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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
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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Photo of Mark


3.7/5  rDev +6%

Beer was deep amber with a thinning offf white head. Lacing was pretty good. Very sweet malty aroma, little hop is evident. very smooth malty palate with some sweetness. Carbonated mouthfeel, a bit too much for an English beer imho. Not bad though and I would suggest trying it out on a cold night.

01-12-2007 04:41:48 | More by Mark
Photo of Abita45


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

This beer started unremarkably but grew on me as I worked my way down the pint. It has a dark amber color, and a relatively non-existent head and mild lacing. It has a prominent aroma, though, and I can pick up cinnamon and some sweeter spices in it, along with some hops. Promising.

Initially, I didn't taste much with this beer, but midway through the glass I realized I good it is. What I thought was a simple beer, ended up having quite a bit going for it. Along with the cinnamon and mulling-like hints of spices, there's a fruit taste early on in the beer that drys out with the hops in the finish. I also initially thought it was relatively thin bodied, but subsequent sips led me to feel this is a medium bodied beer that pulls together some good tastes to it.

While not the most interesting Christmas Ale I've had, it is definitely a decent one if you give it a chance.

01-06-2007 03:37:08 | More by Abita45
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.7/5  rDev +6%

500ml bottle, $1.99 from Party Mart, Louisville, KY

Poured into a chalice, one-finger off-white head fades to a thin ring, over a cloudy dark amber body. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fruity, warm, raisiny. Fascinating. Nice.

Taste is nutty-malty. Like a nut brown ale on mild steroids. Not as malty as a normal winter warmer. Interesting back note of fruit, maybe baked apple.

Mouthfeel is okay, maybe a bit thin for a w-w.

Drinkably is relatively high, because this is low on alcohol for a w-w.


01-03-2007 22:34:25 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of faust82


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

I got this as a late christmas present from a friend, who obtained them through the ordering list at the government alcohol monopoly. It came in a 500ml bottle, 6.0%vol.

The beer pours a clear deep red/brown, with a nice foamy head. The foam withdraws, leaving only a thin layer on the surface, and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is pleasant, grains with a nice fruity aroma and some hints of spice.

Taste is marked by hops in the beginning, and quickly develops into fresh fruity tones. A hint of raisins and citrus. As it fades, a notion of cinnamon appears.

I'd use this beer along with the christmas dessert, or as a dessert in it's own. An excellent choice for a quiet evening with family and friends.

12-26-2006 14:24:37 | More by faust82
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New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts balanced to slightly sweet some doughyness, tries to be bitter at finish but fails. Don't get any cinnamon flavor. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

12-26-2006 00:57:41 | More by jdhilt
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4.43/5  rDev +26.9%

Pours amber with nice color and clarity. The thin head becomes a lasting patch.

Wintry spices - cinnamon, nutmeg - roasted grains with a touch of caramel. Dark fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet roasted grains, floral, fruity (apple and cherry). An underlying hop bitterness balances out the sweetness in the finish. Just a touch of warming alcohol comes through - just enough. Long, dry bittersweet finish.

It has a nice, smooth yet crisp texture. It does thin a bit to bring it to medium bodied, when it should be fuller. But, it does hold up enough to make it enjoyable.

Complex and tasty while being easy to drink for the style. It's not the heaviest or most "warming", but a great choice for a more drinkable, "sessionable" winter ale. A very good example of an English-style winter ale.

12-25-2006 18:49:54 | More by jwc215
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

12-25-2006 18:48:26 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of stephendr


3.28/5  rDev -6%

500 ml. bottle –mahogany hue –nice stark white head, medium bubbles lingering – nose bananas , malt , cloves , and a candy quality – taste of bananas , malt , spices , slight bitterness – smooth palate, little carbonation - aftertaste bitter , hopps , sour and earthy

12-21-2006 07:55:59 | More by stephendr
Photo of Morris729


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours mahogany in color with a creamy light tan-head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is fruity apricot and raspberry jam along with a bit of butterscotch. Taste is lightly roasted malt and a bit of raisin along with a mild holiday spiciness. A moderate hoppiness finishes out the beer.

12-12-2006 17:44:06 | More by Morris729
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

16.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium copper with a good 2 finger head, decent longevity and nice lace. Not a huge aroma here but what is noticeable is a definate caramel malt mixed with some spice and a bit of pine. Definate caramel malts in the taste mixed with a decent amout of hop flavor and finishes with a cinnamon and nutmeg aftertaste. Not hugely complex, but complex enough to enjoy. Not one of my favorite winter warmers but still a very nice one.

12-10-2006 01:30:30 | More by sabrills70
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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: reddish-brown pour with nice sized 2" head after vigorous pour. Lacing clings to glass sides as head recedes.

Smell: nutty, sweet like marshmellows, bit of spice.

Taste: mild spice and hop bitterness balanced well with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, a bit thin, not textured enough for what I've come to know in a Christmas ale.

Drinkability: while easy to drink, doesn't necessarily remind me of a Christmas ale. Not really a winter warmer. Not enough complexity, depth or even alcohol warmth in the mouth.

12-05-2006 12:24:23 | More by Procrastinator
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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

(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.

11-29-2006 14:00:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

LCBO tasting sample- The colour of amber gems. Head is beige, and generously frothy, but no lace is left behind. Spices(nutmeg), pumpkins, christmas cake, roasty malts come together in the nose. Flavours are sweet and spicy with pumpkin and christmas pudding and fruitcake finishing with some bitterness. Befitting of this time of year. I suspect others have had this in a clear bottle, and thus rated a little lower than the few recent Canadian ratings. A treat.

11-28-2006 14:51:18 | More by mrmanning
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a deep blood red with copper and bright pink highlights gleaming forth from the perfectly clear body. The head is a light tan, tall and thick, leaving gobs and sheets of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Retained well, with streams of carbonation surfacing from the bottom of my tulip throughout the pint. Absolutely gorgeous. Smell is a touch disappointing. Their very distinctive yeast strain comes through loud and clear, but the spices and maltiness suffer as a result. Still, cinnamon is obvious, along with bright caramel and a bit of butter. Dark fruits and boozy rum are minor notes, all good things, but a bit muddled and not as bold and distinct as they could be. Taste is better, spicy and inviting. Cinnamon is obvious, along with cloves and a bit of pepper. The fruits are missing in action, just a hint of raisin remaining, but the caramel is very assertive. Finishes rather hoppy, at least for a winter warmer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, well carbonated, but it could really use more body to extend the finish and bring out some of the darker notes. Drinkability is good. Not bad at all, a solid offering from Wychwood, but I can't help but think that if they put as much effort into their beer as they do in their marketing they'd be world class.

11-24-2006 23:01:42 | More by Mandrake
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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

pours a bright copper with red hues and no head what so ever.
the aroma is bready, malty, hints of unidentified spices, yeasty.
the flavor is kinda lacking in my opinion, it is a good beer with its malty, minerially, hop flavor, and hints of spice. but the beer is a little watery, in a christmas ale i expect a bit more body and flavor. maybe i;m just to used to american christmas ales but this beer is a little watery.

11-23-2006 04:18:15 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -43.3%

pours a nice ruby red with a full inch of fluffy head. the head is very slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. rye bread. a hint of spice. slightly roasty.

taste is odd. ashy roastyness. bit of malt. lots of spice, mostly cinnamon. turns lagery in the finish and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. seems to get worse with each taste.

mouthfeel isn't great. very astringent. odd clinging unpleasant mouthfeel.

drinkability is not so good. can't say i'll be going back for more of this one.

11-22-2006 23:23:25 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Bah Humbug pours a clear ruby red, topped with a copious, and thick off-white head. Metallic notes are prominent in the nose. Taste is quite buttery, and mouthfeel very creamy and thick to start off. I'm not tasting any of the cinnamon that's supposed to be in this. Fruitiness and a heavy roasted grain flavour is here and a touch of tartness up front, which gives way quickly to a low-intensity, but lasting bitter finish. This is neither dry nor sweet, but somewhere in the middle, not as refreshing as I find EPAs and bitters to usually be; it's a bit on the heavy side. Overall, an appropriate choice for the season - served not too cold, and in big mouthfuls, I would have this either after dinner, or instead of.

11-22-2006 01:32:09 | More by allergictomacros
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%

Picked up a single at the NSLC in the christmas giftpack section.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber/mahogany colour with a medium sized foamy tanned head. The head dissolves to a lace covering rather quickly.

Aroma: More hop in the nose than I would've expected. Sweet malts with lots of fruity tones. The cinnamon listed on the bottle is very very faint.

Taste: Strong malt presence with mild spicy hops. Very low bitterness, but still maintains a medium hop character. Cinnamon, dried fruit and some alcohol. Leaves a warm and very mildly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a fair amount of carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary. Drinkability is pretty high.

Final Statement: This will not be my christmas beer this year but It's still not bad. A little too fruity for my liking.

11-20-2006 22:05:11 | More by MMansfield
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3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

It must be the Xmas theme with decorations, but it always seems that Winter Warmers are unusually pretty, festive looking beers. A real pretty beer, a beautiful Colorado sunset orangish-red, the kind of color that is hard to define but yet everyone recognizes, yet very clear & sharp, warm & inviting. Head was a solid 2 fingers of almond hues tight foam. A very faint dance of bubbles belied a slightly lacing surface...visually a very attractive beer.

Nose is deep. very rich with malts, assorted dried fruits, a little nutty, a hint of sharpness, perhaps a biscuit. Its unusual in its lack of spices, which to me are a trademark of the genre.

Its even but admittedly uneventful on the initial pallete, a bit syrupy, bittersweet but not in a way that is all that pleasing. Traces of honey, burnt caramel in hoppiness, but its actuall quite uneventful, even a bit thin & watery after the initial syrupyiess (syrupiness???). The finish is rather dull, coating of the tongue, bitter, but a nice warming glow to ward off a night's chill. The aftertaste is a wee bit bitter, but nicely warming on the teeth and malted.

Its not a good sign when the best part of the taste is the finish. You find yourself drinking a bit quicker than usual to either enjoy the next beer or get to the best part of this one. There is nothing spectacular about this, which is a shame given the usual tasty nature of Winter Warners, and especially one so pretty to look like. Truly a legacy to not judging a book by its cover. There are far better examples of this genre available. Try it if your curious or offered one, but otherwise you can do a lot better than this. Bah Humbug indeed...

11-17-2006 22:53:39 | More by BuckSpin
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Wychwood's Bah Humbug! pours a beautiful pint! It's clear, deep mahogany body reveals chestnut and orange highlights within; and its frothy tan head holds quite well and leaves remarkable lace.

The Wychwood yeast is apparent in the nose, lending it a bit of a mineral aspect along with some lightly roasted malt, notes of dark caramel, and a bit of dark fruit.

It's medium bodied and silky smooth across the palate with a fine, restrained carbonation.

The yeast appears again in the flavor, lending it a bit of iron, and perhaps some woodiness, as well as dark-skinned fruitiness (plum/prune, raisin, but there's also some apple and pear, and even some tangerine). The caramel appears darker, almost burnt, and more like hard-candy than anything soft and gooey. A soft, dull roastiness (perhaps from a bit of very highly kilned chocolate malt) acts as the mattress in this bed of flavors (the yeasty fruitiness is, of course, the colorful silk sheet on top); and beneath that is a solid base of dry bitterness. It finishes dry with a quick-passing note of darkly caramelish malt infused with a berry-like fruitiness. That immediately fades to become more like a bitter-skinned dark fruit, and then just as quick as it began only a lingering bitterness is left.

As a huge fan of English ales I found this quite remarkable. In fact, I loved it! I think I might pass out to find a pint of it, cask-conditioned, in London during the holidays.... but I digress. It should be enjoyed at or near cellar temperature, in the proper glassware (an Imperial pint), and with the right frame of mind. Beautifully done! A real gem.

11-15-2006 01:17:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

After being poured from its unusually shaped bottle, Bah Humbug appears a clear deep amber. It has a tan frothy head with good retention.

The smell is well pronounced and very sweet.

Its taste is very sweet and quite unusual. Its like nothing that I have personally had before.

The mouthfeel is very slick, and leaves an undesirable aftertaste.

Bah Humbug is far from the favorite beer that I have ever tasted, but that is a personal taste. With that said, I would suggest giving it a try.

11-11-2006 00:11:53 | More by DrinkinBoy
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

11-09-2006 01:45:28 | More by Billolick
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Part of the new winter release at the LCBO. Noticed this one and decided to give it a shot.

This poured a nice dark red with a moderate head leaving some lacing. Smell is interesting, hops and malt with a strange aroma of something I can't quite describe. It tastes good but that strange aroma makes itself quite prominent. As it warms, that aroma becomes one of cinnamon and spice. Strange, but still pretty good. This Leaves a hoppy bitterness in the finish, but overall is quite easy to drink.

A good cold weather beer that is for sure.

11-05-2006 22:09:52 | More by funkengruven
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3.63/5  rDev +4%

It's one of those obscure English brews that is chalked full of flavor, but very undescript. A deep coper color with nice retention, low carbonation, and nice lacing. Smells solidly malty, but with a light syrup / molassas malt character. Low fruityness or hopiness. Tastes, again syrup / molassas sweet, but little character afterwords. Perhaps some light spicing, but tough to tell with the sweetness. Feels less thick than the flavors and aromas would suggest. Pleasant, just sweet. Finishes sweet and bold with amber malts. The beer is a solid beer, but seems to be light with complexity or descernable character beyond dark amber malt.

11-04-2006 03:19:30 | More by BEERchitect
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3.63/5  rDev +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.

11-02-2006 03:09:58 | More by IntriqKen
Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.