with this beer is its balance (or lack thereof). The aftertaste is particularly foul. That said, this is a bold beer, and may satisfy fans of this style. I'm not a fan of regular hobgoblin either.

Mf: The best part of this beer. Coarse where it needs to be but the wetness is off.

Dr: This beer grows on you as you drink it, but ultimately there are better beers to be had at this price point (particularly here in Ireland). Don't write it off if you're a fan of the style, but don't expect it to lift your skirt up.

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2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a bottle at the local liquor store and poured into a standard glass.

A: Maplesyrup colored. Very little head, less than one fingerwidth.

S: Raisiny with a hint of coffee

T: Initially sweet, then overwhelming hops. Clingy aftertaste.

M: Very thin.

Drinkability: After reading the other reviews, i may have just gotten an older bottle that was not preserved well but was fairly disappointed. Wanted more complexity before the hops hit me and also more body/head.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Brabander
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too watery beer, hd higher expectations of this one...

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
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 TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Love the "only brewed under a full moon" schtick. This stuff pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of wan cream foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light brown sugar, light red apple skin, light toasted biscuit, and the vaguest possible sense of candied orange peel. This is a strange amalgam of general fruitiness, sweetness, and spiciness. Diggin' the complexity, even if it means I can't pinpoint things entirely. The taste continues the complexity, but in a sideways direction: hints of old orange rind, dusty toasted biscuit, brown sugar, bad carrots, dark and musty greens, and grass. It's a sharply painful flavor at times, basically taking an evil mirror to the elements of the aroma. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. The flavors break the promises made by the smell and rub my face in their deceit.

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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 Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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 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 Zimbo
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish in colour with easy easy forming rocky head which leavers some fluffy spots of lacing, this smells think with lots of cloying potential. You taste the alcohol all right but there is so little on the palate at the beginning and middle. Ends with a rather unusual unappetising sulphery dry taste.
Was hoping this beer would redeem this Tolkeinesque brewery in my eyes but it has unfortunately only reconfirmed my longstanding impressions.

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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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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 JaySchneider
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 464 ratings
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