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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | 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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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.8%

10-27-2013 17:44:51 | More by trevorpost
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teleman

New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

03-19-2012 01:53:18 | More by teleman
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:15:52 | More by jdhilt
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Lynn

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

10-14-2013 03:39:08 | More by Lynn
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c58crtde

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally a solid offering from White Birch Brewing. Quality control seemed to be the main problem with the brewery, but this beer was great. Not sessionable at all, but thats because of style only. I don't really understand the "Black IPA" thing, seemed more like a hoppy roasted Porter to me.

Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 16:49:02 | More by c58crtde
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 22:24:31 | More by ppoitras
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 17:40:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 03:29:01 | More by Ryan011235
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-26-2013 03:55:31 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-02-2013 21:29:21 | More by DmanGTR
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cfinch2

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-06-2013 15:21:17 | More by cfinch2
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-01-2013 17:28:23 | More by JakeDebus
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smccann

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-09-2014 22:54:59 | More by smccann
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:55:00 | More by Thads324
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours thick for the style and deeep black with a dark mocha head thats not too sizable, but dense, lasts a while and laces well. looks like an imperial stout.

rather faint aroma, but what is there is nice, very floral, piney and a bit citric from the hops, with a great roasty backbone of malt. would be better if a bit stronger.

nice balance. starts with some juicy citrus hops, a decent amount of bitterness, which is quickly tackled by some sweetness and roast. lots of coffee and then some pine on the finish. as it warms it acquires a leafy tobacco flavor that isn't terribly pleasant, but is commonly found in the style.

kind of creamy for the style, but with very little carbonation (has been a problem with my White Birch experience) that is this beer's weak point.

a nice beer. does not displace my favorites of the style, but a good one. nice roast and a tasty, yet subdued hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 05:13:50 | More by silentjay
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Batch One, bottled in April of 2010. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with an expansive, dark brown head. Head is around two fingers and really recedes into a nice thick lacing. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: The cascade hops really are strong. Almost all pine notes, with just a slight touch of grapefruit. Some smoke and roasted malt on top.

Taste: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate really make up the malt portion of this beer. Really big pine notes completely overwhelm the roasted notes at times. The hops are a touch out of control but work nicely in portraying the style. Big and bold, but not overly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad sticky. Some oily feel there as well. Plenty of carbonation to lighten up the large flavors.

Overall, a really big bold beer. The hops are exceedingly bitter and heavy but it fits nicely into this style. A nice foray that has its boldness as both its biggest strength and biggest weakness.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:15:56 | More by Gosox8787
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roostor07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-28-2013 14:51:47 | More by roostor07
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-14-2011 23:30:56 | More by alamode
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-20-2013 15:27:50 | More by metter98
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-11-2014 22:28:42 | More by Drknight
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msondel

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-21-2013 23:56:57 | More by msondel
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-20-2013 15:03:55 | More by dbrauneis
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-30-2013 03:36:56 | More by Thomas_Picton
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CraftFan5

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-30-2014 21:26:53 | More by CraftFan5
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours like thick sludge, its great. It has a really thick, glopy head, that retains like crazy and laces all over the glass in billows of puffiness. This beer is an attractive beer and the really dark head is just wonderfully enticing. The nose is malty, somewhat subdued, a bit like a cacao shake, lots of dark malts. The nose is good.

This has many similar characteristics to an imperial stout, minus the oakiness. There is a very charred, biting, hoppiness to the beer, there is a slight booziness, and a rather acerbic caramel strain in the taste. There are plenty of dark roasted, slightly charred malts in the beer, it is plenty creamy, medium to full bodied. The beer is slightly biting and the leafy somewhat coarse hops linger a bit longer into the finish than is warranted. This beer makes a statement and is not withering violet. It's good, creamy, thick, biting, very imperial-stout like, slightly boozy, and full palated. This is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:20:54 | More by albern
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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.