should disclaim this review by saying I’m not sure how old this bottle
was. It could be anywhere from a year to nearly two years old. Then
again, it might be this year’s batch for all I know. Whatever the case
may be, Wychwood Bah Humbug! is not that impressive of a beer. It’s
fairly generic as far as English brews go, which is fine. But it markets
itself as a Christmas beer and has no discernible spices or other
seasonal character to it. Plus there’s a tanginess that doesn’t seem to
I poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass. I couldn’t make
heads or tails of the bottling code. It cost $4.69 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Rusty orange/burnished copper hue. Mostly clear body with
consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head
which laces and retains well.
Smell: Mild nose with the typical English pub-style ale aromatics of light malt and some fruity notes.
Taste: At first sip, this would seem to be a familiar ESB or other niche
British style brew. There’s a mild maltiness with notes of toast and
marmalade, and that’s pretty much it. Through the middle I detect a
strong tangy character. It’s possibly oxidation (which would be
understandable if this is an old bottle). Not much in the way of true
hop bitterness other than a slight drying sensation. I found absolute no
spices in the palette, either. While not horrible, there’s little here
to truly enjoy and latch onto.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Wychwood Bah Humbug! was
how thin and watery the mouthfeel was. It wasn’t especially crisp,
though, despite the visible carbonation. It went down smoothly and left a
mostly clean aftertaste. It’s not surprising the palette is so mild
since the beer only weighs in at 5% ABV. Still, there’s nothing about
this beer that would make me want to session it.