Bah Humbug from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England pours a clear copper-ruby colour with a moderate tan coloured head that leaves minor lacing and settles as a thin collar. The aroma of this spiced winter ale is malt forward with a syrupy caramel tone, a peppery spiciness, a slightly sour ripened fruit tone, a touch of pine needles and a hint of cinnamon.
The taste of Bah Humbug has a caramel malt body with a crisp and spicy bite of cinnamon. A bitter, chocolaty taste is balanced by a sweet dark fruit taste that reminds me of plum. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. The ale has a medium body with a low carbonation level. A strong biscuit or bread-like quality weighs down the tongue and the aftertaste has a syrupy fruit quality.
The label of Bah Humbug features a hand-drawn image of Scrooge holding a candlestick with two spirits at his back surrounded by a border of forest green, crimson and gold. The neck label that features the brewery’s witch logo is adorned by holly. Yuo will find a brief description of the beer, an ingredients list and a best before date on the back label.
I find it a bit too syrupy overall; however Bah Humbug is a nice, crisp-tasting and fruity ale that has just the right amount of spice. It pairs well with nuts, light snacks and fruitcake, as well as holiday fare like stews and oven roasted poultry. You can find this seasonal ale at many LCBO locations and Wychwood Brewery products are distributed worldwide.
Type: Winter Warmer
Country: UK, England
Region: Oxfordshire, Witney
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%