Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by beerayrton:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I thought i'd have my second winter warmer for the year (after granville island's winter ale) and I thought i'd do it with some bah humbug!
Appearance - One finger of head, slowly dissipating to minimal lacing. it has a deep robust amberish red. very good looks.
Smell - You certainly get malty overtones, but a little bit of cinnamon peeks in from behind. it actually has a very muted smell. The one thing I should say is it might have been served a little too cold, which is my fault, and may detract from the smell.
Taste - You get the cinnamon right off the bat, and a little bit of spice in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is actually one of the best things about it, as there is a little bit of oiliness as it's going down. There are also caramel notes in there.
Mouthfeel - Slight Carbonation, with that oiliness really coming into play. It is definitely not full bodied, but it's trying.
Overall - Good winter warmer, definately much better than GI Winter Ale, but i'm sure i'll have better this christmas season. (or should I say, Christmas Saison?) Ha, I crack me up.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2011 05:59:52 | More by beerayrton
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3.16/5 rDev -9.5%
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 07:19:52 | More by chogm54
3/5 rDev -14%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 13:13:24 | More by doktorhops
Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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