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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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228 Reviews
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Reviews: 228
Hads: 339
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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 BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I expected, but still fairly decent. A sort of cloudy coppery colour with a dirty white head. Smells like brown bread, malts and plum.

Tastes like rye crackers, malts and raisins with a bit of mince pie. There's a slight acidic, sour taste.

Otherwise, this is a drinkable ale that is a nice accompaniment to a christmas meal, or by itself.

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Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this under the tree... I had it Christmas afternoon.

Bottle is encrypted with "5 CEH 13:06", whatever that means?

A: Redish-copper, off-white head, not much retention, but nice lace.

S: English floral/citrousy hops and sweet, caramel malt.

T: Bready malt, a little fruity from the yeast, raisins, plums, slight citrous hop flavour (Goldings?), a little butter and caramel. If it wasn't balanced towards the bitter side, it might be reminiscent of plum pudding!

M: Moderate body is a little creamy, carbonation is moderately high.

D: Very nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange-bronze with highlights of festive cranberry and edges of ripe orange peel. The head is equal parts pale gold, pale orange and beige and gives a pretty good accounting of itself. It's bubbly, sturdy, a better than respectable lace generator, and is a fine capper to a good looking Christmas ale.

This is a Christmas ale? It sure doesn't smell like one to me. The nose is lightly caramel malty with an assertive amount of sour fruit and musky English hops. Where's the richness, the complexity, the holiday spice, anything that would make me think that this is something other than yet another Wychwood variation on the English pale ale theme? Bah...

Bah Humbug tastes like an ESB to which a more generous amount of caramel malt has been added. It's also sweet, although equally bitter, and is spicy. However, it's spicy in the generic sense, not in terms of any one particular spice or combination of spices. In addition, the beer tastes like overripe apple chunks rolled in black tea leaves

I can appreciate a firm, 'toasted bread' maltiness that is balanced by a respectable amount of hop flavor and bitterness, so it looks as if plenty of ingredients were added to the kettles. However, that 'certain something' that would excite my taste buds just isn't there. As far as being a winter warmer, I'm still not buying it.

The finish is probably the best part of the flavor arc. That's where the various flavors finally become comfortable with one another and meld into something resembling good beer. The mouthfeel is strictly medium and fits the beer's flavor and personality very well.

Bah Humbug is definitely one of Wychwood's better offerings. Jacking up the malt and hops does not a winter warmer make, but it does result in a pretty good beer from a brewery that, in my experience, struggles to brew 'pretty good' beer. I'm on the fence with this one. Since today is Christmas, I'll be generous and give it a tentative thumbs up.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 6% abv, an indecipherable date code laser’ed on to the bottle “5 CEH 13:35”, I guess it’s a secret, and marketing blab about “choicest hops and malts”. A nicely shaped BROWN (did they get my memo?) bottle with raised flying witch profiles, it seems an odd size at 1 pt 0.9 fl. oz.

Aroma: Spiced butter? Apple butter? A pine smell gives me some “cleanser” notes, but not absolutely in a bad way. Slightly vegetal it’s strangely reminiscent smell, but I can’t place it. (Eyechartbrew helped me nail it: it smells like Scarecrow.)

Appearance: Hazy dark amber mug with a thin coat a solid collar of tan that gave respectable lace.

Flavor: Dry malt flavor accented with a floral hop. Equal amounts of malt and hops, but not in a blended or balanced way. There is a bit of a spiced cider element to it, but again, not a smooth flavor profile, everything seems to stick out. As it warmed, I get a little hint of stale butter and tea flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very dry and short finish.

Overall Impression: The main flavor is fairly close to apple or pear, very fruity. It’s very dry which helps drinkability. Everything seems on the edge of a flaw, but I’m thinking maybe it’s just a style I’m not used to. It’s much better than the light struck mess I got with Scarecrow, but nothing to do back flips over. It has me thinking if I see a Scarecrow in a brown bottle, they might get another shot from me.

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Photo of mynie
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright red. No prententions of blackness like some. It's happy being red.

Promising, candy-sweet smell. Sugared malt. Pasteurized, but it works, somehow. It's like the sweetness would have been too sweet were it not dulled, or it's just right in a synthetic, processed way, like Hostess chocolate doughnettes.

Annnnd it falls flat on the taste. Nothing bad, it's decent, but doesn't live up to the smell. Plum fruity malt. Tastes like an okay English brown, sweet, baked, no complexity and very little hop.

Nothing like a regular warmer. Hints of Worcestershire confuse things even further. An okay beer.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy reddish-amber in color with a thick creamy light tan head. Nice malty aroma with a hint of cinnamon, sweet caramel, raisin and a feint whiff of alcohol. Medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation. Very malty upfront. Dried fruit and spices emerge in the middle. Hint of raisin and vanilla in the finish. The 6.0% abv is masked pretty well. Nice offering from Wychwood and a very smooth winter warmer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into an over sized wine glass. the color was a nice brownish amber. The head was thin and tan with little lacing. The carbonation is nice. Had a malty smell with figs, brown sugar and mild spice. Great mouthfeel easy to drink, too easy. I love this beer, too bad its a winter seasonal. I would drink it all the time.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mid brown with a slight haze( bit light tan head though). Not much of a nose to speak of( some malt wafting around), this beer needs a turning up of the volume knob. The taste is malty and dryish on the finish but for a winter warmer I want more malt and more finish. The saving grace is that the balance is there and so is the framework of a good beer but like a radio with the sound turned down it is hard to really appreciate it.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a quarter inch head that recedes to a thin spotty cap, that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell; decent malty aroma with some light nutmeg and a little bit of a nutty smell.

Taste; mildly spiced and a malty, with just a little nut flavor. Theirs a little bit of a hop tang, but not very much. None of the flavors really stands out very much in this beer, but it idoes go down really easy. Overall I was expecting much more out of this "Winter Warmer".

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a sparse coating of head and a slight cloudyness. Nose is interesting. Buttery toffee, brown sugary, with a moderate fruityness. I think the diacetyl is working with this brew. Flavor is much more roasty and raisiney. Almost like some raisin bread. There is just a light touch of hoppy bitter on the finish. No spice. Feel is moderate with a light moderate carbonation. This is definately a nice brew. Everything works well together. I like this for a winter warmer. Might be the best from the brewery I have had.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated pint poured into an imperial pint glass.

Clear, burnished copper with a solid head of off white. Good taying power with random globs of lace.

Malty sweetness with cinnamon, nutmeg and floral hops. A little weak in the nose.

Again, malty upfront when tasted. The hops are next, can't id the strain but they are pleasantly English with a slight metallic note. The spices come in towards the finish. Nutmeg, a pinch of vanilla and even less cinnamon. Hops linger with the spices in the aftertaste.Tasty and more balanced than a lot of American WWs.

Moderate mouth that has just enough carbonation tingle. I could drink a few more for sure.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma nice and malty, sweet with a light spicy character, maybe some raisins and rum.

Taste is richly malted, slightly spiced, mildly hopped. Less spice than most Christmas ales but a nice subtle hoppiness that keeps it from getting too sweet. Other than that, no other flavors really stand out.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. It falls a little short for a winter warmer, not a lot to set it apart. Not that it's bland, it would make a nice everyday brew, but not really distinctive or with a depth of flavor that would make me anticipate it from one season to the next.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is somewhere between copper and amber. The creamy head is light brown and on the small side. Aroma is faint with a vague molasses-like malt smell. A sip begins with a sweet, bready malt flavor that has of touch of butteriness. So far this tastes a little bit like Fat Tire. Midway through a molasses flavor joins the mix alongside a moderate amount of alcohol. This taste carries through to the finish and is capped with a burst of dry hop flavor. Overall, the flavor is very good, but I expect something bigger and more interesting from a winter warmer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out deep red with not a lot of head, just a thin ring. On the plus side, because of the oversized bottle it does fill my Imperial Pint glass. Smell is softly hoppy and that's really it...no seasonal aspect that I'm able to pick up, which means it is knocked down.

Flavour starts out with a hop wave and then tries to dish up some slight spice action...but they are so slight that this beer should hardly qualify as a warmer. Some nuttiness in between, but nothing overly impressive. Finish is not even that hoppy, not really that much of anything. This is really not even doing it for me as a pale, and as a warmer I expect quite a lot more.

Mouth, thin, but this style of beer usually isn't that thick. Despite the lightness of them in the flavour, the hops do lend some action, so I'll leave it at average. Drinkability, well, it's decent, but I wasn't anticipating each sip.

Overall, this is horribly overpriced for what you get. Thoroughly undistinct flavour, not enough spices, not enough hops, lacking almost everywhere.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer from Wychwood. I was looking for something kind of special to drink tonight, so this'll do. The head on this thing was miraculous! Had awesome retention and never showed signs of totally leaving. The body was a darkish, golden amber. Smell was of fruits and spices, with a tinge of hops in the end. Taste was similar, but not so strong on the fruits and hops. Had some spices there, but nothing too overbearing. Easily a drinkable beer. Definately something I'll have again. Ba Humbug(whatever a Humbug is) indeed.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red-brown with an off-white lumpy head... Some foam sticks around throughout the glass leaving bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty straight-up british ale - lots of fruit and caramelized grain in the nose, no hops to speak of.

Taste is again a pretty straight british pale ale - plums and apricots in the front with a bit of caramel to follow... The only deviation from a BPA is the minimal spicing with faint echoes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. A bit on the sweet side but not excessive.

Mouthfeel is fine - a light oily coating on the palate, enough carbonation to leave a clean mouthfeel. No hop bittering to be found, slightly sweet aftertaste but again not excessive.

All in all okay and quite drinkable but I would have preferred a more bold approach. Just a tad below Fuller's or Young's standard Pale Ales but if it had been spiced more it would have stood out better.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a quite dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Some lacing, though not much. Strong malt aroma, moderately fruity. Flavor is predominantly malt, with a light roastiness and toffeeness. Bitterness is moderate, with no particular hop flavor. There's an undercurrent of spices I can't quite identify. Finishes moderately dry. Medium-full bodied, neutral texture.

Good beer, but doesn't stand out for me.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark shade of amber, more of a reddish brown really. Rocky off white head.

Smell is quite good, very fruity with a touch of brown sugar and spices mostly cinnamon and orange riding on the alcohol fumes. Scent is a bit sweet smelling.

Taste is a little sweet and salty? Mild and fruity this has a smoky bitter tang in the finish that is quite good. Spice is mostly a jumble of Christmas potpourri with only vanilla standing out to be identified and maybe cinnamon. This is a tasty sweeter British ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a tasty British ale that I will buy again. I can't help but notice that this is bottled in brown glass that protects the beer and not clear that does nothing to protect the beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent tan head that dissipates to little or no lacing.

Smell is sweet, strong maltiness with hints of cinammon and nutmeg.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a pleasant nuttyness. complemented with a dry hop finish. Not bad, but I would prefer a little more oomph.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin for my taste.

This would be an easy to drink session beer because the flavors are rather mello. Not a bad beer for this style but I would prefer something...bigger.

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Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber-brown and sits a deep caramel brown in the glass with a large, light tan head. Fades to a ring of foam around the glass, few lacings strech up the glass.

Smells sweet and doughy with loads of caramel and light toffee up front. Hints of apple and pear thrown around. Malts definately dominate, rich, toasty and mouthwatering.

Malts hurl themselves at you from the start, lobbing out hunks of toasted grain, caramel and mild nuttiness. Slight specks of raisins, accompanied with overripened apples. Bitterness slowly trots in, providing some light grassy flavors. Still, it's all malts all the way into the mildly bitter finish.

Rich, smooth and creamy in the mouth with soft and low-level carbonation. Medium-full in body.

This is just an all-around, easy drinking beer...nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice, thick looking brew, brownish amber color. The bottle I have is not clear as the picture shows, but dark brown (good!). My "in a nutshell" review is this is a very predictable English winter warmer. Thick and chewy malts dominate with subtle spices coming through as my beer warms up to room temperature. Reminds me of a winter-style Newcastle if such a thing existed. Certainly a good brew but absent of any aggressive/interesting hop profile I've grown to love in many of the US craft brew winter seasonals.

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Photo of whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A nice dark amber color with a modest fizzy tan head that hangs around breifly and leaves only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is mostly toasted malt, bready with a hint of cinammon and cloves.

Light/medium bodied with a spicy start giving way to a bready, nutty malt flavor before finishing with a bite of hops and more lingering spice and a hint of alcohol warmth. Mild and light bodied for a winter warmer, but at least not overly sweet.

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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.