Black Wych | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Black WychBlack Wych

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of stcules
2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite dark, with mahogany reflexes. Beige foam, ok, for the style.
At the smell a light roasted malt, notes of caramel, and maybe a light candy sugar.
At the taste, is is sweeter, with sugary notes more strong, though on the malt/caramel/roasted background. Then dried fruti, and a light tropical fruitiness. A bit too sweet.
Quite boring, not well balanced.
Almost void body.
Too sweet aftertaste. Light roasted.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black in color with some hints of red. There’s hardly any aroma to this beer, and hardly any flavor either. There’s some suggestion of black patent and some caramel malts, but those flavors are faint at best. The body is also thin and watery. The only real stout like quality that it has is its color.

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Photo of Viggo
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark red/brown, huge thick tan head forms, nice lacing, good retention, certainly looks like a stout. Smell is sweet, some caramel, coffee/chocolate roast, fruits, interesting. Taste is light and sweet, some toffee, licorice, bit of roast, other wise nothing, very weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Not very pleasant, watery, avoid.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an impenetrable black with a thick, bubbly coarse head of foam. Laces nicely.

Smells roasty with underlying notes of milk chocolate. Nothing special though.

The taste is all roast, almost acridly so. Very dry. Very burnt. A bit of black licorice. No discernable hops present. I don't love it.

The mouthfeel really lets this beer down, it's very watery and lacking carbonation.

I'd go on but in a nutshell, I'm so unexcited by this beer I just can't be bothered to write a lot about it. There are so many other stouts that are far better than this.

When it comes to beer Wychwood seem to excel at mediocrity. None of their beers that I have tried are exactly horrible, but none are particularly great. They seem to get on shelves and in fridges based on the bottles, names and artwork...not based on the beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like the other Wychwood beers I have tried so far, this is below average. Pours a nice dark color with a slight coffee aroma but the flavor was seriously lacking. Thin and metallic and too fizzy. Maybe this is what a lightstruck Stout tastes like? Damn these clear bottles!

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Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured up nice and dark with a moderate tan head. The head settled quickly to a thin film that gave up very little lace.

The smell is malty and somewhat sweet (caramel) with dark fruit. As the beer warms up it gives up burned coffee and chocolate scents.

I found this beer to be a bit one-dimensional. Big coffee flavour, some malt, but not much else. Certainly no real trace of the oats mentioned on the label. Kind of disappointing against some of the similar beers. Mildly bitter, but not overpowering.

Cool label, of course.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: black, almost no head and messy lacing

Smell: not too strong, some sharp coffee

Taste: Coffee and some caramel. Aftertaste is very bitter coffee and incredibly dry

Mouthfeel: thin and watery, no body at all

Overall: Well, nice to try once, not my favorite beer of this style at all

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Photo of HurrahBeer
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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 pootz
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was the odd man out in this tasting. I like stouts...figured this would be a traditional one as it’s from the UK...bzzzt wrong! I didn’t expect much with arty label and the trendoid embossed clear bottle but it wasn’t skunked. Poured a lucid dark brown instead of the expected dead black color of traditional stouts....this looks more like weak porter. The pour (and I hated to defile such trendy packaging actually opening it and drinking the artfully wrapped contents) was anticlimactic...what you saw in the bottle was what you got in the glass...low carbonation, weak nose..some coffee some malt...very weak. Stated watery for a stout...medium-light malt body outbalanced by hops..finish comes too fast with nothing left on the tongue to impress but a bit of astringency. This would be a passable mega porter if it had more malt character. Not bad but not good and the package is overstated for the contents.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best I've had from Wychwood thus far. Fresh bottle, so their was no light struck aroma. Poured a vicious, tar black colour with a two finger head. The head disippated to film about halfway down the glass. Dark malt and oatmeal is smelled, with a decent hop kick. Tasted a little weaker than it smells. Little bitter hops, little sweet malt, some chocolate, and oatmeal cookies. Good, slick mouthfeel. Kind of a light oil. A decent beer.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

50 cl bottle, served in Hobgoblin glass.
Nearly black w/ moderate, tan head. Nicely hoppy, slightly roasted/burnt taste that's sadly let down by a thin, watery mouthfeel.
Gets better as it warms.
Not a very memorable stout. I've still to taste a Wychwood beer that I really like.

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Photo of niall
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served cool from the 500 ml bottle, which is hokey with its broomstick, pentagram and vaguely Helena Bonham Carteresque witch imagery, but endearingly so. The beer is dark - black in the glass, with ruby and garnet visible only when held up to a light. The head is caramel and frothy, like a macchiato, and settles down to a morning frost for the duration of the glass, with some nice lace clinging to the side.

Aroma: Get a snootful of the roasted grains, coffee, baker's chocolate and under it all, an earthy turf smell, and dive in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Straightforward coffee, hop and liquorice flavors dance across the tongue, and everything's nicely balanced, even polite, if not particularly subtle. There's a faintly metallic aftertaste that I found distracting a few times. The mouthfeel, compared to American stouts, is downright watery.

Drinkability: Wychwood seem to have aimed for a stout you can enjoy for a good session without wrecking your palate, and I reckon they hit that target, but it's a bit, you know, milquetoast. I didn't finish the bottle with the sense of discovery and desire stock the press with it that I got from, say, Fuller's London Porter, and I'm not sure I'll buy some more.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark in colour with a very slight red tinge when held up to the light, but otherwise black. Head is nice and beige but strangely pink. Dense but with large pockmarks up the top, sinking a bit but leaves nice specks of lacing that aren't very thick though. Looks nice and interesting.

Nose is very burnt, with a woody character like oak on there, a lot of sour fruit, plummy and jammy with large espresso bitterness and a hint of spicy vegemite. A bit too sour to be rated as delicious, but pretty nice.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment; some decent bitter stout flavours, over-roasted malt with a bitter cocoa character, some woody flavours as well, mostly pine and maybe a hint of vanilla on the back, but really the palate is a bit flat, with a surprisingly watery character through most of it.

Weakly sour, with a really annoyingly thin feel, really doesn't grip me with flavour or body. Look it's not a BAD beer, just disappoints me with its lack of flavour. It's reasonably drinkable but just falls flat.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark of course. The colour of coke maybe - not jet black, but a dark, dark red-brown. Good thick tan head. Lots of lacing.

S - Mostly burnt/toasted grain. A bit of a dark seaweed smell and alcohol.

T - Rich and bitter. Roasty malts and a hop kick at the end.

M - Just OK. Not as creamy or thick as some other stouts.

D - Medium. Stouts aren't something I knock back a lot of, and there's nothing special about this one that would make me want to.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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 beckerboots
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an almost ashpalt coloured body with a thinning brown head that tried its best to linger. The hop combination seemed to take the life out of the aroma but certainly hues of burnt chocolate and nutmeg are apparent at different stages of consumption. Lack of sweetness and the less then filling feeling (too watery) left me somewhat perturbed as to why this is classified as a stout. The 4.5 ABV should have given me a clue. Not one of Wychwood Brewing's best.

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Photo of janubio
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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 The_Mad_Capper
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

Bottle labeled as "A Dark Mysterious Spellbinding Porter" (exp. 31 May 15).

Pours a tan, one-finger head with moderate retention; leaves considerable lacing. Body is nearly black with garnet highlights. Aroma is largely comprised of caramel, butterscotch; some raisin and dark chocolate also present. Roasted malt flavor takes center stage; additional flavors include overripe fruit, earthy hops, alcohol, minimal sweetness. Body is medium-light with a dry texture and lightly metallic finish; soft carbonation provides a small bite.

Current bottle and official website describe this one as a (robust?) porter. Not bad, though the roasty, nearly acrid quality dominates without much else to round out the flavor.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear bottle

Pours with a dark body, almost black with little light penetration, slight tan head, poor retention

Smell, aromas of smoked malts, roasted at least, hints of coffee

Taste, chocolatly, slight hint of coffee, dry and bitter

Not bad, bit bland, not particularly strong flavours

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Photo of RickyS
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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 GreenCard
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep dark brown, opaque, creamy layer of tan foam, great head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: faintly roasty, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, molasses, band-aid phenols

Flavor: firm roasty bitterniss with a touch of acidity; balanced by a slight oaty sweetness; coffee; a peach-pit hop bitterness in the dryish finish with a tangy aftertaste of roast, green olives, and leaves

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, smooth texture, slight astringency on the teeth

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 TheHammer
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in my fridge for a while, I've been meaning to try it given how much I liked Wychwood's Hobgoblin and Fiddler's Elbow.

Appearance: As black as night, with touches of brown when put to the light. Thankfully, not the blue/green that the witch on the bottle might fool your eyes into thinking. Two solid fingers of head that left nearly a wall of lace on one end of the glass and stayed around a good long time.

Smell: Roasted walnuts seem to be the dominant, with thickly roasted malts and a touch of earthy hops in the background. Really, nothing special here as it makes an all around average appearance.

Taste: Starts with well roasted malt, that just stops short of being burnt in a good way, then touch of coffee with is devoured by a kick of earthy hops with a floral accent. Solid, but I wouldn't call it spellbinding.

Mouthfeel: Decent transitioning with a almost burnt malt and hop aftertaste, which just barely avoids overstaying it's welcome. Transitions well, but a bit on the simple side, and not quite as creamy as I'd expect a stout to be.

Drinkability: No issues getting it down, and it is medium bodied which is a plus, given it is a stout. Refreshing enough, but it just seems a bit too mild for a stout which leaves me a bit disappointed. Not quite what I was expecting, that is for sure.

Final Thoughts: I dunno, I think the marketing might have swayed my review a bit, but I was expecting a bit more diversity, maybe some sweetness or odd hopping or welcome bizarreness. What I found was a mild stout, which certainly beat the curve but I wouldn't call remarkable. I think Nitro would have really helped this out out.

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Photo of BigBry
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First product from Wychwood I have seen and tasted. Clear 500 ml bottle embossed with Wychwood around bottom and broom riding witch on shoulder. Black liquid that poured to a full tan head with large bubbles, almost had a bit of cascade action happening. It has an aroma of burnt caramel and coffee, strong but not overpowering. Taste is OK, but not really what I was expecting. Very bitter and hoppy, almost harsh when you expect a smoother body. Had a lingering sourish after taste.

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