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King Goblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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163
Ratings:
441
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
21.49%
 
 
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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Color is a dark copper, has about a 1 and a half finger off white head and has bubbles rising throughout. Head dissipates quickly leaving light lacing.

S: Muscadine, caramel, toffee, bread/grain, little alcohol.

T: Toffee/caramel, bready, muscadine, with a light alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very solid beer for not a lot of money and good for any occasion.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -22%
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 beeroclock
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a - brown, all of the colors mentioned by other people, I just don't see. If anything in this world is brown, this is it. forms a nice head and the bubbles last throughout.

s - some caramel, malt with some coffee

t - good, it's got a bit of coffee taste with a little sweetness. it has some bitter bite too. I can pick up some fruit, maybe apple. a little caramel as well

m - not overly carbonated, but it sticks to your tongue leaving a long term bitter aftertaste.

o - a good beer, but I think it's a little closer to average, maybe slightly above. My first couple of sips, I thought it was much better, but with the long aftertaste it turns to a bitter coffee. Still a decent option. I'm harsh on beer ratings, so maybe I'm rating this lower than it deserves.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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 +1.6%
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 mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -19.6%
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 -17.2%
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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Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +15.4%
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 Kremlock
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -5.8%
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 smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 ArrogantB
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased for $4.99. I used to love hobgoblin back before I really got into craft and was mostly drinking British ales so i thought I'd try this for nostalgia's sake. Dark ruby red, creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt vinegar hits me almost immediately and this is what I usually pick up from British ales, not a fan. Flavor is very fruity, malty, not bad at all. Overall I wish I had my $5 back because this just isn't my cup of tea anymore.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a rusty brown body, with a light khaki thin head that settled rather quickly. Left a saturn ring around the glass, but no lacing. Some carbonation here and there, love the color though!

S- Sweet smelling beer. Buttery toffee and caramels! Mild malts, and some fruit notes hidden between all the sweetness. I can catch a little bit of alcohol on the noise, but not overpowering, so that's good!

T- Butterscotch, toasted malt, toffee/caramel. You catch some sweet fruit in the end too. Nice dry hop flavors mixed in as well. Not overly complex, but a great balance. The alcohol isn't covered up too well with the flavor, only thing I couldn't get passed on the taste.

MF- Light-medium body, light carbonation, smooth/creamy finish... Very faint warmth. Coats the mouth decently though leaving a bittersweet taste on the palate.

O- Decent beer to try. I never picked up wychwood until today, I may give their wit a go in the future, but nothing too extraordinary about this ale. For a fair price it's a fair beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a hazeless body and a nice, moderate effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: lightly sweet caramel aroma, very much like a nut brown ale in character. A bit mild for a strong ale, but well-enough composed.

Taste: malty flavor with an emphasis on caramel malt and a light nutty toastiness. I rather like it; it's not really strong-ale flavored, but Wychwood doesn't market it as a strong ale. It's a tasty brown ale that I rather like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent and well-integrated carbonation; there's a good, boisterous creaminess here. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent beer, if possibly mis-categorized. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger light tan head that recedes to a thin layer over the surface. No lacing, but plenty of carbonation.

Dark fruits in the aroma when cold. Spicy and earthy from the bottle with light bubblegum. Green apple and nuts after it warms.

Fruitiness is lighter in the taste. More like a sweet/tart apple than the previous dark fruits. Bitterness rises to balnce in the finish. An occasional hint of bubblegum.

Medium bodied, lightly clinging feel. Carbonation and alcohol are apparent.

Quite enjoyable for a hot summer night. The fruity qualities help in this regard.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber red with nice amounts of carameling and some yellow along the edges. It also pours with a nice white head and good thick lacing that dissipates at a medium pace. Smells of sweet malts, almost an apple juice-like smell with a faint hint of biscuit in the back. Tastes again of sweet malts with a nice caramel backbone and an ever so slight tingle of hops on the tongue. There is a flavor in the initial swig that reminds me of sweet vegetables… Unfortunately that is the most specific I can be on the taste… Its swigs nicely on the tongue, a bit watery, but with just enough oomf to suggest its caramel flavor. Overall this is decent beer, I’m not as taken with it as I was with the HobGoblin, the wateriness of the beer is a little disappointing, though I’m sure it holds out well as an almost session-able ale.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep reddish brown. Lovely one finger off-white head with coarse bubbles dies to film.

Aromas of England, toffee, caramel, butterscotch malts.

Taste is restrained and integrated. Malt driven, with some earthy dry hop bitterness to round out. Alcohol hidden. Dry finish builds, and leaves me wanting some more malt.

Mouthfeel spot on for style. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good session beer in taste - if not ABV :-)

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a cloudy chestnut brown, with a small one-finger light khaki colored head. Unique lacing that coats every square inch of the glass when sipped but also clumps together in larger patches at the same time. Maintained at least some semblance of a head all the way through the glass.

S – Caramel, toffee, fruit, and drawn butter. Smells awesome. Aroma nice and strong.

T – Big toffee and caramel notes forward. Earthy and musty hops detected in the mid-palate. Nice bit of buttery diacetyl in the finish, but not overpowering. Fruit (cherry) notes come out as it warms. Smooth. Tasty. Butter and herbal hop aftertaste carries for days. I know this may be obvious, but saying this beer tastes "English" is still a good description.

M – Low-to-medium bodied, but with a nice creamy slickness that kind of makes up for it. Low carbonation. The overall package comes together well.

O – This one is everything its weird little brother (Hobgoblin) wants to grow up to become; a very solid, flavorful, unique, dark English ale. I could just see sipping this by a fireplace in some quaint little pub in the English countryside. I’m a fan. Would recommend if you enjoy English style ales.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby red ale, under a finger of creamy head with extensive beautiful lacing.

S - Very light and mild. A bit stale also. Hints of caramel and butterscotch.

T - Follows the nose, some raisin and caramel and raspberry cordial.

M - Medium carbonation, light body.

O - Probably not something Ill be on the lookout for in the future.

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Photo of karait95
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is mainly reddish it can be considered dark amber with reddish hues, head is light brown and big, dissipations is slow and traces are present on the glass, carbonation is not so vivid thus no permanent layer is formed on top of the beer.

S: Some toasted malts are present and the high alcohol is at once also, not other things easily identified.

T: Mainly toasted malts forms the backbone of this beer but this also has hops spirit and some faint fruity flavor

M: Starts balanced and shows some bitterness or to say it better is a bittersweetness, sensation is long enough for a good ending nothing short and/or simple.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: amber hue; clear; head fades fast

Aroma: tough to put down; good interplay between mildly tart hops and light maltiness; slightly woody; some spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: somewhat grassy; bitter (but not the green hoppy kind) and gets more so for a lingering finish; clean with good carbonation

Overall: they definitely over-sell it a bit; this "special reserve" is not particularly interesting, but the hop profile is nice. A good Bitter but nothing more than that

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
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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King Goblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.
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