Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wychwood Brewery - King Goblin

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 500 mL bottle, poured into a Nonic pint glass

The 'Special Reserve' bolder sibling of Wychwood's Hobgoblin, King Goblin is an entry into the ESB category by the English brewery. This Extra Special Bitter pours a ruby, almost maroon-tinted, brown. The body is clear and glowing with a large, creamy, off-white head. The retention is superb and the lacing is excellent and layered.

The nose is malty sweet with a sour and pungent grainy character. There are also light vanilla hints with a slight woodiness beneath. The beer's texture is slightly creamy, but it carries a cooling carbonation that keeps it seeming quite refreshing. The biscuity toasted malts strike a delicate harmony with the clean and prominent, but not overbearing, English hop profile. The finish is crisp making this a great and refreshing drinking experience.

Final Verdict: A-

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