King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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King GoblinKing Goblin

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Glorithm
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Jaisell
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of FadetoBock
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyOvies
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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 Kiro
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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 hdtrice
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of FCox143
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Lipa
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benem94
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of ChrisCage
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice deep copper coloring with red hues in the background and super clear! The carbonation cascades to the top immediately and appears aggressive but really seems to be mellow in the end. The head is exceptional....being two fingers thick and retention is very ideal....eggshell in color! The lacing is nice as well, if not always, the artwork, label and bottle contribute in a positive manner to the appearance.

S- The aromas are of modest booziness, bready/fruity smells of alcohol steeped berries and/or dates....somewhat tart best explains this. The alcohol is somewhat rummy yet fresh and perhaps of slight wood. Slightly caramel/molasses in sweetness with an Earthy note on the finish....interesting!

T- There is a medley of flavor happening here....toasty nuts, yeasty bread notes, slightly tart fruits, caramel sweet malts and the finish is of leafy, yet mild hop cones.....smooth Earthiness all around and the alcohol is noticeable but not offensive. Aftertaste is clean, smooth and crisp, which defies the richness of the flavor profile as it sits on the palate.

M/O- Surprisingly, this is light in body, but the flavors make it seem like more....the carbonation is plentiful, and zingy on the palate, yet maintains wee tight bubbles that once they explode, the flavors really dig into the palate! It is well noticed that this was brewed during a full moon.....think of it as a super charged Hobgoblin Ale.....excellent color, great aromas and taste make this another winner from Wychwood....thank you to the mystical world of this brewery!

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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

Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with red highlights, full dense off white head which dissipates quickly, some lacing. Nose is pleasant fruity malt, not much from the hops at all. Taste has those same fruity malts, both light and dark fruit and malt coming through. Some musty and cardboard notes. Bit of sweetness gives it a bigger feel, but still not a big beer. Quite a decent beer, and better than the other Wychwood offerings, but not super special. Would certainly give this another try if I ever saw it on cask...not sure if this one is produced that way or not.

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Photo of Miccal
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite fruity. I think there are a fair amount of esters in this...banana and pear flavours. Quite a rich mouth feel but tends to dissipate into a carbonated bitterness at the back of the tongue. The beer tastes high in alcohol and feels a bit rough round the edges. 'Rocket fuel' comes to mind. It's not subtle but it is fun.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ebolasoup
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dazka
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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