Bah Humbug | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very kool looking one pint .9oz bottle into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a semi-viscous boddy woth a pretty good head and retenion. Leaves a film on the beer's surface that gradually recedes intoa a ring around the surface. The color is a sticky wonderbread crust amber and copper and tan. No lacing.

Smell- Pretty faint hints of pot pie crust. Some slight notes of dried apricots and fruit tea.

Taste- The beginning is a mix of the crabonation and lightly dried fruits. The middle brings in some slitghly tart hops and more of a biscuit flavor. The aftertaste is slitghly metallic, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with some stickyness to the middle of the tongue. Pretty smooth and silky going down the gullet.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery in color-slight haze going on. Great big head on top. Low aroma-somewhat malty with a slight sulfury tinge behind it. Malty flavor with slight hop bitterness. Very mild oak flavor. Good mouthfeel to it-somewhat slick and velvety. An above average effort-similar to the more polular "winter welcome" everyone is familiar with.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering poured with a good finger and a half off-white head that's a bit flimsy for the depth it displays. The color is copper, but with a definite orange hue. The nose is malty and biscuity with soft caramel notes protruding as well. It displays a medium body with a fluid and slick mouthfeel. While there are no standout flavors, most of the subdued taste blend well, among them; orange, fresh bread, somewhat peppery essence, and a malt-tilted flavor. This English interpretation of a winter warmer is a lot smoother and easier to drink then its American counterpart. The finish holds more of the balance, as subtle hop notes emerge to compliment a caramel sweetness. I would describe this is a pleasant experience, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown, 500ml bottle, same cool shape as Wychwood's others with grumpy Ebeneezer S. on the label. Christmas may be gone, but the ale should taste good all the same, eh?

Muddy, deep amber hue, edging on crimson, with an adequate veil of foam, resting neatly atop. Fine lookin'.

Musty, malty aroma, sweetness and fruit, butterscotch a bit. Raspberry jam and pressed hard cider. Ginger bread cookie frappe' with a cherry on top.

Taste: good...but not special. Hoppy, rich in malt, slightly tangy, but doesn't pan out in body or finish. Dies a quick death on the palate, and is easily forgotten. Grapey/winey flavor dominates, and it's a nice change-up, but really doesn't stand out, or offer any extra rewards. Fades too fast off the tongue, plays too mellow in the mouth.

Even Scrooge couldn't get too crabby about this, though...except for the $4 price for the bottle. I even think I paid too much, now that I think about it.

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Photo of Vancer
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Quick notes: Semi-hazy amber / orange with tan head, some lacing. Malty aroma with some spice notes, manly cinnamon. But the taste, what a letdown – ya have earthy notes, along with some phenolic aftertastes, not real good.

Dry and medium bodied, just not heavy enough, needs more malt and spices. Way to expensive for what you get. One 500ml bottle will do it for me.

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Photo of oracle
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer poured a medium copper, with thin pancake head that didn't stick around for long but left a small-to-medium amount of lacing.

Smell was thin and winey with a very faint sourness to it.

Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Notes of rye and raisons in the flavor with a definative wine-like sourness in the finish.

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glad to see Wychwood went with a brown bottle. Not nearly enough heft to qualify as a winter warmer, so I feel a bit cheated that the brewery is passing it off as such with a catchy label to capitalize on the holiday. A decent beer, if taken as an ESB. Lots of caramel malt, with hints of brown sugar. Smooth, with a clean finish.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a bottle courtesy of my secret santa kmpitz2.
Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The ber exhibits a slightly chestnut color with ruby highlights. A sturdy beige head of tightly packed foam fades to a surface layer leaving tight latticework as it recedes.
The aroma is some caramel and apples, but overall very mild.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation.
Flavor starts caramel and some grainy malt that moves to mild herbal and spicy hops. The finish is a little empty, though clean.

A nice english ale, but not sure what defines it as a winter warmer, not big booze or spices. A decent enough beer but similar to most of the breweries other offerings.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I expected, but still fairly decent. A sort of cloudy coppery colour with a dirty white head. Smells like brown bread, malts and plum.

Tastes like rye crackers, malts and raisins with a bit of mince pie. There's a slight acidic, sour taste.

Otherwise, this is a drinkable ale that is a nice accompaniment to a christmas meal, or by itself.

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Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this under the tree... I had it Christmas afternoon.

Bottle is encrypted with "5 CEH 13:06", whatever that means?

A: Redish-copper, off-white head, not much retention, but nice lace.

S: English floral/citrousy hops and sweet, caramel malt.

T: Bready malt, a little fruity from the yeast, raisins, plums, slight citrous hop flavour (Goldings?), a little butter and caramel. If it wasn't balanced towards the bitter side, it might be reminiscent of plum pudding!

M: Moderate body is a little creamy, carbonation is moderately high.

D: Very nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange-bronze with highlights of festive cranberry and edges of ripe orange peel. The head is equal parts pale gold, pale orange and beige and gives a pretty good accounting of itself. It's bubbly, sturdy, a better than respectable lace generator, and is a fine capper to a good looking Christmas ale.

This is a Christmas ale? It sure doesn't smell like one to me. The nose is lightly caramel malty with an assertive amount of sour fruit and musky English hops. Where's the richness, the complexity, the holiday spice, anything that would make me think that this is something other than yet another Wychwood variation on the English pale ale theme? Bah...

Bah Humbug tastes like an ESB to which a more generous amount of caramel malt has been added. It's also sweet, although equally bitter, and is spicy. However, it's spicy in the generic sense, not in terms of any one particular spice or combination of spices. In addition, the beer tastes like overripe apple chunks rolled in black tea leaves

I can appreciate a firm, 'toasted bread' maltiness that is balanced by a respectable amount of hop flavor and bitterness, so it looks as if plenty of ingredients were added to the kettles. However, that 'certain something' that would excite my taste buds just isn't there. As far as being a winter warmer, I'm still not buying it.

The finish is probably the best part of the flavor arc. That's where the various flavors finally become comfortable with one another and meld into something resembling good beer. The mouthfeel is strictly medium and fits the beer's flavor and personality very well.

Bah Humbug is definitely one of Wychwood's better offerings. Jacking up the malt and hops does not a winter warmer make, but it does result in a pretty good beer from a brewery that, in my experience, struggles to brew 'pretty good' beer. I'm on the fence with this one. Since today is Christmas, I'll be generous and give it a tentative thumbs up.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 6% abv, an indecipherable date code laser’ed on to the bottle “5 CEH 13:35”, I guess it’s a secret, and marketing blab about “choicest hops and malts”. A nicely shaped BROWN (did they get my memo?) bottle with raised flying witch profiles, it seems an odd size at 1 pt 0.9 fl. oz.

Aroma: Spiced butter? Apple butter? A pine smell gives me some “cleanser” notes, but not absolutely in a bad way. Slightly vegetal it’s strangely reminiscent smell, but I can’t place it. (Eyechartbrew helped me nail it: it smells like Scarecrow.)

Appearance: Hazy dark amber mug with a thin coat a solid collar of tan that gave respectable lace.

Flavor: Dry malt flavor accented with a floral hop. Equal amounts of malt and hops, but not in a blended or balanced way. There is a bit of a spiced cider element to it, but again, not a smooth flavor profile, everything seems to stick out. As it warmed, I get a little hint of stale butter and tea flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very dry and short finish.

Overall Impression: The main flavor is fairly close to apple or pear, very fruity. It’s very dry which helps drinkability. Everything seems on the edge of a flaw, but I’m thinking maybe it’s just a style I’m not used to. It’s much better than the light struck mess I got with Scarecrow, but nothing to do back flips over. It has me thinking if I see a Scarecrow in a brown bottle, they might get another shot from me.

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Photo of mynie
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright red. No prententions of blackness like some. It's happy being red.

Promising, candy-sweet smell. Sugared malt. Pasteurized, but it works, somehow. It's like the sweetness would have been too sweet were it not dulled, or it's just right in a synthetic, processed way, like Hostess chocolate doughnettes.

Annnnd it falls flat on the taste. Nothing bad, it's decent, but doesn't live up to the smell. Plum fruity malt. Tastes like an okay English brown, sweet, baked, no complexity and very little hop.

Nothing like a regular warmer. Hints of Worcestershire confuse things even further. An okay beer.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Winter
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy reddish-amber in color with a thick creamy light tan head. Nice malty aroma with a hint of cinnamon, sweet caramel, raisin and a feint whiff of alcohol. Medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation. Very malty upfront. Dried fruit and spices emerge in the middle. Hint of raisin and vanilla in the finish. The 6.0% abv is masked pretty well. Nice offering from Wychwood and a very smooth winter warmer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice little surprise that my girlfriend brought home from Cork and Bottle around the corner for me the other night. Glad to know my incessent beer snobbery is begining to turn her from the dark side.

Nice to see Wychwood using brown bottles, spread the word to your British bretheren. Pours a dark rusty amber with a thumb of khaki bubbles. Nose is spicey and sweet, like a gingerbread cookie, a malty gingerbread cookie. Taste is dominated by a robust, but not overpowering winter warmer spice blend and sweet caramel/toffee malts. Mouthfeel is a little thin but lager slick, but what British beer that I've encountered hasn't? Overall a tasty and relatively easy-drinking winter warmer, but I couldn't have more than one.

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4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into an over sized wine glass. the color was a nice brownish amber. The head was thin and tan with little lacing. The carbonation is nice. Had a malty smell with figs, brown sugar and mild spice. Great mouthfeel easy to drink, too easy. I love this beer, too bad its a winter seasonal. I would drink it all the time.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mid brown with a slight haze( bit light tan head though). Not much of a nose to speak of( some malt wafting around), this beer needs a turning up of the volume knob. The taste is malty and dryish on the finish but for a winter warmer I want more malt and more finish. The saving grace is that the balance is there and so is the framework of a good beer but like a radio with the sound turned down it is hard to really appreciate it.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a quarter inch head that recedes to a thin spotty cap, that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell; decent malty aroma with some light nutmeg and a little bit of a nutty smell.

Taste; mildly spiced and a malty, with just a little nut flavor. Theirs a little bit of a hop tang, but not very much. None of the flavors really stands out very much in this beer, but it idoes go down really easy. Overall I was expecting much more out of this "Winter Warmer".

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a sparse coating of head and a slight cloudyness. Nose is interesting. Buttery toffee, brown sugary, with a moderate fruityness. I think the diacetyl is working with this brew. Flavor is much more roasty and raisiney. Almost like some raisin bread. There is just a light touch of hoppy bitter on the finish. No spice. Feel is moderate with a light moderate carbonation. This is definately a nice brew. Everything works well together. I like this for a winter warmer. Might be the best from the brewery I have had.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ypsifly
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated pint poured into an imperial pint glass.

Clear, burnished copper with a solid head of off white. Good taying power with random globs of lace.

Malty sweetness with cinnamon, nutmeg and floral hops. A little weak in the nose.

Again, malty upfront when tasted. The hops are next, can't id the strain but they are pleasantly English with a slight metallic note. The spices come in towards the finish. Nutmeg, a pinch of vanilla and even less cinnamon. Hops linger with the spices in the aftertaste.Tasty and more balanced than a lot of American WWs.

Moderate mouth that has just enough carbonation tingle. I could drink a few more for sure.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma nice and malty, sweet with a light spicy character, maybe some raisins and rum.

Taste is richly malted, slightly spiced, mildly hopped. Less spice than most Christmas ales but a nice subtle hoppiness that keeps it from getting too sweet. Other than that, no other flavors really stand out.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. It falls a little short for a winter warmer, not a lot to set it apart. Not that it's bland, it would make a nice everyday brew, but not really distinctive or with a depth of flavor that would make me anticipate it from one season to the next.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is somewhere between copper and amber. The creamy head is light brown and on the small side. Aroma is faint with a vague molasses-like malt smell. A sip begins with a sweet, bready malt flavor that has of touch of butteriness. So far this tastes a little bit like Fat Tire. Midway through a molasses flavor joins the mix alongside a moderate amount of alcohol. This taste carries through to the finish and is capped with a burst of dry hop flavor. Overall, the flavor is very good, but I expect something bigger and more interesting from a winter warmer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out deep red with not a lot of head, just a thin ring. On the plus side, because of the oversized bottle it does fill my Imperial Pint glass. Smell is softly hoppy and that's really seasonal aspect that I'm able to pick up, which means it is knocked down.

Flavour starts out with a hop wave and then tries to dish up some slight spice action...but they are so slight that this beer should hardly qualify as a warmer. Some nuttiness in between, but nothing overly impressive. Finish is not even that hoppy, not really that much of anything. This is really not even doing it for me as a pale, and as a warmer I expect quite a lot more.

Mouth, thin, but this style of beer usually isn't that thick. Despite the lightness of them in the flavour, the hops do lend some action, so I'll leave it at average. Drinkability, well, it's decent, but I wasn't anticipating each sip.

Overall, this is horribly overpriced for what you get. Thoroughly undistinct flavour, not enough spices, not enough hops, lacking almost everywhere.

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Bah Humbug from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.51 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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