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Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons)
Style: Stout
Witney, England

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
"Spell Binding Stout"
Ingredients: Pale malt, Black crystal malt, Oats; Target hops. (Was initially made with Progress hops at 4.5% - this changed in 2006).
"Black Wych is a beguiling traditional English dark stout, silky smooth, soft and seductive. A heady brew, which entices you to lose your senses and fall for the charms of The Black Wych."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (856) - CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Pours nearly black with hints of ruby around margins, two fingers of beige medium-density head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is muted, roasty malts and coffee, faith dark fruit. (6/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate lingering bitter. (7/10) Light to medium body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, decent bitter finish. (4/5) Continuing with the Halloween theme for the evening. And actually, not bad at all. A little confusion as to whether this is a porter or a stout - it seems like the description used to be a "Spellbinding Stout”, but now it’s "A Dark Mysterious Spellbinding Porter”. Well, either way, it’s a decently bitter dark beer with a little dark malt sweetness. Body is definitely thin for a stout, and actually on the thin side for a porter, but overall it’s fairly drinkable. (12/20)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2807) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Dark body brown foamy head. Lactose and roasted malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt but not as rich and flavourful as I was hoping. Still a nice porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2372) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
I liked this one. Pours black with aromas of cream soda, bubblegum, and vanilla. Flavors follow aromas with coffee and black licorice in there too. Quite nice.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (495) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Looks great silky smooth head veary little bubbles. jet black beer cant see into it nice looking. Smell is light chocolate, toasted roastedness. Smells like a dark beer. taste starts of wet cold, chocolate kinda and then drys out and is bitter. Not bad but not the best wychwood or porter. Smell and look is better but still fine. cheer’s!!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
500ml bottle from the lcbo Nice dark pour good head lots of sticky lacing strong sweet chocolaty aroma smooth creamy finish very little bitterness pretty descent really

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
voncrease (72) - - OCT 18, 2014
Reasonable porter, a little lacking in richness but generally well balanced and goes down easily.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (998) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle shared with Mr_H a opaque dark brown beer flavour is roasted malts and burnt coffee some slight carmel sweetness on the finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3735) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2014
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - opaque dark brown, good tan head, liquorice and chocolate aroma, no lacing, earthy, chocolate malty flavour, sweet, high carbonation, oily feel

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (564) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
The witch is back and looking sexy. I don’t recall her ever leaving but I wanted to come in strong with the intro. Very wonderful looking beer, all but completely opaque with a small hint of dark ruby mingling in the darkness. Beige is the head that leaves fine lacing. Smells a bit of the forest, dank, leathery and earthy as well as roasty malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is the same, leaves a bitter and dry finish. The mouthfeel suffers a bit, not the usual slightly oily, thicker body I look for in a fine Porter. All the same, she’s a spellbinder and I’d drink this any day you’d buy it for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is liquorice and chocolate, taste is sweet, chocolate, dry.


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