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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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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Bottle labeled as "A Dark Mysterious Spellbinding Porter" (exp. 31 May 15).

Pours a tan, one-finger head with moderate retention; leaves considerable lacing. Body is nearly black with garnet highlights. Aroma is largely comprised of caramel, butterscotch; some raisin and dark chocolate also present. Roasted malt flavor takes center stage; additional flavors include overripe fruit, earthy hops, alcohol, minimal sweetness. Body is medium-light with a dry texture and lightly metallic finish; soft carbonation provides a small bite.

Current bottle and official website describe this one as a (robust?) porter. Not bad, though the roasty, nearly acrid quality dominates without much else to round out the flavor.

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Photo of basica
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

basica, Feb 17, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

DoktorZee, May 31, 2010
Photo of lamergod
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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

lamergod, May 06, 2010
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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.