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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 04-15-2011)
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Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Overlord, May 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

doremite, Monday at 01:54 AM
Photo of 05Harley
4.4/5  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!

05Harley, May 11, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Brenden, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev -2.2%

roostor07, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +10%

beerman999999, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

OldIronLungs, Apr 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

mdanberg, Oct 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

trevorpost, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of MDHopster
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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 by again.

MDHopster, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

hoppymcgee, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of DPJ3322
4.01/5  rDev -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.

DPJ3322, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.2%

metter98, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

smanson56, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  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!

GbVDave, May 26, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

ppoitras, Jun 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Drknight, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

msondel, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

dbrauneis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

jlindros, May 06, 2011
Photo of dsm45
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dsm45, Nov 11, 2013
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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.