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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of beerinabottle
4.71/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good Christmas ale with cinnamon coming through.

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
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 zenithberwyn
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tdenham
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hozat
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jgolian
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mick303
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of boszormeny
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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 MJ63
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ScaryEd
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of gefinley
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of MiWolfman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.