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White Birch Barrel Aged Night FallsWhite Birch Barrel Aged Night Falls

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Night falls and all is black. Dark malts, hints of oak and a wild undercurrent. A soft wild side and smooth finish. Invite the night.

Added by rowingbrewer on 01-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle, given by john. Off aromas on imperial stout. Sour stout. "I don’t think wb sanitizes...based on historical visit"-quoted from masterski, BA Admin.

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Photo of rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bought this a long, long time ago at Julius. 2010 bottling, bottle #144/240. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - The cork ripped in half almost immediately, so, that's a good start. A corkscrew later it was poured into my Duvel tulip a rich dark black with a fat two finger mocha head that faded to leave a thin blanket. Stellar appearance for a wild stout.

S - Aromas though...yep. Metallic. Really off putting wild yeast notes, if it was just lactic that would be fine, but, theres some other stuff going on here. Almost cheesy funky cherries. No malt presence or barrel notes at all...just all awful funk and as one said years back wiffs of infection.

T - Taste is creamy oak and vanilla, light chocolate, decent sournress. Cherries, acidic vinegar, lacto sweetness and creaminess. Really not a bad example of a sour stout at all, but, there are flashes of that horrific nose. Like, the taste wants to delve in to that but is stopped just on the cusp. So, as decent as the taste is each sip is like playing russian roulette with my taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel is lower carbonated, little thin. It's there, but, so little it almost feels syrupy.

O - Overall I suppose I should have drank this beer years ago, but, it somewhat got lost in my cellar in all the boxes. It almost sums up White Birch in that the potential is always there, however, the potential for off flavours are even stronger. Just roll the dice.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of MasterSki
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to readbaron for sharing this one. Another rare White Birch tick! Served in a taster pint glass. Didn't look at the bottle closely, but this appears to have been the November 23, 2010 version?

A - Tan foam settles to a thick cap and glass-coating lace. Dark brown body with some transparent ruby glints. Pretty attractive beer as far as dark sours go.

S - Smells like an infected stout. Roast, chocolate, some dark bread, hint of oaky vanilla, and some tart cherry and lactic notes.

T - The taste is again an odd mix of sour cherry and stout. There's a slightly savory acetic vinegary note, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium-light body that is unusually thin for the ABV. Low carbonation, and a surprisingly smooth texture. Actually finishes somewhat dry and clean.

D - It's a wild stout with a low amount of oak and a moderate dose of tart cherry. Actually among the better White Birch offerings I've had, which puts it about average on the normal scale. Disappointingly inoffensive - we were hoping for something "epic" bad for Todd's 30th.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the September 2011 batch. Poured into Lindemans Lambic flutes. Extremely dark leather brown color. Not a lot of head, but some lacing. Smell had nice notes of Jamaican rum and prunes. I liked the flavor, just because it was very interesting. There was that expected sour note, but the barrel aging gave it a more boozy aspect. There were hints of brown sugar, molasses, and just a splash of worcestershire sauce. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sticky side. I thought the beer was unusual but unique. I have never had a wild ale aged in a barrel, so I applaud the novelty.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky amber color with an off-white head. Nose is just awful. Super metallic, smells like pennies. A light balsamic note, leather, maybe some wood, and salt. The flavor is watery, but still manages to pack a decent punch of off-flavors. Pennies, vinegar, dirt, cardboard, and salt. Why?

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 23, 2010. Bottle 122 of 240. Shared by whiterascal, poured into a Russian River glass.

Surprisingly dark. Nearly black and opaque. The sandy tan head quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

Interesting aroma. A funky blend of brett and roast. Dark cherries, dark chocolate, a touch of brett and vinegar. A little hay funk. A little vanilla and bourbon too.

Woo! Very tart. Lots of pear and green apple in the front, with chocolate rising slowly in the background. The swallow delivers a little more of the roast, but it’s overpowered by the sour stuff. A touch of bourbon rises at the swallow, but it’s still overshadowed by the sour. The bourbon adds something interesting, but I could use more dark stuff. Sourness gets a little too intense and acetic. Crisp, apple-heavy finish.

Moderate, massaging carbonation. Medium-light body. No hint of alcohol, but the acetic sourness is a little abusive to the tongue and teeth.

I feel as if half of White Birch’s beers are attempts to save a beer gone bad. This turned out alright, but isn’t anything I’d seek out again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a schooner, the beer is jet black with only a slight, sparse, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas are sour, with merlot-like highlights and bitter, dark cherry sweet characteristics. Tannins and oaky highlights on the nose, as well. Flavors are smokey, with a stout-like feel to the body, and an intense grape and dark cherry sour/tart overall. Coffee bitter backbone with woody and earthy characteristics. Very dynamic flavor profiles on this beer, and very strong characteristics. Definitely a sipper. The aftertaste has a tart and slightly sour tang, with a dry, lingering finish. Interesting brew...I like it.

Batch 3
Bottle 62 of 96

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Photo of WMEugene
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Sept. 21, 2011 batch.

A - Pours a slight reddish root beer/cola color with a thin head that disappears and decent enough lacing.

S - Strong red wine and roasted smells. Faint malty notes as well. A friend described it as autumn in New England. A little overly pungent.

T - Nice oaky flavors, sour notes that taste like a fine red wine. Almost chambord like. This doesn't taste like a beer at all. Nice for what it is.

M - Medium bodied, but a little thin. Ok carbonation and decent drinkability...though a whole bottle may be a bit much in one setting.

O - Barrel Aged Night Falls was an interesting beer. I can't say I particularly enjoyed it and I highly doubt that I would ever revisit it. It definitely is sour and a bit oaky, if that's your wheelhouse.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/2010 Batch one
Pours a pretty solid black color with a good sized fluffy tan head that recedes slowly but never really leaves. I can smell the oaky bourbon as soon as I wrangle the cork off the top. Odd aromas for a wild ale, lots of roast, chocolate and coffee, dark fruits with a hint of tart or sourness in there as well as the heavy presence of oak vanilla and bourbon. Well if the aroma didn't seem sour, the taste certainly does. Lots of tart and sour fruits like lemons and tangerines mixed with a faint roasty chocolate and coffee flavor. Roasty fruity tart chalky mouthfeel, light level of carbonation with a solid medium body. I really enjoyed this one, I might have to pick up some of the new batch if its still available. Smells like an oak aged imperial stout with just a hint of tart but tastes like a fruity tart wild ale.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to CharlieMurphy for this. Bottle #11 of 96, bottled on 9/29/11.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy/frothy light brown head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Really interesting nose here. I've never smelled anything quite like it. Only mildly "wild," there are notes of funky and lactic acid. Musty, tangy, and boggy rotting wood. Then there is a tidal wave of sharp molasses and prickly chocolate. Caramel, black cherry, and plum to round this off.

3.0 T: The taste isn't so good though. Rather than this tasting like a dark wild, it comes off more like an infected chocolate-ty porter or something of that nature. Somewhat harsh tannic astringency. Not much acid, but a lot of apple orchard, musty basement, dryrotted sweatsock type funk. Lots of chocolate with lesser amounts of caramel and molasses. Still plenty of plum and black cherry.

2.5 M: This is the worst part of the beer. It's carbonated, but it could use a lot more. The result is that the beer lies heavy on the tongue without really being creamy.

3.0 D: Decent experiment, but I'm not crazy about this. This seems like it could be a Jackie O's beer in a lot of ways, but unfortunately it's one of the few that fail.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on Firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours pitch black with a touch of a bubbled head.

Nose has caramel, molasses, chocolate, dark choc, some barrel wood aromas and a bit of vanilla, then a light funk and Brett addition.

Taste... whoa, different than the bottle I think, tons of woody esters and barrel flavors, saw dust, etc. Then comes chocolate, dark choc, caramel, vanilla, a bit of a porter like creamy roast, before more of the funk comes through. It finishes sticky and syrupy with more funk and dark malt flavors.

Mouth is sticky, heavier bodied, light but decent carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice malts, lots of dark malt flavors and wood, much better than the bottle I think, and the funk comes through nicely.

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Photo of sliverX
4.54/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split on Jeffo's visit to claim all his boxes. Thank you Jeff

Poured a very nice black with a tan head that faded to a nice collar.
Smell is amazing Funky, coconut, very red wine like very intriguing.
Taste comes off kind of wine crossed with wild yeast and finishes with that coconut flash, followed the nose, tart but not over bearing.
Mouthfeel very carbonated as to be expected, light but not thin
Overall this is very nice and something that would be a wonderful introduction to all that beer could and really is moving towards

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

Bottle 221 of 240

A BIG thanks to BZero007 for popping this one. Cheers, Nathan!

A: Quite dark. It's almost a tan leather black. Slight head and little to no lacing.

S: Funky. A fair amount of roasted, unsweetened ganache spread over a warm, yeasty dinner roll. Really different - I can't say I've encountered another quite like it.

T: Quite a bit of sour and mouthwatering lactic acid. It's robust, and I get a good dose of bready yeast and dark, malty char.

M: For a beer of this style, it certainly holds it's own. The carbonation isn't too brash, and the texture of the brew is chewy enough to counterbalance the funk.

O: White Birch's BA Night Falls was one of two White Birch bottles we opened, and the only one I've got solid notes for. Having said that, I enjoyed both of them quite a bit, and really like the complex and off-kilter nature of their beers.

I certainly hope to sample more of their fine suds, and would recommend checking out their collection for yourself.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.09/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by someone at DLD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a caramel color with a light reddish tint. Thin head that recedes pretty quickly without leaving any lacing behind. The nose is interesting, to say the least. There's a fairly-prominent soy character along with quite a bit of funk. Acetic acid comes through as well. The cocoa is there as an afterthought. The taste doesn't get much better, and really tasted mostly just like sour soy sauce to me. Can't say it was very pleasurable. Very odd texture and an off sourness. Not impressed with this one.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at DLD. Don't remember who. So much beer. Review from notes.

A - Pretty dark beer for a sour, with a brown head that stuck around for a nice amount of time.

S - A chocolate brett beer? Kind of strange, funky and tart notes with come cocoa and coffee. Kind of bizzare, with some sugary malts in there.

T - Weird beer. Dark fruit, cocoa, brett, tart and sour notes, sugar malts, and a little bit of coffee. Not saying it's bad, but it's strange and isn't necessarily a great thing. Bit of oak and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Unlike many White Birch beers that I find to be just not good, I find this to be just odd. Interesting, may appeal to some people, but I'd stick with other more "standard" Wild Ales personally.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Got to try this one at Dark Lord Day. Big thanks to whoever brought this one; I didn't catch who it was. Bottled 11/23/10, bottle 51 of 240.

a - Pours a dark brown color with less than an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, nuts, and some dark fruits.

t - Taste of roasted malts, citrus, cherries, oak, nuts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation evident.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer from White Birch, though not what I really think of in a wild ale. Lots of roasted malts and not overly sour, just lightly sour. Would give another shot.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, almost black, very small head leaves fast to ring. Some cling close to the liquid rim.

S - Tart cocoa. I don't really know how else to say it. Chocolate chip cookies spritzed with lemon juice?

T - Yep, chocolate chip cookies doused in lemon juice. Interesting for sure.

M - I don't know how to score mouthfeel on this, as it seems to be two very different beers mixed together. Not horrible, but I don't know how much I really like it.

D - One is enough. Every interesting for sure!

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Photo of mjn5036
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a White Birch glass. The pour is dark brown in color with ruby highlights. A small cappuccino head rises from the pour, quickly dissipating. A decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

The nose on this thing has your typical porter characteristics with a sour twang smack dab in the middle. Some roasted notes, nuts, oak and a fruity sweetness are followed by a cherry acidic tartness.

Taste seems to follow suit with the nose. The sour cherry notes make contact with my taste buds first and then as it mellows I pick up on roasted flavors, a sweet nuttiness, oak and a nice lingering smoke flavor to it.

This one is really quite smooth with a great prickly carbonation. Light/medium bodied. The alcohol is unnoticeable - one of Bill's signature notes in his beers

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Photo of BZero007
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles in Hooksett, NH from Berts Better Beer. On the bottle that was consumed I am unsure of the bottle number.

Brew poured a amber and cola color in to the snifter. The head was formed easily with a fluffy white hue. The head actually hung around for a bit and left a great lace around the glass, which was really appreciated. The aroma was stronger then I thought and I was plesently surprised. The aroma was a sweet fruit like smell with a background of malt and dark fruit. The taste was very good and it reminded me a lot of Joe the Plum from Jacki O's. The brew was sour but not overly sour that it would limit your intake. The sour fruit/dark fruit flavors pile throurgh the brew with a sweet malt background. The carbonation was perfect and not at all to much or to little. The level of the sour profile, carbonation, and flavor make this a brew to drink one after the other. I am very happy that I picked up a few bottle to take home.

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Photo of Jayli
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this at Gordon's Black Tie Beer Affair
Bottle 85/240
Bottled 11/23/2010
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a deep dark, opaque brown, with a two finger of light brown foamy head. Head holds nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is has a nice roast and charred malt character, slight cherry, funk, and a hint of chocolate.

T: Taste starts with a hint of soured cherry and chocolate. Roasted malt flavoring and light (what I would imagine) cherry coffee notes come through the middle. Finish has a more pronounced sour cherry, light funk, and a hearty milk chocolate .

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin feel with a clean body.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not filling, ridiculously hidden kick, and a nice representation of style. I really like the dark malt character on this beer. Reminds me of Dark woods, though more well balanced and what I would consider a wild stout (I know it doesn't exist, but it paints a picture of what you're getting in to).

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Photo of Jwale73
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jdiddy for breaking this one out. Bottle# 101 out of 240. Pours the color of cola with zero head. Red highlights are revealed around the edges and a thin swirl of foam coalesces around the shoulders. Nose is vinous, slightly vinegary, roasty and a trace of cocoa comes out towards the back. Flavors do not really come together very well in my opinion. Vinous, vinegary and acrid. Mouthfeel is light-medium, extremely acidic and astringent. The salivary glands are stimulated by the acidity - it's all a bit too overpowering. This is not a good beer, and this was the consensus by the group. Another drain pour from this brewery.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew in honor of my engagement tonight, proposed to my girlfriend of 5 years. First beer I drink as an engaged man. Bottled: 11/23/10, batch one, bottle 83 of 240...

A: wow! Surprisingly super dark with a thick 1+ inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace, but never completely disappears. Different for a wild ale. Very good.

S: smells of some nice bourbon and tart cherry blend upfront. Almost a buttery / walnut character in the middle with a sugary malt on the backend. Very good.

T: kind of weird for a wild ale. More like a mild sour blended with a roasty stout. Unique. A tart sour patch kid upfront quickly followed by a mild roast upfront. A velvety chocolate character hidden in the middle. More tartness on the backend. Ok.

M: medium body with a good carbonation. A tart finish. Good.

D; good here.

All in all, this is a decent brew to try at least once if you want a unique take on a sour. One of the better brews from WB.

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Photo of telecomz
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork took three attempts t get out. Huge pain.

This is my first AWA from WB. I've got big hopes for the company.

Once I finally got the cork out there was absolutely no pressure from carbonation. The beer was almost completely flat. Very dark. Surprisingly dark. Looks and smells almost of a bourbon barrel aged porter - oh no, I'm sick of those...that's why I picked up a wild ale.

The first taste is a shock. The look fo the beer in no way matches the puckering sourness. The second taste is oak, some smoke and a hint of bourbon-toffee. Then a bit of malty sweet. Then....nothing. A really clean finish with no lingering aftertaste.

The ABV is very well hidden. I liked this beer. Wanted to like it more. I picked up 6 and will cellar it until next year.

I think White Birch is going to be a good source for interesting beers.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 mL bottle corked and caged poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Served slightly chilled and warmed to room temperature over an hour or so. Batch One, Bottle 156 of 240. Took a while to open as the cork was really stuck, but when it opened, it gushed just a little (so be careful).

Appearance: Midnight black, fitting considering the name, with a a slight dark brown head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: I get a lot of dark malt (almost like a stout) and oak in the nose at first smell. Some cherries and a touch of lemon in there as well. Definitely not what as was expeting considering this is a wild ale...

Taste: Sour notes hit first. Lemon zest, tart cherries, and pinot noir really stand out upfront. Then there is a sudden shift to dark malt. Chocolate and smoke take over. It's a really unique and odd transition. Clean finish. I'm not really sure I've had anything resembling this before.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp, which is a bit confusing since this resembles a stout so much.

Drinkability: At 8% ABV, I can say the alcohol is well hidden, but the flavors make me think this is definitely something that a whole bottle is too much of. I am starting to like it more the further down the bottle I get.

Overall, this is one of the most unique and puzzling beers I've ever tried. I can't think of anything to compare this to. It's an interesting blend of sour and smoky. I can see this being true to the "Love it or hate it" line a lot of people have with White Birch. I guess I'm undecided.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the black beer affair at gordons fine wine and spirits in waltham ma

Pours a nice dark reddish brown color with good carbonation and a nice off white head.

the smell is perfectly balanced between funk and oak from the barrel aging.

the taste follows the smell. the funk is present, good, but not fully there yet but almost. it was barrel aged for 8mos and i bet with benefit from a bit of time in the bottle. the oak barrel aging is definitely detectable in the taste too a nice oak presence , but not strong or over powering

the mouthfeel was just right for the style light with good carbonation. a very drinkable beer

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White Birch Barrel Aged Night Falls from White Birch Brewing
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