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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
Brewed primarily for export.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-09-2002)
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avylover

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4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:08:03 | More by avylover
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basica

Singapore

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 17:19:17 | More by basica
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger size bottle into the official Hobgoblin glass. The label listed the brewing date as April 30, 2010 - as noted here it's retired, and on the Wychwood website it no longer appears, but they do seem to be selling it right now (just picked it up).

A - Deep black with the ability to reflect light! Big tan colored head on the pour, with moderate lacing as the head slowly disappears (never quite gone).

N - A little more elusive nose than I would have expected - a bit of caramel and malt, with perhaps a hint of burnt toast.

T - Surprisingly light considering its apparent density. It's got a bit of toasted malt/smokey flavor with a moderate bitterness that doesn't endure all that long.

M - Very nice mouthfeel with slight carbonation, not overly thick.

D - Also highly drinkable - goes down surprisingly easily. One of the more impressive elements of this stout.

Overall this is a solid stout, but not exactly a memorable one - it's well made, but doesn't really stand out in any dimension unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:22:13 | More by DoktorZee
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lamergod

Singapore

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got the last batch of beers for this beer at my new beer store.
Best before Oct 10 so it isn't what you call fresh

Poured into a Wychwood Hobgoblin pint glass with a hedeous looking thing in-front.

Appearance. Beautiful pour of a dark tanned, toffee colour head of 4.5 fingers Coupled with a full opaque black body

Smell: Maybe it's due to it's freshness, there was some cardboard smell when I opened the cap. Due to the head being so thick, not much smell can come through, but as it became warmer, the smell started to appear. So here is what I recorded. There was an explosion of Roasted malts and espresso smell coming out. I mean real dark espresso. Then, as the drink got warmer, there was a hint of dark chocolate smell, some roasted malts, hops, alcohal and a slight hint of caramel

Taste: The taste was pretty awesome. Lots of complexity to the beer. Just like the smell, roasted malts, espresso, hops and chocolate is present. The drink was really dry. There was a sensational bitter aftertaste to it. The only beer I've tried with a bitter aftertaste was the SA Boston Lager and this was heaps stronger than the SA.

Mouthfeel: Pretty balanced, there was a bit of carbonation going on. The drink was pretty sour, not sure why, it stays around the mouth a little before going down.

Drinkability: Just like any other stout, pretty heavy. But this is less heavy than Guiness or Murphys and I was on a pretty full stomach. I would rate it medium body

All in all, a very nice stout. Nice complexity

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 10:41:05 | More by lamergod
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:52:49 | More by ChrisCage
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: black, almost no head and messy lacing

Smell: not too strong, some sharp coffee

Taste: Coffee and some caramel. Aftertaste is very bitter coffee and incredibly dry

Mouthfeel: thin and watery, no body at all

Overall: Well, nice to try once, not my favorite beer of this style at all

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:42:07 | More by rvdoorn
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in my fridge for a while, I've been meaning to try it given how much I liked Wychwood's Hobgoblin and Fiddler's Elbow.

Appearance: As black as night, with touches of brown when put to the light. Thankfully, not the blue/green that the witch on the bottle might fool your eyes into thinking. Two solid fingers of head that left nearly a wall of lace on one end of the glass and stayed around a good long time.

Smell: Roasted walnuts seem to be the dominant, with thickly roasted malts and a touch of earthy hops in the background. Really, nothing special here as it makes an all around average appearance.

Taste: Starts with well roasted malt, that just stops short of being burnt in a good way, then touch of coffee with is devoured by a kick of earthy hops with a floral accent. Solid, but I wouldn't call it spellbinding.

Mouthfeel: Decent transitioning with a almost burnt malt and hop aftertaste, which just barely avoids overstaying it's welcome. Transitions well, but a bit on the simple side, and not quite as creamy as I'd expect a stout to be.

Drinkability: No issues getting it down, and it is medium bodied which is a plus, given it is a stout. Refreshing enough, but it just seems a bit too mild for a stout which leaves me a bit disappointed. Not quite what I was expecting, that is for sure.

Final Thoughts: I dunno, I think the marketing might have swayed my review a bit, but I was expecting a bit more diversity, maybe some sweetness or odd hopping or welcome bizarreness. What I found was a mild stout, which certainly beat the curve but I wouldn't call remarkable. I think Nitro would have really helped this out out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:25:19 | More by TheHammer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The woman on the label, presumably the 'Black Wych', is actually green; the beer itself, fortunately, is black... more or less. Its body is devotedly opaque, even when held straight against the light, but flashy auburn highlights do prevail, albeit only along the bottom and only when titled at odd angles. There's nothing better suited to a beer with this appearance than a creamy, mocha coloured head - unfortunately, this doesn't have it.

The aroma, although not teeming with character, offers at least a snippet of a considerable number of scents, none of which are uncustomary (but all of which are highly appreciated) for the style. Included is a pleasantly smokey chocolate, the faint whiff of a particularly roasty coffee, dark fruits, burning wood, and a good deal of black licorice.

The flavour makes its offerings in a similarly thorough yet painfully temperate fashion. A sweet, toffee-laced, nougaty maltiness is coerced by a smokey, heavily roasted element. Hints of dark berries, black licorice and milky chocolate gently seem onto the palate. The taste might more readily be likened to smoked meats than it would a decadent dessert.

But both of those comparisons would be a great stretch given the tame and tepid makeup of the beer. My personal plea would have been for a little more malt - not so much for the flavour's sake as for the mouthfeel's. This biscuity, buttermilk texture could use a nice drizzle of caramel syrup if it is be considered anything more than simply quaffable.

I wouldn't consider the beer to be spell binding (bear in mind that this style of stout rarely is). Those stout lovers with insatiable appetites and the indulgent sweet-tooth might find themselves left with much to be desired, but this should be a well considered option for those who enjoy a mild mannered, easily quaffed pint of stout. It didn't put any spells on me, but I'd still say it's worth a look if you're one to dabble in the black arts.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 19:47:47 | More by biegaman
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 22:37:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass nov14 2009

A black with half a glass of mocha head with decent retention and lots of lace.

S I don't get too much of anything just some dark malt and mild coffee

T again not a whole lot going on but more then the smell by having a little chocolate added to the coffee, still not that strong

M a little bitter with a silky feel pretty good in this department

D better then average but not by much

I had to try this one for the label alone, looked much better then it was, oh well still worth trying

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:51:08 | More by wordemupg
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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.