Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! AleBah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by UnionMade on 12-18-2003

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear chestnut brown in color with minimal off-white head. What head exists diminishes quickly to a basic ring of bubbles around the glass. Pretty good lacing.

S: Light malt smells, perhaps a caramel toast. Unlike most Winter Warmers, there isn't much of a robust smell of malt or spices.

T: Moderate malts splash the tongue but don't overwhelm. It's relatively light, and only slightly sweet with malts. Very slight bittering indicates there are some hops or spices added to mellow the malt but they really just bring things to an even keel. Finish is long and malty with a slightly dry linger.

M&D: Light to medium weight in the mouth with light carbonation lending itself toward a nice creamy swallow. The mouthfeel and moderate ABV sort of save an otherwise mediocre brew.

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Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, our variant of the beer sold here in Canada is only 5.0% and comes in a dark, near black bottle.

A: love it, reminds me of Christmas. looks like a dirty red brown. head is light tan, lacing is great throughout the drink.

S: the low, it doesn't have a strong odor for me, or perhaps the -41*C windchill tapped my senses for tonight. i definately smell spice with some flowery tones.

T: i like the way it tastes, the spice comes through along with a pleasant toffee / malts with nice hop and fruit detection as well.

M: decent, feels like a real drink for an enjoyable day.

D: also, i'm glad its seasonal because it makes it more enjoyable.

worth a go, definately try it!

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual bottle with witches imprinted onto the glass. Pours a nice soft dark shade of amber, clear with a tiny bubble, moderate head, and leaving better then average lacing. Minor nose of maple and malt. Smooth and malty brew, notes of light caramel, toffee, vanilla, and perhaps some light holiday type spicing. British all the way, pleasant winter sipper or would go nicely with a large winter meal. Nicely crafted and worth a try, especially for lovers of Brit style ales.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I'd kick off the holiday season with a winter warmer - this one was one of a scant few available at the LCBO.

Poured into a Wychwood ale glass. A ruby-copper colour, slightly opaque. A bit of white head that dissolved into a thin ring.

The nose is very nice, but you have to let this beer warm up a few degress to get anything. At first, it simply smells like a typical pale ale, but after a few minutes, wonderful Christmassy notes begin to creep in: cinnamon, cloves, bread and chocolate, a bit of nutmeg. Very pleasant.

The taste is about the same. Traditional pale ale at first, but the finish is a wonderful blend of chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of mint would have sealed the deal as a true Christmas brew, but I understand how risky that would be. All in all, a solid brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but certainly enjoyable for a session.

A good start to the Christmas beer season; can't wait to pick up more holiday brews! If you're looking for a decent Christmas ale, Bah Humbug is worth a go.

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Photo of innominat
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. The rear label mentions the addition of cinammon during the brewing process.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation and faint visible sediment. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing. Aroma is very sweet, with an intense hit of ripe bananas. Warm, fruity notes with cinammon and brown sugar. A whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a dominant banana note. A subtle warming hint of cinammon/spice along with toffee/caramel and yeast. A harsh stewed hop bitterness upon swallowing, and a background note of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but thin. Pretty astringent; dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of fruity bananas and a harsh bitter note.

Bah! Not good at all - this could ruin your Christmas! A vile, cloying aroma of bananas pervades this ale. Too sweet, with an unbalanced fruitiness that lacks balance from the malt. Finishes with a harsh stewed bitterness that is equally unpleasant. The spice is also rather lacklustre. In short, not much to enjoy here. There are other beers out there - give this a miss. Bah Humbug indeed!

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Robertas
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt sienna appearance, pale yellow frothed milk head of pretty decent staying power. Good interlocking laces on the glass. Aroma between apricot and medium-bitter marmalade. Carbonation is average, mouthfeel approaches this mark as well. Flavor is not bad, approachable, certainly skewed toward the malty side, a touch of a candied fruit tone with a darker more molasses and hot nutmeg backdrop and finish. Could use a bit more solidity in the overall body, but its a drinkable enough brew and one of the better Wychwood bottled beers to my mind.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm lightly aged copper color with a clear body and a creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass. There is a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light toasted malt note with a brown malt hint. There is a pot caramel note that is a little off and is muttled in with most of the aroma.

T- This beer has a bitter note in the beginning that blends with the brown malt flavors. There is a faint note of field corn and apple wood with a slight buttery finish. Also in the finish is a light green bitter hop note. The flavors are all blurred together and as it warms they grow in sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- This beer is pretty bland and it reminds me of a very delicate beer that sat on a boat for too many months. The flavors and smells are not crisp or distinct or fresh. The bottle did say it was brewed this year so I would like to try it direct from the brewery to see if it is any different.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9 oz brown bottle poured an orangish brown cloudy liquid with a thin toenail yellow head. Not much retention other then a light collar some thin haze of foam and a few random streaks of lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty with no real christmasy spice but more of a hop zing. All in all the scent is not daring or bold but moderate.

Taste is of caramel and toasted malts with a warm hop spiciness that develops even more in the aftertaste. There is a little numbness to the tongue from a light bitterness. The finish is the best part of this beer, a malty warmth with a little hop bite dance on the palate.

Balanced hops and carbonation thrust the sweet malty flavors to the foreground of this offering. A smooth drinking beer that is soft on the mouth and easy to consume. I'm not a huge fan of English beer and not winter warmers but this one is tasty. I feel like this one can be enjoyed year round and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy opaque reddish amber with a creamy offwhite head and delicate lacing

S-Sweet, malts, spice (cinnamon, vanilla) and a waft of citrus like sourness.

T-Malts predominate here, with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, balanced off by a bit of hops. A bit on the sweet side, but not much, and not cloying. The spice takes a backside, but is always there, as it should be in a Christmas beer. This is a tasty winter brew with a classic English feel, and I like it a lot.

M-Moderate carbonation, medium chewy mouthfeel, but overall good for the style.

D-Very drinkable example of a winter warmer. I will definately go back for more.


If you like Winter Warmers and you like the English style, this is one of the best combinations of the two. This is not the best warmer by any means, but there is something about it so comforting, so appealing, and so damn drinkable that I went back to my local distributor and bought out the rest they had in stock.

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Photo of MJ63
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown in color. Lots of caramel in the nose, also a small amount of hop. The taste is slightly rich, again, with lots of caramel flavors but only a little hop to back it up. Also a small amount of spice and dark fruit flavor. The overall impression is basicaly sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is pretty good, with some decent body and carbonation to offset it. Unfortunately, the overall impession was not all that great. I would say it was too sweet for the lack of depth in the flavor. It was ok, but I doubt I'll go here next year.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really dark golden amber with lots of red tones in the glass is topped with an off white sticky head that melts quickly to sticky lacing.
Aromas are sort of scotish ale like...sweet amber malts with butterscotch. Fresh, not cloying.
Flavor follows aroma...scotish styled sweet amber malts that sort of melt into butterscotch then finish slightly on the tart side. A little red apple and caramel is hidden in there as well.
Aftertaste is red apple which cleans the palette nicely.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle - only 5% ABV in the version sold in Alberta - does that disqualify it from the Winter Warmer style categorization? Oh, and nice label - the Dickensian yuletide imagery is pretty spot-on.

This beer pours an attractively clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, puffy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thin webbed lace around the glass in its slowly-receding wake.

It smells of semi-sweet, biscuity and caramel malt, indistinct Christmas confectionery, a soft earthy nuttiness, and some very mild cinnamon/clove spicing. The taste is nutty caramel malt, some earthy dried dark fruit, and again, very, very subtle Christmas spices - cinnamon and ginger, mostly.

The carbonation is nice and soft in its lilting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and adequately smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, with some more light maltiness, and clean as a whistle.

While a nicely balanced, and enjoyable English ale, that's all there seems to be to it, the promise of the packaging gone up in the fireplace's smoke, metaphorically singing poor ol' St. Nick's sexy backside. Something with this sort of outward attitude needs to show it on the inside as well, otherwise it's more of a "Meh, Humbug!" for this sugar-plum day-dreamer.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed copper topped by a finger and half of beige head. Mediocre head retention and spotty lace. Big brown sugar aroma with notes of cinnamon and nuts. Tastes of toffee, dried fruit, cinnamon, and nuts. Slightly sweet and reminiscent of fruitcake. Mild, earthy, floral bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied with low carbonation, feels thin. It has a nice flavour to it, but could use a little more heft.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 378 ratings