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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of thierrynantes
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

thierrynantes, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
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".

jwc215, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of niall
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.

niall, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
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).

JohnfromDublin, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of stcules
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.

stcules, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
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 !!

mdagnew, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep dark brown, opaque, creamy layer of tan foam, great head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: faintly roasty, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, molasses, band-aid phenols

Flavor: firm roasty bitterniss with a touch of acidity; balanced by a slight oaty sweetness; coffee; a peach-pit hop bitterness in the dryish finish with a tangy aftertaste of roast, green olives, and leaves

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, smooth texture, slight astringency on the teeth

GreenCard, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this clear bottle with wise shoulders and a nicely curved neck features an oval label with a painting of a rather sultry witch holding a frog by the leg. Ingredients include oats. Best before 2/7/07, I opened it on 6/9/06.

Pours a clear but very dark reddish brown under a one finger tan head that settles very slowly, leaving some very nice sheets of lace at first, then settling to strings. The nose has a clear floral pine scent, slightly subdued but unmistakeable. The mouth is light and very well-carbonated. Very interesting taste: it opens like an IPA, slightly sour malt followed by coniferous hoppy bitter. Only much later does a bit of roasted smokiness emerge. The hops never go away, leaving a very floral finish and aftertaste. This is a very taste brew, albeit a rather odd stout.

Globetrotter, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, hey! This isn't bad at all!
I was a bit skepticle at first, what with the clear bottle, but it poured a nice deep brown/mahogany with a decent off-white head. Smell is of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Taste is rich and smooth with a bit of a dry coffee aftertaste. Really a nice all-around stout. It doesn't knock you over the head with chocolate, coffee, smokey-roasted barley or alcohol. It's just a nice, easily drinkable stout. Grab a bottle or two!

DaveFL1976, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of shamus
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night with a lovely tan head that has exceptional retention. Ruby highlights just add to its splendour. Smell is mild caramel some pleasant notes i can't identify.

What a treat. I am surprised by how smooth this is.A really attractive complexity to the flavours.Aftertaste of toasted grains. Not too sweet.

My favourite of the Wychwood beers available in these parts. I will remember this one and it goes on my list of pleasures.

The novel label threw me off for a long time. I hesitated to purchase this because I was afraid that it wasn't a serious brew. A great surprise. Now if they switch to a brown bottle, as I've heard that they are doing, it will be perfect.

shamus, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dark with lots of lacing. Smell is rich with hints of caramel and roasted malts. Tastes great, roasted malts make their way to a subtle bitterness which leaves for a slight but not overpowering aftertaste. Pretty drinkable, but pretty thick, not something you could drink a bunch of, but certainly is a nice example of an English Stout.

funkengruven, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of stoutman
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I like stout and this is a pretty decent one. Really dark and dry. An IPA-like fresh hoparoma. Rather thin to be a stout, but it is like a dry irish stout, with hoppy afterglow. Roasted black malt and oats with a nice finish of progress hops. This is a velvety smooth stout with a full dry and biscuity flavor and a clean cut aromatic bitterness. Light flavor from coffee and/or dark chocolate. Good stuff.

stoutman, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark of course. The colour of coke maybe - not jet black, but a dark, dark red-brown. Good thick tan head. Lots of lacing.

S - Mostly burnt/toasted grain. A bit of a dark seaweed smell and alcohol.

T - Rich and bitter. Roasty malts and a hop kick at the end.

M - Just OK. Not as creamy or thick as some other stouts.

D - Medium. Stouts aren't something I knock back a lot of, and there's nothing special about this one that would make me want to.

allergictomacros, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mandrake, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jakester, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Bestuurder
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressively black in colour, with a strong aroma of malts and that good old chocolate. The name says it best, it's black. The cascading could be better, if it has that little widget of Guinness'. But other than that, the appearance was well-thought and pronounced.

The head was descent with a brownish hue, lasting about 15 mintues before lacing began.

The bottle choice was quite constructive, and appealing. It's rather rare to see a Wychwood beer in Ontario, but this one really impressed me.

Tatsewise, it was very pleasant, well balanced, and not offsetting at all. No taste of casking, probably brewed in aluminum, which as well - thank goodness - not present in the taste.

Mouthfeel was thick and enjoyable without being so thick that it had caused a syrup-type of thickness. Making it very easy to drink, but only a couple due to the weight of this stout.

Bestuurder, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black in color with some hints of red. There’s hardly any aroma to this beer, and hardly any flavor either. There’s some suggestion of black patent and some caramel malts, but those flavors are faint at best. The body is also thin and watery. The only real stout like quality that it has is its color.

fisherman34, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

elricorico, May 03, 2005
Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is black with a tint of wine red. The head is beige and two fingers high.

The smell is soft with notes of dry, roasted malt, coffee and some vanilla.

The carbonation is creamy with small bubbles that tickled my tongue.

The taste is somewhat sweet with roasted, velvety malts. There are some fruity hops and a full-bodied taste. The long aftertaste is creamy with some delicate bitterness, coffee and toffee.

bark, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring from Wychwood's uniquely shaped clear bottle, the beer is opaque, thick black, though a little dark brown near the edges. The head starts large and fine, and seems to shrink very quickly, staying for most of my drink at about 1or 2 cm. Swirling the glass a little improved the creaminess of it. The foam is light brown, almost red in some spots, leaving fast moving screens of lace. A moderate appearance for a stout; nothing extraordinary. I get more brown ale aromas than stout ones, but that is certainly nothing which detracts. The aroma is slightly sweeter than some stouts, more caramel-like, with fresh bread, and a good deal of flowery hops. Creamy mocha, raisins, and mostly a typical stout aroma except the greater sweetness. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer. I get lactose up front on the tongue, good malt in the middle, and sweetish, almost sour bread on the finish. Treacle, more raisins, chocolate cherry, nuts, caramel. I enjoyed the subdued dryness of this stout on the finish; indeed, I am left more with sweet malt than any hop dryness. Mouthfeel: this beer needs much more substance in the mouth; it is far too light feeling for a stout, though it does render the brew easily drinkable. Creamy carbonation; silky, though a little watery. While this is not my favourite stout, I would buy it again: the flavour is there, it just needs to reach its potential through increased body and mouthfeel.

Cwrw, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deepest crimson/black color with a thin, light tan head. Aromas of black patent malts, a hint of currant-like fruitiness, a hint of clover honey and a lot of earthy undertones. Tastes almost more like a fruity porter than a stout, but it is all about the flavor. The malt is the predominant taste in the beer, and it has a faint astringency throughout the beer. Slightly winey and earthy. A little thin, but definitely not lacking in flavor. Easily drinkable like many beers from the U.K.

crookedhalo, Jan 02, 2005
Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.