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 szuhoj
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 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 mothman
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -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 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 LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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 -3.5%
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 +7.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -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 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 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 henkmudi
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +3.3%

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 +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 DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before July 20 2015. The label describes this one as a porter rather than a stout, but as far as I'm concerned those are pretty much the same thing to begin with. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, brownish-black cola colour with some crimson highlights; topped with just under an inch of dense, creamy beige head. It dissipates, slowly but surely, over the next handful of minutes, resulting in a modest collar and a full swath of lace sweeping around the glass. The aroma is decidedly sweet and malty, with toffee, toasted nuts, raisins and roasted barley being the most prominent of its contributors. There is also a slight hint of baker's chocolate and licorice.

After a few sniffs, I was getting a little worried that this one would be too sweet - but the first sip puts that fear to rest. Roasted malts, caramel and dark roast coffee are the first descriptors that come to mind, with another hint of baker's chocolate, equally subtle as it was in the aroma. It finishes earthy and leafy, with an almost acrid burnt/roasty coffee bean bitterness lingering into the aftertaste before fading quickly. Rather dry. On the light side of medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation that gives this one a silky, luxurious mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+. Wychwood's Black Wych is a proper English-style dark ale - a bold malt bill that takes centre stage, but is kept in check by a combination of roasted notes and the leafy English hop bitterness. Combine that with an enjoyable mouthfeel and relatively low abv, and you've got the recipe for one highly serviceable session porter. This is not an especially remarkable beer, but I have no major objections and it's definitely one of the better products I've tried from this brewery over the years.

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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 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 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 DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger size bottle into the official Hobgoblin glass. The label listed the brewing date as April 30, 2010 - as noted here it's retired, and on the Wychwood website it no longer appears, but they do seem to be selling it right now (just picked it up).

A - Deep black with the ability to reflect light! Big tan colored head on the pour, with moderate lacing as the head slowly disappears (never quite gone).

N - A little more elusive nose than I would have expected - a bit of caramel and malt, with perhaps a hint of burnt toast.

T - Surprisingly light considering its apparent density. It's got a bit of toasted malt/smokey flavor with a moderate bitterness that doesn't endure all that long.

M - Very nice mouthfeel with slight carbonation, not overly thick.

D - Also highly drinkable - goes down surprisingly easily. One of the more impressive elements of this stout.

Overall this is a solid stout, but not exactly a memorable one - it's well made, but doesn't really stand out in any dimension unfortunately.

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Photo of lamergod
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got the last batch of beers for this beer at my new beer store.
Best before Oct 10 so it isn't what you call fresh

Poured into a Wychwood Hobgoblin pint glass with a hedeous looking thing in-front.

Appearance. Beautiful pour of a dark tanned, toffee colour head of 4.5 fingers Coupled with a full opaque black body

Smell: Maybe it's due to it's freshness, there was some cardboard smell when I opened the cap. Due to the head being so thick, not much smell can come through, but as it became warmer, the smell started to appear. So here is what I recorded. There was an explosion of Roasted malts and espresso smell coming out. I mean real dark espresso. Then, as the drink got warmer, there was a hint of dark chocolate smell, some roasted malts, hops, alcohal and a slight hint of caramel

Taste: The taste was pretty awesome. Lots of complexity to the beer. Just like the smell, roasted malts, espresso, hops and chocolate is present. The drink was really dry. There was a sensational bitter aftertaste to it. The only beer I've tried with a bitter aftertaste was the SA Boston Lager and this was heaps stronger than the SA.

Mouthfeel: Pretty balanced, there was a bit of carbonation going on. The drink was pretty sour, not sure why, it stays around the mouth a little before going down.

Drinkability: Just like any other stout, pretty heavy. But this is less heavy than Guiness or Murphys and I was on a pretty full stomach. I would rate it medium body

All in all, a very nice stout. Nice complexity

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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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