White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 04-15-2011

Adam Romanow is our third brewer apprentice. His release is an exploration into a newer beer style, the Black IPA. Black as night, bitter, with a full flavored Cascade hop profile and smooth finish.

Named after Nyx, the mythological Greek goddess of night, who stood at the beginning of creation. As a beginning, we agree Adam is on to something. As he moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 43
Photo of rderedin
2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Extremely bitter aftertaste. Not a fan.

Photo of gonzo000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was very enjoyable. Great taste, smooth on the feel, but a bit bitter to the taste. Very good. Will Revisit. White Birch has some very good beers.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/1/2014 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of chocolate, coffee and citrus sweetness that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness and a hearty roasted malt character. An intense dryness throws the balance off somewhat. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and sticky, possibly the driest beer I’ve ever had.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are definitely better options within the style.

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Very classic black ale. Would prefer something softer and hoppier or maybe not as bitter as aftertaste is fairly sharp w a touch of alcohol bite. Not bad though and reasonable at $8 for a 22. Just not unique in any way.

Photo of MDHopster
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: black with a foamy head similar to Coca-Cola coloring ad a bit long lived. Nice lattice cling to glass

S: dank, but hoppy, slightly rye like

T: like a fine dark bittersweet chocolate, lingers without unpleasant aftertaste

M: smooth but slightly carbonated bringing out the bitters

O: makes me want to investigate more of this brewers offerings. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of risendragon
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up today after reading some wonderful reviews about it. Needless to say, this beer DID NOT disappoint.

Appearance- Black, just black.

Smell- Dark chocolate with some dark fruits to go along with it (plums, red grapes). Slight coffee smell as well.

Taste- Divine. Hops, dark malts, and toffee at first then mellowing out to a rich dark chocolate/black coffee finish. Great mouthfeel, drank it cold, so it had a surprisingly smooth mouth to it. I was expecting it to be very thick but it was not.

Overall- Great beer. I am a fan already after only half a glass. It has the hops of beers that I enjoyed when I was younger with the color of a stout and a chocolate finish that just make me glow.

Photo of DPJ3322
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into a snifter.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, dark, viscous black body with a tan head that wisps on the edges.

Smell - By far the best aspect of this beer. Coca nibs upfront, a little chocolate too. Outstanding, delizioso.

Taste - Overwhelming roasty, malty notes. Very nice, simple but enjoyable to the nth degree.

Mouthfeel - Not exceptionally heavy kind of light.

Overall - A great beer whose greatest strength is in the smell, very nice I like it.

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of motor oil. Light does not shine through the glass. Thick beige head. Great coating of lace after each sip.

Strong cocoa and dark chocolate aroma.

This is very similar to stout taste wise. Burnt toast marks the predominant flavor. Bitter beginning, middle and end--all from the black patent malt. Richer body than the typical stout. There's a bit of alcohol oiliness on the tongue. The aftertaste is of powdered, unsweetened cocoa.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is as thick and dark as an Imperial Stout, rich and heavy-looking. It's completely solid, letting no light in. The rich medium-brown head is creamy and dense, sitting nearly two full fingers tall and settling with some reluctance. As the beer is emptied from the glass, creamy sheeting is left in its wake.
This aroma has the goods, and I wish it was a little stronger but it's fantastic besides that. There's roast and pine, co-mingling in an excellent way. There's very little char but just a touch, with a peaty note to it. Some citrus zest sneaks out some bitterness, too.
The flavors mingle as nicely in the flavor, with some more dryness on the tongue in an herbal leaf note with a touch of chalkiness. Otherwise, the pine brings a resinous note, but the dryness of the bitterness is cut by the malts and a little citrus juice. The end is woody and brings together the overlying roastiness with the leaf and pine.
The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is light but there's a nice bite of crispness. The mouthfeel is dry but clean, no harsh residuals on the end as the roast eases away from being too charred. There's a brightness that evens out the drier tones.

Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bomber on 10/3/13 at Westmere Beverage. Cost $8.49. Says it was bottled "Fall 2013" and since we're only a few days into Fall, I'm guessing this is pretty fresh.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. A fairly aggressive pour (it looked flat and thick on the pour so I ramped it up a bit) still yields only a small tannish head. A little lace is left behind. It looks more like a RIS than an American Black Ale.

S: Molasses, licorice and some roasty malt.

T: I like. Nice combination of malt and hops. Roasty malt and a lighter heft makes it quite Porter-like, but the molasses and licorice from the nose also make an appearance on the tongue, and make it RIS-like. Roasted coffee is big too, plus a bit of cocoa powder. Finishes with a piney and roasty bitterness, with roastiness prevailing on the aftertaste. The more I drink this, the more I like it.

M: Light in heft like a porter, but slightly slick - an odd combination, yeah, but here we are. Carbonation is quite modest, accounting for that slick feel, I suspect.

O: Bumping this up to 4.5. This beer resides in that space where a hoppy American Porter meets an American Black Ale by way of a Russian Imperial Stout. I like all of those styles, and I'm digging this beer.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out jet black, pretty much can't see through it at all, a lot like a big stout. The most impressive part about this is the head on this beer. When I popped the cap it popped with authority. Crazy huge slightly darker than tan head, many different sized bubbles. You have to take your time pouring this one if you're an aggressive pourer like me. Better than average lacing.

Smell is good, just big in pretty much all aspects. Aromas of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some molasseses going into some earthy grassiness and some nice piney hops.

Taste is easily the best part, just big in every way. Tons of big dark malts. Again mostly bitter but slightly sweet chocolate flavors and even some slight coffee. Some brown sugar and molasses comes after. The final part is some nice earthy and piney hops. All flavors are very strong and mesh together very well.

Mouthfeel is the only part where the beer is slightly lacking to be truly elite, but it's not far off. It's full bodied and very bold with a great carbonation level. The only issue is it just feels so earthy that it's like dirty. Could have toned down a bit there and been and been more smooth. Still there is so much good about this beer and the drinkability factor is still there. I've had this beer many times and I think it's very close to being an elite beer. I'd never turn it down and recommend it to anyone still. Great fall seasonal from White Birch.

Photo of fdig23
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

Appearance: deep black in the center turning to brown around the edges. Huge tan head.

Nose: Kinda subdued, bitter chocolate, orange and lemon, some pine needle, caramel underneath

Taste: Much more sophisticated than other Black Ales I've tried. Burnt, peat tasting malts, dark chocolate balanced by bitter pine and grapefruit. Finishes with more burnt grains.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Really nice black ale. Haven't had too many in this style, but this one ranks up there with the best examples I've tasted.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 2011. Batch one. Whoops!

A: Black pour with a big dense dark brown head. Looks a lot heavier than just 7%. Fades slowly, leaving pretty excellent lacework behind. Excellent head retention to boot.

S: Creamy roasted malt, heavy on the chocolate and the anise. I think the hops are pretty much dead at this point but there is a very light grapefruit and pine aroma.

T: Decent resin and a bit of pine. Creamy with some bitter chocolate and char. A bit of bitterness from the hops shows up in the middle, surprising. Lots of anise and resin in the finish and lingering for a long time in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit drying in the aftertaste.

O: Heh, not a bad Black IPA after a year and a half. Pine is pretty subdued but resin is still decent. It was quite drinkable and tasty. Will have to find a fresh bottle of this someday.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled "Fall 2012" poured into Duvel tulip.

A: A legit black with little to no light getting through. Big khaki head that takes a while to dissipate, even with a slow pour. Nice lacing as the head fades.

S: A really nice blend of chocolate, roasty malts, and pine. Though it's categorized as a Black IPA, this definitely blurs the line between that style and a hoppy porter.

T: More of the same that I got from the nose. Big chocolate and some sweetness up front before getting hit pretty substantially by the hops on the back of the tongue. Definitely picking up on more hoppiness as the beer warms. Really liking this.

M: Really solid. A bit more viscous than expected, which keeps the same trend as the smell and taste, which meandered between the two styles. Good carbonation, better than expected after the big head.

O: Bought this a week and a half ago and was excited to finally crack it. Glad I got the opportunity to try this, and would have loved to have it a bit closer to bottling date to see how the hops affected the nose and taste earlier. Highly recommended!

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: dark dark brown, pretty much black with a nice creamy dark brown chocolaty brown head that leavs a good amount of lacing, a very nice looking beer.

S: pleanty of roast and creamy chocolatyness, touch of smoke in there as well, the hops seem a bit set back, although present, there is deffinatly some pine I. There with the roast and smoke. And some vague notes of citrus hoppage. It seem atleast through the very pleasant aroma, that the malts are more on display here then the hops.

T: oh boy the flavor deffinatly says otherwise, the hops are at attention here, resinous pine fights through the milk chocolate and roasty coffe notes, I get more bitter earthy hops then I do citrus hops here , blended in with the light smoke, there is a touch of grapefruit in there though, particuarly on the finish, seems to be the opposite of the nose, I feel like the hops are more forward in the flavor, to
The point where I feel maybe if they were toned down a hair we might get more
Malt deliciousness.

M: light medium body with a touch of creamyness the feel borders between an ipa and a porter and is nicley drinkable.... Dry on the finish with a touch of lingering chared flavor and bitterness.

O: a good black ipa, nice malt character and pleanty of tasty hops, deffinatly worth trying if you enjoy this style.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the good fortune of getting the last growler fill at the brewery, the first weekend that Nyx was re-released as a fall seasonal.

A: Pours an intensely dark brown, nearly fully black with a huge, nearly black, brown head. Good, but not excessive lacing--this mixes all the darkness and depth of a porter/stout with the sticky residue of an IPA. Spot on.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, roastiness and hints of pine dominant, with undercurrents of grapefruit, floral and dark fruit notes. Quite complex, but not as pungent as some others. Still very nice.

T: Taste follows nose with deep, roasty chocolate notes leading, with slightly distant bitter, piney hops, with hints of coffee following. There's some smokiness, dark fruits, maybe molasses, and citrus notes in there as well, but the roasty chocolate and pine are at the front. Like the smell, the flavors are very complex and work very well together, with a strong and pleasant bitterness throughout.

M: Very thick, slightly syrupy--definitely more like a porter than IPA in body, but not rich or heavy. Like the appearance, it balances the porter/stout and IPA categories wonderfully.

O: This is a wonderful ABA--among the best that leans toward the porter/stout end of the spectrum, and perhaps the most well-balanced ABA between the IPA and porter/stout ends of that spectrum I've had. The taste and smell are a huge, roasty delight with a wonderful, but balanced bitterness throughout. I'm very glad I was finally able to try this beer, and look forward to having it again. A really wonderful beer, and perfect for the season.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber that we picked up at the brewery. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark chestnut brown coloring that is almost black. Thin, filmy, light brown colored head that starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of smoke and rich malt balance well, with a coffee and cocoa nib throughout. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a solid smoke highlight and a subtle, resiny, hopped backbone that intertwines throughout. Roasted coffee and cocoa nib are present once again on the palate. Very tasty. The aftertaste is more of the smoke and roast, with a touch of coffee. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, with a linger of smoke. Delicious!!

Photo of Digimaika2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite viscous with a near pitch black colour and single finger of chocolate brown foam. Pretty good retention with a decent lacing.

S: Rich chocolate, caramel, herbal and floral notes, tropical fruits (pineapple and banana), citrus fruits (grapefruit), and dried dark fruits (dates and raisins). Quite complex and wide ranging, especially with those subtle tropical fruit notes.

T: Floral and herbal notes, molasses, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, some dark fruit notes, and smoke. Just like the smell, quite a varied range of tastes that works very well and compliment each other well.

M: Great middle ground found in the viscosity with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very good.

O: Superb American Black Ale that I would love to have more of. Varying fruit notes come together wonderfully in this, coupled with a pronounced hop presence yet enough roasted malts to give this that edge.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black and syrupy looking with a fine bubbled head leaving plenty of lacing.
S - chocolate and dark smoky malts and piercing hops that light up your nose.
T - hard hitting hops right up front with a big malty sweet middle and a lingering hoppy bite in the finish. Plenty of dark roasted malts give it a smoky flavor.
M - I would like a little more carbonation to break the thickness and resin coating left behind but the fullness is nice.
A nice hoppy dark offering of pleasing drinkability.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/15/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Bottled April 2011, Batch #1

Pours a slow, inky dark brown. Medium-dark brown foam rises quickly to nearly two fingers. Thin retention but a decent bit of lace.

Smells dark and roasty; a touch of the tangy roast, too. Some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Quite piney - dry pine resin, pine needles and sappy pine tree forests. Earthy undertones. Stray citric spots and coffee beans.

The flavor profile is strewn across the place. Starts off hoppy, mostly piney and bitter. The bitterness lingers throughout. Lots of thick, roasted malts. Bitter chocolate. Burnt, ashy flavors are compounded on the finish. Some folks might not like the potent ashy character, but I am fond of such things. Bitter coffee finish.

Full body with a smooth, almost silky feel. Rather viscous for the style. The feel is offset by frisky carbonation.

Nyx is very much on the stout side of this pseudo-style. It has the bitter/burnt/ash combo that I dig.

Photo of Thads324
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours black as night. A big frothy and dark tan head. Lots of lacing on this puppy. Can't find a date on the bottle.

S : a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. Musty and earthy hops are subdued and though not overpowering it's inviting. Let's the malts shine right alongside them.

T : an odd mixture in the beginning of spicy and earthy hops and a coffee taste. A bit of an overly sharp roasted flavor in the middle merges with a bitter hop at the end.

M : a low carbonation and smooth feeling overall. Very nice with the flavors. Easy drinking for the alcohol, although a tad bit warming.

Pretty nice, and one of the better black ipas I've come across. Glad I got to try it. Well balanced with great color and head.

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From batch one bottled in April 2011. Sampled on July 16, 2011. The pour is as dark as one of the Polar Caves from Rumney, New Hampshire with about a quarter inch to half inch, silky, fluffy brown head which lingers. There are lots of sensations to enjoy on the nose with an up front character of baker's chocolate followed by a yeasty, malty middle range, and earthy piney hops. The body seems light at first on first sip but almost gets heavier as I swallow it. The chocolate is considerably more subtle in the flavor. What you lose in the chocolate esthers you gain with a dark cherry-like zing and a pleasantly bitter taste with a long hoppy finish to help make this a memorable experience. Very nice.

Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared by whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark brown with a brown head.

S: roasty and dark chocolate with hints of fruit. there is also a lot of citrus hops.

T: i get roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. there is some molasses at first and then a nice fruity hop flavor. finishes bitter and dry like dark chocolate or baking chocolate. There is citrus and piney hop flavors.

M: medium body with a good amount of carb.

O: a good beer. The roasty malt and citrus, fruity hops go well together.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Boatshoes! Split with Ryan011235.

Bottled April 2011, Batch one, 1065 bottles, 7.0% abv, poured into an E&J Cask and Cream glass.

Appearance
Wow, this stuff pours out like a porter or American stout. Its very thick, especially for the style. There is a tall, dense and dark colored head with great staying power but only broken lace. The beer is deep, dark and thick looking.

Aroma
Lots of roasted malts give off the typical dark coffee, black chocolate, ash and char. Furthermore, there is a chocolate chip cookie aroma that is quite nice. There is a stiff pine aroma. I wonder what this beer was like a month and a half ago. The hops combine with the roastiness to create a lot of spiciness, especially when cold. The hops are bursting from this beer like they should, but this beer could be fresher also.

Taste
This is pretty good, but I think there is a little bit of hop fade. Its still very bitter, but the sweet citrus flashes and pine resinousness are toned back, giving way to bitterness by blackened malts.

Mouthfeel
The thick body was not a surprise after seeing the weight of this beer on the pour. It has a long, ashy dry finish with low, soft carbonation.

Overall
I like this one. Its very bitter at times, but my palate quickly adjusted and the beer became quite enjoyable. But there is little in the way of balance. Its all bitter roasted malts and bitter piney hops. Totally a good offering from White Birch though.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a towering three inches of chocolate colored foam on the top of the glass. Settling slowly it left behind tons of brown lace up and down the glass. Aroma is piney hops and rich roasted malts. Touches of peat and campfire like tones coming through. Nice feel, medium carbonation and heavy enough to keep me intrested, but not overally full. Nice opening bite of piney hops come across quite nicely with a delicate dryness and touches of light hops. Quickly the roasted malts take over and offer lots of smokey and rich malty notes. Light chocolate starts to come through in the dry finish and leaves the palate searching as to which flavor dominated the most but the last gasp goes to a deep, smokey malt.

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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.