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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 12-18-2003

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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 231
Photo of Melvintrude
1.9/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had this at a local tasting (Wychwood is my local brewery)

Very unpleasant and artificial . Trying very hard for that Christmas taste, but confused and sickly, strong cinnamon and even aniseed.

Watery mouth feel, no body at all.

Photo of patre_tim
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a copper tinge, a touch of haze and no carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of light beige head that fades relatively fast.

S: Dark toasted malts, a sort of candy-like quality similar to those Halloween chewy orange and black wrapper toffees.


T: Those Halloween toffees come in again, or perhaps humbugs, light caramel, dark toasted malts, a little sweetness. I am reminded of Coke while drinking this, and some brown ales gone wrong. Some spice notes, but muted.


M: Medium light, somewhat watery body, little carbonation.


O: Found it on Wishbeer, BKK. That was the best part. Its taste just was not up to par in my opinion. So many components remind me of the mass produced China macro brown ales I’ve had, so I feel disappointed. Great label on the bottle though, that was certainly not China produced.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good Christmas ale with cinnamon coming through.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and reddish copper in color with a sandstone one finger head that displays sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Fair aroma with hints of toffee, lighter caramel and an artificial banana character, like runts.

Taste - Severely disappointing. Muted notes of toffee, lightly roasted malt and fruity esters. Cardboard staleness. Finish is mostly flavorless, though a vague mineral character seems to linger.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery with light carbonation.

Overall - Going off the only info I could find regarding Wychwood's bottling date, apparently the A3EFG code corresponds to it having been been brewed sometime in 2013. Considering how muted and watery this beer is, I'd say that's probably likely, and I'd venture to guess somewhere around 15 months old; not good for a beer that's only 5% ABV. A shame I hadn't caught this before I bought it.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 1/2/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9) ounce bottle that I found in the discount bin for just $3.00 while I was over at Hy-Vee last week in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a reddish-dark amber in color with about a good half-finger off-white creamy head. Some light sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts and spice. Bit more going on with the taste with some dark fruits, caramel, yeast and toffee in the mix as well. A slightly dry hoppy finish was noticed but didn't last too long at all. Winter Warmer style brews have been all over the board. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received this as a present on Christmas Day and it's certainly the second best beer I've been given on that holiest of days. Anyway, it's definitely a great looking beer with a pleasing scent of malts. What I also enjoyed was the brew's smoothness - silkier than silk - and it helped mask the strong, almost too overpowering taste of the hops - a bit more bitter than I expected for an ale. Overall, it a really good beer, and I really like getting the larger bottles - so friends, keep them coming.

Photo of interzen
4.49/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look: Pours a dark, coppery red with a lightish head which diminishes fairly quickyl to a foam cap leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a bit of a 'Christmas cake' sort of smell - quite malty with lots of dark fruits, caramel and toffee hints. Not a huge amount of spiciness but if you let it sit for a bit you can get hints of cinnamon.

Taste: Again, a bit like Christmas cake but without the spice - plenty of malt up front along with the fruits and caramel. Slightly earthy too, as others have noted.

Feel: The maltiness gives it quite a 'heavy' feel but it's certainly not overpowering. This is a very malt-forward beer, although there's a hint of hop in the finish which makes it feel quite clean and crisp. Not a massive amount of carbonation.

Overall: I figured that I'd save this one for Christmas Eve, so I did - my preferences are more towards the malt end of the spectrum but even so this one might be a tad overdone. That said, it is marketed as a winter ale and it hits the bullseye there. Good, but not amazingly so.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, candied fruit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, fruit, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid caramel and fruit aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle $4.99. I used to love Hobgoblin so I thought this would be nice and festive. Dark amber color, good head. Aroma is sort of malt vinegar which I get from English beers sometime, not a sour vinegar. Flavor is malt, malt, malt and not bad but I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Not really a "Christmas" ale...missing the spices, but, an enjoyable dark ale. A fine offering from Wychwood.

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle leftover from last Winter I expect. I got it as a knockdown on the clearance rack on June 28, 2014.

The pour is lovely and attractive with its rich amber brown color and fine clarity leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very British with an abundance of caramel and toffee malts, molasses perhaps, roastiness, and a low to nearly indistinguishable hop note.

Medium body.

The taste has the same malt sweetness as the aroma suggests but with a touch of cardboard in the mix. That could be due to the age of this beer, which was probably not meant to be had 7-8 months after it came out.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Pours with a mostly short-lived, bubbly head. Lovely deep red-amber color.

Caramel and medium roast malts in the nose, with cinnamon and a subtle hint of coffee.

Flavor: largely follows nose, with cinnamon flavored caramel and medium roasted malts.

Feel: seems clearly too thin.

O: OK for the holidays.

Photo of budgood1
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours out of the half litre bottle a clear garnet colour with a short lived light tan head. little retention and lace. the aroma reminds me a bit of red wine...quite fruity with hints of x-mas spice. the taste profile is mish mash of toasted maltiness with fruity undertones and accents of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. it's a little flat on the tongue, which reduces the overall enjoyment of the various flavours. there is some residual bitterness from the hopping, which gives it a bit of balance and character. the mouthfeel is on the light side as is the overall body, which gives it a touch of drinkability. this concoction is a bit mundane for a spiced x-mas ale, but pleasant enough i suppose.

overall, the first thing that is evident is that this bottle is past its prime and i'm sure a brewery fresh pint would be rather festive to drink. that being said, i'm drinking this on March 31st during a raging blizzard when Spring is supposed to be springing and to that i say....BAH HUMBUG!!!!

Photo of chogm54
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I saw this dusting on the back of the shelf at the liquor store, the addition of cinnamon looks intriguing. Luckily it is an unusually cold February day in Oz, so great time for the xmas beer.

A - slightly hazy, copper colour. Pours a nice 1cm beige head, then lingers to a good sized lacing

s - not much in the way of smell. Sweet, dried fruit and bread , almost like an xmas pudding. Whiff of cinnamon

t - a bit flat here, sweet malts are there, some fruity (orange) and spicy notes but the cinnamon is subdued. A short sour aftertaste. A bit like flat chinotto.

A - slightly thin and watery feel, metallic finish, low carbonation

Average, a bit more body, higher ABV content, and a dash more cinnamon may have made it more interesting. Or maybe I don't have the xmas spirit anymore!

Photo of doktorhops
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the fridge, not a cold beer was stirring, not even a Gruit; the glassware was placed in the cupboard with care, in the hope that Doktor Hops would soon be there; the bottle-opener was nestled on the kitchen counter with glee, while it awaited its first bottle to open for me... turns out that bottle was Bah Humbug! from those fine purveyors of the beered beverage: Wychwood.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep translucent russet body with an off-white head that starts out grand but diminishes greatly, let's hope this last statement isn't a valid description for any other category in this review.

S: Big toasted biscuit, burnt caramel/toffee malt base, not unlike the Hobgoblin, with spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. So far so good. Also noted is a whiff of over-ripe banana (i.e. when the banana starts going black and you really have to eat it or throw it in the bin).

T: That's a shame, was kind of hoping for a festive spiced version of Hobgoblin but it really falls flat with all-too-muted flavours; toasted biscuit, burnt caramel/toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Hops? Forget about 'em. Perhaps I'm drinking it too cold? (which is a possibility with any English brew).

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad but not impressive.

D: This brew gets a big Christmas "Meh!" from me. Thus far all the seasonal beers from Wychwood have been miss & miss for me, a lazy afterthought attempt at holiday sales from a brewer I once respected [Ouch me!]. If you get the opportunity to buy this then do yourself a favour and don't, it's been a long time since finishing a glass of ale felt like a chore (WTF? I'm only half done!?!).

Food match: The tears of a Grinch.

Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Let the Xmas beers begin and pours a light hazed copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is vanilla,strong cinnamon,bananna and dried fruits not expecting much from the smell of things and the feel doesn't get much better which is light bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are pretty much the same as hobgoblin with cinamon added and overall no this not for me cheers.

Photo of admiral
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

strong flavour and easy to drink but a little sweet and artificial tasting for my liking

aroma: cinnamon, candy and artificial banana

taste: cinnamon, candy, artificial banana, spice, malt and toffee

a little thin in relation to mouthfeel

alright beer and could imagine it being popular in the mainstream at Christmas but not one I would seek out again

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - copper red pour, 1/2 finger of off white head, fast dissipation leaving random lace all over

S - strong banana ( reminds me almost exactly like those little candy bananas you can buy at 7-11 ) vanilla and caramel, an underlining sweetness

T - sweet and fruity upfront, prominent banana and some bubble gum, pear, cloves and cinnamon near the end, a fast finish with a slightly sweet yet tart aftertaste

M - medium carbonation, smooth, medium body

O - i think this is my first winter warmer and i quite enjoyed this throughout. the aroma and flavor was way off from what i first expected and i found this fairly well balanced and easy to drink, i am glad i tried this.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Sept 1 2014, served slightly chilled. This brew has been brought into my local store for a few years now, but the supply always seems to get snapped up before I get around to picking up a bottle. Naturally, I decided to just bite the bullet and try it right away this year.

Pours a beautiful, clear ruby-amber colour, generating about two finger's worth of frothy, off-white foam that soon recedes over the next minute or two. A creamy cap and collar are its eventual remnants, with a sticky ring of lace denoting the former high-water mark of the foam. The aroma is quite malty and sweet - light caramel and biscuits, with some ripe, spotted banana vibes. There's also some very faint clove and cinnamon spiciness in the background. Nothing off-putting, but too safe to be interesting.

That's about all I can really say about the flavour too - sweet, malty, and pretty straightforward. Bready malts, cinnamon toast and light toffee sweetness start us off, in addition to some plum and more of that ripe banana I picked up on the nose. The finish is a pleasant mixture of very light clove/cinnamon spice and leafy, almost citrusy hop notes. Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, with some roastiness and a hint of what seems like baker's chocolate. Not quite medium-bodied, but it has a velvety smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation that gives the illusion of a heftier body.

Final Grade: 3.52, a passable B grade. Wychwood's Bah Humbug is a rather plain winter warmer, but there's nothing inherently bad about or even wrong with it. The flavour is balanced but mild, with a gentle brushing of fruity spice and a finish/aftertaste that really ties the profile together. Unfortunately, it's just too light to have the same complexity and rich, inviting features that my favourite warmers tend to have. A serviceable English-style ale for the autumn and winter months.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle purchased at LCBO. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. Kick-ass label as with the rest of the Wychwood product line.

Appearance - Nice dark garnet color that yielded just over 2 fingers of creamy ivory head. The head lasted quite a while leaving tons of spidery lacing down the glass. Beer was transparent and had some bubbles present.

Smell - Cinnamon, herbs, spices. Hard to put my finger on it but smelled very festive, like a bakery at Christmas minus the yeasts and bready smell.

Taste - Cinnamon, herbs dominate left with a slightly bitter taste. Also quite spicy as far as beers I've had but unsure of how this compares with others in the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich, dry finish with medium carbonation. A definite warming effect in the mouth which is certainly understandbale given the style.

Overall - First of the style I've tried, but overall was pretty enjoyable. Was expecting a little more in the way of bold flavors but would definitely consider a repurchase.

Photo of Top_Jimmy
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a handfull of these leading up to Christmas but did not crack one until today. It pours a nice ruby red with oinly a minimal head. While drinking some lacing remains but nothing to drastic.

Mouthfeel seems watery without the body that some other Wychwood beers present. Carbonation is mild as well.

Smells is a mild malt, a hint of spice, overall nothing very prominent.

Taste is milder than I expected. Same mild spice, slight hop, no real sweet taste at all as I had expected. Finishes with a hoppy after taste.

Overall, I probably wouldn't buy this beer again but it is drinkable. Just an average beer and a slight let down from its apperance and packaging.

Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my in-laws for including a bottle with my Christmas gifts.

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour, finger of head with relentless retention that remained throughout and some sporadic lacing.

S - A touch metallic and a hint of corn bread, a touch of lemon grass and citrus rind with a leafy green finish.

T - An ESB flavour profile off the top with musty caramel and leafy green hop note, hits of cloves and plums with a metallic finish and hints of toffee and espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A solid winter ale with a decent flavour profile and an English ale backbone which makes for an easy drinking session ale. A tasty Christmas treat indeed!

Photo of maclean25
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several beers I got for Christmas. I only got one and drank it while waiting for Christmas dinner to be ready.

It has a deep, dark red-brick red, but clear, body. It poured with a excellent, creamy, beige head. Aroma is fresh, dominated by a hops and caramel, as well a dark (or over-roasted) coffee. The flavour is much like the aroma but ends with a shot of vanilla. The further into the beer I get the more an overly ripe fruit taste sticks. I also detect a touch of coriander and cloves. I find it has a heavy body with medium-to-high carbonation.

Overall, good for a seasonal winter warmer. Wouldn't be a regular and there are better winter ales, but this is good. Reminiscent of fruit cake: caramelized ripe fruit, would only get in winter, traditional, makes me think only the English would create it.

Photo of jrenihan
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB August 14, 2012

Beer is dark amber, a bit on the maroon side. A finger-width of white head. Dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a film. A fair bit of lacing.

A grassy smell (likely the hops) is most apparent, with some spice (clove) present as well. Biscuity malt scents. Pretty mediocre really, thin and not particularly nice.

Taste is a bit of an improvement over the smell, but is generally pretty similar. Grassy hops, bicsuit malt, some clove and coriander. A bit of dark fruit, such as plum, but not particularly pronounced. Mildly bitter finish.

High carbonation, irritating. Medium bodied, chewy.

Overall, similar to the bulk of Wychwood's products for me: fine but not particularly good and not something I would return to.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. The rear label mentions the addition of cinammon during the brewing process.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation and faint visible sediment. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing. Aroma is very sweet, with an intense hit of ripe bananas. Warm, fruity notes with cinammon and brown sugar. A whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a dominant banana note. A subtle warming hint of cinammon/spice along with toffee/caramel and yeast. A harsh stewed hop bitterness upon swallowing, and a background note of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but thin. Pretty astringent; dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of fruity bananas and a harsh bitter note.

Bah! Not good at all - this could ruin your Christmas! A vile, cloying aroma of bananas pervades this ale. Too sweet, with an unbalanced fruitiness that lacks balance from the malt. Finishes with a harsh stewed bitterness that is equally unpleasant. The spice is also rather lacklustre. In short, not much to enjoy here. There are other beers out there - give this a miss. Bah Humbug indeed!

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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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