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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
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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beckerboots

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an almost ashpalt coloured body with a thinning brown head that tried its best to linger. The hop combination seemed to take the life out of the aroma but certainly hues of burnt chocolate and nutmeg are apparent at different stages of consumption. Lack of sweetness and the less then filling feeling (too watery) left me somewhat perturbed as to why this is classified as a stout. The 4.5 ABV should have given me a clue. Not one of Wychwood Brewing's best.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 14:36:14 | More by beckerboots
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout looks kind of like a porter, its dark dark brown/almost black rather than extremely black. The head is long lasting and leaves concentric sheets of lace behind. The aroma is strong, I opened the bottle, walked across the room, and from there I could smell the black malts and hops. The taste is is hoppier than most UK stouts, with a citrusy character. The malts are complex with quite a subdued burnt taste and a lot of chocolate characteristics. The mouthfeel is not as full as other stouts, rather on the thin side. That being said the excellent balance of this brew and the modest ABV make it very drinkable. Its not that filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 02:38:00 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

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

A better than average stout but not overly impressive.
Arrived black as coal with a short tan crown which was quickly replaced with a thick large bubbled ring and minor glass cling.
Carbonation was light and the body medium.
The taste was to the hops and ended the same with some initial malty sweetness. Dark chocolate was dominate and lingered.
Nose was a tad skunky to begin but that too was replaced with a dark chocolate like impression.
Mouthfeel was good, maybe a little syrupy like.
Dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 02:06:21 | More by Shiloh
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice label but I worry about the clear bottle. The beer itself was a
beautiful black colour with purple highlights. This stout was well made and nicely balanced with the focus on easy to drink. Not the biggest stout but with more flavour than most well known Irish pints.
I would buy this again when I need a stout that doesn't make me change to another style after one glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 21:45:37 | More by canucklehead
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best I've had from Wychwood thus far. Fresh bottle, so their was no light struck aroma. Poured a vicious, tar black colour with a two finger head. The head disippated to film about halfway down the glass. Dark malt and oatmeal is smelled, with a decent hop kick. Tasted a little weaker than it smells. Little bitter hops, little sweet malt, some chocolate, and oatmeal cookies. Good, slick mouthfeel. Kind of a light oil. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 21:17:16 | More by slitherySOB
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ToolHead

Denmark

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 15:25:39 | More by ToolHead
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:12:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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Seumas

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This comes across as more of a porter than a stout, being just a hair light in body (and alcohol). Indeed, it drinks alot like an American porter, which follows the old English style itself.

It is a nice dark beer, but really not the absorbs-light tone I lke to see in a stout (or porter, for that matter).

I'd like to see the folks the folks in Witney ramp this one up a bit, since it's one of the few English stouts that doesn't emulate the Irish style with addition of roast barley.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 17:19:46 | More by Seumas
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Darkale

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 13:27:41 | More by Darkale
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Indybeer

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Poured a dark black, with a massive chocolate head that slowly receded to a fine ring, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a muted roated coffee. Taste is creamy smooth, and mild for a stout, but a very enjoyable drink. I was concerned about the clear glass bottle, but thankfully it has suffered no ill effects. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 01:34:23 | More by Indybeer
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured up nice and dark with a moderate tan head. The head settled quickly to a thin film that gave up very little lace.

The smell is malty and somewhat sweet (caramel) with dark fruit. As the beer warms up it gives up burned coffee and chocolate scents.

I found this beer to be a bit one-dimensional. Big coffee flavour, some malt, but not much else. Certainly no real trace of the oats mentioned on the label. Kind of disappointing against some of the similar beers. Mildly bitter, but not overpowering.

Cool label, of course.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 01:20:46 | More by TerryW
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avylover

Virginia

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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TheDM

Indiana

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

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized dark tan bubbles that left a nice lacing and a dark brown body with some carbonation rising up the side of the glass. It has very nice malty aroma and an initially mild coffee flavor but finishes with a slight bite, but still very nice all around.It was jJust a bit mild for a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 08:54:51 | More by TheDM
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hotstuff

Indiana

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 06:36:13 | More by hotstuff
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this one. I generally like stronger stouts but these guys seem to do a great job with a moderate ale. The head is thin but present throughout and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is sweet with caramel notes. But the first taste makes you well aware of the hops. The beer warms you in spite of its low alcohol content and makes it well worth the drink. Maybe a good session beer for those that are interested in that aspect. The malts become present as you move through the pint and are quite a good combination. Definitely a beer I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 18:51:44 | More by Maestro
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 18:17:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Like the other Wychwood beers I have tried so far, this is below average. Pours a nice dark color with a slight coffee aroma but the flavor was seriously lacking. Thin and metallic and too fizzy. Maybe this is what a lightstruck Stout tastes like? Damn these clear bottles!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 09:14:54 | More by Dogbrick
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StevieW

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 18:14:15 | More by StevieW
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Jon

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 12:17:46 | More by Jon
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Viking

Indiana

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

I was a bit nervous about buying this brew - it's in one of those dreadful clear bottles. However, it couldn't have been on the store's shelf more than a few days. Who knows what the distributer did with it though...Anyhoo, nothing at all wrong with the beer. Quite enjoyable in fact!

Nice opaque dark brown body with a thick light brown head. No CO2 apparent in the body - but perhaps it's just too dark to tell. Head retention is a bit weak, but a thin lace still covers the beer to the end. Lots of lace left on the glass. Weak aroma of coffee dominates the smell. Oats are noticeable as well. Excellent taste! Rich coffee taste with roasted oats and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but certainly not bad. Overall a very tasty and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2002 07:01:08 | More by Viking
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inebrius

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Applesauce, a shot of wheatgrass and coffee. Breakfast for uppity junkies? Or a description of Black Wych? You decide. Ruby edged black nether a thin, tacky head. Nose of newly dug holes and seasonal transitions. Mouthfeel is a bit runny but overall a decent, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 22:16:22 | More by inebrius
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a non nitro stout, this still pours the "perfect pint", filling my glass exactly to the top with about 2 fingers of head. The colour is fairly black, and the head is tan. The smell is mostly of burnt coffee, the taste is also mostly coffee, the chocolate is less evident. A little thin and watery, but still nice. Smooth on the tongue with a little carbonation for effect. A solid stout, nothing special, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 15:11:20 | More by the42ndtourist
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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.