Old Devil | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Old DevilOld Devil

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an amber color with an offwhite lacey head. The aroma is of English ale yeast and moderate use of crystal malts. The taste is not very impressive. This beer is plain; not very complex. There is little malt character here. It's also quite bitter; not a favorite trait of mine. The mouthfeel is average. It's a light bodied beer. Carbonation is too low for me. The drinkability is horrible. The combination of bad taste, bad mouthfeel really did me in.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shapudding
2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dark unfiltered cider color. Homebrewed iced tea color. So freakin full of scrod... man is there tons of EVERYTHING floating around in this. Chunks of alll sizes floating around in there... Almost looks unappealing. So cloudy and dirty looking. White creamy and frothy head went and left only a rign around the edges and a dusty center.
If you like gueze, then man, you will like the aroma! Was not expecting this scent! Almost a punch in the face! Sour and musty, so intense! Very nice! Unfortunately, the smell is the only thing I found good about this one....
Dry tasting, strong and black unsweetened tea. Light lemon and rind. Really, really do not like the flavors at all.... The amount of carbination is good though. But I just can't even finish more than a few sips of it, forcing myself to keep giving it a chance, thinking that I can drink anything. Just-can't-do-it...
I do not know why, but I just keep wanting to give the Wych a chance, maybe because I'm a sucker for cool labels? But man, I just keeping getting drop kicked.

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz clear English looking bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Thick fluffy off white head hovers on top of the deep brownish chestnut hued brew. Crystal clear with a great head retention.

Smell: Soft malt sweetness, bit of fresh milled grain. Vague fruity (maraschino cherry) nose with even more vague notes of earth and biscuit.

Taste: Smooth to the tongue after a hard pour most likely from the use of honey, moderate carbonation with a creamy slick mouth feel. Mild buttery musty diacetyl is noticeable with suggestions of earth. Hop bitterness is quick in the palate with a snappish bite and seem to linger even far into the end. Malt character is somewhat neutral and a bit lean though quite sturdy, more toasted biscuit than anything else. Mild fruitiness in the middle then fades into a long lasting dry finish.

Notes: A decent brew to be had, worth a try at least. Pot pie of some sort would go great for a pairing or even better shepard’s pie. Best when served at cellar temperature of course, that is when the malt steps up to the plate.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I cracked open the bottle, I said, "Oh no," because I instantly got the skunky aroma from the clear glass bottle. Actually the beer didn't taste that bad. Extremely carbonated, fizzy like a soda or even champagne. Pretty mild profile, malts are vaguely sweetish but kept in check by the hops. However this does not live up to the label's claim of "intense bitterness." Not by a long shot. The honey throws a curveball into the flavor of the brew; doesn't make it noticeably sweeter but does lend a fruity bouquet and finish. Again, the label's claim of "fruity aftertaste savoured long after the last drop has been sipped down" is highly dubious. There is not much aftertaste at all. Cool picture on the label, but a million breathtaking works of art on a clear skunky bottle cannot preserve a beer like an unlabelled brown bottle does. When will these Englishmen learn?

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Photo of far333
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with a light brown head that runs away immediately, leaving slight lacing around the top of the glass. The aroma is hoppy and bitter smelling, reminiscent of the smell of Heineken. Much more German smell than English. Carbonation is high, but doesn't detract from the very watery mouthfeel. Flavor has a hop bitterness, but not an inviting and appealing bitterness. It rolls across the entire tongue and leaves a skunky aftertaste. There is a slight malt flavor, but you have to search for it. It also leaves a bitter flavor in the back of the throat, just behind the nose. The best thing about this beer may be the label, which depicts a devil with its pitchfork stuck through an angel, and another angel crushed in its hand.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber body is topped by a frothy off-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma offers a lightly buttery and biscuity maltiness fringed with an earthy and metallic hop note that I can only assume is from Fuggles. The body is medium with a very fine & moderate carbonation that leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a biscuity-light toffee-softly buttery maltiness but quickly reveals a nice fruitiness. The earthy, mineral-like hoppiness reveals itself just prior to the swallow and ushers in a dryish finish with a lingering, lightly sticky, caramel & honey note. Well-balanced with firm bitterness. Very nice. Loaded with character.

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Photo of Brent
2.22/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It should be illegal to put any beer in a clear bottle - you are just begging for it to be light struck. Skunky aroma masked any positive qualities. Nice red/bronze color. Sharp, somewhat fizzy front with thin mouthfeel. Sour-ish middle to back, with moderate hops bittering and a slightly sweet, fruity finish. Seemed not to have much depth to the flavor. Interesting, if somewhat weird, label with a goat headed devil about to eat a tiny angel (?) and another on a bloody pitchfork.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color a transparent deep mahogany color with the head largish in size, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan in color as it ever so slowly disperses a thin veil of lace is forms to seal off the glass. Sweet malt with an almost sour apple like fragrance, crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, middling on the malt and the top light. Finish is lenient in its acidity with the hops pleasurable in their spiciness, dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste, ah a fine English Ale, just plain drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew arrives in a typically clear Wychwood bottle with a label that sports a devil who tortures angelic statues. Despite the bottle, this one’s just slightly lightstruck (unlike many other Wychwood experiences). It’s got an earthiness with a little hops and malt. Spicy and floral. The appearance is a semi-cloudy, deep amber color. The head is slight and off-white. A little malt in the taste, with an English Hop character throughout the beer. It seems to finish a little sweet, with a honey-like, sticky sensation. Not outstanding, by any means. Simple and uninspiring.

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Photo of Stopper
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off: Cool bottle, true to Wychwood style.

I served this a bit too cold for an English bitter, and it poured a very modest head that didn't last long at all. Has a pretty opaque amber color. Little aroma, dominated by a sweet, slightly roasted maltiness, with maybe a touch of raisins. The body is medium and a bit sweet and fruity up front, with a respectable hop balance, and finishes with a dryness that seems to come from a roasted grain in addition to a dryness from the hops. And all of this is getting more pronounced as the beer warms.

This is a pleastanly complex and refreshing English bitter to sip on a warm early-summer's night. Yum.

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Photo of Viking
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say that I truly enjoyed this beer. Pours to a clear coppery-amber body with traces of fine carbonation. Nice thick white head, which unfortunately fades quickly to a fine lace. Even with the faint head, the beer leaves plenty of trails of lace on the glass. Nice malty caramel aroma with a strong presence of earthy hops. Mellow and well-balanced flavor of caramel malt and earthy hops, with a light and slightly tart fruitiness. Moderate and refreshing bitterness. Finishes with a slightly tart flavor of apples. Smooth brew.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Regal looking victorian pint with an elegantly embossed logo followed through with adecorative looking devil on the body and neck label touting 500mL and "Imported Worchester Hops." Too bad looks don't count here.

Dark cloudy iced tea huead pour with (whoa Silver!) seahorses and scrod chunks suspended inthe pour under a white ring cap leaving some lace stripes but not much.

Lemony oil and unsweetened bitter tea aroma.

Sweet tea malts and lemony orangey caramel malts in there too. A wee bit root beer. Aftertaste is short and fruity with slight malts when warmed.

Thin bodied. What else? Would not have another, even if you're buying.

Last swigs: A twisted offering by all accounts. Minerally,outdoorsy, slightly sour, lemonade with a dash of rootbeer. Tastes like a flat soda.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While the bottles and labels of this brewery are unique, they have got to get away from these clear bottle. The first impression is of a very skunky beer as is the case of all their beers I have drank. If you can get by the smell this is a pretty good beer. Nice reddish color with a small thin head as it pours. Could use a little more hops and less malt IMO, but very drinkable................CHEERS

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Photo of Higravity
1.81/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A touch skunky in the nose with some malt promise of a decent pale. A little dark amber but still very clear with a uninspiring head. Tastes of salty skunked extract brewed yuck, burnt hops lace the back of my tongue. I didn't finish this one and I am going into therapy to help me forget the taste.

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Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, Brent must have gotten a bad bottle 'cause my Old Devil was pretty damned (get it) good. Lovely amber with a lace from top to bottom. Malty, hint of fruit in the nose. Smooth drinking sweet malt finishes just a little citrusy bitter. Worth a taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If this Old Devil is named for the wicked chap on the label, it must truly be a monstrous brew. Bearing a most horrific countenance, this minion of Hell is seen stabbing an angel with his bloody trident, and grasping another with his other hand, as he sneers at us from a graveyard, where he's also been busy beheading tombstone statues. Must be one abominable ale, right?
Appearance: a swirling, carbonated mess that settles into a thick, dull morass of brown, though thoroughly transparent at the bottom, with a creamy, 1/2 " head.
Aroma: nutty, spicy, with a certain stinging hop presence and the promise of malt.
Taste: bit of hops upfront that disappears quickly...time for another sip..warm, round, nutty flavor, and a short, but not unmemorable finish.
Actually, it's growing on me, leaving more of a mellow fruit flavor ringing around the mouth, but yet a minor one. Bright, but, ultimately, bare.
Halfway to being an above-average brew of the ordinary stripe, this little scamp never remotely resembles the frightful demon of the label. Shows me for judging a beer by it's cover. Nothing Satanic here, just smooth, slightly flavorful, semi-tasty...

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Old Devil from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 16 ratings