Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! AleBah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #263
Ranked #47,233
3.52 | pDev: 14.49%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! AleBah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
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quadmad from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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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staubot from Canada (MB)

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev +2%
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
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Barleymeister from New York

2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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 zdraví!

Dec 09, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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
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Melvintrude from England

1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had this at a local tasting (Wychwood is my local brewery)

Very unpleasant and artificial . Trying very hard for that Christmas taste, but confused and sickly, strong cinnamon and even aniseed.

Watery mouth feel, no body at all.

May 01, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a copper tinge, a touch of haze and no carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of light beige head that fades relatively fast.

S: Dark toasted malts, a sort of candy-like quality similar to those Halloween chewy orange and black wrapper toffees.

T: Those Halloween toffees come in again, or perhaps humbugs, light caramel, dark toasted malts, a little sweetness. I am reminded of Coke while drinking this, and some brown ales gone wrong. Some spice notes, but muted.

M: Medium light, somewhat watery body, little carbonation.

O: Found it on Wishbeer, BKK. That was the best part. Its taste just was not up to par in my opinion. So many components remind me of the mass produced China macro brown ales I’ve had, so I feel disappointed. Great label on the bottle though, that was certainly not China produced.

Feb 27, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and reddish copper in color with a sandstone one finger head that displays sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Fair aroma with hints of toffee, lighter caramel and an artificial banana character, like runts.

Taste - Severely disappointing. Muted notes of toffee, lightly roasted malt and fruity esters. Cardboard staleness. Finish is mostly flavorless, though a vague mineral character seems to linger.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery with light carbonation.

Overall - Going off the only info I could find regarding Wychwood's bottling date, apparently the A3EFG code corresponds to it having been been brewed sometime in 2013. Considering how muted and watery this beer is, I'd say that's probably likely, and I'd venture to guess somewhere around 15 months old; not good for a beer that's only 5% ABV. A shame I hadn't caught this before I bought it.

Jan 13, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 1/2/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9) ounce bottle that I found in the discount bin for just $3.00 while I was over at Hy-Vee last week in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a reddish-dark amber in color with about a good half-finger off-white creamy head. Some light sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts and spice. Bit more going on with the taste with some dark fruits, caramel, yeast and toffee in the mix as well. A slightly dry hoppy finish was noticed but didn't last too long at all. Winter Warmer style brews have been all over the board. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Jan 03, 2015
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received this as a present on Christmas Day and it's certainly the second best beer I've been given on that holiest of days. Anyway, it's definitely a great looking beer with a pleasing scent of malts. What I also enjoyed was the brew's smoothness - silkier than silk - and it helped mask the strong, almost too overpowering taste of the hops - a bit more bitter than I expected for an ale. Overall, it a really good beer, and I really like getting the larger bottles - so friends, keep them coming.

Dec 26, 2014
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interzen from England

4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look: Pours a dark, coppery red with a lightish head which diminishes fairly quickyl to a foam cap leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a bit of a 'Christmas cake' sort of smell - quite malty with lots of dark fruits, caramel and toffee hints. Not a huge amount of spiciness but if you let it sit for a bit you can get hints of cinnamon.

Taste: Again, a bit like Christmas cake but without the spice - plenty of malt up front along with the fruits and caramel. Slightly earthy too, as others have noted.

Feel: The maltiness gives it quite a 'heavy' feel but it's certainly not overpowering. This is a very malt-forward beer, although there's a hint of hop in the finish which makes it feel quite clean and crisp. Not a massive amount of carbonation.

Overall: I figured that I'd save this one for Christmas Eve, so I did - my preferences are more towards the malt end of the spectrum but even so this one might be a tad overdone. That said, it is marketed as a winter ale and it hits the bullseye there. Good, but not amazingly so.

Dec 24, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, candied fruit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, fruit, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid caramel and fruit aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 21, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle $4.99. I used to love Hobgoblin so I thought this would be nice and festive. Dark amber color, good head. Aroma is sort of malt vinegar which I get from English beers sometime, not a sour vinegar. Flavor is malt, malt, malt and not bad but I wouldn't buy this again.

Dec 18, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle leftover from last Winter I expect. I got it as a knockdown on the clearance rack on June 28, 2014.

The pour is lovely and attractive with its rich amber brown color and fine clarity leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very British with an abundance of caramel and toffee malts, molasses perhaps, roastiness, and a low to nearly indistinguishable hop note.

Medium body.

The taste has the same malt sweetness as the aroma suggests but with a touch of cardboard in the mix. That could be due to the age of this beer, which was probably not meant to be had 7-8 months after it came out.

Jun 28, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Pours with a mostly short-lived, bubbly head. Lovely deep red-amber color.

Caramel and medium roast malts in the nose, with cinnamon and a subtle hint of coffee.

Flavor: largely follows nose, with cinnamon flavored caramel and medium roasted malts.

Feel: seems clearly too thin.

O: OK for the holidays.

Apr 10, 2014
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budgood1 from Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours out of the half litre bottle a clear garnet colour with a short lived light tan head. little retention and lace. the aroma reminds me a bit of red wine...quite fruity with hints of x-mas spice. the taste profile is mish mash of toasted maltiness with fruity undertones and accents of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. it's a little flat on the tongue, which reduces the overall enjoyment of the various flavours. there is some residual bitterness from the hopping, which gives it a bit of balance and character. the mouthfeel is on the light side as is the overall body, which gives it a touch of drinkability. this concoction is a bit mundane for a spiced x-mas ale, but pleasant enough i suppose.

overall, the first thing that is evident is that this bottle is past its prime and i'm sure a brewery fresh pint would be rather festive to drink. that being said, i'm drinking this on March 31st during a raging blizzard when Spring is supposed to be springing and to that i say....BAH HUMBUG!!!!

Mar 31, 2014
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chogm54 from Australia

3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I saw this dusting on the back of the shelf at the liquor store, the addition of cinnamon looks intriguing. Luckily it is an unusually cold February day in Oz, so great time for the xmas beer.

A - slightly hazy, copper colour. Pours a nice 1cm beige head, then lingers to a good sized lacing

s - not much in the way of smell. Sweet, dried fruit and bread , almost like an xmas pudding. Whiff of cinnamon

t - a bit flat here, sweet malts are there, some fruity (orange) and spicy notes but the cinnamon is subdued. A short sour aftertaste. A bit like flat chinotto.

A - slightly thin and watery feel, metallic finish, low carbonation

Average, a bit more body, higher ABV content, and a dash more cinnamon may have made it more interesting. Or maybe I don't have the xmas spirit anymore!

Feb 28, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the fridge, not a cold beer was stirring, not even a Gruit; the glassware was placed in the cupboard with care, in the hope that Doktor Hops would soon be there; the bottle-opener was nestled on the kitchen counter with glee, while it awaited its first bottle to open for me... turns out that bottle was Bah Humbug! from those fine purveyors of the beered beverage: Wychwood.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep translucent russet body with an off-white head that starts out grand but diminishes greatly, let's hope this last statement isn't a valid description for any other category in this review.

S: Big toasted biscuit, burnt caramel/toffee malt base, not unlike the Hobgoblin, with spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. So far so good. Also noted is a whiff of over-ripe banana (i.e. when the banana starts going black and you really have to eat it or throw it in the bin).

T: That's a shame, was kind of hoping for a festive spiced version of Hobgoblin but it really falls flat with all-too-muted flavours; toasted biscuit, burnt caramel/toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Hops? Forget about 'em. Perhaps I'm drinking it too cold? (which is a possibility with any English brew).

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad but not impressive.

D: This brew gets a big Christmas "Meh!" from me. Thus far all the seasonal beers from Wychwood have been miss & miss for me, a lazy afterthought attempt at holiday sales from a brewer I once respected [Ouch me!]. If you get the opportunity to buy this then do yourself a favour and don't, it's been a long time since finishing a glass of ale felt like a chore (WTF? I'm only half done!?!).

Food match: The tears of a Grinch.

Dec 24, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Let the Xmas beers begin and pours a light hazed copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is vanilla,strong cinnamon,bananna and dried fruits not expecting much from the smell of things and the feel doesn't get much better which is light bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are pretty much the same as hobgoblin with cinamon added and overall no this not for me cheers.

Dec 14, 2013
Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 378 ratings