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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 100 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous BA!

Pours a dark, molasses-y looking black ... not an RIS consistency, but just a straight up black liquid. Big light tan head. Interesting.

Smells like a mixture of roasted cocoa, roasted roast, some pine, a bit of earthy dankness, and roasted choco-coffee. Nice.

Taste is quite well put together, considering that I find this to be a fairly disparate flavor/aroma profile. It reminds me of some of the overhopped stouts out there ... think Yeti ... but it's obviously a lighter, more "sessionable," beer. The hops predominate more than I thought, with bittering pine being the most noticeable. But, the dark chocolate and bittering earth roast rounds it out quite well.

Mouthfeel is lighter and more refreshing than the appearance would leave one to believe.

White Birch is nailing things down.

More User Reviews:
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 05Harley
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/11
Batch 1, bottle #1065

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth, NH

Price - $7.49/bomber

Pours midnight black with a 2 inch creamy mocha colored head. Wow! One of the darkest beers I've ever seen up to the light and with plenty of lacing to adorn the drinking vessel. This beer looks good.

A modest aroma of roasted malts and pine hops tease the nose.

Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and licorice. A fair amount of hops keep the sweetness in check.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and surprisingly smooth. Damn this is going down good. A feeling of hop bitterness tingles the taste buds but isn't overdone. The balance between malt and hops is flawless.

A solid example of the style and very drinkable at 7.0%. You can't go wrong with the price either. I hope this makes it on the regular line up for White Birch. My favorite offering to date.

Good job!

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 OldIronLungs
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery after the release party 4/12/2011 (tried on tap first - so fresh!)

Poured into a pint glass pitch black with two fingers of thick, dark tan/grey head that lingers like light pancake batter and laces nicely - if I didn't know better, I'd think it was a solid stout so far.

Nose suggests both lightly floral and lightly piney hops and a bit of roasted malt.

Loaded with hop bitterness and some subtle roast right up front. This is balanced with slightly sweet dark malts and perhaps a slight tinge of bitter chocolate flavor delivered at medium carbonation. Crisp at front - very smoothly bodied - a slick Cascasde bitterness on the back end that doesn't offend, inviting another sip. That 7% is totally hidden in its hopping.

Cool style - Tried mixing it with their Tavern Ale. Because, yeah...why not? Stellar combo.

White Birch's last apprentice offering, Natascha, was excellent. Brewed by a fellow BA, Nyx is a great next step for the series - a very unique mark on an under-represented style.

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 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 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.

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 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 GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade!

Bottled: April 2011
Batch: One
Bottle Count: 1065
ABV: Alc. 7.0% by Vol.

A: Pours pure black with an extremely luxurious and creamy 2 1/2 fingers of mocha colored foam. Head retention was excellent with full on sheets and ropes clinging to the glass.

S: Pine, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of espresso. Would've scored .5 higher but it was a touch less vibrant than the taste...

T: See above but more intense. Killer balance between the pine, chocolate, and roast.

M: A bit sweet with very intense blasts of spicy pine hops and dry roast. Huge long finish that seems to never end. Awesome!

O: This is a fantastic example of the style. I'd love more of this!

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge, MA. Batch One, Bottled April 2011, Bottle Count 1065.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles over time, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is rich deep dark malts. Taste starts sweet as well, anise and blackstrap coupled with some hops bitterness in the middle, closes with a peek of citrus and some more bitter, which lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. A little too rough around the edges for me, but still pretty good overall.

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, pours a super dark thick rich RIS looking beer with a dark 1 finger fluffy and thick head that fades slowly with lacing, the beer is pitch black, and thick with legs, RIS style. Damn, not what I was expecting for an American Black ALe (Cascadian Dark).

Nose starts out again more like a RIS, starting with roasty dark malts, bit of dark chocolate, hint of cocoa, touch of minerality like almost soy sauce, then some earthy and slightly spicy hops, bit of coffee and caramel, lots of dark malts.

Taste starts with dark malts again, not quite as heavy as I was expecting but heavier than it should be for an American Dark Ale, still closer to an Imperial Stout. Dark roasty malts, a bit of coffee, some dark chocolate, hint of cocoa, light minerality and soy sauce, then again with earthy hops, spicy chewy hops, bit creamy and touch of sweetness. Finishes with a long bitterness, a chewy spicy smashed hop pellet taste like I just chewed on a spicy hop pellet while brewing, then some sticky sweet malts, and bit of roast and minerality, and touch of burnt coffee grinds. A bit of the house yeast last on the finish.

Mouth is fairly heavy and rich, decent carbonation.

Overall a really nice rich heavy beer, not quite what I was expecting for an American Black ALe, but more like Imperial Stout with tons of earthy spicy chewy hops, a bit of soy sauce and minerality, but I bet that will die with age, I really need to buy one and age it to see what happens.

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 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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light pine hop nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and pine hops. Unusual black ale, the 103 IBUs are balanced by the malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle, from Concord Cooperative Concord, NH.

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 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 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 portia99
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch 1 - April 2011) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours from the bottle very thick...appears more to be an imperial stout on the pour than a black ale. Thick, syrupy/oily with a short finger of cappuccino foam with pretty good staying power. Light foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells somewhat stouty also. Very, very roasty, black coffee, chocolate syrup, citrusy hops. Definitely has a strong hop presence appropriate to the style.

T - Sugary sweet, extremely bitter in a roasted, burnt toast way. Serious black coffee notes with dark mocha/chocolately flavors too. Hops are fruity and citrusy. A decent amount of grainy astringency.

M - Thicker than medium bodied...astringent super dark roastiness. A bit over the top on the burnt character. This is sharp and acrid and more than a little bit smokey.

O - Given the newness of this style, I suppose it still has some room for interpretation and development of defining characteristics of the best examples of the style. I've had a number of these black ales and this one stands out as a bit unique - the body is much fuller, the roast is over the top and really leaves a lasting impression. I think the aroma is this beer's high point. Flavor is good, but I'd prefer a bit less of a charcoal aspect to this...toned down just a notch, this would really be quite tasty.

Photo of ThaTeflonSchon
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wazzup yall, Teflon $chon here again to drop some info all in your earholes about this dizznank brew!

I was at the White Birch brewery about a week ago on a whim and it just so happened that they were debuting this new apprentice brew. Thank god they were, because this was something that could be the beer drinker's equivalent to Boston Celtics steal of Kevin McHale & Robbie Parish in the 1980 draft. They were giving this shizzle away for freebsies that nite only! Anyways, it was madd dark but with a smooth finish and some nice bite in the after effect. Had a nice aroma and hints of an alomst coffee-like taste. You will not be dissapointed by this brewhaji! I think I may actually go crack one of the dubb-dubbs I khopped from the brewery that night & toss on some of the late, great Nate Dizzle to take things to the next level.

Until the next review folks, this is Teflon $chon saying, "Nah how you lovin' dat!"

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

I had this at the open house and today decided to open one of the bottles I bought then.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring on top. Smells of roast and hints of chocolate mixed with pine and citrus and a slight bit phenols. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate and hint of molasses. Bitter piney hop resin cuts through the roast very nicely. The finish leaves a long lingering hop and roasted grain thickly on my palette. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, creamy resinous mouthfeel. I seemed to notice the roasted grains a lot more from this bottle than I remember from the open house. Its possible a little age brought the roast out a little more. This beer blurs that line between IPA and stout in fact if you gave me this and told me it was a hoppy stout I wouldn't have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.

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