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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

metter98, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

smcolw, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

dbrauneis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!

GarthDanielson, Sep 18, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

johnnnniee, May 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

ZEB89, Feb 01, 2014
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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Dope, Nov 14, 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

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
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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
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4/5  rDev -2%

hoppymcgee, Oct 13, 2014
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 portia99
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

portia99, May 06, 2011
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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.