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Bah Humbug - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 7
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 thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

thehyperduck, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

DenisKolkin, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
3/5  rDev -14%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

dgherm, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JamLand, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Kirk
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -14%

hotsudge, May 24, 2013
Photo of Lobstertainment
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Lobstertainment, Apr 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Pelicanrocks, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +14.6%

DmanGTR, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

matjack85, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

tbeckett, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

KalanM, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of GreggBarton
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

GreggBarton, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Top_Jimmy
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a handfull of these leading up to Christmas but did not crack one until today. It pours a nice ruby red with oinly a minimal head. While drinking some lacing remains but nothing to drastic.

Mouthfeel seems watery without the body that some other Wychwood beers present. Carbonation is mild as well.

Smells is a mild malt, a hint of spice, overall nothing very prominent.

Taste is milder than I expected. Same mild spice, slight hop, no real sweet taste at all as I had expected. Finishes with a hoppy after taste.

Overall, I probably wouldn't buy this beer again but it is drinkable. Just an average beer and a slight let down from its apperance and packaging.

Top_Jimmy, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +14.6%

KrisDLSmith, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

chickenm, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my in-laws for including a bottle with my Christmas gifts.

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour, finger of head with relentless retention that remained throughout and some sporadic lacing.

S - A touch metallic and a hint of corn bread, a touch of lemon grass and citrus rind with a leafy green finish.

T - An ESB flavour profile off the top with musty caramel and leafy green hop note, hits of cloves and plums with a metallic finish and hints of toffee and espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A solid winter ale with a decent flavour profile and an English ale backbone which makes for an easy drinking session ale. A tasty Christmas treat indeed!

andrenaline, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of maclean25
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several beers I got for Christmas. I only got one and drank it while waiting for Christmas dinner to be ready.

It has a deep, dark red-brick red, but clear, body. It poured with a excellent, creamy, beige head. Aroma is fresh, dominated by a hops and caramel, as well a dark (or over-roasted) coffee. The flavour is much like the aroma but ends with a shot of vanilla. The further into the beer I get the more an overly ripe fruit taste sticks. I also detect a touch of coriander and cloves. I find it has a heavy body with medium-to-high carbonation.

Overall, good for a seasonal winter warmer. Wouldn't be a regular and there are better winter ales, but this is good. Reminiscent of fruit cake: caramelized ripe fruit, would only get in winter, traditional, makes me think only the English would create it.

maclean25, Dec 26, 2012
Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.