Saturday, 10 August 2013

King Goblin Special Reserve

King Goblin Special Reserve s brewed by the Wychwood Brewery, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, England. It contains 6.6% alcohol and comes in a 500mL bottle.

The gimmick to this stuff is that, according to the label, King Goblin is "only ever brewed under a full lunar moon". Additionally, the label makes the bold pronouncement that King Goblin is "An Extraordinary Beer of Exceptional Quality".

A handsome ale, K.G. pours a rich mahogany colour topped with an off-white head. It has light carbonation. A soft aroma contains significant malty notes and a lick of molasses sweetness. The flavour is agreeably balanced between sweet and malty at the front end and bitter  and boozy near the back. In fact, there is really a considerable amount of boozy warmth for a beer with 6.6% alcohol. There is also a faint nuttiness.

I don't know if I'd call this one an "extraordinary beer". It's quite good and nicely balanced, but it didn't absolutely blow me away. Still, flavourful and nicely potent, this ale is definitely worth a try.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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