Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available in 500ml pasteurised bottles.
Previously 6.0%.
NOTE: The cask version (at 4.3%) has a separate listing.

Bah Humbug is a 6% abv brew using not just the traditional malted barley and hops, but also a big sprinkling of cinnamon. The effect of the cinnamon is to give a spicy, almost banana-like flavour as often found on German wheat beers; and this blends with the sweet-honeyed flavours of the Maris Otter barley to create a beer with all the fruit flavours of mince pies, Christmas Pudding and Christmas cake all rolled into one.

madlizzie's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madlizzie (12) - - DEC 28, 2006
Hazy dark amber colour. Caramelly malts in the aroma - fairly rich with light pear esters. Malty body. Not thin, which is amazing for a Wychwood beer. Lots of pear, marmalade and cranberry esters. The malts are heavy and plodding, not good for a malt-accented brew. The yeast is really sludgey-tasting, too. This beer drags across the palate like Fred Flintstone driving a logging truck in the mud with a rippin’ hangover. The finish gets a touch of dryness from a shot of peppery alcohol. I understand the benefit of having a bit of booziness in a winter warmer, but against such a dull backdrop it really comes off poorly. The fact that they used the brightest malt - Maris Otter - to make this beer blows my mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7254) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 12, 2016
Bottled 500ml. -at Pivoteka Zagreb. Nice amber coloured, small pale beige head, caramel in the nose. Sweet malty, fruity, caramel, some X-mas spices and notes of cinnamon with mild caramel again in the finish. Surprisingly pleasant and not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (5475) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2016
500 ml bottle from a friend. The beer is a ruby red with a velvety heqd pf beige foam. The aroma hs notes of prune, raisin, nuts, toffee. The taste is somehow mostly nonexistent. Moderately sweet, but it just doesn’t taste like much, unfortunately. Medium body and somewhat high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 30, 2016
Pours a clear chestnut with an off white head. Biscuity malt aroma and tastes of a bit of malt, a bit of spices and a bit of soap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Calisky (2500) - ALSACE, FRANCE - AUG 15, 2016
Courtesy of Jaghana. Ambrée sombre, très légère mousse. Nez caramel, notes chewing gum fruits rouges. Gout caramelisé, épices, notes fruits rouges bonbon. Corps moyen. Fin sur les épices en poudre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaghana (5523) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle 50cl, a clear amber brown beer with medium copper head. Nose is on toasted caramel, spices, marzipan. Taste is medium sweet, aroma is on spices, almond, carared malt, nothing outstanding here but the beer is easily drinkable, still spice and marzipan at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (682) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a good size foamy head. Has a coppery amber colour, fairly clear appearance. Good lacing. Aromas of hops and malts, as well as a bit grains. Flavours are very fruity with that slight touch of cinnamon poking through as well as hints of caramel and a hoppy finish. Gives off a tingling mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking and perfect for the holidays. :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_leit (2516) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle 50 cl. Ruby bronze color, weak foam. Aroma: malt, fruit, caramel, slightly soaked cherries, jam, sweet. Taste: cherry, caramel, slightly bitter fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (726) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Cigarette City. Aroma is strong bread, honey, cinnamon, banana, spice. Appearance is hazy light brown/orange with no sparkle, finger-width off-white head with poor retention and fair lacing. Taste is sweet banana, fruit, spices. Palate is light bodied with creamy texture, soft carbonation and sweet finish. Overall, certainly has the sweetness for the style but a little thin and could use a little bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (882) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby with a small, creamy, short lived, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, cinnamon and dried fruit. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dried fruit, cinnamon and a hint of banana with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Light to medium body with a watery texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1914) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear ruby brown color with thick creamy tan-like head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves and herbs. Taste starts with light sweet toffee and cinnamon, follows mild fruity, herbal and a bit papery, while finish is mild bitter. Light to medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Quite tasty, still a bit weak, but better than expected...

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