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White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus - White Birch Brewing

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: johnnnniee on 12-02-2012

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 14
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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste and feel are not where a Barleywine should be. I've had better...

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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first White Birch brew. Restrained but good flavors, toffee, slight caramel, very light malts. I am not as familiar with English Barleywines as I am with American Barleywines, and can't judge it according to the style. I will buy this again.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of badgustav
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This smells and tastes less like a barleywine and more like a chocolate...porter? It's an odd flavour I can't quite place. The mouthfeel is great. I'm curious how it will age, but as a barleywine it doesn't impress.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus from White Birch Brewing
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