Black Wych | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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 taxandbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Artemikhin
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Jigglenaut
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.32/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -17%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Rickus
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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