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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 12-18-2003)
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Reviews by Vendetta:
Photo of Vendetta
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber hue, small head with a sticky, lasting lace. Smells very malty, same stickiness as the palate. Taste is almost early spring beer -- lots of sour malt, some mild caramel, little carbonation. Passable, but I enjoyed it. Would try again.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear chestnut brown in color with minimal off-white head. What head exists diminishes quickly to a basic ring of bubbles around the glass. Pretty good lacing.

S: Light malt smells, perhaps a caramel toast. Unlike most Winter Warmers, there isn't much of a robust smell of malt or spices.

T: Moderate malts splash the tongue but don't overwhelm. It's relatively light, and only slightly sweet with malts. Very slight bittering indicates there are some hops or spices added to mellow the malt but they really just bring things to an even keel. Finish is long and malty with a slightly dry linger.

M&D: Light to medium weight in the mouth with light carbonation lending itself toward a nice creamy swallow. The mouthfeel and moderate ABV sort of save an otherwise mediocre brew.

SIRIUS2, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, our variant of the beer sold here in Canada is only 5.0% and comes in a dark, near black bottle.

A: love it, reminds me of Christmas. looks like a dirty red brown. head is light tan, lacing is great throughout the drink.

S: the low, it doesn't have a strong odor for me, or perhaps the -41*C windchill tapped my senses for tonight. i definately smell spice with some flowery tones.

T: i like the way it tastes, the spice comes through along with a pleasant toffee / malts with nice hop and fruit detection as well.

M: decent, feels like a real drink for an enjoyable day.

D: also, i'm glad its seasonal because it makes it more enjoyable.

worth a go, definately try it!

EsoxLucius, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual bottle with witches imprinted onto the glass. Pours a nice soft dark shade of amber, clear with a tiny bubble, moderate head, and leaving better then average lacing. Minor nose of maple and malt. Smooth and malty brew, notes of light caramel, toffee, vanilla, and perhaps some light holiday type spicing. British all the way, pleasant winter sipper or would go nicely with a large winter meal. Nicely crafted and worth a try, especially for lovers of Brit style ales.

Billolick, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I'd kick off the holiday season with a winter warmer - this one was one of a scant few available at the LCBO.

Poured into a Wychwood ale glass. A ruby-copper colour, slightly opaque. A bit of white head that dissolved into a thin ring.

The nose is very nice, but you have to let this beer warm up a few degress to get anything. At first, it simply smells like a typical pale ale, but after a few minutes, wonderful Christmassy notes begin to creep in: cinnamon, cloves, bread and chocolate, a bit of nutmeg. Very pleasant.

The taste is about the same. Traditional pale ale at first, but the finish is a wonderful blend of chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of mint would have sealed the deal as a true Christmas brew, but I understand how risky that would be. All in all, a solid brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but certainly enjoyable for a session.

A good start to the Christmas beer season; can't wait to pick up more holiday brews! If you're looking for a decent Christmas ale, Bah Humbug is worth a go.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of canucksBC
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

canucksBC, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Moo5152
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Moo5152, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
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!

jazzyjeff13, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

chickenm, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt sienna appearance, pale yellow frothed milk head of pretty decent staying power. Good interlocking laces on the glass. Aroma between apricot and medium-bitter marmalade. Carbonation is average, mouthfeel approaches this mark as well. Flavor is not bad, approachable, certainly skewed toward the malty side, a touch of a candied fruit tone with a darker more molasses and hot nutmeg backdrop and finish. Could use a bit more solidity in the overall body, but its a drinkable enough brew and one of the better Wychwood bottled beers to my mind.

ADR, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

chinchill, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm lightly aged copper color with a clear body and a creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass. There is a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light toasted malt note with a brown malt hint. There is a pot caramel note that is a little off and is muttled in with most of the aroma.

T- This beer has a bitter note in the beginning that blends with the brown malt flavors. There is a faint note of field corn and apple wood with a slight buttery finish. Also in the finish is a light green bitter hop note. The flavors are all blurred together and as it warms they grow in sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- This beer is pretty bland and it reminds me of a very delicate beer that sat on a boat for too many months. The flavors and smells are not crisp or distinct or fresh. The bottle did say it was brewed this year so I would like to try it direct from the brewery to see if it is any different.

rhoadsrage, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9 oz brown bottle poured an orangish brown cloudy liquid with a thin toenail yellow head. Not much retention other then a light collar some thin haze of foam and a few random streaks of lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty with no real christmasy spice but more of a hop zing. All in all the scent is not daring or bold but moderate.

Taste is of caramel and toasted malts with a warm hop spiciness that develops even more in the aftertaste. There is a little numbness to the tongue from a light bitterness. The finish is the best part of this beer, a malty warmth with a little hop bite dance on the palate.

Balanced hops and carbonation thrust the sweet malty flavors to the foreground of this offering. A smooth drinking beer that is soft on the mouth and easy to consume. I'm not a huge fan of English beer and not winter warmers but this one is tasty. I feel like this one can be enjoyed year round and is quite refreshing.

jbphoto88, May 30, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy opaque reddish amber with a creamy offwhite head and delicate lacing

S-Sweet, malts, spice (cinnamon, vanilla) and a waft of citrus like sourness.

T-Malts predominate here, with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, balanced off by a bit of hops. A bit on the sweet side, but not much, and not cloying. The spice takes a backside, but is always there, as it should be in a Christmas beer. This is a tasty winter brew with a classic English feel, and I like it a lot.

M-Moderate carbonation, medium chewy mouthfeel, but overall good for the style.

D-Very drinkable example of a winter warmer. I will definately go back for more.

Re-review....

If you like Winter Warmers and you like the English style, this is one of the best combinations of the two. This is not the best warmer by any means, but there is something about it so comforting, so appealing, and so damn drinkable that I went back to my local distributor and bought out the rest they had in stock.

caddybuyer, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown in color. Lots of caramel in the nose, also a small amount of hop. The taste is slightly rich, again, with lots of caramel flavors but only a little hop to back it up. Also a small amount of spice and dark fruit flavor. The overall impression is basicaly sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is pretty good, with some decent body and carbonation to offset it. Unfortunately, the overall impession was not all that great. I would say it was too sweet for the lack of depth in the flavor. It was ok, but I doubt I'll go here next year.

zjungleist, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really dark golden amber with lots of red tones in the glass is topped with an off white sticky head that melts quickly to sticky lacing.
Aromas are sort of scotish ale like...sweet amber malts with butterscotch. Fresh, not cloying.
Flavor follows aroma...scotish styled sweet amber malts that sort of melt into butterscotch then finish slightly on the tart side. A little red apple and caramel is hidden in there as well.
Aftertaste is red apple which cleans the palette nicely.

IntriqKen, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle - only 5% ABV in the version sold in Alberta - does that disqualify it from the Winter Warmer style categorization?

Nice label - the Dickensian yuletide imagery is pretty spot-on.

This beer pours an attractive medium amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some thin webbed lace in its slowly-receding wake. It smells of biscuit and caramel malt, and a very mild cinnamon/cloves spicing. The taste is nutty caramel malt, some earthy dried fruit, and again, very, very subtle Christmas spices, cinnamon, mostly. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes with some more light maltiness, clean as a whistle.

While a nicely balanced, and enjoyable English ale, that's all there seems to be to it, the promise of the packaging gone up in the fireplace's smoke, metaphorically singing poor ol' St. Nick's sexy backside. Something with this outward attitude needs to show it on the inside as well, otherwise it's more of a "Meh, Humbug!" for this dreamer.

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed copper topped by a finger and half of beige head. Mediocre head retention and spotty lace. Big brown sugar aroma with notes of cinnamon and nuts. Tastes of toffee, dried fruit, cinnamon, and nuts. Slightly sweet and reminiscent of fruitcake. Mild, earthy, floral bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied with low carbonation, feels thin. It has a nice flavour to it, but could use a little more heft.

mintjellie, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of beerbrains
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

beerbrains, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colour with some scent of cinammon and malt. More sweet than spicey, a bit complex with nutmeg and some chocolate malts. Decent head. Spicy refreshing with drying finish. Some hops there. Medium mouthfeel.Not bad and worth having once. Appropriate carbonation. Drinkability=worth sharing.

Sammy, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of CanuckRover
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't go wrong with Wychwood as far as I'm concerned, and this is no exception!

Pours with a large billowy head, medium size bubbles and quickly dissapating. Very nice colour, red/organge and crystal clear. Thinnish lacings from the red-tinged foam.

Alot of toffee in the aroma. Smells quite sweet, as was expected, and the cinnamon is definately there. Possibly some maple or other sweet syrup gives it a real festive sweet smell.

Immediate cream soda-like taste, not a bad thing, but it's certainly quite sweet in a non-fruit sort of way. That nice light, sweet malt that marks all of Wychwood's brews is there, great that they were able to balance it with the other spices. Call me crazy but there's a bit of an eggnog taste to it! The cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and certainly some vanilla combined with perfect, creamy body. Despite all those lovely sweet flavours, there is still a good bit of alcohol there to warm me up on this freezin' winter night after trecking home through the snow on this Friday night.

As already mentioned, this is a nice creamy beer, surprising for the appearance to me. Good ale carbonation, no complaints there. Great winter beer all around, love it.

CanuckRover, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red and orange brew with a small foamy cap of white bubbles. This one is pretty clear, but very christmassy in hue.

S - Malty and slightly spiced. Very little hops detected. Could be stronger.

T - Nutty, malty, and mellow. Some crisp hops add bite to the sweet and mellow brown ale-like brew. The spices are (thank god) subdued enough to allow the red ale / nut brown ale qualities to predominate. Very nice.

M - Sweet at first with a nice full body and a drying finish. Mellow English feel with low carbonation.

D - Pretty damn good for a "winter warmer." I'd drink it again.

pmcadamis, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of FernMaster
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Is it appropriate to say Bah Humbug to a beer titled Bah Humbug?

I opened this beer because today was a miserably cold day and a winter warmer sounded like a good idea. A winter warmer would probably be a great thing for a day like this, however this wouldn't be the beer I'd recommend.

The pour of Bah Humbug was something bad. There was no head, which naturally leads to no lacing. The smell is perplexing, an oddity of flavors. Multiple fruits are present as is some yeast and it kind of smells like a Brown Ale to me actually. These fruit flavors, maybe grape, oranges and the yeasts, possibly some sort nut don't blend well together at all. It's like the line-up of a drive in movie theater, both of the features may be good, but the juxtaposition is non-appealing. It looks septic kind of too. A morbid, rancid caramel color. The taste is a combination of all the flavors you get on the nose and a few others that don't work as well. I don't have a cute metaphor for how this doesn't work. The problem is all the spices in the beer are conflicting for your attention with the fruit flavors and everything else in the beer. I can't decipher everything in one drink either, each gulp seems to have a different play to it and if this was a beer where the flavor was good I could enjoy that fact, but in this it's too bad. I really like Wychwood, Hobgoblin is one of my favorite beers, Bah Humbug is not. I, for a fact, will never buy this beer again.

Ignore this entire review if it was intentionally bad and naming it Bah Humbug was some sort of avant-garde humor.

Update: Drain Pour!

FernMaster, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice little surprise that my girlfriend brought home from Cork and Bottle around the corner for me the other night. Glad to know my incessent beer snobbery is begining to turn her from the dark side.

Nice to see Wychwood using brown bottles, spread the word to your British bretheren. Pours a dark rusty amber with a thumb of khaki bubbles. Nose is spicey and sweet, like a gingerbread cookie, a malty gingerbread cookie. Taste is dominated by a robust, but not overpowering winter warmer spice blend and sweet caramel/toffee malts. Mouthfeel is a little thin but lager slick, but what British beer that I've encountered hasn't? Overall a tasty and relatively easy-drinking winter warmer, but I couldn't have more than one.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 11, 2005
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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.