Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! AleBah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
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From:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #125
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #28,228
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 14.57%
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
139
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2021
Added:
Dec 18, 2003
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  38
SCORE
80
Good
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Rated: 4.06 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by quadmad from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
$3.60 from the LCBO. Clear amber colour with almost no head. Alcohol taste on the back of the throat. pleasant but not excing exampl of a winter warmer. B+
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I had a pint with lunch today at the Red Lion at Eaton nr. Norwich. Maybe it's been 'reformulated' since it's original listing here, as my experience varies vs the 'Beer Info' above. I thought it tasted like a very good pint of bitter; I really didn't notice anything that would have made me consider it a 'winter warmer'. The wasn't notable spicing, richness, or fruitiness. It's listed at 5.0% here, the beer pump lable and Wychwood website list it at 4.3%
Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by staubot from Canada (MB)

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Not quite as advertised. Would have liked a bit more of the hops and cinnamon or fruit tones to make it more festive. Below average from what I've come to like for Christmas beers. Nice presentation however. Suckered me in.
Dec 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by Recoilx from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2017
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Rated by ctx1769 from England

4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A great Christmas ale to drink where people are being to jolly and you don't really want to be there. Bah Humbug!
Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Robertas from Lithuania

Dec 14, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I am continuing my 2017 Christmas in July celebration, inspired by the good peeps at The FGBS who held Christmas in July on Tuesday. I had meant to drink these on Christmas day 2016, but I got rather blotto early on & set them aside as part of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody. Today is my series of entries for New Elf Christmas Beer in July Sunday (Week 649). I have just been informed that I need to wrap things up in order to be ready for 2nd shift. Bah Humbug!

From the bottle: "Brewers of Character"; "Bah Humbug is a rich, full bodied, Christmas ale, brewed from the choicest hops & malts. To those who say the Spirit of Christmas is a thing of the past - we say Bah Humbug! Don't be a misery ... go on, enjoy yourself!"

I Pop!ped the cap on my first Wychwood bottle in quite some time to commence a gentle pour. I used to really love their beers, but I just kind of slowly fell away from Hobgoblin et al. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a bready, malty sweetness with notes of dried dark fruits, kind of evocative of fruitcake. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was definitely bready, but also kind of nutty, not as fruity as the nose had led me to expect. I was put more in mind of brown nut bread or something along those lines. There was also a light spiciness to it that was properly restrained so as not to be overdone or to overwhelm. Finish was lightly dry, not as dry as it might have been, given the inclusion of spices. I thought that it was a very pleasant beer & had I been a bit less non compus mentus that day, it would have gone well with my Christmas pot roast. Oh well.
Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by KellyGaudreau from Canada (ON)

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
From elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Blackwell Epiphany. Nice spicy touch with reminiscences to gumdrop that makes it very interesting and different from other wychwood offerings
Dec 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.4 by Foley67 from Scotland

Dec 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by cknoch from Canada (AB)

Dec 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by bitterandtwisted from England

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by BCborn from Canada (BC)

Dec 20, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours a copper red/brown with two big fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - Cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy and leafy hops, bready malts, dried fruits (apple, raisin).

Taste - Warm winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), followed up by bready malts. Hops are nearly non-existent. Flavours of dried fruits also permeate.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with lingering spicy notes.

Overall - A traditional English style winter warmer. Malts, seasonal spices, and dried fruit are on point. A little heavy handed on the malts, but I sort of expect it from Wychwood.
Dec 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.37 by Martine from England

Dec 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.28 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (ON)

Nov 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.73 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Nov 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Nov 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Aug 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
5,0% ABV.
Poured into pint.
Clear ruby beer with 2-finger beige head, rather good retention.
Smell - cinnamon, other spices, vanilla, pudding, dried fruits.
Taste - follows the smell, a bit too spicy to be wished.
Silky medium body, soft carbonation.
Apr 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by fortyfield from Canada (ON)

Jan 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by sherillc from Canada (ON)

Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by BigBry from Canada (AB)

Jan 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Jan 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by fallenshadow from Ireland

Jan 06, 2016
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Wychwood Brewery 'Bah Humbug' @ 5.0% served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $3
A-pour is a dark gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small thin beige head leaving a fine spotty lace film along the pint
S-blah humbug
T-cinnamon , dried fruits , somewhat spicey
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-just an ok beer
prost LampertLand
Jan 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.23 by MattCampbell from Canada (ON)

Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by hunterjames from Canada (ON)

Dec 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by spedprof from West Virginia

Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500ml bottle poured into tulip 25/12/15

A slight haze in a ruby amber body finger of tan foam has great retention slowly falling to a thin film that leaves partial rings deep down the glass

S vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, plums, and out of place banana

T more of the same, spice plays a big part, banana chips are a little confusing but doesn't hinder

M medium bodied, enough bubbles to cream it up, very fin grit and lingering spice

O OK brew, noting out of the ordinary basic but drinkable

one of those beers I wouldn't go looking for but wouldn't turn one away either
Dec 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Barleymeister from New York

2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3
The only reason that I am reviewing this Wychwood offering is that it is the first one that I even noticed I was drinking. As worthy of recognition. I guess you could call this a review relative to their other offerings. Despite the alluring graphics and cheeky titling, all of their other brews have been in the vane of Watney's Red Barrel - a beer that Brits scorned, so I'm told, and was utterly forgettable and relegated to export consumption only. As moderately watery as the Bah Humbug is - and that is typical of Wychwood - the flavor was actually pleasant. It was at least a reasonable facsimilie of my beloved Bass Ale, the fact that this formerly bedrock brew has now been whored out and is now brewed in.... Syracuse, notwithstanding (why, oh WHY?).

There's really not that much to say about it other than it tasted nice and I could see buying it by the case for general every day consumption.... or for pouring over the heads of people I sort of like at parties. Their other offerings would be reserved for people I don't care that much for, if you were wondering. A special occasion holiday once a year offering, it is not. Not even close. NOT EVEN. A decent drink, it is.

If it were down to this or a can of Bud, I might even fight you for it.

Na zdravĂ­!
Dec 09, 2015
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a sonic pint glass.

Look: Rusty cinnamon amber. Frothy cream colored head with good retention and webbed lacing.

Aroma: Cinnamon-like spices, malts, musty, dark fruits.

Taste: Apples and pears come out in fruity force, cinnamon spice, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly dry.

Overall: Very easy to drink, has all the characteristics of a winter warmer.
Dec 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by JayKay412 from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by innominat from Ireland

Dec 01, 2015
Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 379 ratings