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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 plaztikjezuz
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of grub
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MMansfield
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Viggo
1.65/5  rDev -52.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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).

Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.


Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
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

Photo of bashiba
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.