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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-09-2002

Brewed primarily for export.
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Photo of utyata
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CurtisD
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HurrahBeer
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pour - Very dark with a sizable head and a great deal of carbonation.
Smell - Bit of a dark roast, toffee aroma.
Taste - An earthy finish, a bit on the watery side. Roasted malts present, as is a slight bitterness.
Feel - Not much left to be desired. Not much really lingers on the tongue.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of henkmudi
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black with mild red highlights, big redish creamy head with solid retention. Coffee and roasted malt, sweet taste , medium carbonation, bitter honey and sweet cherry. Watery light body with low to medium carbonation. Chocolate and licorice, favorite winter porter. Very good overall.

Photo of ssantic
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

A bottle from the lcbo, good lacing and a pleasant roasty spicy aroma, a bit vegetal. Taste is smooth, with a gentle bitterness with a really nice English hop profile, long drying finish. Pleasant drinkability, good balanced porter.

Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +7.8%

This one pours as a very attractive beer. Plenty of brown foam with satisfying light roast malts flavours. Feels great swirling around the mouth. Beautiful Wychwood additional. Will look for this one again.

Photo of bsvi
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jenno10
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of nullbort
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN.

Appearance - opaque impressive black coloured beer. Topped by a finger of tan foam, which leaves a nice ring of lacing as it recedes, albeit slowly.

Smell - caramel, toffee, some orchard fruits maybe pears and plums with a hint of currants. Nose isn't huge but is inviting. A weird metallic smell kinda gets in the way of an otherwise very good aroma.

Taste - yummy and mysterious, some toffee, black licroice with orchard fruits again being pears and plums. Caramel at first then bitterness kicks in from licroice and something hard to put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - smooth and silky, well carbonated but subtle and leaves an oily feel in the mouth. Medium finish.

Overall - a pretty damn good stout, with great feel and certainly a mysterious quality as advertised. It's a bit of a strange brew with black licorice, orchard fruits and a toffee base somehow mixed together but yet worthy. This is one of the best I've had from Wychwood.

Photo of Artemikhin
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before July 20 2015. The label describes this one as a porter rather than a stout, but as far as I'm concerned those are pretty much the same thing to begin with. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, brownish-black cola colour with some crimson highlights; topped with just under an inch of dense, creamy beige head. It dissipates, slowly but surely, over the next handful of minutes, resulting in a modest collar and a full swath of lace sweeping around the glass. The aroma is decidedly sweet and malty, with toffee, toasted nuts, raisins and roasted barley being the most prominent of its contributors. There is also a slight hint of baker's chocolate and licorice.

After a few sniffs, I was getting a little worried that this one would be too sweet - but the first sip puts that fear to rest. Roasted malts, caramel and dark roast coffee are the first descriptors that come to mind, with another hint of baker's chocolate, equally subtle as it was in the aroma. It finishes earthy and leafy, with an almost acrid burnt/roasty coffee bean bitterness lingering into the aftertaste before fading quickly. Rather dry. On the light side of medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation that gives this one a silky, luxurious mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+. Wychwood's Black Wych is a proper English-style dark ale - a bold malt bill that takes centre stage, but is kept in check by a combination of roasted notes and the leafy English hop bitterness. Combine that with an enjoyable mouthfeel and relatively low abv, and you've got the recipe for one highly serviceable session porter. This is not an especially remarkable beer, but I have no major objections and it's definitely one of the better products I've tried from this brewery over the years.

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.