White Birch Indulgence Ale | White Birch Brewing

White Birch Indulgence AleWhite Birch Indulgence Ale
BA SCORE
3.52/5
77 Ratings
White Birch Indulgence AleWhite Birch Indulgence Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,010
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
77
pDev:
19.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theandyday
4.94/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich dark chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a thick chewy mouth feel. This is a perfect example of a well executed Belgian Stout.

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Photo of badgustav
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May be White Birch's best beer

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auror
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of JAFoley
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - vigorous pour barely raises a bubbly dark tan head over an opaque dark body. Decent retention with lots of foamy lacing.

S - fruits, caramel, and chocolate

T - dark smoke and cherry, tangy and super sugary. Alcohol is strong throughout and lingers in the medicine flavor aftertaste.

M - full body with light fine carbonation. Super creamy and smooth

O - this was very enjoyable. Lots of good flavors but intense, so it's hard to drink a full pint

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet chocolate, no soy sauce, smooth chocolate/coffee finish. High (10%) ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of b1ackdeath
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MattTastrophee
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of smccann
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Dbrag
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of projektyle
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of drew74
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of brentk56
1.57/5  rDev -55.4%
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 Dope
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 1, bottled February 2011. 8% ABV, 840 bottle count.

A: Pitch black pour with a big fluffy EXTREMELY dark head. It's almost as dark as the body initially. Light, fluffy head dissipates fairly quickly. Zero lacing at all. Decent retention.

S: Heavy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of a meaty, umami type aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and loads of smoke and umami. Middle is all umami, like drinking liquified BBQ beef. Almost get a little soy sauce. Mild dark fruits like raisin, fig and even cherry in the finish. Metallic in the aftertaste, like copper.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is a bit too high unfortunately, giving it a fluffy sort of mouthfeel.

O: A decent concept but just doesn't work. It's pretty much pure chocolate, meat and smoke. Odd combination. A belgian-style chocolate smoked porter? Not as good as that would imply...

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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White Birch Indulgence Ale from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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