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White Birch Barrel Aged Night FallsWhite Birch Barrel Aged Night Falls

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by thesarahfuller:
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4/5  rDev +14%

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Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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 telecomz
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like motor oil (look and sound = "glub, glub glub") no head no matter how fast or slow I pour with a dark black colored body and no lacing whatsoever. The smell has the sour up front first and then light roasty chocolate enters in with some oak and tart cherry. The taste is sour roasted oaky cherry chocolate all combined and coming through powerfully. There is a roasty sticky tart cherry aftertaste and a super dry roasty and somewhat tart cherry with a touch of vanilla finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body, not really sessionable but not really a sipper. Carbonation is pretty smooth. Overall, this is an American Wild Ale that is barrel aged that is somewhat decent to me. I could do this one again.

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Photo of BZero007
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Patrickbrusil
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +14%
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 -40.5%
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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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 nh2032
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of womencantsail
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 Khazadum
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Gosox8787
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of theandyday
4.85/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark fruit and deliciously sour. This beer is completely underrated for what it is.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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 Jayli
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
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 srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Jwale73
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
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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