Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 523   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Color is a light brown on the bottom of the glass and it has a really neat fade into a dark brown with a hint of dark plum. The head is thin, but leaves good lacing. There is some kind of sediment floating around in this beer. The smell is very similar to a porter. Many sweet malty notes including carmel and honey. There is also a slight floral scent. The taste is of strong carmel honey malts with the similar side of floral hops. Mouthfeel starts out very smooth and creamy and then becomes just a tad bitter. Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer and it reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Honey Porter. It is a great beer and a must try for the winter months. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2009 20:54:45

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (670) - 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 (1778) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle a red brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy dark fruits and hops flavor malts spicy dark fruits spicy and hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (2155) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a fairly clear ruby red color, darker shade. Topped with a small off-white head. Sweet biscuity aroma, some anise and cinnamon presence with nice chocolate addition - although biscuity feel dominates it. Taste is mildly bittery with fairly spicy presence and a hint of sweetness. Nice liquor aroma, somewhat rum and sherry like. Decent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nephirem (121) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
Another Christmas special here, this time from Wychwood brewery. This dark amber beer is spiced with cinnamon, wich leads to quite a dry finish. Mostly bitter taste of this beer is accompanied by the subtle aroma of fruits. Overall, this beer is just lacking something. It’s not bad, but it feels a bit empty and quite bland. Really, nothing to write home about here. It was worth a try but I’d be hard pressed to choose this one again with so many better alternatives available. Was expecting a bit more from this seasonal beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zacgillbanks (4065) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottles from Aldi, Washington, Netto, Old Fold, Gateshead and Sainsbury’s. 2007 and 2015 vintage: 5.0% ABV; Copper coloured with a soapy and fruity, slight cinnamon flavour followed by a sweet, dry burnt toffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thechasm442 (636) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle to tulip. Cloudy reddish brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of cherries, malts, and sweet holiday spices. Flavor is cherry, cinnamon, and hints of banana. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanCrusher (854) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle 0,50L. Clear amber color with small, creamy, light brown head and no visible carbonation. Gentle aroma of bread, dried fruits and cinnamon. Taste goes from light sweet and caramely over light acidic to light bitter finish with malty backbone. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Solid beer for this time of the year, but nothing outstanding....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BreWedge (457) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear rust colour with a large but short-lived off white head. Aromas are light spice and dried fruit. Tastes are bread, spice, and get a little bit of banana as the deScription says. The closest analogy I can come up with is like fruit cake in a glass. Thin body, relatively mild carbonation and a medium spicy finish. Sadly, I’m not a fan of fruitcake so this beer doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reesamania (14) - Bicester, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
Wychwood (anti) Christmas beer. Citrus and cinnamon undertones. Damson and sweet notes. Interesting difference between room temperature and chilled. Very nice.

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