Black Wych
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #199
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,390
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
213
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Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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SCORE
84
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Notes: BLACK WYCH A Dark Mysterious Spellbinding Porter
BLACK WYCH spellbinding porter ,
The Black Wych has cast her spell , start with a measure of
alluring rich dark malt & allow the bitterness to creep in.
This silkily smooth porter is a force to be reckoned with.

Brewed primarily for export.
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot on the heels of a Thornbridge Coco Cocoa, I have hopes this one might be something simpler and better.
L- In evening light it's effectively black. Pours with a 1cm deep tan head, very slowly reducing.
S- Just some mild toasty coffee notes.
T- The flavour follows, quite toasty, even a hint of smoke.
F- But bright enough and at 5.0% to be somewhat pungent yet refreshing.
O- Certainly worth trying if you are a porter fan. There is nothing out of balance or out of place for me to note, just I'm reminded of the rather limited dimensions/profile within which black beers can be brewed.
500ml bottle. BB 31/1/2020

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium: Capped.
Opacity: Opaque with a very faint copper hue.
Color: Wych Black.
Head: Slightly creamy and foamy light brown.
Legs: Decent with okay swirl reaction.
Smell: Black liquorice/Berries.
Taste: Walnuts/Toffee/Herbal.
Feel: Roasted/Leafy/Earthy.
Body: Slightly creamy and oily medium.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp.
Overall: Pretty good quality porter IPA. More fresh than usual but still kinda dull like a regular porter.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 6.5/10 - Balance 6/10 -
Freshness 7/10 - Intensity 6/10 - Complexity 6.5/10 - Appreciation 7/10

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Photo of elnachooo
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Es de un color marrón oscuro con una perdurable cabeza cremosa. En su aroma se percibe el caramelo, el chocolate y el tostado. En boca es ligera, tostada con sutil final amargo.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 500 ml bottle into tall glass. L. Very dark, black body with light tan head. Head is up to an inch on initial pour but settles quickly to a centimetre or so with quite a bit of lacing. S. Not a lot, a slight sweet, fruity note. T. A touch disappointing, some initial fruit sweetness but fades quickly to a dark grain/slightly smoky middle which lingers for a dry finish. F. Quite smooth, lighter than maybe expected. O. I remember seeing Wychwood Hobgoblin advertised in English magazines many years ago before any of these beers were available in Australia. This is the first time that I have tasted a Wychwood beer and, maybe my expectations were high, but a little disappointing. But not bad, and I look forward to trying Hobgoblin.

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Photo of emincems
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

almost black. tan, medium sized head. smell is not strong; slighlt roastiness and candy sugary
roasted malts, chocolate, slightly smoked, slightly sweet.
easy to drink

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Photo of flyingpig
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Morrison's supermarket (£1.50):
The beer opened with some toasted malts, an earthy bitterness & some chocolate touches alongside a coffee bitterness before some faint dark fruits featured with the nose but were sadly missing come the taste. It was a dark & malty offering with a fairly one-dimensional feel to it which means it's unlikely I'd pick it up again but it was at least an okay beer from Wychwood.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is an almost pure black with just a bit of cola brown shining through on the edges. Head was tan and a finger thick and foamy with OK retention.

S: A bit toasty and spicy with a hint of coffee, but vey faint.

T: Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate on top of a strangely alcohol note, odd for this strength of beer. Also the taste of this beer goes beyond roasted to burned, which is a weird characteristic for this kind of beer. This char is a campfire or charcoal kind of smoky, not pleasant like a rauchbier but like a burger that has been left on the grill a it too long.

Overall: An OK beer, but there is something burned and off putting in the taste that turns me off of buying this again.

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Photo of szuhoj
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml, served in a tulip glass around 10-14 celsius
L: Nice black, opaque colour, tan head
S: clean, crisply malty if that's an actual thing, a bit coffee-ish
T: Again, its very cleanly malty with coffee notes, very pleasantly drinkable
F: Leaves a strong but pleasant smokey aftertaste and an oddly pleasant dryness
O: Awesome beer, bit expensive in my country, clean and not too complex flavour, ABV could be a bit higher around 8% but it's fine as it is.

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Photo of janubio
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium head with a brown head that takes a good while to fade, leaving a compact brown lace. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, dried fruits. No coffee. Medium body,c reamy palate, correct carbonation. Taste of licorice, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, burned notes. Good stout, maybe body is a bit light.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Dark brown color. Nearing black.

English Porter all the way. Chocolate with some roast. Caramel and toffee. Sweet. Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation. Nothing crazy, but enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with fried potetoes with fried eggs and chicken steaks. Thin body. Some bitter chocolate in its taste and plenty herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Nose is pretty dull.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Pours opaque black with decent tan head, moderate to low retention.
Smell - thin, roasted.
Taste - roasted and caramel.
Light body, soft carbonation.
I'm not impressed.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wychwood Brewery 'Black Wych' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $3
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a medium size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-dark malt
T-creamy smooth & rich tasting , slight bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , medium body , tad watery mouthfeel
Ov-ok beer & English Porter
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Almost black, opaque with barely translucent brown bits at the edges. Thin light tan bubbly head.

S) Alcohol, dark roasted malt and hints of ginger or some other spice. Lots going on.

T) Bitter burnt malt, no hop influence. A strangely watery taste follows.

F) Again a hotchpotch, seems to start off with real bitterness and followed quickly by a watery cleanliness. Light carbonation and only a slight bitter aftertaste.

O) Not very keen on this one.

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Photo of Niceroad77
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Good head on pouring but lacking on the retention.
Smell: Lots of chocolate, toffee, banana and vanilla. Sweet.
Taste: Chocolate, vanilla and coffee. A little sweet but this is a porter after all, not a stout...
Feel: Feels light. Too light for my liking. Some carbonation.

Overall: Very decent. Nothing exceptional but interesting mix of aromas and flavours.

Might buy again.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thick tan head that disappears fairly quickly. The nose leads with licorice, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. The taste reveals a lot of the same with maybe a bit more dark roasted coffee. The is a bit of sweet roasted malt as well but the whole thing leaves very quickly leaving a slight bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is on the watery side with a fairly active carbonation. Not a bad little Porter but I feel it could use a bit more body to balance the beer a bit better.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Pours a Deep Black that casts a bit of Ruby around the edges when in the glass. Beautiful 2 finger tan head with decent retention. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Coffee, Dark Chocolate, slight caramel tinge (a note I've never really found in a stout).

T- Roasty, Smokey Malt with coffee/dark chocolate. Finish is a crisp hop bite.

F- Lighter Body than expected but still a good Medium Body. Low-Moderate Carbonation.

O- Great Roasty Stout with a unique caramel note.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black colour with a brown foamy head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee & malt. Taste of burnt roasted malts, coming through quite sweet, with a bit of chocolate and coffee mixed in, it has a mild carbonation. Aftertaste is of a bitter roasted flavour. A drinkable stout if a little on the ordinary side.

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Photo of RickyS
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler glass. The beer is dark ruby, not quite impenetrable black, and features a thin head that tends to dissipate quickly. The smell is nothing I was expecting. Very few of the characteristic stout aromas are there. And only in a mild version. I think I get some coffee and dark chocolate but is actually difficult to tell. And , well this is strange, this beer smells a bit like apples and carries a slightly acidic smell. This is also reflected in the taste which is really nothing special: coffee, malts, again this apple acidic aroma and a hint of hops. Leaves the mouth a tad dry with an unpleasant sensation of wet cardboard at the end. Not really exciting. Mouthfeel is watery and not exciting, although the carbonation is spot on for the style. What can I say? Nope.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Sweetish aroma with chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Taste is similar with a little liquorice. Not bad.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pour - Very dark with a sizable head and a great deal of carbonation.
Smell - Bit of a dark roast, toffee aroma.
Taste - An earthy finish, a bit on the watery side. Roasted malts present, as is a slight bitterness.
Feel - Not much left to be desired. Not much really lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of henkmudi
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black with mild red highlights, big redish creamy head with solid retention. Coffee and roasted malt, sweet taste , medium carbonation, bitter honey and sweet cherry. Watery light body with low to medium carbonation. Chocolate and licorice, favorite winter porter. Very good overall.

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Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

A bottle from the lcbo, good lacing and a pleasant roasty spicy aroma, a bit vegetal. Taste is smooth, with a gentle bitterness with a really nice English hop profile, long drying finish. Pleasant drinkability, good balanced porter.

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Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +7.5%

This one pours as a very attractive beer. Plenty of brown foam with satisfying light roast malts flavours. Feels great swirling around the mouth. Beautiful Wychwood additional. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN.

Appearance - opaque impressive black coloured beer. Topped by a finger of tan foam, which leaves a nice ring of lacing as it recedes, albeit slowly.

Smell - caramel, toffee, some orchard fruits maybe pears and plums with a hint of currants. Nose isn't huge but is inviting. A weird metallic smell kinda gets in the way of an otherwise very good aroma.

Taste - yummy and mysterious, some toffee, black licroice with orchard fruits again being pears and plums. Caramel at first then bitterness kicks in from licroice and something hard to put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - smooth and silky, well carbonated but subtle and leaves an oily feel in the mouth. Medium finish.

Overall - a pretty damn good stout, with great feel and certainly a mysterious quality as advertised. It's a bit of a strange brew with black licorice, orchard fruits and a toffee base somehow mixed together but yet worthy. This is one of the best I've had from Wychwood.

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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 213 ratings