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 jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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 LeftyBWS
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear amber/orange colored brew with a smooth off-white head that settles quickly.
S: Sugars and some really suppressed hops. Faint whiff of some fruit. Pleasant but empty.
T: Much like the smell - nothing offensive but lacking in intrigue. Some fruity and grassy flavors, reminiscent of hops but no bitterness. Hints of sugars, not quite caramel. Finish is actually tasty and smooth with lingering sugar and hops.
M: Actually pretty good. Goes down smoothly.
D: Fine, but not very enticing.

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Photo of leif86
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Not much of a head, just a thin lacing of cream colored frothy goodness that dissipates quickly. Red, dark caramel color. Very malty aroma, but not spicy. Smells like molasses. Very smooth mouthfeel. Again, not spicy like you would expect from a winter warmer, but rather malty flavor that is accompanied by a very light hoppy bitterness. Drinkability is very high, goes down very smooth.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 sstackho
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO. Consumed in Feb 08 with a best before date of August 08. Pours a darrk copper with some head and not much carbonation. Aroma is weak. First taste feels a bit thin. It does get better, with some reasonable maltiness and a touch of spice in the aftertaste. Surprisingly light for 6%.

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

Maroon colored poor with a short lived head. Smell was of sweet and sourish malt. Taste was slightly sweet and tart, with a light bitter kick in the finish. Kind of like slighly burnt caramel, and reminded me almost of an ESB. Perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol in the flavor. This one grew on me as I drank it, and I upped it from 2.5 to 3 overall.

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Photo of TerryW
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Clear amber red with a good sized head that settles to a heavy film, leaves behind lots of lace.

Nose is fruit and alcohol, but not particularly inspiring or promising in any way. However, the beer does deliver some interesting taste. Noticeable carmel malt and fruitiness, followed by some hops. Mixed finish is bitter and fruity sweet. You need to be inclined somewhat to sweetness in your beer to have some appreciation for it.

Interesting as a seasonal beer, generally well put together and worth a try.

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Photo of Risser09
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1pt. 9 oz bottle poured into a sniter - The numbers "05, 06" are printed on the bottle - Cellar temp

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown beer. Barely any highlights of other colors shine through. Minimal head that is slightly off white in color. Big bubbles sit atop the head.

Smell: Caramel, malt, raisin and golden graham crackers. Cinnamon, nuttiness of almond.

Taste: Oaky almost with a tannin feel. Malt backbone and ample sugar level. Weird bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sugary at first with a mild hop bitterness. Dry finish. Medium body and moderate alcohol sensation.

Drinkability: Pretty good but sort of flat in flavor and complexity. Bitterness is awkward and unpleasant. Pass on this one if something better is available.

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

Appearance: The body is a deep bronzed amber, with a dense tan head.

Nose: Caramel malt, apple and cherry esters.

Taste: Very sweet, with caramel malt, some bready notes, fruity esters, and then a mild hop bitterness coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, peppy carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable strong ale, but not exciting. At the price, I'd recommend giving it a pass and selecting something else.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance>The beer poured a nice red colour, with a gorgeous haze, and a light head that lingered a spell, with not too much lacing.
Scent>Very sweet aroma, honey and pears, perhaps?
Taste> applecider start, that was followed by a mouthful of hops and cloves, with a cinnamon and pine hang.
Mouthfeel> light bodied, not overly carbonated; felt like a cask ale, and very british ale mouf-feel.
Drinkability> too clove and piney for my liking, but a fellow taster thought it was divine, so I guess I have to give it average drinkability.

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Photo of madjr80
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very thick head of foam that held form for about 20 minutes and turned into a creamy lace. Dark reddish color with enough carbonation. The taste of Christmas spices really stand out throughout the whole glass. It appears to be some nutmeg, cinnomon and something else that I can not put my finger on. Pretty good overall. For about 2 dollars a bottle it was well worth it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Pours a hazy red-amber translucent body with a quarter inch of light tan head. Smells like cinnamon, apple, pear, and banana. Tastes fruity with caramel and cinnamon playing large roles. A rather thin aqueous body with less carbonation than expected, but otherwise nothing wrong with this brew. Definitely not the best winter warmer out there, but a decent drinker and a fairly solid beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and cinnamon are very well balanced. Taste is again very well balanced between caramel malt and cinnamon with some notes of banana and cloves also discernable. Body is very creamy-like with some great carbonation and a medium full body. I thought the mix between the malt and the cinnamon was very well done in this one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber with a small amount of head and minimal lacing.

Smell is mostly controlled by malt and some caramel and the addition of some other spice.

Taste is fairly nutty, the caramel and malt take the forefront though and the follow-up is rather spicy with hints of hops, bit of a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a large bubbled ecru head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Well there is some caramel in there clearly, and butterscotch for those who like diacetyl, but the overall aroma is ruined by DMS (cooked vegetables)

Taste: The caramel flavor predominates up front, although it gets a bit dirty (if that makes sense) by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The off flavors here just make this one disappointing

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Photo of mnj21655
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 fl oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours a brilliantly clear reddish-brown mahogany in color with about two fingers of somewhat dense head that has decent retention and leaves little lacing. Smell is strongly malty, namely caramel malts, a bit spicy, a bit fruity (figs), and just a touch of hops. Taste is mostly malty and a bit spicy with some figs and dark fruits but then gives way to a pleasant hop presence. Just before the finish there is a bit of alcohol and a somewhat faded spiciness that far outlasts the hops. As this beer warms and as i drink more of, I find a rather pleasant aftertaste that I can only describe as fig-like. Mouthfeel is ok, medium-light body that is somewhat slick and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok, I didn't enjoy this beer all that much at first but as this warmed a bit I really began to like this beer. The fruity characteristics of this beer really emerged as it warmed. I recommend drinking this one at cellar temp.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Christmas Ale by a long shot, but not bad either. The beer pours a clear, nut brown color with some tannish head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, moderate carbonation, the smell is a bit musty, caramel, malty, candied liquorice. The consistency is surprisingly thin for a Xmas ale. In fact, this is more like a nut brown ale with a dash more caramel, but not what I would consider a Xmas ale given its thinness and lack of real spiciness. The taste, as mentioned, is British style nut brown with a slight twist. You'll get a combination of dryness, malty caramel, some spicy tang, and nut flavors on the front end. Towards the finish, the nut flavors round out even more and this is where the nut brown backbone to this beer comes through. There is a little bit more sweetish malts that emerge in the middle towards the finish as well. The beer is rather thin, with a light to medium consistency, and easily drinkable. It's okay, not bad, but nothing I would return to. I didn't realize that this brewery also makes Hobgoblin, which is a much better offering if you're sold on this brew house.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served in a tall glass.

A - murky brown color with a small off-white head that flattened out, leaving very little lace.

S - sweet malt and spiced aroma.

T - sweetness of caramel malt with a hint of spices, very slight bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied and somewhat flat.

D - I had a difficult time with this one, as it wasn't anything special to me, just another English Ale.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium brown color with a thin white head of large bubbles. Nice lacing.

Smell - The scent is intriguing. It offers a sweet brandy aroma.

Taste - It has a bold spicy flavor. The hops in the brew are evident throughout which makes for an interesting complexity. The after-taste is dry and fitting.

Mouthfeel - Dry and smooth.

~ This is a one-time try for me. I'm glad I had the chance and I will recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish-brown with a slight haze to it. The head falls flat pretty quickly.

Smell - Nice balance of caramel malts and spicy hops. Nothing especially complex, but pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel - Nutty and lightly roasted with a big backbone of caramel malts. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Light bodied.

Notes - Unexceptional but solid and easy to drink.

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

Appearance:amber, slight haze, big dence head that quickly dissipates leaving light lace.
Smell: sweet malt, vanilla, fruity. vey mild hops.
taste: sweet malt, vanilla, dried fruit, cream soda. medium hop flavour.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, moderatly creamy, slightly dry finish.
drinkability: overall a good brew, pitty it's only seasonal.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy brown color with a big rocky tan head that quickly fell. The aroma is sweet and has strong caramel notes. The taste is malty and full of caramel/Belgian candy flavors. The hops are subtle in the background – this is a malty brew. The mouthfeel is quite full and works well. Overall, I wasn’t expecting to be this surprised by another Christmas Ale – but I am!

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Photo of csmiley
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Appears cloudy and muddy brown in color. Got a little over a half inch of head that was gone really quick. Lacing was good.

S - At first smell I got hints of nut and roastiness. Those were followed up by a slight smell of alcohol and caramel.

T - Caramel and nuts are in the front of the flavor. There is also some hop bitterness to accompany the sweet flavors. The roasted aroma shows up in the flavor but is really hard to detect.

M - Came across as light bodied given that it is a Winter Warmer. Carbonation was good.

D - The Bah Humbug is a little thin in my opinion but still good. What it lacks in body is made up for in how smooth it is.

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

Deep treacle malt aroma. Reminds me of Callard & Bowsers Toffee. Lots of fruity yeast esters, I get plums and raisins and baked apple. There's a spice aroma too that may just be more yeast esters rather than added spices since it's pretty subtle. No hops really to speak of.

Nice reddish orange color with a thick initial head that fades to a nice solid layer. The head leaves a lot of lacing as I drink. It's fairly cloudy though.

Flavor starts off with the toffee flavors like what I got in the aroma. There's even more ale-fermentation fruit flavors too. Plus there's that spice component added in. Maybe some nutmeg but it's still really too subtle to tell. There's good hop bitterness on the back end to balance it out but this is definitely a malt dominant beer. There's a little bit of citrus too, added orange peel maybe?

Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Very nice winter warmer beer. It has lots of good flavors and a hefty body. But at 6% not so strong as to be a knockout.

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Photo of beerking1
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber, slightly hazy and with a small white head that fades very fast. Aroma is higher alcohols up front, crystal malts, and some earthy hops, with a faintly yeasty background. Flavor is very estery, with obvious alcohol notes and very nice crystal malt character. Finish is malty, with lots of butterscotch and alcoholic notes.

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