Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by Garin:
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
It pours a deep black, with a nice creamy ice cream float head that sinks slowly, leaving a very clingy lace behind. It looks great. When I poured it, I got immediate sweet fruity aromas. I also found licorice and rum.
The flavour is very lightly acidic and char/roasted up front, with a slightly perfumey but dry finish. In the middle, a slight bitterness works into a toasty/grainy feel.
In the mouth, it feels smooth and easy-drinking, with a light carbonation and a richness that doesn't add weight. I really like it.
08-07-2004 04:06:32 | More by Garin
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3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Serving date: 2009-01-09.
Served in snifter.
Presentation: 500 ml bottle. Freshness date on label (Best before 2009-08-26). Artwork on label looks like it's inspired by a Tim Burton movie, and says "Spell binding stout".
Appearance: A black - almost opaque - and thick brew. Head is small, caramel/tan colored and dissipates quickly. Some lacings clings onto the glass.
Smell: First and foremost roasted barley and coffee. Some hints of licorice are also present.
Taste: The most prominent flavor is definitely strong, almost burnt, coffee. It is really reminiscent of coffee that has been kept heated a little too long, although more pleasant. When disaggregated the characteristics are of course roasted malts and coffee flavors. Some notes of licorice are present as well. Chocolate flavors, that are so often prominent in stouts, are there but not very evident. Slight bitterness in the finish. I think I would have liked a little more complex character and stronger flavors overall.
Mouthfeel: I would say this is a full-bodied beer, but compared to other stouts (which often has higher ABV-levels) perhaps it should be conceived of as medium-bodied instead.
Drinkability: I really like stouts. This is definitely not the most interesting or complex stout out there, but with 5% ABV this would be an excellent session beer. It goes down really easy, so drinkability is high.
01-12-2009 14:32:23 | More by ricke
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
It's a good thing it's Wychwood, because I'd feel bad otherwise, but I totally bought this one because of the bottle design!
Poured into a nonic glass. Left about a centimetre of dark tan head, which receded into a thin ring around the glass. A bit of lacing.
The smell is quite sharp, but not very complex. Roasted malt, toffee and chocolate.
Actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. The taste started off with a roasted nutty flavour, perhaps a bit of caramel, but then completely turned into a dry, bitter, coffee finish. Incredibly dry actually.
Mouthfeel is thin carbonation, not very creamy. I did a lot of puckering here.
A solid stout, one I'll certainly pick up again. Go for this one if you like your stouts dryyyy....
11-16-2009 22:37:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
This was a gift from a friend...
I drank it in a pilsner glass.
Pours an opaque brown with light creeping through at the edges. A one finger head of tan foam forms on top, which drops to islands and a ring. There is good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is strong black licorice and molasses with no real detectable hop smell. The smell increases as it warms.
Flavor is definitely licorice and black patent malt, not overly roasty. It has a sweet start, but quickly thins out and gets drier. Kind of weird. There is a slight hop bitterness, but this remains mostly malty. The aftertaste has a faint metallic twang to it, but it's not too bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but like I said, it thins out in mid-taste. Carbonation is fairly soft. Finish is slightly astringent.
This isn't a bad beer at all, but it is different. Not your mother's English stout. The licorice flavor is quirky, and it's weird how the mouthfeel thins out in the middle of your swig. But it is interesting, and I would drink another if I had the chance.
10-12-2005 03:08:00 | More by jakester
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Another good choice, marketing-wise, at least, for Hallowe'en festivities...
This beer pours an opaque black, with red edges in the light, and two fingers of off-white, foamy head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass. The aroma is mild roasted malt, some coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste is biscuity, chocolate malt, some mild coffee, and floral, earthy noble hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body just north of medium weight, and quite smooth, and it finishes dry, with a bit of roasted nuttiness.
A decently tasty, if not spell-binding, old-world stout.
11-05-2009 07:06:05 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Smooth English stout, good representation of style. Lower alcohol than the US versions, understated, medium mouthfeel. Smooth easy drink. Great bottle and nice black appearance. Roasty smell. Uncomplicated taste. Not too malted, and malts a taste taken away at end of dryish finish.
01-20-2006 21:48:06 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
An oily black with a big, bubbly, tan head. Excellent lacings to the finish.
Really not much at all on the nose. Little bit of caramel malt sweetness, but not particularly strong.
Whew, bitter, and not in a good way. A very strong taste of coffee grounds, quite astringent. There isn't even much malt sweetness to redeem it. Some english hop flavour to add to the bitterness in the finish, doesn't help.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and helps drinkability, but really not a fan of the taste here.
EDIT: I may have spoken too soon. A bit of warmth has a major impact on this beer. Bitterness settles down quite a bit and helps the flavour come through. Points added to taste.
10-30-2009 00:25:26 | More by CanuckRover
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Black body with clear mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. Topped by a short, frothy, light tan head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace. The nose expresses a roasty malt, mild diacetyl butteriness, and some grassy and earthy hops. The body is light/medium with a very fine and mild carbonation that leaves it smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a charming semi-sweet chocolate note and underlying butterscotch that are soon overtaken by roastiness and then drying bitterness. It finishes dry, bitter, and fairly short with only a mild lingering roastiness. A bit one-sided but well-balanced and enjoyable; and at is moderate strength it makes a good session ale! As is the case with many English beers, this is best enjoyed at cellar temperature.
12-16-2002 18:17:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
The Black Wych pours, not surprisingly, a black color with a somewhat sturdy tan head. Aroma is quite funky at first (damn clear bottles), but after letting it air out, notes of oats and roasted malts are present. Taste is pretty good with hints of more roasted, burnt malt, coffee and oats. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall a quaffable oatmeal stout.
11-15-2002 12:17:46 | More by Jon
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Rating this on Halloween Night 2009! In honor of the Black Wych
Appearance - Dark. Black. Dark as the light on a moonless night.
Smell - Minimal Nose. Some dark toffee and that "stouty" smell. But not distinct.
Taste - Smooth malts at first. A Bitter sweet that lingers. A long Bitter Finish. The stout comes out just at the end of the finish. Otherwise, light espresso and toffee.
Mouthfeel - A smooth stout, not heavy at all. Carbonation is a fake for my liking. Fake in the sense, not bottle conditioned and you can tell.
Drinkability - Best aspect of this beer. For a dark ale its an easy down. Given that it is not a "Bad" beer but an average tasting stout but very easy to drink, i'd recommend for the dark beer drinker who wants to have a few, particularly on a moonless summer night.
Not bad, I'll buy again for sure. But prefer something like the Propeller Porter in this class of beer.
10-31-2009 23:40:23 | More by jbonapar
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a very dark brown with ruby in places. The head formed was a medium tan and thick, with fairly good retention. Smells malty with a chocolate overtone, quite nice. The taste is sort of woodsy, with a lot of coffee in the finish and some very subtle bitterness. Feels a bit thin, but still very drinkable. A solid beer in my opinion.
12-02-2005 17:57:47 | More by Mandrake
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Note the review bottle is about a week past it's best before date.
Pours a dark root beer brown with a thin tan head that fizzed away rather quickly. The smell has a touch of skunk to it, but isn't bad. It is grassy and perhaps a bit nutty.
The taste is a dark roasted coffee type of malt with a faint hit of bitter chocolate. Again it seems to have a bit of nuttiness in the flavour. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. A bit of the skunk is also noted in the flavour, but nothing major.
Mouthfeel is just what I'd expect for the style. Some good body to it, slightly thick, with a light carbonation.
Drinkability is fair, but I was happy with the one 500mL bottle, and don't think I'd have many more in one sitting.
All in all a decent stout. One I would like to try fresh one day.
05-03-2005 04:30:28 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev +7.8%
This was not as strong of a stout that I have experienced in the past. This one was noticeably milder which I know is not the norm for a stout, but personally I prefer a milder tasting stout so I really enjoyed this particular one. It poured a thin head which did not last too long. It had excellent lacing to it. This particular stout is definitely one that I would enjoy drinking again sometime.
04-24-2003 06:36:13 | More by hotstuff
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Pours a black color with a slight reddish-brown hue into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass yielding a two-finger thick pretty, foamy tan head with fairly good retention lacing the glass as it gradually settles to a thin layer of foam (4.5)
S - The nose is primarily roasted malts and some earthiness; surprisingly light hints of funk amidst the earthy notes (3.5)
T - Roasted malts hit head on along with a mild amount of malt sweetness whilst light coffee flavors and some nuttiness show up in the middle; finish is toasty, slightly lactic and mildly bitter (4)
M - Between light to medium bodied thickness (though leaning more towards medium) with moderate carbonation and a creamy smooth texture going down quickly and easily; would have easily moved up a notch if the body is thicker (4)
D - Very easy drinking and very sessionable to my surprise. Flavors were not bad, not fantastic though together with the mouthfeel, lends it pretty good drinkability (4.5)
The best by date on this bottle is August 2009, one and a half years ago but seems like it held up well besides a slight earthy funk on the nose. The key characteristics of this stout that attracted me are the pleasantly concocted roasted malt flavors along with the light lactic notes as well as the creamy smooth texture. Not bad, not great but definitely refreshing and sessionable.
02-17-2011 17:19:17 | More by basica
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
Picked a few of these up when I saw them at an the queens quay LCBO as they aren't too common. Glad to see it back on the shelves for Halloween. I've always enjoyed Wychwood's packaging and this bottle is one of my favourits with the gothic blue I mean black Wych on the label. Anyways on to the beer.
It pours a black as night with a magnificent thick, light brown head which settles down after a good while to the appearance of an ice cream float.
A very fine nose coffee notes right up front as well as burnt sugar, and toffee, good roast malt presence here. In the background are hits of raisins and other dry fruit along with nutmeg.
This is one fine tasty English stout sweat yet puckering roast malts all over the place. These bring forth the wonderful tastes of coffee, burnt toast, toffee, and toasted nuts. The astringent hop pleasance provides a fine balance to the robust malt characters and along with the alcohol imparts a clean dry finish. This is very smooth and drinkable, having faintly vicious milk feeling in the mouth, which is very pleasing.
I'm a stout fan and this one did not disappoint. I stocked up on these while there here and shall be enjoying them though the colder months. An excellent session beer for sure.
11-06-2009 04:57:09 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
50 cl bottle, served in Hobgoblin glass.
Nearly black w/ moderate, tan head. Nicely hoppy, slightly roasted/burnt taste that's sadly let down by a thin, watery mouthfeel.
Gets better as it warms.
Not a very memorable stout. I've still to taste a Wychwood beer that I really like.
01-28-2004 15:25:39 | More by ToolHead
4/5 rDev +7.8%
I'm wondering if this beer is no longer being brewed as it isn't listed on the Wychwood site any more...hmmm
A- I poured this into my official Hobgoblin pint glass and get a 5 inch thick tan colored head, which retains perfectly, taking several minutes to finally settle to a thick puffy film over the beer. The color of the brew is black with just a slight brownish hue when up against anything white. Lacing is awesome as there is thick puffs of foam that cling to my glass. It looks like how a stout should and with the always cool artistry on the bottle depicting folklore, this area is perfect IMO.
S- This stout has a more mild aroma than others that I've sampled, but it isn't void of smells. I detect the expected roasted malts that have hints of unsweetened cocoa and a slight burnt toast smell followed by a bit of an alcohol aroma. This stout also has a more herbal/earthy aroma that I haven't really smelt before....slight licorice, as another reviewer noted is detectable. There isn't a big hop presence in the aroma. Different but good.
T- This beer has a dominant chocolate malt flavor and is quite distinguishable from the sweetness of said malt. It's slightly nutty. The bitter cocoa flavor is there as well. Along with the hops used and the burnt toast aspect, the finish lingers with an earthy/herbal bitterness that is actually quite good.
M- Not as thick as other stouts, but a solid medium body defines this beer. It is creamy smooth, with carbonation being very mild. Reminds me somewhat of what a strong coffee would taste like.
D- This is an easy stout to drink. Of course this would be great with a beef stew or bbq'd steak with a rich sauce. I like this beer and think it's a great session beer for the pub with friends. This stout is different from the norm somewhat and I recommend for those who want something unique in this style.
04-29-2010 02:52:49 | More by ChrisCage
4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
It's black with some ruby highlights, a small brown head tops it off. A good english hoppiness is present in the aroma, along with burnt coffee and some black fruits. Taste is quite odd. Starts off with a very buttery, yet hoppy taste, then roasted malt dominates the aftertaste. If you like english bitters, you'll love this brew. A very unique stout, with a smooth mouthfeel and good stout drinkability.
07-25-2003 03:08:03 | More by avylover
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Good, standard stout appearance. Fabulous lacing.
Spicy aroma, high in the nose and slightly musty. Chewy mouthfeel, musty like the aroma, slightly sour. Brisk and dry, astringent, and slightly sour taste.
A decent stout. A bit dry perhaps, could be sweeter, but a decent stout, nevertheless.
09-01-2003 13:27:41 | More by Darkale
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle - Dark black brew with a nice foamy head with medium retention. Floral aroma coming out of my glass is incredible. Taste is very sweet unlike the irish stout. This is very different and the body is very light. I'm not even sure this is a stout but overall it is not a bad beer.
01-04-2004 19:12:06 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Finally available in Cowtown, along with the Hobgoblin again.
I like the design of the bottle, the witch of the Wychwood logo on the neck label and cap, the embossed logo on the bottle, and mildy seductive witch on the label (according to individual tastes I suppose, although she does look strikingly similar to Helena Bonham Carter), holding up the toad ready for brewing whatever comes next.... The clear bottle is a bit of of turn-off though.
Poured from a 500 ml clear bottle, a dark coffee coloured body, with a small creamy beige head that settles to a thin cap and leaves some slight lacing. Dark mahogany highlights when held up to direct sunlight. Smells of light roasted malt, some licorice and coffee, a touch of chocolate, but all very faint and watered down. I tried a new bottle from the one I originally reviewed, and found it far more flavourful and robust than from my first sample. Starts out with dry roasted malts, and quickly picks up a chocolate sweetness in the middle, finishing with a sticky hybrid of sweet malt, chocolate and licorice. Dry espresso and almost a burnt character come out on the aftertaste, a little bit of charcoal. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with decent body, but light enough to make it enjoyably quaffable. I'm rather glad I went back and tried another one of these over a year later, I had picked up a sub-par bottle initially, and had all but written this stuff off. A decent stout, all things considered, even though I still have to get over the stigma of the clear bottle.
07-20-2004 02:55:52 | More by IronDjinn
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
1pt. clear bottle. Label has an alluring Witch staring back at you. I guess the spooky labels are part of this breweries appeal.
Standard dull black pour. Aptly named a "Black Wych" Creamy full rich bubbly beige head. Stayed together and fell down the glass nicely. Smell was dominated by burnt malt, bitterness, coffee smells. Taste was a bit more sweet. Some roasted chocolate malt, but again super bitter strong finish. The label says "Imported English Stout" I didn't guess it to be an Oatmeal Stout. Too much bitterness for me to think of it as an Oatmeal Stout. Nice dry finish. Medium carbonation. Just gets a bit on the thin watery side, as it nears the bottom of the glass. Still very good, tasty stout, but not as sweet and full bodied as other Oatmeal Stouts I have had.
11-29-2002 18:14:15 | More by StevieW
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
11th Beer from this brewery reviewed by me, well I do live in the UK and their many bottled beers are for sale all over the place.
Brown 500ml bottle best before 22 Oct 08, drank 07 Aug 08. Poured one and a half times into my Westmalle Trappist Challice.
Dark, very dark indeed. Tan head which didn't stay very full for long.
Aroma of burnt malts, liquorice and a rich fruit cake.
The taste is burnt malts, liquorice and without any rich fruit cake.
The mouthfeel is a little watery for a Stout, no great depth.
I liked it however, the weak mouthfeel didn't detract from the overal taste or enjoyment. If the head had stayed and there was more 'meat' in the body, then this would have been a very, very good beer.
08-07-2008 20:25:01 | More by BlackHaddock
Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.