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

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! AleBah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale
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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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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of mshallah
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +14.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +2%
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 +4.9%
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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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 LeftyBWS
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -1.1%
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 -10.6%
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 sstackho
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -14.3%
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 +6%
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 -11.1%
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 -12.6%
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 -16.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +11.4%
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 +3.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -15.1%
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 -13.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -22.3%
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 +12.6%
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%
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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Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer! Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 378 ratings
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