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White Birch Indulgence Ale - White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Indulgence AleWhite Birch Indulgence Ale

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Permit us to indulge our creative side. Made with copious amounts of chocolate malts. Highlights include sweet chocolate aromas and dark chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. Smooth, deceptive and decadent. Not a stout, not a porter, pitch black and just plain fun. The chocolate malt and our grain mill disagree vigorously so we only make this from time to time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2010)
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-19-2014 01:22:01 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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MattTastrophee

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

05-04-2014 13:59:15 | More by MattTastrophee
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smccann

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-09-2014 22:55:57 | More by smccann
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Dbrag

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-30-2014 05:41:05 | More by Dbrag
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projektyle

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-29-2014 01:37:38 | More by projektyle
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

03-12-2014 01:28:28 | More by jzeilinger
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drew74

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-10-2013 01:42:54 | More by drew74
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brentk56

North Carolina

1.54/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Batch One: 3/19/10

Appearance: A motor oil pour; just a thin film of tan-colored head on top; a few strands of lace

Smell: Phenolic and sour, with soy sauce underneath

Taste: Starts out with a combination of soy sauce and vinegar, with the sourness building through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never rated a beer with a "1" for smell and taste before, but this one deserves it

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:51:39 | More by brentk56
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 1, bottled February 2011. 8% ABV, 840 bottle count.

A: Pitch black pour with a big fluffy EXTREMELY dark head. It's almost as dark as the body initially. Light, fluffy head dissipates fairly quickly. Zero lacing at all. Decent retention.

S: Heavy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of a meaty, umami type aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and loads of smoke and umami. Middle is all umami, like drinking liquified BBQ beef. Almost get a little soy sauce. Mild dark fruits like raisin, fig and even cherry in the finish. Metallic in the aftertaste, like copper.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is a bit too high unfortunately, giving it a fluffy sort of mouthfeel.

O: A decent concept but just doesn't work. It's pretty much pure chocolate, meat and smoke. Odd combination. A belgian-style chocolate smoked porter? Not as good as that would imply...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:45:42 | More by Dope
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-23-2013 05:35:00 | More by Kelp
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-15-2013 22:58:39 | More by ScottP
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-07-2013 03:26:48 | More by t0rin0
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

03-02-2013 19:25:07 | More by Rhettroactive
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

02-07-2013 06:05:41 | More by beernads
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genovm

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2013 01:49:27 | More by genovm
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

01-09-2013 23:11:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A wax-capped bomber, personalized from my brother and sister-in-law.

A: The ale is pitch black, absolute darkness in all of its murky depth. The viscous brew is a sight to behold. A dark tan head, a cordoban leather color, leaves a few patches of lace from a rather vigourous pour.

S: The nose is roasted, burnt malts and coffee, cut with the sweet by-products of Belgian yeast. Nuts and toffee along with spicy fruits drive home the Belgian stout hybrid.

T: Mmmm, roasty. The stout is formidable, dark and burnt. Toffee, nuts and chocolate are prevalent, each adding depth to the stout's body. Belgian yeast makes a strong impression, sweetening up the dark body with fruits and spices. I detect some cinnamon along with pale fleshy fruits. The Belgian flavors are strongest in the last third of the bomber. Generally though, the stout rules the day in a very warming way, much stronger than the label's 7.1% would indicate. This is a beer that I can get behind (and my name is on the label).

M: The mouthfeel is big, much larger than the label suggests. A warming stout, the sweeter flavors are a welcome diversion.

D: The ale feels much, much bigger than it actually is. That limits the drinkability of the stout. Too bad because the richness of the flavors is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:14:22 | More by akorsak
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M27

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-24-2012 01:39:03 | More by M27
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philerman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-28-2012 02:07:36 | More by philerman
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dahk. Black. Medium brown head that is effervescent to varying degrees.

S: A little funky, kind of like a quad or dubbel, and every some tart yeast. Like.

T: Definitely a little phenolic and funky character but it works very well with the effervescent quality and dark malt flavors of chocolate, roasted oats, and some fig.

M: Smooth, medium to slightly high carbonation which accentuates modest tart flavors.

O: I like this a lot. I could drink a whole pint but 3-5oz is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:56:31 | More by CharlieMurphy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On this bottle, the apv is 9% (batch #2, February 2011)

90% head on the initial pour. It takes a couple of minutes to recede. Surprisingly little lace on the glass. The liquid is near where no light shines through.

Strong semi-sweet chocolate aroma--this smells like a freshly opened bag of Nestle Toll House Chips. There's also a touch of whole milk and alcohol, like a White Russian cocktail.

The flavor reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout: Strong black coffee is the initial flavor. Absolutely no creaminess. The swallow is bitter, mostly from the abundant black patent malt but there's also a bit of dry hop. The aftertaste has a Kahlua element to it--long lasting coffee and the warming presence of alcohol. A near extreme beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:51:36 | More by smcolw
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andyschaps

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

01-02-2012 03:30:03 | More by andyschaps
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-02-2012 01:03:50 | More by InspectorBob
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far333

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Inky dark blackish brown with ruddy highlights and a HUGE head of rocky foam that rises up way too high almost overflowing the glass even with a careful and controlled pour. The foam slowly sizzles down to a low fine cap.

Inviting aroma of roasty malt and cocoa, some bitter coffee and subtle smoke. Rich flavors of darkly roasted malt, cocoa, espresso, licorice, leather and smoke. Very malty, very chocolately.

Mouthfeel is where this beer falls apart. It is seriously overcarbonated. Even after the enormous head recedes, the beer is difficult to drink because it's so gassy. A big burp punctuates every other mouthful. There's a burning sensation in my mouth as physics takes over and the beer tries to degas itself on contact with the tongue and cheeks. I actually feel my cheeks expanding as it sizzles and bubbles. In all of that I can sense that the body is thin, could be more viscous. And to add insult to injury the last few sips have to fight with chunky sediment left in the bottom of the glass.

Overall this beer has potential, but the interesting flavors are overshadowed by the unpleasant experience of actually trying to drink it. This is the second beer from White Birch that has been way overcarbonated. The biggest "Indulgence" was that I paid $11 for this bomber. Ouch.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 14:38:34 | More by far333
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

12-24-2011 07:51:47 | More by jophish17
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White Birch Indulgence Ale from White Birch Brewing
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