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White Birch Tavern Ale - White Birch Brewing

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84
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Butter’s Tavern was a fixture of Concord, NH in the eighteenth century. Inspired by their loggerhead ale, we’ve created a Smoked Imperial Brown Ale. Hearty malts, with a nuanced smokiness and smooth finish create our interpretation of this historic ale. We hope you enjoy this slice of New Hampshire history.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-11-2011)
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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

Batch 5
Bottle Count 1092

eyes...
barely any head whatsoever, whatever head there was disappears faster than the plot in the twilight movies, very dark brown, almost opaque save for the bubbles (very few) traveling up the draft. nothing much to look at here...

nose...
dark molasses and fruit (prunes), bitter chocolate, the smoke is rather subdued, if it was more forward this would be much better imo. the more it sits the more the smoke does come out though.

taste etc...
is this more of an ash taste or smoke? mixed in are some bitter chocolate notes that really linger. the carbonation is as expected by the pour - very underwhelming. The body is medium and is neither here nor there. after sipping some more of this the smoke is really more of an ash flavor and detracts from the brew.

verdict?
this beer is OK, it has slightly above average taste points but overall is pretty average. looking at the reviews (especially on the head) it seems this may not be consistent batch to batch.

04-30-2012 04:21:59 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottled February 2011
Batch Two
Bottle Count 1008
This beer poured a very dark brown with a thick cafe au lait head. The head dissipated fairly rapidly, and left a tiny bit of lace.
Smoky, roasted malt aroma. Sweet.
Sweet chocolate taste, coffee/roasted malt. I thought the smoky taste showed up late.
Nice smooth, rich beer.
I'm reminded more of a porter with this beer.
Enjoyed it.

04-18-2011 22:32:06 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

shared a bomber with my wife.
Listed as a Smoked Imperial Brown Ale. Bottled February 2011, batch 2
Bottle count: 1008

Poured dark brown into my goblet. A slight head form and quickly fades the the glasses edge leaving a wisp of bubbles in the center and a tan rim on the edge. The bottle indicates 8% abv which isn't enough to shrink the head so quickly. the bottle, like all White Birch is very very informative which helps the overall look

The aroma on the beer hit you first as you pour it into your glass. At first the aroma is like a bandage almost sterile, the smoke mixed with the alcohol perhaps, after giving a few more deep inhalations I am able to am amber to distinguish the smokey malts. I can also pick up toasted and sweet malts but it takes some work, perhaps a lower abv would make a better aroma.

The taste is much better then the smell. the alcohol is up front, with a mix of sweet malts and carbonation. The sweet malts make a mix of crystal and toasted makes it a brown but the abv is the only hint that it is Imperial. As you swallow this beer this is when the taste of smoke comes in. The sweetness dissipates and the carbonation fades. As your mouth dries a smoky flavor lingers in the mouth.

Overall I feel this it is a good smoke beer but the ABV I think doesn't mesh well with the smoke taste. The mix of smoke and alcohol don't work for me but this is a well crafted beer if you like smoke beer you should try it as it may work for you

03-27-2011 00:02:02 | More by bishopdc0
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far333

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Dark mahogany with a light brown head of foam that sizzles down fairly quickly leaving no lace. Rich aroma of molasses and brown sugar, some espresso and cocoa.

Rich and pungent flavors of roasty malt, cocoa, espresso, root beer, leather, charred oak, dark bread, slight cherry twang. Lots of flavors moving in an out, nothing overpowering, well balanced. Moderate bitterness offsets the malt, no hop flavors detected.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a carbonation bite. Cocoa, smoke and leather lingers. Great beer.

12-18-2011 22:28:24 | More by far333
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle from Winooski. Could be the best WB I have had. Significant smoke and not overpowering, with great malt base, chocolate,Dry hopped. It works. Very Good drinkability. Middling mouthfeel. BBQ aroma. Dark brown bodied with some retained head and lace.

09-09-2012 02:40:53 | More by Sammy
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-15-2012 17:08:30 | More by Yoonisaykul
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-23-2012 14:06:06 | More by ChrisL24481
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

From Batch No. 2, bottle no. 1008. Sampled on May 1, 2011. It has this gorgeous dark brown pour with a silky head that lingers for awhile and eventually goes away. The smoky aroma comes on strong right away to the point that the sweet malts and hops almost end up playing second fiddle. But this smokiness is definitely not offensive. On the contrary, it is quite enticing. The body is medium to heavy and satisfying. The taste starts out smoky and sweet for the first few sips but then there's this cool peppery-hop bite on the back end. Extremely well-balanced and it sets the bar high for other smoked ales.

05-01-2011 20:36:44 | More by puboflyons
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

A new one from a brewery I have always had great luck with, I jumped at the chance to try this one. Pours out a nice dark brown with a head of tan that reaches a height of around an inch or so before settling back down and leaving some nice lacing along the sides.

Aroma is full of campfire smoke right off the bat. I had been expecting it but it really came off quite strong and full. Really nicely done here I have to admit. Nice notes of light chocolate and big roasted malts are always a welcome treat. Flavor carries this over quite well as the chocolate and earthy notes lay underneath that wonderful smoky campfire like flavor that leaves a long finish with rich development across the tongue.

Overall a very fine example of the style

07-03-2011 21:06:34 | More by mikesgroove
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has red visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a two finger high dark beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoky malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of licorice.
T: Like the smell, the taste is pretty much dominated by flavors of smoked malts, although these aren't too strong or overpower the beer. Slight hints of chocolate malts are also perceptible. While no bitterness is perceptible, there are just enough hops to prevent the malts from having any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer had a good balance and wasn't overly smoky. This could be a nice beer to try if you want some smoke but aren't looking for the intensity of a rauchbier.

Note: Batch #4 (December 2011)

07-05-2013 01:14:53 | More by metter98
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottled February 2011
Batch 2
Bottle Count 1008
ABV 8.0%

Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy light brown head, sticks around longer than I though but doesn't leave any lacing on the glass, bubbles form a small cap that sticks around for awhile.

Smell has just the right amount of smoke in my opinion, I've had other smoked beers where it smells like cigarettes and is off-putting, whereas this beer has a nice balance of roasted malt, smokiness, a bit of dark cocoa in the nose, as well as a charcoal aspect.

Taste is roasted malt up front, the smokiness is blended in with the malt so as not to be overwhelming although it does linger a tad too long, a decent burnt bitterness follows in the aftertaste, carbonation is spot-on and the body is thick enough to be creamy but not cloying.

I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers (or rauchbier's either) but this one treads a fine line and makes it work, it's certainly better than I expect it to be.

06-11-2011 00:55:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

So I let my buddy Steve from MA stay at my house when he comes to Holland. In return he brings me beer from MA that I can't get over here. This time he has send his wife out to get me some. Great job picking up this one, Jen.

Bottled feb 2011
Batch one
Bottle count 1032

Comes out like a real dark cola. A one finger tan head. Little carbonation seen...

Not too much going on upon smelling this baby. I smells lots of fruits and a ton of sweet malts.

Great tasting beer this is. Chocolate and malty sweetness. There is a very pleasant smokiness after the swallow but not too overwhelming and a good amout of bitterness afterthe swallow. A very interesting brew.

A medium to full body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Another very surprising and interesting ber from MA. I really liked this one. So did my wife who hijacked my glass when she came home and wouldn't give it back. This beer is unlike any other I have ever had I feel happy to have tried this one!

06-09-2011 21:20:04 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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jgammoniv

Maine

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-27-2013 22:06:04 | More by jgammoniv
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-16-2011 05:18:10 | More by ChrisPro
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tigerbeer90

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2012 00:31:58 | More by tigerbeer90
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured out of a pint and a half bottle into a medium sized tasting glass. Very dark garnet color with a dark tan head. Chocolate and faint campfire smoke. First sip is a bit coarse. Second sip reveals an elusive smoke flavor here. Just when you want to say "there it is", it leaves you. Its kind of like a smoke and chocolate punching match. One hits you and before you can realize it, the other flavor hits you. After awhile of drinking you taste pizza crust and some alcohol. Slick and full mouthfeel. Very different take on the old Rauchbier. If you like smoked beer you should give this a try. Nice.

02-14-2012 13:31:59 | More by jneiswender
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Robtobfest

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-08-2013 20:32:19 | More by Robtobfest
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-16-2011 02:46:35 | More by BierBliss
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-10-2013 05:44:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Batch 3, bottled March 2011.

Pours very dark brown with a fizzy khaki colored head. Held to the light a glimmer of red at the edges. Minimal lacing, head drops to a ring.

Scent is first caramel and molasses and then woodsmoke and charred, peat like notes underneath

Taste is sweet with dense dark chocolate and molasses. Sweet like bacon drizzled with maple syrup. Dark fruit, plums? The smoke is very subtle and not at all overpowering. (I actually would welcome stronger smoke flavors. See what Islay scotch does to you?) Builds gently in the background. A hint of black licorice.

Mouth is a bit disappointing. Starts a little too fizzy and ends a little too watery. Would like to see this with a creamier fuller body. Mild alcohol warming in the throat.

I love smoked beers so I was intrigued and had to try this. A solid brew.

07-09-2011 00:58:29 | More by sethmeister
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-03-2014 23:42:21 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly, dark brown molasses color.

Nose dark malts, light smoked malt, light syrup, light brown sugar, light earthy hops, touch of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste is a bit rich and creamy, very malty, dark crystal malts, brown sugar, some smoked malts, touch of brine, touch of cocoa, semi sweet, touch of earthy hops, drier finish with a bit of briney taste late and bit if smoke.

Mouth is a bit rich and slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall good, not too heavy on the smoke, bit of brine is not the best, but nice malts and rich body.

05-10-2011 11:29:58 | More by jlindros
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%

Bottle share by ChrisPro who called this the "second best White Birch beer he's ever had." That could mean anything.

A - Dark brown beer with a khaki head that left some spots and other stuff on the side of the glass.

S - This smells almost exactly like a Tootsie Roll. It has a little smoke in there as well, so I guess it's a smoked Tootsie Roll.

T - Tastes like a Tootsie Roll, with a little more smoke and roast than the nose had. The taste is really heavy and gets fatiguing fast, but unlike a lot of White Birch beers I didn't have to spit it out or supress my gag reflex.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The big taste makes it seem heavier than it really is.

O - Well it wasn't a complete disaster like I'm used to from White Birch. I didn't really like it as there was just too much Tootsie Roll flavor but it wasn't horrible. Wouldn't likely drink again.

09-20-2011 02:45:45 | More by AgentZero
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ale207

Maine

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-26-2014 17:06:57 | More by ale207
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12%

Dark brown color where light does not pass. Thick, three finger head with some staying power, leaves lots of streaky lace.

Dark, earthy smells of richly toasted malt is the first impression. Mild smoke at the end of the sniff.

Surprising chocolate to the taste--I didn't detect it in the smell. Semisweet cocoa flavor in the swallow. Rich bodied with a decent carbonation level. Not much smoke to the taste. Easy to drink and deceptively mild.

05-19-2012 02:36:25 | More by smcolw
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White Birch Tavern Ale from White Birch Brewing
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