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


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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dresden (1066) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
Christmas gift. Dark ruby hues. Aroma of spice and honey. Weird metal flavour with slight cinnamon and rich caramel. Not really bad but not what it could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samzim (301) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Caramel aroma with notes of cinnamon and dried figs. Clear amber colour. Sweet front with brief and light bitter finish; flavour of dried fruits, heavy caramel, and honey. Medium body with mild carbonation. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bunget (606) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear copper body, small beige head with poor retention. Aroma of ginger, pear cider, cinnamon, honey. Taste of artificial honey, cinnamon, banana, caramel. Strongly metallic. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewGoblin (532) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
The art really luring me in, I bought two bottles of these. The first I had alone on Christmas Eve, really trying to get into a miserly "Bah Humbug" sort of deportment. It was unremarkable, but here goes the review of the second. I always find Wychwood beers to be quite handsome, this being no deviation. Ruby copper with an off white cap that coats the glass, brown bread, caramel, subtle spices and hints of leather form the scent. One sip marks a big cinnamon and ginger blast, some flowery hops, light fruitcake full of candies and breadiness. The body is where this brewery’s beers seem to suffer and Bah Humbug, this one does too. A watery feeling I can’t get past, especially in something that I wish had some full feel to back it up. This is definitely drinkable, even enjoyable in a strange tasting way, however I would refrain from repeat wassailing with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sudomorph (811) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby/caramel with a thin, off white head. Aroma has notes of bread, caramel, fruity yeast esters, and hints of spice. Taste balanced. Bread, caramel, a touch if vanilla, cinnamon. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall ok but not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear red-brown, thin cream-coloured head. Aromas of dark sugar, red fruit, spice. Taste is clove and cinnamon, more dark sugar, boiled sweets. Light body, light spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deepeary (263) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a clear reddish brown. Nose is full of spice, cinnamon no doubt. Taste i s similarly dominated by earthy cinnamon flavour. Very festive, would go well with fruitcake. Fits the season well, but the spice is a bit too much for me, I wouldn’t drink more than one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBlueSky93 (353) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Fruity and sweet on the nose. Has a typical Wychwood taste about it that crosses all of their range- in terms of the maltiness. Then comes a fruity, winter, dark fruits taste-only light though. After a strong, synthetic banana taste. For those in the UK (don’t know if those in US get these sweets) think Foam Banana’s. Then back again to the light biscuit malt. Not bad, nice in a session but the abv at 5% could be a bit high for some in a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snowdog140 (56) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Beautiful red colour and a malty, hoppy aroma makes this beer a really appealing one. Malty taste continues but there’s fruity notes as well, makes it a more complex flavour and one that is much more drinkable than other fruity beers. A nice drink, recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TavernWench (7) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
Bottle 500ml. Clear ale with a red hue and a small off-white head. Aroma is very bready with malt, caramel and yeast notes. Cinnamon notes extremely subtle, no banana. Taste is sweet with very light bitterness of English hops. Carbonation is subtle on the palate and the texture feels watered down. One of Wychwood’s better ales but still rather bog-standard.

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