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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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BA SCORE
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ThaTeflonSchon
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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!"

ThaTeflonSchon, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of risendragon
4.69/5  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.

risendragon, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

beerman999999, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mdanberg, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

603to843, Oct 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MudDrinker, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's after passing on it twice. Really, really glad I tried this offering from White Birch.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, rich oily black pour with a thick, super dark mocha head that leaves big, clumpy side lacing as ir receeds to a nice mocha cloud. Looks so much like a stout or porter.

S - Really really good roasted malt/chocolate notes with some subtle pine notes thanks to the hops.

T - Like the nose with great roasted malt and BIG chocolate notes upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness. Drinks like very bitter chocolate, delicious.

M - Low carbonation makes this tingle just enough to prevent it from being velvety smooth.

O - A really good black IPA here. Really solid appearance, aroma, flavour, etc. Just a very good take on the style. Just with the mouthfeel was a little better. Would definately buy this again.

rudzud, May 03, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s nice to have connections. This beer was crafted by an apprentice brewer at White Birch who happens to be a regular trading partner of whiterascal. She was kind enough to pop this bottle at a tasting of Arizona friends. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Dark chocolate brown and completely opaque. A one-finger cocoa-colored head fizzes away at a moderate pace, leaving behind a silky top layer and nice speckled lace.

Brilliantly balanced nose. Cocoa, crumbled dark chocolate and a hint of toast meets a fruity, citrus hop aroma.

The flavor expands on what the nose began: baker's chocolate, cocoa, toast. Citrus hops are the bigger part of the equation here, imparting pine and grapefruit. Finishes with impressive astringency and bitterness.

The medium-light body is nice and not too heavy. Very light, massaging carbonation allows the body to hold together well as it moves about. Tongue-numbing booze.

Balance leans toward the hops; good bitterness; just enough roast. This is how a black IPA should taste. Can’t wait to see what else this apprentice brewer has in store.

Phelps, May 16, 2011
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

FrankLloydMike, Sep 25, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

AndyAvalanche, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.39/5  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.

Kendo, Oct 05, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Digimaika2, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Photo of ms11781
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 - Bottled April 2011 - 1065 bottles in this batch. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a solid black with a half finger dark brown head. Head dissipates to a nice brown foam cap that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. This beer pours and looks like a stout. Not a big imperial stout but maybe a lower ABV oatmeal or American stout. Pretty impressive as I find most beers of the style have the look but pour a bit thinner.

Nice balance between the hops and malt in the nose. Earthy and piny hop aromas hit first and are balanced nicely but some roasted malt. There is a hint of malt sweetness and perhaps a touch of citrus but the earthy, piny hops and roasted malt are what lead the way in what seems like equal parts.

The taste follows along closely with the nose although it's a good bit stronger. The same earthy and piny hop characters hit first and are again balanced nicely with the roasted malt. The citrus that may have been in the nose is definitely here as is a slightly sweeter malt character, almost chocolate-like but not quite. There is a hint of some coffee before a hugely bitter finish that lingers until the next sip.

Pretty big mouthfeel. Not huge but somewhere on the higher end of medium. Coupled with a medium carbonation it gives the beer a creamy texture that dries out considerably with the lingering, sticky bitter finish.

Overall this is a great beer. Really well done take on the style. Great balance between the hops and the dark malt characters. The fact that the label says 7% ABV is shocking. I'd like to say that this is a one and done because of the ABV and bigger mouthfeel for the style but after drinking all 22oz in a little over an hour I definitely feel like I'd like a little bit more.

ms11781, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2011
Batch One
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice, somewhat thick, opaque black with a two finger of thick, creamy, foamy mocha colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves nice sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is a fantastic roastiness, a bit of piney and earthy hop notes.

T: Taste is fantastic! Taste starts with a nice chocolate, cocoa nib flavoring. Hearty roast malts come through and really fill out the middle. The piney, earthy hop bitterness take over and really hang on the palate in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and creamy at first with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, extremely tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, very good representation of style. This is a fantastic beer! Lots of flavor, nice balance of hop and malt. I could sit and enjoy several pints of this beer! I should have picked up more bottles!

Jayli, May 01, 2011
Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  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!

Andrew61923, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
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