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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 111
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States | website

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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Phelps
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of c58crtde
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of albern
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of ThaTeflonSchon
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
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!"

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.