White Birch Barrel Aged Indomitus (Batch 1) | White Birch Brewing

White Birch Barrel Aged Indomitus (Batch 1)White Birch Barrel Aged Indomitus (Batch 1)
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White Birch Barrel Aged Indomitus (Batch 1)White Birch Barrel Aged Indomitus (Batch 1)

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel fermented, untamable, fierce; Indomitus. This Wild Ale is fermented in oak with our house yeast, a blend of brettanomyces and aged hops. It’s brought to you unblended and uncut, creating a sharp, tart flavor with fascinating fruit notes.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from VanillaMike so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice glass. Bottled on date of 5/27/2010, #99 of 154.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, apples, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with burst of sourness that remains dominant with flavors of apples wild Belgian yeast and citrus. Then some mild sweetness comes in along with a complementary hops presence. The malt character is on the thin side and provides a decent balance. I didn’t pick up much of the oak aging. The after-taste is tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid sour beer to drink for a while.

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1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chocolate brown head like a stout. Barely any carbonation. Thick, stagnent syrup.

S: Bourbon. Dark chocolate, port wine.

T: Chocolate -> candied whole spices -> flip the switch into sour (bell curve) -> faint dry roastiness

M: Low carbonation, a slight dryness from the roast and even some coffee aspects which I hate the idea of in a sour. Overall its pretty neutral.

O: I don't see the need for the hate.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.81/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

After being led to believe this was one of the worst beers ever made by larga "I can only communicate in hyperbole" deer, I approached this beer with trepidation and excitement at the last big Peninsula tasting.

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod body capped with a small wisp of off-white head.

S: This changes as it warms, going from earthen / dirty notes to more expression of brett (must, funk) and lemons. I really want to hate this, considering everything I've heard about it, but at best it's just sub-par.

T: It's not super flavorful, but it combines flavors of lemons, must (reminding me of an attic), slight funk, and a noticeable metallicity in the finish. Again, I want to hate this, and I'm annoyed that this wasn't the dirty pond water it was hyperbolically claimed to be.

M: Oddly unsettled and uneven in flavor, resulting in some sips that are earthy / funk and others that are more metallic, without a general sense of integration. There may be a good beer here waiting to get out.

O: On hand, were 4 people who had had Indomitus before (3 whose tastes I trust, and largadeer), and the former 3 all agreed: the beer had improved substantially since its amazing trainwreck showing in their last encounter with it. I, having no prior experience, am left disappointingly undisappointed. White Birch, you are somehow... improving?

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Black batch bottled August 16, 2011 no. 156. Sampled on December 25, 2011. The pour is more like a stout than anything else with its pitch black color and thick foamy head. The aroma is full of dark grains, malts, wood, and earthy hops. The body falls into the medium to heavy range. The taste is wild and hoppy with a pucker-up sourness. The yeast seems to come out more as it gets to the end of glass.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.79/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from an August 2011 bottling not to be confused with the may 2010 bottling.

This beer is AMAZING.

Pours a deep dark mahogany color that borders on black with a 1 finger mocha head.

Smell is heavenly combination of freshly picked wild raspberries, dark chocolate, coffee, and some Brett.

The taste is sublime, complex, and smooth. It has wild ale all over it but never becomes abrasive. The coffee and chocolate rule the day with deep subtle fruit notes and dew drops from fresh cut hay coming to the party.

Bought direct from Bill at the new store in Hooksett.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was quite a surprise, got it via the tickers BIF from womencantsail, thanks!

Wonderful pour, kind of orange colored with a nice head and some lace, but overall a really nice looking beer.

Tasted and smelled downright sour, in a wonderful way. Sour crabapples brought forth a pungent tart fruitiness that comes right out and stays in your face the whole time. Funk and vinegar accent this great beer creation all the way. Finish was sour and dry.

Body was pretty light but right on par for the style.

This was a really tasty beer. I'd very happily have this one again anytime, and don't really understand the wild swings in the reviews so far. Its clearly a wild ale and has all the features that I look for in this style. As far as I'm concerned this one is "Great job White Birch!"

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Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Mike. Bottled 5/27/10, Batch 1.

A: Pours a glowing pumpkin color with a thin white head.
S: I get a bit of cucumber and melon on the nose. Strange.
T: Notes of melon, brett, and a grapefruit pith sourness to the finish. It’s also a bit solventy and rough. I also get note of oak and some else more sinister that I’m not a fan of but cannot put my finger on.
M: A clean mouthfeel with fluffy carbonation and a pleasant sourness to the finish. The alcohol and acidic make it a bit uncomfortable to drink though.
O: Odd, but not as bad as some make out. I was content with just one pour. I could not drink a whole bottle of this.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottled May 27, 2010. Bottle number 31 of 154.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is bread and citrus, with a little bit of cardboard. The flavor is not good at all. I get a ton of cork and cardboard, as well as a little bit of brett, grass, grain and some nasty fruit notes. Not sure what went wrong, but the beer cannot taste like the brewer intended. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Gross.

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Photo of Overlord
1.99/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I know that Bill can brew world class beers. I've had them from him. This isn't a world class beer. Then again, it isn't quite as awful as other reviews make it out to be.

I will say this: if you have this beer at a temperature below a comfortable 70 or so fahrenheit, you will find it undrinkable. The person who was kind enough to send me a bottle indicated I should let it warm up. Chilled, it's a bracing, curdled ball of oaked dirt, urinal caked dirt, and dank slightly funky dirt with some scorched plastic dirt.

With some heat, the aroma and flavor opened up, and some bracing lemons, a bit of dancing ... I don't know ... cobwebs of metallic zestiness ... and different nuances of soured dirt appeared.

It's a bad beer. Couldn't finish the bottle. Not really sour, though there are hints. It's mostly striated earth/dirt funk with heaping bits of randomness.

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Photo of Brez07
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this to the recent SMBDC sour tasting. Opened it later in the meeting after some people left, so I ended up with around 8oz. Batch 1, bottle 140/154

A: Light goldenrod in color. Some visible carbonation. Left a thin white layer of head

S: Interesting nose. Very musty, earthy. Lots of horse blanket. Has a mossy smell about it

T: Musky funk. I'd also say this was dusty in a way. Light fruit in the finish (apricot, peach). Not a terrible amount of tartness

M: Light to medium bodied. As stated, light tartness resulting in a smooth drinking wild. Funky, dry finish

D: Overall, everyone seemed to like this one. Not the greatest or most sour wild out there, but definitely not a drainpour as others have mentioned. Would like to see a 2nd batch made

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Hobo Tasting #2 with mikesgroove. Big thanks to Mike for bringing this one out to share with me. Bottle #153/154, bottle on May 27, 2010. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, oak, and big funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, big oak, and skunky funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. Definitely had a big skunky funk going on here. Excellent flavor and aroma though. Really glad Mike shared this one with me. A must try!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hobo tasting number two at the main street pub. shared with calton as always. bottle 153/154

i really dont get what is going on with the reviewing of this beer. it seems east of the mississippi its a great beer, west its worst then natty light, i just dont get it. maybe some people dont know a good sour? ii think the real reason is some people are all hyped up on the fruity sours an lambics and this is not that. this is just deep horse funk and in your face sour without that fresh fruit. its a love it or hate it i guess but i loved it.

poured out a nice amber color with minimal cloudiness and a small white head that would soon fade. aroma is just downright sour. so much critters in here. lacto like i have never seen. reminds me of the early batches of the rr sours when they were fresh. just raw vinegar and straight funk, gorgeous. carried right over into the flavor which again was no holds barred and just deep sour and funk that was incredibly vibrant and tongue lashing. dry finish is an understatement as all sense of flavor is zapped from the mouth and cotton mouth is what you are left with.

overall loved it, its nit a fruit or lambic sour people. this is pushing the envelope of the style and done very, very well.

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Photo of mothman
1.78/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Color is a hazy gold. Has a white head to it.

Aroma: Funky, bretty, vinegar, cat-piss. This is an abomination.

Taste: Lemon, funky, garbage, cat-piss. Acidic notes with some oak. This beer is terrible. What the hell was White Birch trying to brew?

Mouthfeel: Creamy and funky. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation. Ends acidic and medicinal. Not good.

Overall, this is a terrible beer and I could hardly drink much of it. I had enough it to jot down some notes, but after that I stopped drinking it. A definite drain pour. I sure hope they never make this one again.

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