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 JISurfer
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer from Wychwood. I was looking for something kind of special to drink tonight, so this'll do. The head on this thing was miraculous! Had awesome retention and never showed signs of totally leaving. The body was a darkish, golden amber. Smell was of fruits and spices, with a tinge of hops in the end. Taste was similar, but not so strong on the fruits and hops. Had some spices there, but nothing too overbearing. Easily a drinkable beer. Definately something I'll have again. Ba Humbug(whatever a Humbug is) indeed.

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

Pours a deep red-brown with an off-white lumpy head... Some foam sticks around throughout the glass leaving bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty straight-up british ale - lots of fruit and caramelized grain in the nose, no hops to speak of.

Taste is again a pretty straight british pale ale - plums and apricots in the front with a bit of caramel to follow... The only deviation from a BPA is the minimal spicing with faint echoes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. A bit on the sweet side but not excessive.

Mouthfeel is fine - a light oily coating on the palate, enough carbonation to leave a clean mouthfeel. No hop bittering to be found, slightly sweet aftertaste but again not excessive.

All in all okay and quite drinkable but I would have preferred a more bold approach. Just a tad below Fuller's or Young's standard Pale Ales but if it had been spiced more it would have stood out better.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a quite dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Some lacing, though not much. Strong malt aroma, moderately fruity. Flavor is predominantly malt, with a light roastiness and toffeeness. Bitterness is moderate, with no particular hop flavor. There's an undercurrent of spices I can't quite identify. Finishes moderately dry. Medium-full bodied, neutral texture.

Good beer, but doesn't stand out for me.

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

Pours a dark shade of amber, more of a reddish brown really. Rocky off white head.

Smell is quite good, very fruity with a touch of brown sugar and spices mostly cinnamon and orange riding on the alcohol fumes. Scent is a bit sweet smelling.

Taste is a little sweet and salty? Mild and fruity this has a smoky bitter tang in the finish that is quite good. Spice is mostly a jumble of Christmas potpourri with only vanilla standing out to be identified and maybe cinnamon. This is a tasty sweeter British ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a tasty British ale that I will buy again. I can't help but notice that this is bottled in brown glass that protects the beer and not clear that does nothing to protect the beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent tan head that dissipates to little or no lacing.

Smell is sweet, strong maltiness with hints of cinammon and nutmeg.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a pleasant nuttyness. complemented with a dry hop finish. Not bad, but I would prefer a little more oomph.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin for my taste.

This would be an easy to drink session beer because the flavors are rather mello. Not a bad beer for this style but I would prefer something...bigger.

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Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber-brown and sits a deep caramel brown in the glass with a large, light tan head. Fades to a ring of foam around the glass, few lacings strech up the glass.

Smells sweet and doughy with loads of caramel and light toffee up front. Hints of apple and pear thrown around. Malts definately dominate, rich, toasty and mouthwatering.

Malts hurl themselves at you from the start, lobbing out hunks of toasted grain, caramel and mild nuttiness. Slight specks of raisins, accompanied with overripened apples. Bitterness slowly trots in, providing some light grassy flavors. Still, it's all malts all the way into the mildly bitter finish.

Rich, smooth and creamy in the mouth with soft and low-level carbonation. Medium-full in body.

This is just an all-around, easy drinking beer...nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice, thick looking brew, brownish amber color. The bottle I have is not clear as the picture shows, but dark brown (good!). My "in a nutshell" review is this is a very predictable English winter warmer. Thick and chewy malts dominate with subtle spices coming through as my beer warms up to room temperature. Reminds me of a winter-style Newcastle if such a thing existed. Certainly a good brew but absent of any aggressive/interesting hop profile I've grown to love in many of the US craft brew winter seasonals.

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Photo of whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A nice dark amber color with a modest fizzy tan head that hangs around breifly and leaves only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is mostly toasted malt, bready with a hint of cinammon and cloves.

Light/medium bodied with a spicy start giving way to a bready, nutty malt flavor before finishing with a bite of hops and more lingering spice and a hint of alcohol warmth. Mild and light bodied for a winter warmer, but at least not overly sweet.

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Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a clear bottler with a really weird-looking beer label. Quite many bottles of this beer have been shelved at my local Sainsbury's for many months now, and finally were set to be cleared on sale at just 16.9 pence, i.e. 10% of the original price~~
So I reckoned it's a great bargain.

Appearance: it pours a dark-amber to copper colour; a light-brownish head is detected with moderate retention and low carbonation.
Aroma: a deeply sweet, almost coconut powder like aroma upfront, slightly tart and candyish maltiness follows... a bit strange aroma to me, I must say, even though I don't really know what to expect.
Taste: more coconut and nutmeg mixed with cinnamon flavour at present on the palate, while a light, almost watery mouthfeel of malts follows along with a slightly dried sweet-prune's flavour and a tinge of liquorice at the back, leaving a spicy and dry aftertaste mixed of herbal flavour and hops.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Overall the mouthfeel is quite smooth, but gradually it turns watery and I don't quite like this fact against such a spicy flavour of this beer. Not too bad for a spiced winter beer, or rather it's different, but not sometthing I'd go for at normal price of 1.69 pounds per bottle!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(500 ml bottle.) Beautiful copper colour, nice thick head. Aroma and flavour of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Christmas cake notes in the flavour, some hoppy bitterness. Relatively light bodied despite the "Christmasy" elements, doesn’t taste like 6% ABV. I’m not too fond of the strong sweetish vanilla notes in the aroma, but this is a pleasant enough Christmas seasonal to drink. Wouldn’t care much for this as an all year beer, though - but it isn’t. Cool label! Cheerio, Sophie me’ lass!

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

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, tan head with fairly good retention, some lacing

Smell, quite limited, some hint of cinnamon, some malty sweetness

Taste, biscuity malt on the palette, fizzy spices, clove and more cinnamon, mabye some eastern spices too like cumin in the background, some hint of bready christmas pudding, slight warming alcohol and bitterness on the finish

A pretty good little warmer, warms your cockles on a cold winters night like this

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