Wychwood Bah Humbug

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wychwood Brewery

  • Origin: England

  • Rated On: December 3, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

A relatively long-standing Christmas offering from this Oxfordshire brewery. Nice label – the Dickensian yuletide imagery is pretty spot-on.

This beer pours an attractive medium amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some thin webbed lace in its slowly-receding wake. It smells of biscuit and caramel malt, and a very mild cinnamon/cloves spicing. The taste is nutty caramel malt, some earthy dried fruit, and again, very, very subtle Christmas spices, cinnamon, mostly. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes with some more light maltiness, clean as a whistle.

While a nicely balanced, and enjoyable English ale, that’s all there seems to be to it, the promise of the packaging gone up in the fireplace’s smoke, metaphorically singing poor ol’ St. Nick’s ample backside. Somehow this outward attitude needs to be reflected in the product as well, otherwise it’s more like a “Meh, Humbug!” for now.

Brady White

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