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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 07:06:05 | More by biboergosum
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an impenetrable black with a thick, bubbly coarse head of foam. Laces nicely.

Smells roasty with underlying notes of milk chocolate. Nothing special though.

The taste is all roast, almost acridly so. Very dry. Very burnt. A bit of black licorice. No discernable hops present. I don't love it.

The mouthfeel really lets this beer down, it's very watery and lacking carbonation.

I'd go on but in a nutshell, I'm so unexcited by this beer I just can't be bothered to write a lot about it. There are so many other stouts that are far better than this.

When it comes to beer Wychwood seem to excel at mediocrity. None of their beers that I have tried are exactly horrible, but none are particularly great. They seem to get on shelves and in fridges based on the bottles, names and artwork...not based on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 03:35:48 | More by MeisterBurger
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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 23:40:23 | More by jbonapar
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:25:26 | More by CanuckRover
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that was availoable for sampling @ Medicine Hat's inagural beerfest.

Black as night which probably would please the
Black Wytch. Used diesel oil in color with a frothy off white head 2 fingers deep. Leave some decent lacing.

Decent aroma consisting of dark roast malts with a hint of coffee and floral, yet somewhat earthy hop.

Roasted malts with coffee in the front...velvet smoothness in the middle before hop bitterness dries things out.

Found it quite smooth and easy to drink. Balance was very good. Not complex, but a stright up good session stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 23:01:51 | More by Shadman
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish brown, which is surprisingly clear when held to light. Head is a pancake bubbled crackle of milk chocolate dust. Not much lacing unfortunately; body is thick but not insane. Not bad.

Very intense sweet toffee nose. Very sweet and quite rich, with darker notes of dried figs or raisins, but certainly nothing dark or particularly burnt, a very sweet and subdued nose for a stout.

Very mild on the palate too, but very smooth and pleasant. Initial soft powdery chocolate, moving quietly to a light roasted grainy husk character. Very nice and very subtle. Mouthfeel is undoubtedly a little thin, but it's not bad.

An extremely drinkable mild English stout, smooth and inoffensive, with just enough character to keep you interested. I do like a nice drinkable English stout, and this is a good example.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 04:59:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark in colour with a very slight red tinge when held up to the light, but otherwise black. Head is nice and beige but strangely pink. Dense but with large pockmarks up the top, sinking a bit but leaves nice specks of lacing that aren't very thick though. Looks nice and interesting.

Nose is very burnt, with a woody character like oak on there, a lot of sour fruit, plummy and jammy with large espresso bitterness and a hint of spicy vegemite. A bit too sour to be rated as delicious, but pretty nice.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment; some decent bitter stout flavours, over-roasted malt with a bitter cocoa character, some woody flavours as well, mostly pine and maybe a hint of vanilla on the back, but really the palate is a bit flat, with a surprisingly watery character through most of it.

Weakly sour, with a really annoyingly thin feel, really doesn't grip me with flavour or body. Look it's not a BAD beer, just disappoints me with its lack of flavour. It's reasonably drinkable but just falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:22:21 | More by laituegonflable
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours very dark - black, with a brown head. It takes some time before the head dissipates and then there are nice lacings.

S: Very hard roasted malt!!! But also chocolate and coffee.

T: Hard roasted malt, and some chocolate and coffee - much like the smell, but then there is also a strong dryness due to the bitter hops. I can also sence some fruit (apples)
The aftertaste is very dry with nice bitterness from the hops.

M: Very dry and creamy.

D: This is a nice stout, but not the best. I'll probably buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 06:51:22 | More by Evil_Pidde
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle purchased from Aldi, Inverness.

The beer poured a very dark, ruby-brown colour with a dark cream coloured head. This displayed good retention and lacing, as most stouts do.

The nose is dominated by malted barley with a faint note of bitter citrus notes. This theme continued through to the taste; sweet malts with a bitter note, slightly citrus with some flavours of liquorice in the aftertaste.

The body was a bit disappointing, too weak bodied for a stout. Drinkable and may be a great alternative for Guinness fans in the hot summer months when it would be slightly more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 20:16:06 | More by kmacphail
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ricke

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 14:32:23 | More by ricke
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass. It looks as though they've replaced the clear bottle with a brown one. That's a plus for sure.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick medium sized one-finger tan head. Head quickly dissipates into a decent film that hangs around the whole time and leaves some lacing down the glass. Color is pretty much black and it's relatively opaque. No carbonation evident. Very good looking stout.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt, chocolate with a smoky component as well. A bit of toffee in the background too. A slight bit of vanilla comes out as it warms. Very nice and a bit bigger than expected for the style.

TASTE: Roasted brunt malt taste with that smoky component as well. Coffee and bitter espresso there as well, a bit like black coffee. A strong bitter-sweet aftertaste is very appropriate and lingers nicely. Very nice taste profile; complex and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-light body, goes down smooth and finishes very dry. Carbonation is slightly higher than average for the style. No bite. Could be a little thicker and heavier for the style.

OVERALL: This is an excellent stout. One of the better English stouts I've had. I really enjoyed this. It's very drinkable and I had to slow down so I could enjoy it for longer. There are a lot of good things about it, and only the slightly light over-carbonated palate keeps it from being a whopper. I actually compared this next to Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and I think I enjoyed this one more. Could definitely drink a lot of these. Very well done.

Note: Apparently we used to be able to get this in Ontario. We can still get Hobgoblin I think, but I hear the LCBO has discontinued this brew. What a shame. I'll keep my fingers crossed and have a look around when I'm back home.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 08:39:09 | More by Jeffo
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harley101

Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured out thick dark with almost no head. Smells
like a guinness only a little sweeter. First
taste low carbonation easy to drink and a little bitter.
Pretty much what i expected, fruity coffee/smokey taste.

in my opinion its better then hobgoblin, it feels thick
on the palate and immediately leaves me wanting another sip.
A very good english stout

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 23:16:02 | More by harley101
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velkyal

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Wych, described on the label as a "Spell Binding Stout". I am a big fan of stouts, having been brought up by my eldest brother to think of Guinness as the height of manly drinking - thus it was no surprise that my first ever legal beer was a Guinness. These days I steer clear of the Liffey Water, say it quietly but I prefer Beamish of the mass produced Irish stouts - although I am yet to try the O'Hara Stout, but it is high on my list for stuff to try for my birthday weekend in Ireland. But I digress, back to the idyllic English countryside. Black Wych pours dark, very dark, so dark it is practically opaque - I even put it right up next to a light and couldn't see through it. The head was the same colour as comes on an espresso in an Italian café, and boy is this stuff thick. The coffee theme continues in the nose, lots and lots of roasted coffee beans, with a subtle burnt chocolate undertone, which almost smothers a burnt caramel twist. I was excited about this one, and the first mouthful didn't let me down, with the espresso theme of roasted bitterness bursting on to my tongue. However, it wasn't the "velvety smooth stout" that the label promised, it is very dry, perhaps some oats would have smoothed it out. Not that it was bad, just not what I was expecting. This was a very fine pint, one that would go well with bowls of stew and open fires in the middle of winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 07:49:28 | More by velkyal
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this sitting in the fridge for a long time(months). You can no longer get this in Ontario.

Pours nice thick and black with tan head that stays throughout until the end.

Smells sweet, roasted coffee maybe some toffee also.

A nice tasty stout, a bit light, some coffee and caramel notes, not bad.

A thick mouthfeel and a nice drinkable beer, I wouldn't mind having a few more. Better than Hobgoblin, Wychwoods best beer I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 19:29:06 | More by GodOfBeer
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 20:25:01 | More by BlackHaddock
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Wildman

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost black reddish amber color and formed a medium tan foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonization is present. An aroma of malt and some anise is present. The flavor was of malt and burnt coffee with some toffee present. The body is medium light and has a slightly burnt finish. This would make a good session beeer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 22:04:24 | More by Wildman
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thierrynantes

France

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle(50 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : deep black color, with medium brown head
Smell : licorice nose, roasted malty
Taste and mouthfeel : bitter chocolate and strong coffee aroma with notes of toffee and licorice. Bitter finish
Drinkability : good traditional strong coffee beer in the style English stout

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 11:41:39 | More by thierrynantes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick tan head that stays around. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of dark malt - toffee and earthy/fruty notes emerge from a charcoal smoky background.

The taste is of charcoal smokiness that is well-balanced by toffee, sweetish chocolate and a plum-like fruitiness. Finishes dry.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

A solid, nicely balanced, tasty English stout that is drinkable, even "sessionable".

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 15:44:27 | More by jwc215
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niall

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served cool from the 500 ml bottle, which is hokey with its broomstick, pentagram and vaguely Helena Bonham Carteresque witch imagery, but endearingly so. The beer is dark - black in the glass, with ruby and garnet visible only when held up to a light. The head is caramel and frothy, like a macchiato, and settles down to a morning frost for the duration of the glass, with some nice lace clinging to the side.

Aroma: Get a snootful of the roasted grains, coffee, baker's chocolate and under it all, an earthy turf smell, and dive in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Straightforward coffee, hop and liquorice flavors dance across the tongue, and everything's nicely balanced, even polite, if not particularly subtle. There's a faintly metallic aftertaste that I found distracting a few times. The mouthfeel, compared to American stouts, is downright watery.

Drinkability: Wychwood seem to have aimed for a stout you can enjoy for a good session without wrecking your palate, and I reckon they hit that target, but it's a bit, you know, milquetoast. I didn't finish the bottle with the sense of discovery and desire stock the press with it that I got from, say, Fuller's London Porter, and I'm not sure I'll buy some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 14:42:01 | More by niall
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 30.11.2007, best by 31.03.08.

Poured a murky dark (almost black) brew with a thin tan coloured head. Smell of oakiness and burnt malts, though a bit subdued.
Tasted very "easy" with a nutty quality to it. Not much coffee notes, but plenty going on. The mouthfeel was really smooth.

An excellent drinkable stout from Wychwood.

Note: the bottle was a brown glass bottle (much preferred to the clear glass one).

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 16:49:16 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

This is a nearly black beer, thick and almost solid in color. The head begins very dense and tan, but falls quickly into a thin and wispy sheet. The aroma is quite nice. Smells of slightly burnt and heavily roasted barley are straightforward and wonderful. There's a bit of fruit and a little coffee and chocolate. Some pepper and a little spice hang in the distance of the aroma. Not bad at all. It's a fairly dry beer, with a little acidic quality. The heavily roasted barley flavor contributes heavily to the beer's character. A little bitterness starts in the mid-taste, and continues through the finish, but is never dominant. There's also a little oily slickness that stays throughout the entire sip. The body is very full and thick, with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Good stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 06:35:26 | More by Suds
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark red/brown, huge thick tan head forms, nice lacing, good retention, certainly looks like a stout. Smell is sweet, some caramel, coffee/chocolate roast, fruits, interesting. Taste is light and sweet, some toffee, licorice, bit of roast, other wise nothing, very weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Not very pleasant, watery, avoid.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 02:48:09 | More by Viggo
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, filtered. BB 16/08/2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: nearly black in colour, with a thick, tan-hued frothy and fluffy beer head that patiently settles down and leaves even sheets of lacing along the way...
S: pronounced dark/black maltiness upfront, full of sweet nuts, chocolate brownie and cold filtered coffee, a tart-sweet edge of dark fruits and a light touch of flowery hops at the back... good-bodied, smooth and sweet, true to the style of English oatmeal/sweet stout, albeit slightly simplistic.
T: upfront is a smooth entry of bitter-sweet oats, chocolate malts, and roast nuts, backed by a rich flow of roastiness of coffee beans and tobacco... leaving a lively dried-spice bitterness, fruity hops, a touch of ground licorice-root, and faint pheonol lingering at the back of the tongue... The bitter-sweet theme receives a good backing from the acidic tinge of roasted malts, as well as the ever-lasting dryish, chewy, tannic, yet aromatic bitterness...
M&D: very smooth, due to the oats in the mix, I suppose, while the carbonation is attenuated, ideal for this style. Overall, this stout benefits from a good length of hop bitterness on top of the usual presence of roastiness, making it a quaffable stout with an enticing kick to hook the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 01:04:49 | More by wl0307
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stcules

Italy

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite dark, with mahogany reflexes. Beige foam, ok, for the style.
At the smell a light roasted malt, notes of caramel, and maybe a light candy sugar.
At the taste, is is sweeter, with sugary notes more strong, though on the malt/caramel/roasted background. Then dried fruti, and a light tropical fruitiness. A bit too sweet.
Quite boring, not well balanced.
Almost void body.
Too sweet aftertaste. Light roasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 17:08:51 | More by stcules
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured completely black - no light gets through even when held up to light... Creamy brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice light layer... to dark to see any carbonation... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Quite strong roasted chocolate maltiness, molasses / dark brown sugar notes, strong coffee, dark tart fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), peppery hop bitterness, light smokey / musty notes..

Taste – Strong roasted malts, creamy dark chocolate with some bitterness, some aniseed notes, tart fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), definite mustiness, some oat traces just come through, some light molasses sweetness, nice peppery hops, light burnt toffee notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Full bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent and well balanced example of a stout.... Recommended !!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 08:39:55 | More by mdagnew
Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.