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White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus - White Birch Brewing

White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus
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BA SCORE
86
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 12-02-2012)
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ChristopherProvost

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rich brown color; opaque; one finger head that dissipated rather quickly and left behind some mild lacing, but not much

Smell: rich, earthy smell; autumn leaves; raisins and dried fruit; cherries

Taste: raisin, prune, other dried fruit; tannins

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, and rich; tannic; astringency that tends to linger

Overall: Ol' Cattywhompus is an appropriate name for this beer because it definitely has some WHOMP to it. Deep brown and opaque. Upon smelling it, I knew I was in for a heavy beer. Tannic and astringent in the mouth with strong raisin overtones. If you're looking for a refreshing beer, look elsewhere. You can practically chew this one. If you want a beer you can wrestle with and plan on sitting by a warm fire in a New England pub regaling the crowd with your tales of backwoods adventure, you've chosen wisely.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:13:51 | More by ChristopherProvost
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle dated Winter 2014 and numbered 412 out of 1,000. Sampled on February 24, 2014.

It pours brown all the way with no ruby red hues or near black tones. A modest tan head that fades to a ring. There is a touch of cloudiness in this bottle fermented brew.

The aroma is malt forward but also quite subtle. For a 10.5% ABV beer there is no booze in sight. Mildly sweet but mostly malty and a slight earthy bite.

The body is medium to full. It also has a nice creaminess to it.

The flavor is also sweetly malted but mild and subtle altogether. A slight hop finish but nothing overly bitter. In some respects it reminds me of an Old Ale but this is brewed in the English tradition and those tend to be more mellow. Easy drinking but it will catch up to you in the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 23:09:02 | More by puboflyons
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of tan bubbly head over thick cloudy dark amber body. Head quickly settles back into the beer and no lacing to be seen.

S - Cherry, cranberry, chocolate, bread, and alcohol.

T - Big bready earthy malts with sweet sugary cherry yeast. Alcohol heat comes in at the end but is very well masked considering the abv.

M - Full body with fine carbonation. Somewhat sticky and syrupy.

O - This is a great beer for the winter time. This isn't typically my choice style of beer but this was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:00:04 | More by JAFoley
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rises up the neck on the pop, no real head, dark semi clear molasses brown color.

Nose big sweet candy malts, toffee, molasses nutty syrup, light tin, then a sour slight infection aroma, light acetic acid, touch acrid dark malt.

Taste big sweet malts, candy syrup, molasses, toffee, little nutty, syrupy, some hot tingly booze, little metallic, touch of sour infection setting in, hint of choc, little flemmy syrupy. Finish is sweet sticky, light bitterness and light acrid, more syrupy malts, very light sour.

Mouth is syrupy thick, decent fluffy carb.

Overall meh. Even without the hint of infection it doesn't seem to have a ton going for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 13:43:38 | More by jlindros
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown…very dense…head is a deeper khaki color made up of a mix of big and little bubbles…with a quick swirl, it livens up to a finger width…settles to a very nice layer…a good looking brew…(4/5)

Smell: Tons of brown malt up front…I’m also picking up a strong earthy/citrus hoppy aroma with an earthy malty bite…not overly sweet or yeasty…sticking my nose in deep, I get some oatmeal, noticeable alcohol heat and a touch of coffee bitterness…very much unlike most barley wines, very earthy, brown and not sweet…nice though…(3.75/5)

Taste: Yum! Earthy brown malts up front, sweeping over my palate…there’s a real earthy/citrusy hops presence that comes in the second phase and plays a background role…the malt flavor though is very abundant and seems to be varied…the more I sip, the more the oatmeal, toffee and coffee bitterness show…I think the flavor gets is a bit better as it warms…a very good ale here…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with tons of carbonation…this thing fluffs up bringing tons of malty goodness (and bite) and a touch of citrus hops to the palate…each sip coats my tongue leaving flavor for minutes…earthy malts linger well into the after taste…yum! (4/5)

Overall: This is a yummy brew…it’s very much unlike any barley wine I can think of in flavor, that’s for sure…it definitely blurs the lines between black IPA, porter, stout and apparently barley wine…if it wasn’t labeled as such, I woulda considered this a black IPA because of its strong hops presence…as it is, it’s a wonderful beer that’s easy to recommend…I suspect with its easy drinkability and higher ABV, I’m gonna be feeling real good in no time…this is the perfect brew to sit back and watch a game 7 with…very unique in flavor, I highly recommend picking one of these up! (4.25/5)

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Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:22:31 | More by SerialHiker
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was the dark mahogany color with ruby highlights. It poured with a large, fizzy head that faded to spotty lace.

s: Roasty combo of cocoa and coffee, more cocoa than coffee. Toasted seeds, caramel, figs, and gentle warmth.

t: That roastiness from the smell dominates. Again, more cocoa than coffee. I also found hints of caramel and vinous fruits.

m: Smooth and silky.

o: Tasted blind I would have called this a porter. Regardless, it's a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:51:55 | More by DIM
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Winter 2012:

Into a chalice:

A: black body with a half finger white head

S: caramel, figs, sugar, malts, slight alcohol, chocolate comes out as it warms

T: thoroughly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors in the Barleywine like fashion, slight chocolate comes out as well, but comes out as it warms

M: medium, not sessionable - you sip this one like its supposed to, adequate carbonation, chocolate/caramel aftertaste, ABV slightly felt

O: very sweet for an American Barleywine, actually thought it was closer to an English Barleywine, and probably most chocolately barleywine I've ever had, but no worries, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 17:58:11 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three-finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Opaque brown (no ruby) color, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is burnt sugar and some malt, flavor is semi-sweet caramel, some dark fruit, higher ABV is hidden. $9.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:26:37 | More by jdhilt
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown, very hazy, with a one inch light tan head that leaves beautiful lace. Smell is loaded with toffee, carmel, burnt brown sugar, some chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Taste all of that, with a hint of alcohol. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, and fairly drinkable. This is as nice barleywine, with plenty of complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:39:11 | More by SawDog505
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Winter 2012 bottle chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a slight one finger, thick beige head. Recedes into a relatively thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, burnt sugar and roasted pecans. Burst of coffee beans and unsweetened coffee. Really unique and interesting profile. Some booze is definitely there but it is not too prominent.

Taste: The coffee beans and black coffee notes really stand out here. Hard to believe there was not some coffee added to this actually. Burnt sugar, toffee and a roasted bread character add an interesting depth to this. Some unusual nuttiness as well. Interesting and complex. Definitely is suiting my taste more as it warms. Not a typical, big sweet english style barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with lower than average carbonation.

Overall, a really interesting barleywine with a unique flavor profile. Definitely not as big and sweet as I would expect. The coffee and earthy notes are nice and hide the ABV very well. Certainly worth a try at the price. A nice warming brew on a cold night but nothing too stand out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:29:20 | More by Gosox8787
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle winter 2012 release, poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a very dark brown with some slightly maroon hues. Not really any head to speak of more of a tan film, some light lacing.

S: coffe rines, wood, brown sugar, caramel/toffe. Hint of alcohol... The coffe rinds kind of bit me by suprise.

T: deffinatly coffee rines again, along with brown sugar and caramel, flavor follows the nose pretty closely, wasn't really expecting this flavor from a barleywine, but I like it.

M: medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation adding a you h of creamyness to the finish... Well rounded.

O: this is an interesting barleywine, unlike the way the burnt coffe rine flavor offsets the malt sweetness, and adds a bit of bitterness. Deffiantly a deviation from the norm for the style... Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:29:39 | More by PeterIngemi
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep tawny brown color with a good sized khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma's are kind of bold and intense with brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate playing the dominant roles. Hints of toffee, burnt sugar, ethanol, and a light bit of earthy hops round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is rich with a good amount of malty sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar and chocolate again make up the brunt of the flavor. Light dark fruits, ethanol, melanoids, earthy hop flavor round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very clean well made great tasting beer. It reminds me of a big brown ale at times more than it does a barleywine, but I enjoyed the hell out of it just the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:05:42 | More by johnnnniee
White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus from White Birch Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.