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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 funkengruven
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

funkengruven, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

IntriqKen, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Viggo
1.6/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear amber/brown, huge thick off white head forms, great retention, excellent lacing. Smell is pretty powerful, vanilla and spice, caramel, very malty, sweet and heavy on the cinnamon. Taste is strange, apples and spice, tons of cinnamon, some vanilla, almost a bourbon smell/flavour to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, spices coat the mouth. Not sure I like this, way too overspiced. Probably the most unappealing beer I've ever come into contact with. Could only take a couple sips before it went down the drain.

Viggo, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colour with some scent of cinammon and malt. More sweet than spicey, a bit complex with nutmeg and some chocolate malts. Decent head. Spicy refreshing with drying finish. Some hops there. Medium mouthfeel.Not bad and worth having once. Appropriate carbonation. Drinkability=worth sharing.

Sammy, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a persistent off white head and plenty of thick lace patches on the glass. The aroma is of sticky sweet malts, dried fruit, cinnamon and other spices. This beer tastes like christmas cake or rum cake. Cinnamon, cloves, treacle, orange, raisin bread and star anise all abound. Hops are very light in the background with almost no bittering and just a little flavor. The finish is spicey and slightly numbing from the cinnamon and booze. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little too carbonated.

A pretty tastey winter warmer, just a little too sweet and cinnamony for me (though Im not a big fan of cinnamon).

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fancy embossed brown 500ml bottle:

Poured a dleicious looking burnisd copper-red ale in my glass. Nice frothy, sticky off-white cap with good retention and wonderful lacing capability.

Spicey ( cinnamon) sents over sweet cooky dough smells.

Ample malt backbone, rich buttery mouth feel, spicey-bready character.

Up front you get to chew on Christmas cake dough then the cinnamon and rich styrian goldings combine to dry up the palate and keep the ample ,alts from getting sweet...this ale is not as cloying as it smells...mid palate you get the advertised banana and other more complex tastes developing...then the finish is long and slowlt more complex as all the tastes mingle in a final stab at your tongue....light spicy-bitter after taste.

This is a seasonal that has redeemed Wychwood as a brewer of thin ales in my opinion. This was a flavorful seasonal ale with an ample body and a mixture of flavorings that work well...good offering...I will but a few to share with friends over mince meat this Xmas.

pootz, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a wiezen glass, aged 9months. Thats right, it's Christmas in September.

Appearance: Poured a slight red and brown togetherness. The head did not grow much but it did maintain the three quarter inch for a while. Small amount of laceing can be found along with a few columns of bead floating to the top to create a small bubble pod.

Smell: The aromas are very simular to a homebrew i made one time. It is not as christmasy as I would have imagined. In fact, it is almost not pleasant. A hint of hops,some old musty maltiness, and little christmas holly.

Taste: The flavor is basiclly brown ale meets christmas ale. Woody, cinnamon, nutmeg,and a slight bitter hops. Not very exciteing,to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, bubbley finish, light carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not that bad, but at the same time it's not that great. Worth a try, but I hope something else is available. This tastes better fresh, ageing did no good for this beer.


cheers2beers, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is brown,,,Love the label..Poured dark copper/red with a creamy 2" off-white head. Very good lacing & okay head retention

Smell: Fruitty almost slight hefe bubblegum smell that fades as it warms?

Taste: fruitty, sweet & quinching for its abv! Some alcohol notes. Slight cinnamon notes & some fig/plum notes.

MF: Smooth/creamy, very good carbonation! Well balanced

Pretty drinkable, easily the best thing I've had from this brewery since i lived 25 miles from it! Will certainally seek this out again

russpowell, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy amber with a little bit of white head.

Smell was very fruity with a bit of a hazelnut odor.

Taste had a mild semi sweet fruitiness to it with a bit of a metalic copper flavor, a slight hop finish rounds it out a bit.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side.

Overall a pretty average offering.

bashiba, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy medium amber brown with an off-white head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong estery presence and cherries most notable. The aroma also contained a malty caramel presence and a definite mineral profile.

The flavor was nicely filled with a high mineral content water flavor profile, a crisp hop bittering component which was a bit earthy and a good caramel malt character.

The finish was dry with lasting a lasting caramel malt and mineral component into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a low carbonation. A very nice ESB to my tastebuds, if this is supposed to be a Winter Warmer, you'll be left a bit cold.

16.9 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of BeerAngel
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep copper color with a busy 2-finger cream-colored head. The aroma consists of baked biscuit malts and a sweet raisin-like note as well. The taste mimics the aroma with the raisin taste coming at you first, followed by spices, malts, and light hops to finish out each swallow. This is a light bodied beer that finishes just slightly dry.

Notes: The flavor is there yet with the thinness this beer has, it seems to be lacking a bit for a winter warmer. Pretty good, but lacks a bit IMO.

BeerAngel, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber hue with some copper tinges and a medium tan head with litle staying power.
Aroma of sweet, deep caramel candy and a spicy almost hazelnut kind of note. Odd aroma here can'tquite place it, maybe lime or something, very strange
Flavor has a hint of nutmeg with some bready tones a a sweet but decidely dull caramel note. A bland bittering plays on the home stretch but just doesn't have any oomph or really redeeming qualities.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no kind of real ale body in the mouth. Slightly off-putting and out of place spiciness really makes this a rather strangely constructed brew.
Drinkability is below average. I wish these breweries would just leave ths beers in their markets on draught but I guess if folks like me keep buying and trying they can mae money, but this beer was a real snoozer, nothing offensive just completely bland and rather odd.

CRJMellor, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very kool looking one pint .9oz bottle into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a semi-viscous boddy woth a pretty good head and retenion. Leaves a film on the beer's surface that gradually recedes intoa a ring around the surface. The color is a sticky wonderbread crust amber and copper and tan. No lacing.

Smell- Pretty faint hints of pot pie crust. Some slight notes of dried apricots and fruit tea.

Taste- The beginning is a mix of the crabonation and lightly dried fruits. The middle brings in some slitghly tart hops and more of a biscuit flavor. The aftertaste is slitghly metallic, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with some stickyness to the middle of the tongue. Pretty smooth and silky going down the gullet.

scruffwhor, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery in color-slight haze going on. Great big head on top. Low aroma-somewhat malty with a slight sulfury tinge behind it. Malty flavor with slight hop bitterness. Very mild oak flavor. Good mouthfeel to it-somewhat slick and velvety. An above average effort-similar to the more polular "winter welcome" everyone is familiar with.

lackenhauser, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering poured with a good finger and a half off-white head that's a bit flimsy for the depth it displays. The color is copper, but with a definite orange hue. The nose is malty and biscuity with soft caramel notes protruding as well. It displays a medium body with a fluid and slick mouthfeel. While there are no standout flavors, most of the subdued taste blend well, among them; orange, fresh bread, somewhat peppery essence, and a malt-tilted flavor. This English interpretation of a winter warmer is a lot smoother and easier to drink then its American counterpart. The finish holds more of the balance, as subtle hop notes emerge to compliment a caramel sweetness. I would describe this is a pleasant experience, nothing outstanding.

Hhawk06, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown, 500ml bottle, same cool shape as Wychwood's others with grumpy Ebeneezer S. on the label. Christmas may be gone, but the ale should taste good all the same, eh?

Muddy, deep amber hue, edging on crimson, with an adequate veil of foam, resting neatly atop. Fine lookin'.

Musty, malty aroma, sweetness and fruit, butterscotch a bit. Raspberry jam and pressed hard cider. Ginger bread cookie frappe' with a cherry on top.

Taste: good...but not special. Hoppy, rich in malt, slightly tangy, but doesn't pan out in body or finish. Dies a quick death on the palate, and is easily forgotten. Grapey/winey flavor dominates, and it's a nice change-up, but really doesn't stand out, or offer any extra rewards. Fades too fast off the tongue, plays too mellow in the mouth.

Even Scrooge couldn't get too crabby about this, though...except for the $4 price for the bottle. I even think I paid too much, now that I think about it.

feloniousmonk, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Vancer
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Quick notes: Semi-hazy amber / orange with tan head, some lacing. Malty aroma with some spice notes, manly cinnamon. But the taste, what a letdown – ya have earthy notes, along with some phenolic aftertastes, not real good.

Dry and medium bodied, just not heavy enough, needs more malt and spices. Way to expensive for what you get. One 500ml bottle will do it for me.

Vancer, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of oracle
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer poured a medium copper, with thin pancake head that didn't stick around for long but left a small-to-medium amount of lacing.

Smell was thin and winey with a very faint sourness to it.

Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Notes of rye and raisons in the flavor with a definative wine-like sourness in the finish.

oracle, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glad to see Wychwood went with a brown bottle. Not nearly enough heft to qualify as a winter warmer, so I feel a bit cheated that the brewery is passing it off as such with a catchy label to capitalize on the holiday. A decent beer, if taken as an ESB. Lots of caramel malt, with hints of brown sugar. Smooth, with a clean finish.

Brent, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a bottle courtesy of my secret santa kmpitz2.
Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The ber exhibits a slightly chestnut color with ruby highlights. A sturdy beige head of tightly packed foam fades to a surface layer leaving tight latticework as it recedes.
The aroma is some caramel and apples, but overall very mild.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation.
Flavor starts caramel and some grainy malt that moves to mild herbal and spicy hops. The finish is a little empty, though clean.

A nice english ale, but not sure what defines it as a winter warmer, not big booze or spices. A decent enough beer but similar to most of the breweries other offerings.

sulldaddy, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

BDTyre, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Derek, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

HardTarget, Dec 23, 2005
Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.