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Black Wych | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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101
Ratings:
184
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
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Photo of avylover
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Reinheitsgebot71
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +16.3%
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 shamus
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +14.1%
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 +14.1%
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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Photo of Indybeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +13.6%
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 +13.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of PorterPro125
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 harley101
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured out thick dark with almost no head. Smells
like a guinness only a little sweeter. First
taste low carbonation easy to drink and a little bitter.
Pretty much what i expected, fruity coffee/smokey taste.

in my opinion its better then hobgoblin, it feels thick
on the palate and immediately leaves me wanting another sip.
A very good english stout

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Photo of TheDM
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized dark tan bubbles that left a nice lacing and a dark brown body with some carbonation rising up the side of the glass. It has very nice malty aroma and an initially mild coffee flavor but finishes with a slight bite, but still very nice all around.It was jJust a bit mild for a great stout.

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Photo of basica
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black color with a slight reddish-brown hue into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass yielding a two-finger thick pretty, foamy tan head with fairly good retention lacing the glass as it gradually settles to a thin layer of foam (4.5)

S - The nose is primarily roasted malts and some earthiness; surprisingly light hints of funk amidst the earthy notes (3.5)

T - Roasted malts hit head on along with a mild amount of malt sweetness whilst light coffee flavors and some nuttiness show up in the middle; finish is toasty, slightly lactic and mildly bitter (4)

M - Between light to medium bodied thickness (though leaning more towards medium) with moderate carbonation and a creamy smooth texture going down quickly and easily; would have easily moved up a notch if the body is thicker (4)

D - Very easy drinking and very sessionable to my surprise. Flavors were not bad, not fantastic though together with the mouthfeel, lends it pretty good drinkability (4.5)

The best by date on this bottle is August 2009, one and a half years ago but seems like it held up well besides a slight earthy funk on the nose. The key characteristics of this stout that attracted me are the pleasantly concocted roasted malt flavors along with the light lactic notes as well as the creamy smooth texture. Not bad, not great but definitely refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm wondering if this beer is no longer being brewed as it isn't listed on the Wychwood site any more...hmmm

A- I poured this into my official Hobgoblin pint glass and get a 5 inch thick tan colored head, which retains perfectly, taking several minutes to finally settle to a thick puffy film over the beer. The color of the brew is black with just a slight brownish hue when up against anything white. Lacing is awesome as there is thick puffs of foam that cling to my glass. It looks like how a stout should and with the always cool artistry on the bottle depicting folklore, this area is perfect IMO.

S- This stout has a more mild aroma than others that I've sampled, but it isn't void of smells. I detect the expected roasted malts that have hints of unsweetened cocoa and a slight burnt toast smell followed by a bit of an alcohol aroma. This stout also has a more herbal/earthy aroma that I haven't really smelt before....slight licorice, as another reviewer noted is detectable. There isn't a big hop presence in the aroma. Different but good.

T- This beer has a dominant chocolate malt flavor and is quite distinguishable from the sweetness of said malt. It's slightly nutty. The bitter cocoa flavor is there as well. Along with the hops used and the burnt toast aspect, the finish lingers with an earthy/herbal bitterness that is actually quite good.

M- Not as thick as other stouts, but a solid medium body defines this beer. It is creamy smooth, with carbonation being very mild. Reminds me somewhat of what a strong coffee would taste like.

D- This is an easy stout to drink. Of course this would be great with a beef stew or bbq'd steak with a rich sauce. I like this beer and think it's a great session beer for the pub with friends. This stout is different from the norm somewhat and I recommend for those who want something unique in this style.

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Photo of Garin
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep black, with a nice creamy ice cream float head that sinks slowly, leaving a very clingy lace behind. It looks great. When I poured it, I got immediate sweet fruity aromas. I also found licorice and rum.

The flavour is very lightly acidic and char/roasted up front, with a slightly perfumey but dry finish. In the middle, a slight bitterness works into a toasty/grainy feel.

In the mouth, it feels smooth and easy-drinking, with a light carbonation and a richness that doesn't add weight. I really like it.

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Photo of hotstuff
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was not as strong of a stout that I have experienced in the past. This one was noticeably milder which I know is not the norm for a stout, but personally I prefer a milder tasting stout so I really enjoyed this particular one. It poured a thin head which did not last too long. It had excellent lacing to it. This particular stout is definitely one that I would enjoy drinking again sometime.

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Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Suds
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nearly black beer, thick and almost solid in color. The head begins very dense and tan, but falls quickly into a thin and wispy sheet. The aroma is quite nice. Smells of slightly burnt and heavily roasted barley are straightforward and wonderful. There's a bit of fruit and a little coffee and chocolate. Some pepper and a little spice hang in the distance of the aroma. Not bad at all. It's a fairly dry beer, with a little acidic quality. The heavily roasted barley flavor contributes heavily to the beer's character. A little bitterness starts in the mid-taste, and continues through the finish, but is never dominant. There's also a little oily slickness that stays throughout the entire sip. The body is very full and thick, with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Good stout.

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Photo of Jigglenaut
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Purchased two bottles from an LCBO in Canada.

Pour: Poured with a sizable light tan head
Look: Jet black with hints of ruby when looked at through a strong light
Smell: Subtle smell, hints of coffee, dried fruits and malt.
Taste: dark and malty with hints of coffee and a very vague taste that reminds me of blue cheese. nice savory finish that hangs on the tongue for a long time.

Overall a great beer from an outstanding brewery, definitely worth a try at least once. Fantastic color is enough to make it notable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with clear mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. Topped by a short, frothy, light tan head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace. The nose expresses a roasty malt, mild diacetyl butteriness, and some grassy and earthy hops. The body is light/medium with a very fine and mild carbonation that leaves it smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a charming semi-sweet chocolate note and underlying butterscotch that are soon overtaken by roastiness and then drying bitterness. It finishes dry, bitter, and fairly short with only a mild lingering roastiness. A bit one-sided but well-balanced and enjoyable; and at is moderate strength it makes a good session ale! As is the case with many English beers, this is best enjoyed at cellar temperature.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice label but I worry about the clear bottle. The beer itself was a
beautiful black colour with purple highlights. This stout was well made and nicely balanced with the focus on easy to drink. Not the biggest stout but with more flavour than most well known Irish pints.
I would buy this again when I need a stout that doesn't make me change to another style after one glass.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a non nitro stout, this still pours the "perfect pint", filling my glass exactly to the top with about 2 fingers of head. The colour is fairly black, and the head is tan. The smell is mostly of burnt coffee, the taste is also mostly coffee, the chocolate is less evident. A little thin and watery, but still nice. Smooth on the tongue with a little carbonation for effect. A solid stout, nothing special, but worth trying.

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