Black Wych | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Black WychBlack Wych
BA SCORE
53.9%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 193 ratings
Black WychBlack Wych
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by the42ndtourist on 10-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,146
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
193
Liked:
104
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Mandrilo
4.93/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bix
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Kek5
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Borzov1982
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drazen33
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avylover
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's black with some ruby highlights, a small brown head tops it off. A good english hoppiness is present in the aroma, along with burnt coffee and some black fruits. Taste is quite odd. Starts off with a very buttery, yet hoppy taste, then roasted malt dominates the aftertaste. If you like english bitters, you'll love this brew. A very unique stout, with a smooth mouthfeel and good stout drinkability.

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Photo of szuhoj
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Reinheitsgebot71
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a few of these up when I saw them at an the queens quay LCBO as they aren't too common. Glad to see it back on the shelves for Halloween. I've always enjoyed Wychwood's packaging and this bottle is one of my favourits with the gothic blue I mean black Wych on the label. Anyways on to the beer.

It pours a black as night with a magnificent thick, light brown head which settles down after a good while to the appearance of an ice cream float.

A very fine nose coffee notes right up front as well as burnt sugar, and toffee, good roast malt presence here. In the background are hits of raisins and other dry fruit along with nutmeg.

This is one fine tasty English stout sweat yet puckering roast malts all over the place. These bring forth the wonderful tastes of coffee, burnt toast, toffee, and toasted nuts. The astringent hop pleasance provides a fine balance to the robust malt characters and along with the alcohol imparts a clean dry finish. This is very smooth and drinkable, having faintly vicious milk feeling in the mouth, which is very pleasing.

I'm a stout fan and this one did not disappoint. I stocked up on these while there here and shall be enjoying them though the colder months. An excellent session beer for sure.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout looks kind of like a porter, its dark dark brown/almost black rather than extremely black. The head is long lasting and leaves concentric sheets of lace behind. The aroma is strong, I opened the bottle, walked across the room, and from there I could smell the black malts and hops. The taste is is hoppier than most UK stouts, with a citrusy character. The malts are complex with quite a subdued burnt taste and a lot of chocolate characteristics. The mouthfeel is not as full as other stouts, rather on the thin side. That being said the excellent balance of this brew and the modest ABV make it very drinkable. Its not that filling.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of utyata
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shamus
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night with a lovely tan head that has exceptional retention. Ruby highlights just add to its splendour. Smell is mild caramel some pleasant notes i can't identify.

What a treat. I am surprised by how smooth this is.A really attractive complexity to the flavours.Aftertaste of toasted grains. Not too sweet.

My favourite of the Wychwood beers available in these parts. I will remember this one and it goes on my list of pleasures.

The novel label threw me off for a long time. I hesitated to purchase this because I was afraid that it wasn't a serious brew. A great surprise. Now if they switch to a brown bottle, as I've heard that they are doing, it will be perfect.

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Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, standard stout appearance. Fabulous lacing.

Spicy aroma, high in the nose and slightly musty. Chewy mouthfeel, musty like the aroma, slightly sour. Brisk and dry, astringent, and slightly sour taste.

A decent stout. A bit dry perhaps, could be sweeter, but a decent stout, nevertheless.

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Photo of velkyal
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Wych, described on the label as a "Spell Binding Stout". I am a big fan of stouts, having been brought up by my eldest brother to think of Guinness as the height of manly drinking - thus it was no surprise that my first ever legal beer was a Guinness. These days I steer clear of the Liffey Water, say it quietly but I prefer Beamish of the mass produced Irish stouts - although I am yet to try the O'Hara Stout, but it is high on my list for stuff to try for my birthday weekend in Ireland. But I digress, back to the idyllic English countryside. Black Wych pours dark, very dark, so dark it is practically opaque - I even put it right up next to a light and couldn't see through it. The head was the same colour as comes on an espresso in an Italian café, and boy is this stuff thick. The coffee theme continues in the nose, lots and lots of roasted coffee beans, with a subtle burnt chocolate undertone, which almost smothers a burnt caramel twist. I was excited about this one, and the first mouthful didn't let me down, with the espresso theme of roasted bitterness bursting on to my tongue. However, it wasn't the "velvety smooth stout" that the label promised, it is very dry, perhaps some oats would have smoothed it out. Not that it was bad, just not what I was expecting. This was a very fine pint, one that would go well with bowls of stew and open fires in the middle of winter.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Indybeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Poured a dark black, with a massive chocolate head that slowly receded to a fine ring, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a muted roated coffee. Taste is creamy smooth, and mild for a stout, but a very enjoyable drink. I was concerned about the clear glass bottle, but thankfully it has suffered no ill effects. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stoutman
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I like stout and this is a pretty decent one. Really dark and dry. An IPA-like fresh hoparoma. Rather thin to be a stout, but it is like a dry irish stout, with hoppy afterglow. Roasted black malt and oats with a nice finish of progress hops. This is a velvety smooth stout with a full dry and biscuity flavor and a clean cut aromatic bitterness. Light flavor from coffee and/or dark chocolate. Good stuff.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, hey! This isn't bad at all!
I was a bit skepticle at first, what with the clear bottle, but it poured a nice deep brown/mahogany with a decent off-white head. Smell is of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Taste is rich and smooth with a bit of a dry coffee aftertaste. Really a nice all-around stout. It doesn't knock you over the head with chocolate, coffee, smokey-roasted barley or alcohol. It's just a nice, easily drinkable stout. Grab a bottle or two!

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick tan head that stays around. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of dark malt - toffee and earthy/fruty notes emerge from a charcoal smoky background.

The taste is of charcoal smokiness that is well-balanced by toffee, sweetish chocolate and a plum-like fruitiness. Finishes dry.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

A solid, nicely balanced, tasty English stout that is drinkable, even "sessionable".

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Photo of Maestro
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this one. I generally like stronger stouts but these guys seem to do a great job with a moderate ale. The head is thin but present throughout and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is sweet with caramel notes. But the first taste makes you well aware of the hops. The beer warms you in spite of its low alcohol content and makes it well worth the drink. Maybe a good session beer for those that are interested in that aspect. The malts become present as you move through the pint and are quite a good combination. Definitely a beer I will seek out again.

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Photo of staubot
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Dark mild red highlights, big redish creamy head with solid retention. Taste of Cooked malts, caramel and dark roast coffee

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Photo of 123321123321
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dark with lots of lacing. Smell is rich with hints of caramel and roasted malts. Tastes great, roasted malts make their way to a subtle bitterness which leaves for a slight but not overpowering aftertaste. Pretty drinkable, but pretty thick, not something you could drink a bunch of, but certainly is a nice example of an English Stout.

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Black Wych from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 53.9% out of 100 with 193 ratings
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