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White Birch Barrel Aged Night Falls - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Night falls and all is black. Dark malts, hints of oak and a wild undercurrent. A soft wild side and smooth finish. Invite the night.

(Beer added by: steve8robin on 02-20-2011)
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

DrLaFollette, Jan 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

nh2032, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to readbaron for sharing this one. Another rare White Birch tick! Served in a taster pint glass. Didn't look at the bottle closely, but this appears to have been the November 23, 2010 version?

A - Tan foam settles to a thick cap and glass-coating lace. Dark brown body with some transparent ruby glints. Pretty attractive beer as far as dark sours go.

S - Smells like an infected stout. Roast, chocolate, some dark bread, hint of oaky vanilla, and some tart cherry and lactic notes.

T - The taste is again an odd mix of sour cherry and stout. There's a slightly savory acetic vinegary note, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium-light body that is unusually thin for the ABV. Low carbonation, and a surprisingly smooth texture. Actually finishes somewhat dry and clean.

D - It's a wild stout with a low amount of oak and a moderate dose of tart cherry. Actually among the better White Birch offerings I've had, which puts it about average on the normal scale. Disappointingly inoffensive - we were hoping for something "epic" bad for Todd's 30th.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the September 2011 batch. Poured into Lindemans Lambic flutes. Extremely dark leather brown color. Not a lot of head, but some lacing. Smell had nice notes of Jamaican rum and prunes. I liked the flavor, just because it was very interesting. There was that expected sour note, but the barrel aging gave it a more boozy aspect. There were hints of brown sugar, molasses, and just a splash of worcestershire sauce. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sticky side. I thought the beer was unusual but unique. I have never had a wild ale aged in a barrel, so I applaud the novelty.

morebeergood, Sep 11, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky amber color with an off-white head. Nose is just awful. Super metallic, smells like pennies. A light balsamic note, leather, maybe some wood, and salt. The flavor is watery, but still manages to pack a decent punch of off-flavors. Pennies, vinegar, dirt, cardboard, and salt. Why?

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

imperialking, May 11, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 23, 2010. Bottle 122 of 240. Shared by whiterascal, poured into a Russian River glass.

Surprisingly dark. Nearly black and opaque. The sandy tan head quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

Interesting aroma. A funky blend of brett and roast. Dark cherries, dark chocolate, a touch of brett and vinegar. A little hay funk. A little vanilla and bourbon too.

Woo! Very tart. Lots of pear and green apple in the front, with chocolate rising slowly in the background. The swallow delivers a little more of the roast, but it’s overpowered by the sour stuff. A touch of bourbon rises at the swallow, but it’s still overshadowed by the sour. The bourbon adds something interesting, but I could use more dark stuff. Sourness gets a little too intense and acetic. Crisp, apple-heavy finish.

Moderate, massaging carbonation. Medium-light body. No hint of alcohol, but the acetic sourness is a little abusive to the tongue and teeth.

I feel as if half of White Birch’s beers are attempts to save a beer gone bad. This turned out alright, but isn’t anything I’d seek out again.

Phelps, Apr 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Khazadum, Apr 07, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a schooner, the beer is jet black with only a slight, sparse, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas are sour, with merlot-like highlights and bitter, dark cherry sweet characteristics. Tannins and oaky highlights on the nose, as well. Flavors are smokey, with a stout-like feel to the body, and an intense grape and dark cherry sour/tart overall. Coffee bitter backbone with woody and earthy characteristics. Very dynamic flavor profiles on this beer, and very strong characteristics. Definitely a sipper. The aftertaste has a tart and slightly sour tang, with a dry, lingering finish. Interesting brew...I like it.

Batch 3
Bottle 62 of 96

GarthDanielson, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Sept. 21, 2011 batch.

A - Pours a slight reddish root beer/cola color with a thin head that disappears and decent enough lacing.

S - Strong red wine and roasted smells. Faint malty notes as well. A friend described it as autumn in New England. A little overly pungent.

T - Nice oaky flavors, sour notes that taste like a fine red wine. Almost chambord like. This doesn't taste like a beer at all. Nice for what it is.

M - Medium bodied, but a little thin. Ok carbonation and decent drinkability...though a whole bottle may be a bit much in one setting.

O - Barrel Aged Night Falls was an interesting beer. I can't say I particularly enjoyed it and I highly doubt that I would ever revisit it. It definitely is sour and a bit oaky, if that's your wheelhouse.

WMEugene, Mar 23, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/2010 Batch one
Pours a pretty solid black color with a good sized fluffy tan head that recedes slowly but never really leaves. I can smell the oaky bourbon as soon as I wrangle the cork off the top. Odd aromas for a wild ale, lots of roast, chocolate and coffee, dark fruits with a hint of tart or sourness in there as well as the heavy presence of oak vanilla and bourbon. Well if the aroma didn't seem sour, the taste certainly does. Lots of tart and sour fruits like lemons and tangerines mixed with a faint roasty chocolate and coffee flavor. Roasty fruity tart chalky mouthfeel, light level of carbonation with a solid medium body. I really enjoyed this one, I might have to pick up some of the new batch if its still available. Smells like an oak aged imperial stout with just a hint of tart but tastes like a fruity tart wild ale.

johnnnniee, Jan 29, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to CharlieMurphy for this. Bottle #11 of 96, bottled on 9/29/11.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy/frothy light brown head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Really interesting nose here. I've never smelled anything quite like it. Only mildly "wild," there are notes of funky and lactic acid. Musty, tangy, and boggy rotting wood. Then there is a tidal wave of sharp molasses and prickly chocolate. Caramel, black cherry, and plum to round this off.

3.0 T: The taste isn't so good though. Rather than this tasting like a dark wild, it comes off more like an infected chocolate-ty porter or something of that nature. Somewhat harsh tannic astringency. Not much acid, but a lot of apple orchard, musty basement, dryrotted sweatsock type funk. Lots of chocolate with lesser amounts of caramel and molasses. Still plenty of plum and black cherry.

2.5 M: This is the worst part of the beer. It's carbonated, but it could use a lot more. The result is that the beer lies heavy on the tongue without really being creamy.

3.0 D: Decent experiment, but I'm not crazy about this. This seems like it could be a Jackie O's beer in a lot of ways, but unfortunately it's one of the few that fail.

DavoleBomb, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

thesarahfuller, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

kaelingirl, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on Firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours pitch black with a touch of a bubbled head.

Nose has caramel, molasses, chocolate, dark choc, some barrel wood aromas and a bit of vanilla, then a light funk and Brett addition.

Taste... whoa, different than the bottle I think, tons of woody esters and barrel flavors, saw dust, etc. Then comes chocolate, dark choc, caramel, vanilla, a bit of a porter like creamy roast, before more of the funk comes through. It finishes sticky and syrupy with more funk and dark malt flavors.

Mouth is sticky, heavier bodied, light but decent carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice malts, lots of dark malt flavors and wood, much better than the bottle I think, and the funk comes through nicely.

jlindros, Oct 28, 2011
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White Birch Barrel Aged Night Falls from White Birch Brewing
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