will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I always enjoy English Strong ales and Hobgoblin is a favourite anyway. This beer takes the flavours a step further. Vinous, fruity aromas hint at berries, toffee and liquorice. An initially treacley taste gives way to a really well rounded bitterness. Silky smooth on the tongue. Excellent
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, flame orange coloured beer with a thick off white head. Roasted malt aroma is followed by a slightly grassy hop element. Full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste follows on from the aroma, only in reverse! The hops come through initally, resinous (which could also be put down to the alcohol), grassy, a touch citrusy and quite bitter. This is then followed by a slightly sweet, biscuity malt flavour. Both of which are present right through the long finish.
ralphdot (1033) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
6.6% deep amber with a nice head, burnt malt aroma, very complex bitter taste (that means that I do not have the ability to describe it), very nice beer.
wabeerman (24) - Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was thrilled to see this beer at Grinders (Shoreline, WA) - paired wonderfully with their Meatball/Sausage Sandwich. Wonderful rich malty tones, but not heavy.
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 finger head ruby red mild/medium carbination. Smell is chocolate/toffee & hops. Taste is hobgobline but a lot stronger with the chocolate & toffee,a stronger sourness and you can tell its a BIT heavier. So a stronger & better version of Hobgobline cheerís!~ Really good. Starts off almost like a porter or stout! :)
anfractuosity (340) - - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice beer, like a stronger version of hobgoblin. Nice darkish ambery colour.
Erzengel (7755) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml glass-bottle, BB 31 May 14, 3134 12:51
Thanks to Seanyfo for this beer! copper in the glass, nose of dark fruit and caramel. The beer starts intense, caramel, roasted and slightly sweet. A bitter taste comes to the beer in the mainpart, nicely harmonising, brown sugar, caramel, molasses. The aftertaste gets more bitter, only slightly sweet now, warming alcohol, very nice balanced roasted, not too sweet.
--> a great brew! I like it! --> 13/10/12/12
Ratballs (7) - - APR 12, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from asda. Pint glass. Much thicker feel that hobgoblin and indeed most of this breweries beers. Caramel, citrus, spruce. Deep red amber beer. Very good.
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed only on a Full Moon, a vintage version of an all time great.
I literally found this a slightly better, stronger crack of the whip.
Itís biggest difference from the non kingly version, this addition has a powerful Aroma, it hits the nose from across the room, and packís a Toasty, Roasted Cocoa, oddly Banana toffee like Aroma, though a little overpowering in that it melts your nasal passages.
It pours a deep darkest of dark ruby glimmering Ale, a little hazy with a Liberal medium brown, frothy head.
In the mouth it literally feels just like Hobgoblin, Stout like, Heavy and strong, of great fortitude.
I find itís taste simply a stronger more punchy version of regular Hob, Toasty, dominating chocolate, vanilla, and high Coffee profile.
Itís Finish is much longer and provides a smooth, but warming bitter-sweet taste, an amazing Brew and a Bold step.
swiseman (478) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a translucent brown with medium cream head. fairly strong malt aromas. taste is caramel, hazelnut and burnt toffee. finish is toffee, molasses and alcohol. overall, an enjoyable, yet very drinkable (despite the high gravity) beer. The best Wychwood offering I have had - by far.