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White Birch Indulgence AleWhite Birch Indulgence Ale

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Permit us to indulge our creative side. Made with copious amounts of chocolate malts. Highlights include sweet chocolate aromas and dark chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. Smooth, deceptive and decadent. Not a stout, not a porter, pitch black and just plain fun. The chocolate malt and our grain mill disagree vigorously so we only make this from time to time.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-22-2010

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.03/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717, I believe.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black, in the glass. Short retention on its dark brown head.

S: This is interesting: there was a strongly vegetal smell that largadeer finally identified as cauliflower. Thanks, Chris. Chocolate, smoked malt. A strange grainy sourness.

T: Grainy sourness -- I'd suggest it has the lactic twang of a milk stout, but it seems like too much of an off-flavor to be that generous. Cooked vegetables drizzled with chocolate. Slightly smoky finish.

M: Medium-bodied, lacking in presence. Kind of a chemical, artificial feel to it.

D: An all-around terrible beer. It defines bottom tier pretty handily.

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of brentk56
1.57/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Batch One: 3/19/10

Appearance: A motor oil pour; just a thin film of tan-colored head on top; a few strands of lace

Smell: Phenolic and sour, with soy sauce underneath

Taste: Starts out with a combination of soy sauce and vinegar, with the sourness building through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never rated a beer with a "1" for smell and taste before, but this one deserves it

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nickd717 shared this one. Thanks, Nick.

Black in the glass with a collar of tan foam, this looks solid. Big roasted malt aroma, oatmeal and chocolate and a strange cooked vegetable aroma that makes me think of cauliflower. Taste is a bit tart up front, berry-like. Coffee and roasted malt follows, along with a strange vegetable flavor that grows increasingly detracting the more I drink this. Finishes thin and roasty with lingering coffee, chocolate cookie and vegetables. What a wonderful combination. Pretty bad stuff, we indulged the drain with most of the bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this one in the back of the cellar and decided it was time to drink it.

A: Pours thin and black in color. A small head forms upon pouring but is gone quickly and leaves behind no lacing at all.

S: A very strange combination of vinegar/sour, maple, chocolate, and smoked malt.

T: Again, has a sourness up front. Very grainy, can almost feel the malt on my tongue. Some roasted malt and chocolate round it out.

M: Medium bodied, not much carbonation. Has a vinegary twang to it.

O: Not a fan at all, difficult to drink as well. Not sure if the sourness was on purpose or something happened along the way.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Bierman9
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Artied2 picked this up recently, and he stopped by tonight to share this with me. Bottled 19MAR10, Batch #1, Bottle 44 of 204.

Poured about 11oz each into a small tulip. Color was an opaque, deep brown, like the crude gushing into the Gulf. Head was creamy and tan, though it ebbed quickly to a thin rim-job. No lacing to speak of, though. Aroma was very nice (the best part, in retrospect!). There's lots of choco here, with roasty coffee and some inviting bitterness. Looked and smelled like a stout. Body was a little thinner than medium, yet it was still fairly smooth going down.

Taste? Welll.... Both Artied2 and I looked at each other after our first quaffs. Uh-oh! It's verry dry; no sweetness at all. There's some chocolate there, but it's like an overly bitter dark choco. Lots of burnt, charred notes come in, with a sourish, off-putting attack on the palate at the finish. Almost medicinal or, as The Boy said, chemical-like. Artie gave me the rest of his, and I couldn't finish either. Even Alewife took a short sip and said "nope"... But it does look and smell good....


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 1


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Photo of womencantsail
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally, an end to the White Birch beers. Shared by Bobby.

A: The pour is black in color with a huge tan head.

S: Like so many other white birch beers, just an unpleasant aroma. It's quite acidic with excessive roasted malt aromas. A bit of coffee and spoiled cocoa, maybe some char.

T: Lightly sweet, but fairly watery and acidic. Like the nose, there is some old cocoa and chocolate flavor. A bit of paper and cardboard as well.

M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Just unfortunate.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this extra. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Good looking brew. Finger-plus of mocha foam settles to a partial cap and chunky ring of foam, leaving splotches of lacework. Near-black solid dark brown body.

S - Smells like chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark multi-grain bread, with a faint yeasty note.

T - Alcohol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, so is the flavor. Very chalky and bland, with some burnt and char notes. Chocolate has somehow vanished. Starts tolerable, but ends horrific, like soda water almost.

M - Harsh carbonation, thin body - consistent with nearly everything I've had from this brewery. Like carbonated water, but with a tannic, astringent finish.

D - I had a few ounces and saw no point in continuing to waste my liver's processing prowess. Not the worst White Birch beer by a long shot, but not recommended either.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Newer Batches are 10%, not 8.50%.

While it may be smooth as the brewery's description states, I did not find it decadent. It's kind of a mess. Most prominent style is Strong Ale, with stout/porter, and touch of rauchbier. I drank but did not enjoy. I am unlikely to purchase again.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of AgentZero
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this after a horrible beer, and it tasted really good for a while by comparison.

A - Dark black beer with a bit of a khaki head to it. Some small bits of lacing left on the sides.

S - Dark fruit, little bit of chocolate and roast. Not sure what type of beer this was exactly, but old ale seemed incorrect. Maybe stout, possibly porter.

T - Not a ton going on, sweetness is its biggest character. Some dark fruit and chocolate, slight amount of roast. A bit bland and somehow too sweet, this isn't a very good beer, but actually a bit of a winner compared to a lot of White Birch beers I've had (in that it wasn't absolutely horrible).

M - Little bit light, moderate carbonation.

O - It's okay, it's not great, but it's not disguating and can actually drink it without feeling the urge to drain pour, swear, or rip on White Birch.

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Photo of thain709
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer was served with a black body...there was a creamy, tan head standing about one finger tall...the head fell into a wispy cap and left some decent lacing

S - The nose was faint but I could pick up some chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark fruits

T - The roasted malts start things off with an almost burnt flavor...the roasted cocoa beans comes out in the middle but isn't very prominate...tart and sour dark cherries come in and takes over...it ends up finishing the beer as well

M - Medium bodied...smooth but too sour and tart

D - This is not what I was expecting...I thought I'd go out on a limb and try something different but I was not rewarded...faint roasted malts with a tart and sour dark cherry flavor that would not leave my palate

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Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark black with a small espresso head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of light roast, chocolate, coffee, and a strange sour notes.

T: Roasted for sure. The coffee and chocolate are there. Notes of light dark fruit and hints of molasses. The sourness I picked up in the nose is in the flavor as well. I have the feeling it is infection. Mostly tart dark fruit that does not seem to mend with the other flavors.

M: Medium in body, average carbonation.

D: Not really this one just does not come together. Infection going on here, or at least I hope the sourness is not intended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of chocolate malt with light grainy notes. Taste is a somewhat weird mix between chocolate and grainy unrefined cereal. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. First time I’ve had something form this brewer and this is leaving me perplexes.

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Photo of far333
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Inky dark blackish brown with ruddy highlights and a HUGE head of rocky foam that rises up way too high almost overflowing the glass even with a careful and controlled pour. The foam slowly sizzles down to a low fine cap.

Inviting aroma of roasty malt and cocoa, some bitter coffee and subtle smoke. Rich flavors of darkly roasted malt, cocoa, espresso, licorice, leather and smoke. Very malty, very chocolately.

Mouthfeel is where this beer falls apart. It is seriously overcarbonated. Even after the enormous head recedes, the beer is difficult to drink because it's so gassy. A big burp punctuates every other mouthful. There's a burning sensation in my mouth as physics takes over and the beer tries to degas itself on contact with the tongue and cheeks. I actually feel my cheeks expanding as it sizzles and bubbles. In all of that I can sense that the body is thin, could be more viscous. And to add insult to injury the last few sips have to fight with chunky sediment left in the bottom of the glass.

Overall this beer has potential, but the interesting flavors are overshadowed by the unpleasant experience of actually trying to drink it. This is the second beer from White Birch that has been way overcarbonated. The biggest "Indulgence" was that I paid $11 for this bomber. Ouch.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nickd717
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to jleblanc. American Strong Ale? I'd call this a stout, straight up.

Pours just about black with a small tan head and good foam on top.

Aroma is very roasty and coffeeish with just a little vegetal note.

Flavor is not bad but a little tart. Very roasty with cold espresso and a little charcoal. Not terribly balanced but not bad.

Dry on the palate with medium body and medium-low carbonation.

A fairly well-done stout, but like many White Birch beers, a little off in a way.

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