I have bought beers with strange names before, but this one is definitely strange; King Goblin from thew UK's Wychwood Brewery.
The first thing I noticed about this bear was its aroma. It was like being transported to a whole new place! I became curious, so I went to the website, and man... this beer definitely lives up to its name.
Getting back to the beer, here is a story straight from Hobgoblin himself:
As the full moon casts its eerie light over the shadowy old Eagle Brewery, a magical brew gurgles forth from the casks.
A beer enlivened by the energies of the universe, when the elements are converging into a harmonious alignment. Truly a brew fit for a celestial majesty.
King Goblin is hand crafted from roasted chocolate and crystal malts, with a timely infusion of fuggles, sovereign, styrian and cascade hops to produce an indulgently rich, full, smooth beer of exceptional quality and character.
Poured amber light brown with a thick white head, this beer is clear and has a lot of carbonation. The aroma was fruity, spicy, and full of hops. The hops have an earthy taste, with a hint of malt. I tasted a nice bit of sweetness that lingers for a moment, but then the finish is bitter, and it stays with you after each sip.
Don't attempt to chug this beer, as it will continually taste bitter, and you won’t get to experience the other complex flavors in there. The beer goes down very smooth with a dry finish.
The alcohol content is very well hidden, but it’s 6.6% ABV.
Despite its lingering bitterness, the complex flavors beforehand are quite delicious and it makes you want more. More specifically, the hops that were used are Fuggles, Sovereign, styrian, and cascade. I recommend cellaring this one.
I think over time it would taste even better around harvest season, and can easily be paired with steak or maybe rosemary infused chicken. Overall, this beer was a winner in my book and has intrigued me to try the other beers they make.
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