White Birch Indulgence Ale - White Birch Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very rich and has complex flavors of chocolate, coffee and hints of roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, which makes this beer very easy to drink considering tis strength.
03-11-2011 00:14:43 | More by metter98
1.54/5 rDev -55.5%
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
11-05-2013 01:51:39 | More by brentk56
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle: Poured a pitch black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of chocolate malt with light grainy notes. Taste is a somewhat weird mix between chocolate and grainy unrefined cereal. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. First time I’ve had something form this brewer and this is leaving me perplexes.
05-30-2011 01:31:22 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Got the chance to try two of the new offerings last night. This one was broken out for the finish at the end of the night. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consume on 06/25/2010.
The pour was dark, very dark with light garnet hints around the sides of the glass and a nice little tight head of light brown that just barely covers the entire top of the glass.
Aroma is deep smoked malts, hints of dark german chocolate an touches of coffee. Warming brings out a light prune or lum note, slight tartness and hint of light sour in here now. Hmm, not sure where this is going. It had me initially with the dark chocolate and smokey notes, but the fruit/sour taste just does not seem to work here. Distracts more then blends. Carbonation seemed a little low for me if it was going to go in that direction.
Overall it was a good beer, but this is just a touch off for me. The fruit note seems to be pulling me away. Still solid though.
06-26-2010 16:43:48 | More by mikesgroove
2.7/5 rDev -22%
Finally, an end to the White Birch beers. Shared by Bobby.
A: The pour is black in color with a huge tan head.
S: Like so many other white birch beers, just an unpleasant aroma. It's quite acidic with excessive roasted malt aromas. A bit of coffee and spoiled cocoa, maybe some char.
T: Lightly sweet, but fairly watery and acidic. Like the nose, there is some old cocoa and chocolate flavor. A bit of paper and cardboard as well.
M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: Just unfortunate.
09-14-2011 03:27:37 | More by womencantsail
2.05/5 rDev -40.8%
Nickd717 shared this one. Thanks, Nick.
Black in the glass with a collar of tan foam, this looks solid. Big roasted malt aroma, oatmeal and chocolate and a strange cooked vegetable aroma that makes me think of cauliflower. Taste is a bit tart up front, berry-like. Coffee and roasted malt follows, along with a strange vegetable flavor that grows increasingly detracting the more I drink this. Finishes thin and roasty with lingering coffee, chocolate cookie and vegetables. What a wonderful combination. Pretty bad stuff, we indulged the drain with most of the bottle.
07-23-2010 01:27:26 | More by largadeer
2.63/5 rDev -24%
Thanks to Reagan1984 for this extra. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.
A - Good looking brew. Finger-plus of mocha foam settles to a partial cap and chunky ring of foam, leaving splotches of lacework. Near-black solid dark brown body.
S - Smells like chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark multi-grain bread, with a faint yeasty note.
T - Alcohol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, so is the flavor. Very chalky and bland, with some burnt and char notes. Chocolate has somehow vanished. Starts tolerable, but ends horrific, like soda water almost.
M - Harsh carbonation, thin body - consistent with nearly everything I've had from this brewery. Like carbonated water, but with a tannic, astringent finish.
D - I had a few ounces and saw no point in continuing to waste my liver's processing prowess. Not the worst White Birch beer by a long shot, but not recommended either.
03-29-2011 16:14:38 | More by MasterSki
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this as part of the infamous White Birch tasting at the Holistic Dramming Institute, thanks to Tim. Notes will probably be short since there were so many different beers to note, and drink.
Batch two, March 2010.
Essentially pitch black beer with a dark small head covering.
Nose has some light roast, some malts, coffee, and a little malty.
Taste brings more roast, dark malts, coffee, a bit of dark fruits, light chocolate, a little smooth, but still somewhat bland and seems like it's missing something. Light burnt roasted malts, some earthy hops, a bit of smoke as well.
Mouth is lighter, a little watery as well, decent carbonation.
Drink is decent, lighter overall, some bitterness but not a lot, light booze.
Again, this was a terrible followup to 80+35=20, also somewhat disappointing.
12-22-2010 01:41:03 | More by jlindros
4.13/5 rDev +19.4%
"Dark black" in the big wine glass. Nice brownish head that bubbles out of a very foam-filled beer. Almost nitro-fueled, but with coarser bubbles. The carbonation, the deep flavors, and the syrupy texture give this beer a big, rich mouth feel. As black as it is, I don't taste much of the sourness that burnt malt can give, and the sweetness helps balance that. But this ale is so full of dark flavors that it is deeply explores the many ways of roast, toast, and barbecue malt. Fruit with the sweet part, a hint of cherries. Lots of cocoa flavors without the old coffee taste of some stouts.
Interesting that there is such wide variation in the way reviewers taste and score this beer. And the brewers don't identify it with a specific style, which is maybe the American way, long may it wave. But I think it's closer to an Imperial Stout than anything. And I think it's great. Label says February 2011, Batch 2, 9.0% ABV.
06-14-2011 04:45:28 | More by mactrail
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
01-07-2012 01:51:36 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
08-05-2012 01:14:22 | More by akorsak
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
22oz bottle purchased as a single at Formaggion Kitchen, Cambridge, MA.
Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 3/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds well, literlly sizzling with small bubbles bursting and being replenished, with thick coating lace. Aroma is rich dark maltiness, with coffee notes.
Taste is dark sweetness to start, a peek of fruitiness in the middle, and lingering alcohol close that seems to increase in intensity as time passes. Mouthfeel is too bubbly, and lacking in body, and with okay drinkability. For $12, I want to be more impressed.
05-19-2011 00:56:08 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
Listed on this site and on the bottle as a strong ale... this beer looks and smells for all the world like a stout to me.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is interesting, consisting of considerable licorise and roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla in the background. The flavor profile is a bit more enjoyable, as the licorice blends in better with the chocolate, vanillla and moderately sweet malt. The beer dries out a bit on the finish, and the mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, soft finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile in this beer, and I get no heat from alcohol in the finish.
Nothing extraordinairy here, but a solid beer nonentheless.
07-14-2011 20:06:25 | More by John_M
2.3/5 rDev -33.5%
Found this one in the back of the cellar and decided it was time to drink it.
A: Pours thin and black in color. A small head forms upon pouring but is gone quickly and leaves behind no lacing at all.
S: A very strange combination of vinegar/sour, maple, chocolate, and smoked malt.
T: Again, has a sourness up front. Very grainy, can almost feel the malt on my tongue. Some roasted malt and chocolate round it out.
M: Medium bodied, not much carbonation. Has a vinegary twang to it.
O: Not a fan at all, difficult to drink as well. Not sure if the sourness was on purpose or something happened along the way.
12-16-2011 02:11:32 | More by mdaschaf
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
Received this one a while back from Jrae2424... Thanks for the brews Jason!! #148/204.
Good looking tan head... nice retention and lacing.. the brew is the expected black.
Nose shows plenty of cocoa... along with a whole bunch of dark malt char.... okay... doesn't really smell "indulgent".
Flavor has some sweetness that helps bring out the chocolate a bit... but the roasted malt blackness seems pretty out of whack.. finishes dry and chalky.
Body is surprisingly thin... carbonation also was a touch too high. Glad I got a chance to try this one, but I was a little disappointed... Thanks Jason for another nice trade.
11-02-2010 07:16:56 | More by JohnGalt1
White Birch Indulgence Ale from White Birch Brewing
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