White Birch Tavern Ale - White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Tavern AleWhite Birch Tavern Ale

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of heatherishoppin
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really fantastic dark beer. I am still a bit confused about why it is still considered a brown ale? I taste a LOT like a porter. Never the less it is really fantastic. It has an overall really nice and smooth smoky taste with a bit of a sourness.

This beer is great for anyone who loves this style and definitely worth trying!

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smoked Imperial Brown Ale is perfectly descriptive. Nearly opaque dark brown with a decent head. A pleasant fizzy mouthfeel. Just a bit of the sticky, but rather dry on the whole.

Woody flavor sets the teeth on edge. Fairly assertive hops. Smoke is quite nice, provides a sensual richness to the dark fruit and roasted malt. Nice smokey nose as you sip, but not overly bitter. Seems to have a buttery component. Some sweetness follows through until that dry finish.

Over a year old (Feb 2011) but flavors seem clean. Apparently just the one batch #1 (Bottle count 1032). From the 22 oz bottle bought at

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Ego
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of teleman
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a wispy head that disappears immediately.

Smell: roasted malt, a bit of chocolate , and a soft smokiness creates a pleasant aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, prunes, and mellow smoked flavor creates a well balanced beer. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. The smokey tones linger in the mouth a long time.

Overall: a nice flavored brown ale with just enough smoke to make it tasty alongside some BBQ.

Photo of BCFrog
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jneiswender
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mini pint glass, color is dark brown with light tan head that presents bout 1/2 inch thick then laces nicely.

Smell is lightly sweet, some rosted malt and hints of chocolate with a nice light smokiness.

Taste is a sweet malt that smoothes to a roasted flavor followed by a mild smokiness, more beachwood type smoke.

Mouthfeel is a little strong on the tongue, sitting on the tongue strongly, a touch cloying.

Overall, an ok smoked ale, flavors are not too out of sync, but a little sweet and not quite enough smokiness is the right places (nose).

Photo of BigCheese
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Cstromberg57 for this
22 oz bomber, 12/2011 batch 4, poured into a tulip

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a small dark brown head that fades quickly.

S- Roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, smokey.

T- Richer than the nose, getting more smoke, chocolate malts, caramel malts, roasted malts. Good, not overpowering.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice smoked beer that I enjoyed, definitely a nice extra. I feel this would be worth trading for again.

Photo of erlenmeyer
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a dark brown color with a decent sized, off-white head to it. Pretty nice retention.

The aroma shows a lighter smokiness to it with more of a woody, slightly burnt flavor to it. I get some nice malty sweetness coming through with some caramel and brown sugar notes to it. The smokiness is really nice in it, it's not overpowering but adds some very nice depth to it for me.

The taste also has some very nice smokiness to it throughout the flavor. It blends very well into the malty, sweeter flavors of the brown ale. A little bit of a burnt, bitter flavor comes through in the finish. Very nice flavor overall, I loved the smokiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really loved the smokiness and how well it blended into the base beer flavors. The smokiness wasn't overwhelming either, typically I love smoke but the milder smokiness really worked well for this one. Very enjoyable beer overall

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hiphop1 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF.

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of light roasted malt and a good bit of smoked malt

T - Like the nose theres some roastyness but mostly good a smokey flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit as I love smoked beer so to me this one was very easy to drink with its good taste worth trying if you see it around

Photo of AgentZero
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

White Birch Tavern Ale from White Birch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.