White Birch Tavern Ale - White Birch Brewing
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
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
2.08/5 rDev -44.5%
Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of ShogoKawada. Thanks, Phil!
A: Dark brown, very small and short-lived head.
S: Immediately out of the cold bottle, this had a nice, smoky roasted grain aroma. A few minutes later, as it warmed up, it brought burnt plastic and cigarettes to the party. You could kind of overlook them, so I can't say it's the worst aroma ever. I get the feeling this would be an ok beer without (I'm guessing) QC issues.
T: Plastic, smoke, and cigarette ash. A little bit of chocolate, earth, and roasted grain are found too; it's almost stout-like, but with enough nuttiness to suggest a brown ale variant. This could be a pretty interesting beer, actually...
M: Medium-bodied, but low carbonation.
O: White Birch has shifted from "trainwreck" to just shy of mediocre. It is actually a positive trend, but I don't understand why they release most of what they have made...
10-19-2012 21:00:41 | More by Arbitrator
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
3.15/5 rDev -16%
22 oz bomber into a pint glass, January 2012, Batch One, Bottle Count 1152.
A - Dark brown/black body that lets no light through. Silky one ginger high light mocha head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Subtle smoked malts, dark fruits, chocolate, cigarette ash.
T - Smokey malts and a layer of chocolate and nutty flavors. Finishes ashy with an acrid red wine like flavor. Mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied.
O - Sub-par beer. This beer is more ashy than smokey with an oddly harsh aftertaste.Its drinkable, but not very tasty.
08-20-2012 04:17:47 | More by davey101
White Birch Tavern Ale from White Birch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.