Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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3/5 rDev -14%
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.
12-24-2013 13:13:24 | More by doktorhops
2.99/5 rDev -14.3%
Let the Xmas beers begin and pours a light hazed copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is vanilla,strong cinnamon,bananna and dried fruits not expecting much from the smell of things and the feel doesn't get much better which is light bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are pretty much the same as hobgoblin with cinamon added and overall no this not for me cheers.
12-14-2013 06:56:53 | More by ADZA
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
strong flavour and easy to drink but a little sweet and artificial tasting for my liking
aroma: cinnamon, candy and artificial banana
taste: cinnamon, candy, artificial banana, spice, malt and toffee
a little thin in relation to mouthfeel
alright beer and could imagine it being popular in the mainstream at Christmas but not one I would seek out again
12-10-2013 08:27:43 | More by admiral
3.71/5 rDev +6.3%
A - copper red pour, 1/2 finger of off white head, fast dissipation leaving random lace all over
S - strong banana ( reminds me almost exactly like those little candy bananas you can buy at 7-11 ) vanilla and caramel, an underlining sweetness
T - sweet and fruity upfront, prominent banana and some bubble gum, pear, cloves and cinnamon near the end, a fast finish with a slightly sweet yet tart aftertaste
M - medium carbonation, smooth, medium body
O - i think this is my first winter warmer and i quite enjoyed this throughout. the aroma and flavor was way off from what i first expected and i found this fairly well balanced and easy to drink, i am glad i tried this.
11-29-2013 17:33:18 | More by djoprahwinfrey
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Sept 1 2014, served slightly chilled. This brew has been brought into my local store for a few years now, but the supply always seems to get snapped up before I get around to picking up a bottle. Naturally, I decided to just bite the bullet and try it right away this year.
Pours a beautiful, clear ruby-amber colour, generating about two finger's worth of frothy, off-white foam that soon recedes over the next minute or two. A creamy cap and collar are its eventual remnants, with a sticky ring of lace denoting the former high-water mark of the foam. The aroma is quite malty and sweet - light caramel and biscuits, with some ripe, spotted banana vibes. There's also some very faint clove and cinnamon spiciness in the background. Nothing off-putting, but too safe to be interesting.
That's about all I can really say about the flavour too - sweet, malty, and pretty straightforward. Bready malts, cinnamon toast and light toffee sweetness start us off, in addition to some plum and more of that ripe banana I picked up on the nose. The finish is a pleasant mixture of very light clove/cinnamon spice and leafy, almost citrusy hop notes. Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, with some roastiness and a hint of what seems like baker's chocolate. Not quite medium-bodied, but it has a velvety smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation that gives the illusion of a heftier body.
Final Grade: 3.53, a passable B grade. Wychwood's Bah Humbug is a rather plain winter warmer, but there's nothing inherently bad about or even wrong with it. The flavour is balanced but mild, with a gentle brushing of fruity spice and a finish/aftertaste that really ties the profile together. Unfortunately, it's just too light to have the same complexity and rich, inviting features that my favourite warmers tend to have. A serviceable English-style ale for the autumn and winter months.
11-16-2013 17:17:29 | More by thehyperduck
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
500 ml bottle purchased at LCBO. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. Kick-ass label as with the rest of the Wychwood product line.
Appearance - Nice dark garnet color that yielded just over 2 fingers of creamy ivory head. The head lasted quite a while leaving tons of spidery lacing down the glass. Beer was transparent and had some bubbles present.
Smell - Cinnamon, herbs, spices. Hard to put my finger on it but smelled very festive, like a bakery at Christmas minus the yeasts and bready smell.
Taste - Cinnamon, herbs dominate left with a slightly bitter taste. Also quite spicy as far as beers I've had but unsure of how this compares with others in the style.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich, dry finish with medium carbonation. A definite warming effect in the mouth which is certainly understandbale given the style.
Overall - First of the style I've tried, but overall was pretty enjoyable. Was expecting a little more in the way of bold flavors but would definitely consider a repurchase.
11-03-2013 14:38:34 | More by DenisKolkin
Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.