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.
King Goblin from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pa deep ruby colour with amber highlights and a fluffy, tan coloured, root beer-esque head that gets retained as a thin collar and leaves spotty lacing. This English strong ale smells of sweet, toasted caramel malts and a light, grape-like fruit note reminiscent of white wine. Light chocolate, fresh grains and pungent floral hops can also be detected.
The taste of King Goblin starts off bitter then reveals notes of ripened fruits, roasted bread-like malts and a peppery spiciness and then finishes with a bitter brewed tea-like taste. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and malty overall, but the ale still pops on the tongue thanks to a medium carbonation and long-lasting collar. The aftertaste is clean and dry with a bitter chocolate tone.
Goliath from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pours a clear golden-amber colour with a large frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves a fair amount of lace behind. This mild English pale ale has a mild, yet malty aroma with a ripened fruit tone that reminds me of white grapes and a definite toasted character.
Goliath has a malt forward taste with a strong grape or cherry-like fruit tone. A somewhat surprising alcohol taste comes through in the bitter finish, along with a subtle metallic or mineral quality. The ale has a rather thin body with a moderate carbonation level. A nice creamy sensation with a slightly yeasty character can be felt on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry with a fresh, grainy quality to it.
Triple from Brakspear Brewing by way of Marston’s PLC and the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pours a clear rusty copper colour with a creamy off-white head that settles quickly, but leaves a large amount of lace.
This strong ale uses a unique “Double Drop” fermentation process to give it an extremely rich and hoppy aroma with a deep dark fruit and malty bread character, along with pepper and vanilla tones.
The taste of Brakspear Triple is also quite rich. Malt forward with strong wood, cocoa and dark fruit tones, Triple is earthy and a bit like a brown spirit in taste. There is a very well-balanced bitterness. This beer is very complex, very rich and very satisfying.
This old ruby ale is not actually ruby coloured, but is an attractive-looking brew. Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905, produced for Waitrosee Limited by the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK has a rich copper-amber tone that starts with a frothy white head and leaves a fair amount of lace on your glass.
The aroma is slightly faint, a trait common to many organically-produced beers. It smells fresh and grainy, laced with a honey-like sweetness and deep malt backing. It’s easily the best smelling and tasting organic beer I’ve tried.
The taste of Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 is primarily malty, with a toasted biscuit tone and a very crisp, dry bite quickly following. I also note a syrupy sweetness, a citrus taste that I can’t quite put my finger on and a sort of mineral or metallic tone.