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Black Wych - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-09-2002

Brewed primarily for export.
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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of kmacphail
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of harley101
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of velkyal
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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".

Photo of niall
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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).

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 !!

Photo of GreenCard
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Photo of Globetrotter
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of shamus
4.21/5  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.

Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of stoutman
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.