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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 mynie
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

mynie, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

zjungleist, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Winter, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 11, 2005
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

KALIKGOLD, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

canucklehead, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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".

RedHaze, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

kmpitz2, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

ADR, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

ypsifly, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

assurbanipaul, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

CortexBomb, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

JISurfer, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

RedwoodGeorge, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

allengarvin, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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.

Zorro, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Blakaeris, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Skidz, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Gruntlumber
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Gruntlumber, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

whynot44, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a clear bottler with a really weird-looking beer label. Quite many bottles of this beer have been shelved at my local Sainsbury's for many months now, and finally were set to be cleared on sale at just 16.9 pence, i.e. 10% of the original price~~
So I reckoned it's a great bargain.

Appearance: it pours a dark-amber to copper colour; a light-brownish head is detected with moderate retention and low carbonation.
Aroma: a deeply sweet, almost coconut powder like aroma upfront, slightly tart and candyish maltiness follows... a bit strange aroma to me, I must say, even though I don't really know what to expect.
Taste: more coconut and nutmeg mixed with cinnamon flavour at present on the palate, while a light, almost watery mouthfeel of malts follows along with a slightly dried sweet-prune's flavour and a tinge of liquorice at the back, leaving a spicy and dry aftertaste mixed of herbal flavour and hops.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Overall the mouthfeel is quite smooth, but gradually it turns watery and I don't quite like this fact against such a spicy flavour of this beer. Not too bad for a spiced winter beer, or rather it's different, but not sometthing I'd go for at normal price of 1.69 pounds per bottle!

wl0307, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(500 ml bottle.) Beautiful copper colour, nice thick head. Aroma and flavour of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Christmas cake notes in the flavour, some hoppy bitterness. Relatively light bodied despite the "Christmasy" elements, doesn’t taste like 6% ABV. I’m not too fond of the strong sweetish vanilla notes in the aroma, but this is a pleasant enough Christmas seasonal to drink. Wouldn’t care much for this as an all year beer, though - but it isn’t. Cool label! Cheerio, Sophie me’ lass!

Sigmund, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, tan head with fairly good retention, some lacing

Smell, quite limited, some hint of cinnamon, some malty sweetness

Taste, biscuity malt on the palette, fizzy spices, clove and more cinnamon, mabye some eastern spices too like cumin in the background, some hint of bready christmas pudding, slight warming alcohol and bitterness on the finish

A pretty good little warmer, warms your cockles on a cold winters night like this

cypressbob, Dec 27, 2004
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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.