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White Birch Nyx - White Birch Brewing

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BA SCORE
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

msondel, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bandi, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

metter98, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dbrauneis, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

beerman999999, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Lynn, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

mdanberg, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

JakeDebus, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

roostor07, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

MudDrinker, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JuliusCaesar, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of fdig23
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

Appearance: deep black in the center turning to brown around the edges. Huge tan head.

Nose: Kinda subdued, bitter chocolate, orange and lemon, some pine needle, caramel underneath

Taste: Much more sophisticated than other Black Ales I've tried. Burnt, peat tasting malts, dark chocolate balanced by bitter pine and grapefruit. Finishes with more burnt grains.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Really nice black ale. Haven't had too many in this style, but this one ranks up there with the best examples I've tasted.

fdig23, Jan 07, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: dark dark brown, pretty much black with a nice creamy dark brown chocolaty brown head that leavs a good amount of lacing, a very nice looking beer.

S: pleanty of roast and creamy chocolatyness, touch of smoke in there as well, the hops seem a bit set back, although present, there is deffinatly some pine I. There with the roast and smoke. And some vague notes of citrus hoppage. It seem atleast through the very pleasant aroma, that the malts are more on display here then the hops.

T: oh boy the flavor deffinatly says otherwise, the hops are at attention here, resinous pine fights through the milk chocolate and roasty coffe notes, I get more bitter earthy hops then I do citrus hops here , blended in with the light smoke, there is a touch of grapefruit in there though, particuarly on the finish, seems to be the opposite of the nose, I feel like the hops are more forward in the flavor, to
The point where I feel maybe if they were toned down a hair we might get more
Malt deliciousness.

M: light medium body with a touch of creamyness the feel borders between an ipa and a porter and is nicley drinkable.... Dry on the finish with a touch of lingering chared flavor and bitterness.

O: a good black ipa, nice malt character and pleanty of tasty hops, deffinatly worth trying if you enjoy this style.

PeterIngemi, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3/5  rDev -26.8%

teleman, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.