King Goblin from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pa deep ruby colour with amber highlights and a fluffy, tan coloured, root beer-esque head that gets retained as a thin collar and leaves spotty lacing. This English strong ale smells of sweet, toasted caramel malts and a light, grape-like fruit note reminiscent of white wine. Light chocolate, fresh grains and pungent floral hops can also be detected.
The taste of King Goblin starts off bitter then reveals notes of ripened fruits, roasted bread-like malts and a peppery spiciness and then finishes with a bitter brewed tea-like taste. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and malty overall, but the ale still pops on the tongue thanks to a medium carbonation and long-lasting collar. The aftertaste is clean and dry with a bitter chocolate tone.
The label of King Goblin is a palette-swapped version of the one found on Hobgoblin with the brewery’s iconic axe-wielding mascot in grey and black garb imposed on a blue and white, sky-like background. A slogan reads “An Extraordinary Beer of Exceptional Quality”. The back label has a brief description of the beer and states that it is only brewed under a full lunar moon. A clearly marked freshness date and suggestion to serve chilled are also printed.
King Goblin is yet another quality product from the Wychwood Brewery and is one of the best English ales I’ve had in some time. Ironically, the others I’ve really liked lately have been Goliath and Wychcraft. The ale pairs well with pub fare like sausages and french fries and also with snacks like raw veggies, crackers and deli meats.
You can find King Goblin in limited quantities at select LCBO outlets and the beer is distributed to over 15 states, parts of Europe and to Australia.
Type: English Strong Ale
Country: UK, England
Region: Oxfordshire, Witney
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.6%