Back across the pond to merry olde England for the next of our twelve beers of Christmas. Wychwood Brewery has been producing ales in Oxfordshire since 1983. They are probably best known for their Hobgoblin ruby ale, but they also make a fine Christmas seasonal. Say hello to Bah Humbug.
The beer has a dark woody brown hue and a low, tight tan head. The scent is chock full of dusty spices (chiefly cinnamon) and a hint of apricot skin. The flavor shows a lot of toasty malt, some peppery spices and a sprinkling of herbal hop notes. The finish holds more hop notes and some fruity, dried apricot flavors. This beer strikes a delicate balance with it’s ability to showcase the fruit and seasonal spice flavors without sacrificing the outstanding ale qualities. It might even bring you closer to appreciating the true spirit of Christmas. Ebenezer himself would approve.