Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Stout
Witney, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Filtered. And cask.
Ingredients: Marris Otter pale malt, Black malt, Crystal malt, Oats; Progress and Target hops.
"Black Wych was first brewed long before Jeremy Moss arrived as brewer at Wychwood. It is a 4.5 % abv brew of Maris Otter Black malt, a bit of Crystal and some oats. Hops are mainly Progress with a dash of Target, all of them copper hops with no late additions."

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MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
Does Wychwood not have amongst the best/coolest labels and bottles going today? I particularly like this one, with the embossed broom-riding witches. I also note the cleavage on the label’s witch. Nice touch! This one poured a modest,light brown head and a very dark colour; it was damned near black. The aroma was chiefly coffee, and quite enjoyable. Taste was better than the mouthfeel, being again mostly coffee.

BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 14, 2007
[Sampled in 2004.] Black as the night and aromanotes of coffeechocs. Flavor is similar, but a bit watery in the end. Could be the bottle and I better rerate thisone another day.

GRM (4108) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
Clear bottle, 500 ml, best before 18 JAN 05; eye: black with creamy-espresso-style head, opaque, lacing; nose: faint smell of roasted malt, caramel, really light hops; mouth: nothing for a long time, then roasted malt, acridity, dark chocolate, a bit of hops, finale in mildly acrid roasted malt, surpisingly thin, mildly bitter, medium body, slightly grainy texture, good carbonation; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Bouteille transparente, 500 ml, meilleure avant 18 JAN 05; oeil : noire avec mousse crémeuse style espresso, opaque, dentelle; nez : faible odeur de torréfaction, caramel, très léger houblon; bouche : rien pendant un long moment, torréfaction, âcreté, chocolat noir, un peu de houblon, finale en torréfaction moyennement âcre, curieusement mince, moyennement amère, corps moyen, texture légèrement granuleuse, bonne carbonatation; en résumé : ordinaire

Fin (10699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle, can’t recall where I picked this up from as its been kicking around for some time now. Pours dark brown/black with a thick light brown coloured head. Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee, taste was roasted and did have some chocolate and reasonable bitterness, but overall I found this to be a tad thin and lacking somewhat.

VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 500 ml bottle - pours a deep brown/black with a decent tan head. Faint notes of cocoa and fruits and very little else. And that’s trying really hard - there’s really nothing distinct in the aroma or taste that stand out. Taste of sour grapes and a hint of roasted malts and some bitterness, but not a hoppy bitter - not much here, thin and watery. There’s nothing, well, stout, about this stout - matter of fact, it’s more like a dark brown ale, and not a very good one at that. I wanted to love this beer, I really did - I like the gimmick and the bottle, but the thing that counts - what’s inside - sadly doesn’t deliver.

CEZ (414) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 25, 2006
Dark ebony body with a tall brown head. Aroma is coffee, slightly smokey. Caramel, licorice and roasted grains; traces of dark chocolate. Bitter finish. Smooth but still a bit too watery. I believe Silktork when he says this tastes more like a Mild than a Stout.

KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
bottle: I have to agree with Pootzboy on this one. The over-commercialism is the first clue the contents are over-rated (oh look, a which on the front and the taste is spellbinding!). Oddly, not that black a body, more dark brown. Not much aroma, not much taste. Watery, very faint chocolate in there somewhere. You could interpret this as another stlye of beer and appreciate it but this is not a good stout. Not good mouthfeel or finish. Wychwood’s other brews are better to try.

Finn (7836) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
On bottle 0,5l at Tromsø Ølfestival 17 Aug 06. Dark golden. A creamy lasting head. Very sweet impression and hardly any bitterness. As a stout this is rather watery. A ladies’ beer?

wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
I’m going to call this a stout that someone dumped a bottle of lager into. First off it didn’t have the typical black, opaque colour of a stout, rather a dark brown that was lighter around the edges. Taste was way too light for a stout. Had some elements like coffee, some sweetness (toffee?) and a subtle bitterness as well. Aroma was caramel and malts.

Stefano (2019) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
bottle. dark brown color. strange fruity taste. lots of liqerice. too thin. not all that bad but not all that good.

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