King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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

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Added by AEK on 09-26-2010

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#20,651
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
470
pDev:
13.23%
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Photo of allergictomacros
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark amber/red with a thick, solid head.

S - Big fruit and malt aromas.

T - Lots of caramel and fairly sweet. Leaning towards the bitter side with nondescript hops. kinda fruity and a bit heavy tasting. A little bit of apple.

M - Lighter in body than expected but with a nice low carbonation level.

D - It's ok. not something I would seek out.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Digging the Wychwood Brewery fantasy themed beers, especially 'King Goblin' which appears the sort of thing Gandalf would tell Bilbo Baggins to stay away from as it's "An ale for rowdy dwarves and sinister men"... well Bilbo; here's to you.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep clear rust body, any darker and it would be chocolate coloured, with an off-white 0.5cm head with decent retention. A well appointed ale thus far.

S: Dark fruits upfront with brown sugar, sweet toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a touch of herbal hops. Bit of a mixture between a classic Strong Ale and a typical Brown Ale, both are top English styles.

T: All of the above: dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee malts, light earthy yeast and a herbal hop finish, with the added addition of some brandy booze flavour thrown in. The brown sugar and booze is very upfront and hides the other flavours a bit, particularly the yeast. The herbal hop finish is bitter enough to remind you of hops but can be a Kräuterlikör (herbal-liquor) like.

M: Mid to light body with light carbonation.

D: A decent enough ale, bit expensive compared to Hook Norton's 'Twelve Days' (which has a similar flavour profile), but it gets the job done like a good English Strong Ale should. If you're looking for a brew that is brown sugar, boozy, and with a medicinal herb after-taste you've certainly found it.

Food Match: I know the festive season is over but the traditional Christmas fare would work a treat with this... oh well, next year.

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Photo of Thunderballroom
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with an off-white, tall, long lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, earthy hops and cherry. Body is full and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery notes fill the mouth. Finish is long, peppery. Delicious brew.

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Photo of akylles
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Treb0R
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Viceroy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever and sticks lots of lace to the glass. Smells of toffee and butterscotch with a hint of caramel and brown sugar. Hints of earthy hops provide some balance, but this one leans to the malts side of the equation. The flavor is quite sweet with toffee in spades along with brown sugar and caramel batting cleanup. Hints of earthy hop flavor, burnt sugar and mineral water attempt to provide a balance to the sweetness but its not enough. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark caramel with slight touches of orange. moderate carbonation, about 1/2 fingers worth of of cream white head formation

S: i pick up on a strong burst of berries brings a touch of tartness that is complemented by a sweet malt backbone. thinking this one is pretty straightforward .

T: some dark fruits again here in the form of berries, a slight brown sugar note, big biscuit, touch of alcohol. i also pick up on heavy cream in the finish.

M: medium bodied, a slight tangy/berry feel is left on the palate. moderate carbonation

O: its a pretty decent beer, and a good starter for those getting into the micro/craft brews

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip
Enjoy by 11/25/12

Appearance: A murky brown color with one finger size head. Held up to the light reveals a reddish color.

Smell: A dark berry component is dominant here with a very mild hop. Some caramel and bread notes.

Taste: This follows the smell with dark berry and caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation gives a moderate tickle on the throat.

Overall: This is an ok beer with nothing standing out but still enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imagine drinking a Newcastle Brown Ale that was crossed with an IPA. Very dark red in color, not much of a head. Tastes very rich, with caramel notes but is yet still easy to drink. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Good beer to curl up by a fire with during the long winters up here in Vermont.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

King Goblin is a ruddy dark red color. Once poured, it's capped by a tan head just about a finger tall that shows good retention. Patchy lacing has some legs to it and is pretty plentiful on the glass.
The aroma has the hearty earthiness I expect with a lightly alcoholic undertone. There's an herbal note prevalent as well. A particular nuttiness brings it all together as distinctly English, with a sweetness that's a little more subtle than it is in the flavor. It's good, but it needs to be unwrapped a bit.
And the flavor is. After a nice toasty note, it's strongly earthy with the same herbal element in a gentle bitterness countered by caramel and a touch of something like brown sugar but without imparting that sweetness after it, which is instead provided by caramel and toffee notes from malts. Nuttiness continues to pull through and a very light dash of peppery spiciness rounds it out into a taste that's complex and one in which all the the complementary elements hold their own and meld into one great substance.
This beer is remarkably smooth, making a real pleasure to drink, especially considering that the smoothness is balanced by a light crispness that doesn't wane to give in to the creamy texture, but comes alongside it very nicely.
This is simply great stuff, and in my list of the top English Strong ales to date.

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Photo of MattPS
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Kremlock
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, mahogany brown colour, pours a 1/4 inch head then falls to a film on top that coats the rim. low-med lacing on the glass

S: Caramel/crystal malts, hints of toffee, bread, low hop aroma.

T: Strong caramel/toffee flavours. Hints of chocolate and toasted bread. Has a blackberry flavour through out. Has a sweet start that then goes into a balance bitterness to finish with a bitterness in the back of the throat, finial finish is dry.

M: Med bodied, good overall carbonation, great sweetness to dryness transition.

O: A good beer. Having it right now with a steak sandwich and it's very complementary.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Aibys in Jefferson City, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with a cherry-like aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Some mild bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Ale. I was hoping for more from a strong ale, though.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Peglegtim
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of KevinSP
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Dwarf-Brew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting, head. It leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Deep copper color. Appears to be clear.

Deep, overly toasted caramel aroma--lots of melted sugar smell. A touch of alcohol in the background.

The taste starts as the smell indicates (some residual caramelized sugars), but there's a good dollop of bittering hops which take over the flavor in the swallow. The aftertaste is a blend of the aforementioned hop along with a bit of warming alcohol. Very rich body, almost oily. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Phxsunsfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of daskipper
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of crowsoup
3/5  rDev -20.6%

King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 470 ratings