Bah Humbug | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Bah HumbugBah Humbug

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 nokes
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this scroogy/festive 500ml bottle into a few small taster glasses and shared it around (I got two...yay for me!) Not a lot of head on it, and mostly dissipated pretty quickly with some lacy stuff sticking around for a bit. A bit murky, which is fine, but for whatever reason, the colour (light brown) isn't inspiring.

Interesting note...this bottle says 5%, but the info on the site says 6%. Looks the same as the picture (same label, mostly) but my bottle is brown, which is probably a good thing.

Smells okay, I guess...sorta earthy-sweet, maybe can detect the cinnamon there, but it's not very strong. Some citrusy tones, orange peels, maybe? Left me wondering what it would taste like.

And then, the taste...Hm...well, pretty much exactly like it smells. It's kinda sweet up-front, and a bit sticky. Not much carbonation, and that hint of cinnamon. Then the citrus starts to pick up, and the bitter starts to come on...and on...and...huh...on. Lots more bitter than I had expected. Guess that's the humbug.

It's interesting, I'll give it that. This is my first "winter warmer" so I don't have anything to compare it to. I think the bitter may be a bit unique, but overall it seems to me that there could be more...something...though I don't know exactly what. Maybe the cinnamon needs some friends to keep it company...other spices to bring more "depth"?

I really like some Wychwood beers. This one's good, and I'm glad I tried it, but it's not going to bring me back. I'd be more likely to try some others of the style to see where this one fits, and to see if there are any in the style that make me want to come back for another.

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Photo of BWH3
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy neutral light brown. Little off white head with a nice lacing but brief retention. Still overall. Caramel and vanilla nose. Little bitterness in the scent. The taste is similar a sweet affair. The aftertaste is blessed with a mild nuttiness and quenched by a light dry bitterness. Fuller than most browns but poor retention offsets this positive. I found it to be on par with a Northern brown similar to Newcastle in quality. Well maybe Newcastle 10 years ago. Certainly not potent or special enough to be up there with the best Winter Warmers/Christmas Ales especially not at the price I paid.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber hue, small head with a sticky, lasting lace. Smells very malty, same stickiness as the palate. Taste is almost early spring beer -- lots of sour malt, some mild caramel, little carbonation. Passable, but I enjoyed it. Would try again.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy brown with cider-orange highlights, with a nice patch of amaretto froth. Ample lacing and fine duration--in addition to one of the best labels I've seen in some time, a great caricature of Scrooge holding a candle--make this an excellent appearance. Subtle smells of raspberry, lightly toasted malt, and some spice should be more pronounced for a Warmer.

Nice flavor, well malted, sweet and sour taste with some hazelnut toffee. Typically Wychwood, Bah Humbug has a clean taste and a smooth texture, rich but not quite robust enough for me. This could use a bit more spice for my tastes--a healthy dollop of cinnamon, some ginger perhaps. It's good but too straightforward.

Delicious and eminently drinkable, this is a fine Warmer, one I'd like to see improved but one I'll try again. Good stuff.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tasted a bottle of Bah Humbug on 8th December, 2008 (best by Jul 09). ABV listed as 5% in a brown bottle with Scrooge on the front label.

It looked decent enough; a dark ruby brew (slightly hazy) with a nice head with a yellowish tinge. The aroma was a bit curious, maybe on account of the cinnamon that is contained, but a lot of sweetness there.

The taste was (for me) overpoweringly bubblegum sweet with a cloying nature to it. Maybe a background of sour cherry there but the sweetness was too much. Mouthfeel was syrupy to boot.

I was quite disappointed in this beer. I note that there seems to be quite a variation in the scoring on BA. Maybe the 6% brew was better?

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Served at cellar temp or close thereto.

A = Murky dark amber liquid, much less clarity than expected, quite hazy, a nice half inch slightly orange tan head comprised of foam and small bubbles, decent retention. Light lacing.

S = Slight hints of buttered pancakes with pure maple syrup, warm cinnamon bun, violets, very interesting smells which definitely trigger mouthwatering. A good sign.

T&D = Man, this one does not let you down. Your mouth starts watering on the smell, and this definitely tries to quench your thirst. It is thick and sweet, the maple syrup covered buttered pancakes metaphor present for the smell is still appropriate. But the pancake batter included cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg, too. I cannot tell if this beer had spices added as winter beers often do or if this is just a superior taste coming from the malts themselves. I don't care either. To the extent there are spice flavors, they are very mild, not the main focus, but always present serving to highlight the body and complexity of the beer. I could happily drink this all Winter in front of a nice fire.

M = Medium, heavy body, thick, meaty mouthfeel, very good coating, frothy carbonation like drinking a highly frothed coffee drink.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleased this was not in a clear bottle. I was not pleased with the overall result however. Poured dark and murky- not in a good way. Head retention was average. It did not smell spoiled, but for some reason did have a harsh aroma of apples and fruit. Certainly palatable, it did have a decent maltiness to it, bready as it warmed. Nothing really to distinguish it. Worth a try I suppose- would want to try it on tap to see the difference.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer more and more as I made my way through the pint. A mean start but a happy ending to this Christmas Carol (sorry, couldn't resist).

Drinkability - relatively easy to drink but as a personal preference I am not a fan of bitter beers. This was my first Winter Warmer style. I'd definitely drink this at a pub if the only other choices were macro beers. I found myself really enjoying it more near the end of the pint as it warmed up. Don't drink this one too fast or too cold.

Appearance - dark brownish red (clear) with light carbonation and low retention.

Smell - sweet, roasted nut, caramel. Nice chocolate-fruit tones come through later.

Taste - Bitter until your tastebuds adjust and subsides half-way into the first pint. The taste is similar to what you smell. Cinnamon and other "winter-like" spices are not strong while the choco-fruit-nutty flavour is dominant. Seems fitting to what I've read about the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium, watery, with a slightly coarse, dry finish. Low carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

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Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with a light tan head, good retention. Thin lacing.

Nice spiced malt nose. Smells sweet and of caramel sugars.

Taste is of sweet malts with undertones of hops which leave a very slight bitter aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth.

Very nice winter brew, will have again.

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

Outstanding appearance. The pour kicks up a majestic, frothy tan head which caps a tangerine body with vermillion highlights. The head retention is excellent and provides some sticky lace. A touch more head and lace and we'd be perfect. Sweet, fruity aroma with lots of caramel evident. Not as much spice in the nose as I'd expect for a winter warmer.

Nice sweet toffee flavour upfront (not unlike a werther's original), followed by notes of milk chocolate and fruit, before finishing on a sweet and restrained spiciness (cinnamon provides the biggest component of this flavour). The finish lingers, with pleasant tones of caramel and very light spice. Medium bodied and smooth, with very low carbonation - extremely fitting for the flavour profile.

Quite a pleasant winter warmer. Its not as spicy as I would expect, but the added sweetness, caramel and cinnamon combine to create a very pleasant drink to relax with on a winter's evening.

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Photo of Irie
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thick head. A warm foggy red color with bright edges. Fog never settles down.

S - Something spicy about it. Seems standard for a winter beer.

T - Nice thickness, sharp edge, but a slightly hollow taste behind the carbonation.

M - Smooth with a carbonated bite.

D - Nice round taste that's easy to drink. I liked it a lot after it warmed up a bit in the glass. Flavor is solid all the way through which I appreciate.

I liked this a winter beer for sure. Great to sit back and sip on.

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

Excellent Beer. Nutmeg, cinnamon, malty notes. All Wychwood brews are fantastic.

Unfortunatly this year though the LCBO's (Ontario Liqour Stores) shippment of this seasonal beer offered it at only 5% ABV... two years ago it was 6%, then last year 5.3%... now 5. Still a good beer, just don't like it when breweries change recipes of good brews.

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Photo of corby112
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours an amber/ chestnut brown with a foamy, yellowish head. Aroma dominated by cinnamon and spice. Smooth drinking with a very interesting mix of flavors. Nice maltiness with flavor of cherries, banana and a nice bitter cinnamon finish.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear, coppery red colour with about a half-inch of eggshell coloured head capping it. Good lacing, mild carbonation. Aroma is very malty with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla, figs, even a little floral hoppiness.

Taste is heavy on the malt, with lots of christmas spice. The cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and candied fruits are prevalent, tipping the balance towards too sweet for me. That's not to say there isn't a light herbal bitterness that attempts to balance, but this is more dessert than anything for me. The mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and the carbonation is low, in the British way. It's non-offensive but it's still a bit seet for my liking, and I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour that this beer pours is pure christmas time. Red. Good lacing.

The smell was spices and hops. Cinnamon definately cuts through and there is some malt in the back.

The taste is very well balanced with a good dose of spices. Gingerbread, apples, raisins come through. The cinnamon is right up front the whole time too. More than anything I'd say its well balanced, the spices don't dominate the flavour.

Mouthfeel was medium to high. The carbonation was medium to low. Good combination, this beer was enjoyable as it warmed up a bit. I had this with dessert (cheesecake) and it went pretty well with something so sweet.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aooearance: Dark amber-brown. Pours much like a Hobgoblin in colour and head retention.

Smell: Hobgoblin with Cinnamon.

Taste: Hobgoblin with Cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Hobgoglin-like tartness with a great subtle english ale feel.

Drinkability: Hobgoblin with Cinnamon.

Overall: Get the picture? I imagine they took regular old Hobgoblin and added some cinnamon to the kettle. The older version was 6% alcohol but this was 5%. I recall really enjoying the old version a lot more. This one is more drinkable, but not as Christmasy in flavour as the previous version.

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Photo of harley101
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

it was next in line for my wychwood beers, it poured out
an amber color then darkened a bit with nice head, smells
kinda fruity. first sip you can taste the cinnamon and hops.
Has a thick feeling too it in my mouth with little to average
carbonation. As i drink more i become more fond of the taste.
A pretty damn good spiced ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky, burnt ice-tea color with a compact, creamy light beige head that displayed a fairly good retention factor. A splotchy random lacing was left behind.

S: The nose was spicy caramel, apples, pears with sweet molasses and whole cinnamon sticks. A nice balance overall.

T: sweet and spicy caramel, ginger snap girlscout cookies, pears, and an apple fruitiness. I like the fact that the spiciness was more derived from the yeast rather adjuncts. Sweet caramel apples, sweet molasses and some ripe raisins were also noted. The yeasty and spicy caramel malting truly highlight this winter warmer with a touch of warm apple caramel booziness.

M: a tingly carbonation with a nice touch of maltiness. Creamy, smooth, fairly light in nature with a touch of dry caramel and apple cider booziness being left behind lacing the tongue.

D: A nice drinking and well balance Christmas ale with a nice maltiness and well balanced spiciness perfect for the winter night.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/19/2007 (bottle):

Pours a clear brown color, big foamy head, big bubbles, some lacing, but quickly diminishing. Malty sweet, somewhat nutty aroma. Maybe tree bark or fruit rinds, not very pleasant. Slight bitter beginning taste, nutty middle taste, clean aftertaste. Somewhat watery. That same rind aroma is present in the taste, almost a smoky smell. Quickly diminishing in flavor. Some spices, maybe pumpkin or fall-like. Okay.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a joke gift from one of my Aunts last Christmas. This one was pretty disappointing to me. I see it had pretty good reviews here but I had trouble finishing it. Seemed like it was unbalanced and was hard to even finish. The taste was very bland and paltry as well. I would not want to try this one again.

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Photo of mshallah
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber to light brown that's just a bit hazy. Small head drops to a persistent ring.

S-Very fruity and sweet with a hop spice. Smells like a well balanced ESB. Slight sulfur aroma rounds out the nose.

T-Fruity sweet and hoppy with the hops peaking in the late middle and a sweet, lingering finish. Luckily the hops build with every sip to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. Flavor profile and balance are exceptional.

M-Smooth and creamy.

Great English Christmas ale.

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Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a medium copper, forming a thick tan head, with light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Very malty aroma, followed by a generous amount of spice aroma. Simple and sweet.

T - Sweet malts dominate the palate at first sip, but quickly give way to the spices, mainly cinnamon.

M - Very thin and smooth mouthfeel. Not quite as thick as expected.

D - Alot better than I expected. Nice holiday flavor, and just low enough on the alcohol level to keep this within the sessionable limits. I will definitely be having a few more of these this winter.

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Photo of cbn
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, medium brown color, one inch pancake batter head, retreats slowly leaving a wispy island and some lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt, fresh ripe pear, a bit of spice and alcohol.

Ripe fruit marinated in booze.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy at beginning fairly watery finish, decent carbonation.

Fairly easy to drink, yet one is enough, thank you.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a firm sturdy, foamed up head. The head look like a Guinness. Deep amber color. Smelled a bit oxidized. Spiciness and malt sweetness. Cinnamon aroma as well. The flavor reminded me of hard candy, I can not recall which one. A very candyish flavor. A bit of hops also. Smooth almost nitro like mouthfeel. A pretty good warmer, more to it than I expected really.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a 1 pint, .9 oz glass

Appearance: light brown to amber color which doesn't allow many colors or much light to pass through. Little head with even smaller lacing. Small hints of carbonation sit on top.

Smell: Hints of caramel, fruits, and alcohol, almost like you could get a DUI just by smelling deeply. Good malt smell with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Fruity, semi-malty, and mildly sweet. An offset of light bittery hops resides in your mouth for a good time before dissipating as well as strong hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Sugary with with medium weight and a touch of light carbonation. The combination allows a somewhat semi thick to creamy mouthfeel which lingers and lightly coats the tongue.

Drinkability: Relatively easy and goes down pretty smooth. Light but very apparent alcoholic taste as well as mild hops gives it its only kick going down.

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