White Birch Nyx
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #44
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,854
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
124
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White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Fall
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90
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White Birch NyxWhite Birch Nyx
Notes: Adam Romanow is our third brewer apprentice. His release is an exploration into a newer beer style, the Black IPA. Black as night, bitter, with a full flavored Cascade hop profile and smooth finish.

Named after Nyx, the mythological Greek goddess of night, who stood at the beginning of creation. As a beginning, we agree Adam is on to something. As he moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark black giving about a full one inch foamy tan head in my pint glass. Lacing coats the glass in a perfect full foaminess. The smell has chocolate, coffee, hops and roasted malts all combined very nicely. The taste is sweet and bitter in different aspects but still combined nicely as well. The palate is fairly heavy, but also could be closer to medium. Some acceptable harshness on the tongue as it should be considering the style of the beer. Overall, this is a very nice black ale that I would come back to.

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Photo of feuematt
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty good offering....you have to gently pour this one or you will have a mess on your hands....I get mainly a coffee and hoppy taste...I would buy this again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: February 24, 2017... OCCASION: enjoying Will’s tenth birthday sleepover from a distance after taking in GameChanger Wrestling in the Meadows... GLASSWARE: Howard’s Pub pint... pours an intimidating black body befitting its name, with rocky pock-marked brown head that eventually settles to a quarter-finger’s worth of marshy bubbles.... produces on first sniff a woody, pulpy character akin to entering a lumber yard--dank and with the suggestion of toasted oats, caramel, and light, distant citrus... I do not pick up the Cascade as significantly as pronounced on the label, though... full-bodied, coffee-like in its throat feel, heavy with hazy, boozy aftertaste yet actively vibrating the teeth... doesn’t feign an effort to hide the alcohol, but though this beer isn’t oversized, it nonetheless feels right... chewy? yes, and lingering as a sludge pile might ooze... the toasted sweetness comes through loud and clear; the dankness also is appreciable... some soot and char is exhaled, so much so that the experience is more akin to a porter than the style would have us believe... a creamy finish makes for a willing return sip--this is a buzz-worthy beer, and one I am glad came back into circulation, though I stumbled upon it through a breakpack mix box... worthwhile and worth seeking out...

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark mahogany brown, with barely half a finger of tan white head being created. Leaves a good thick collar, but also pours a little sludgey out of the can. Spotted lacing with a bit of swirling, giving some legs.

Aroma is of thick dark chocolate malt, and a good slight peanut butter cookie like quality. Slight pine but also a bit of heat of booze as well. Hop profile is not really apparent on this.

Palate is quite a bit deadened. Very watery body with a light roast. Slight hints of thick malt flavor though in the mid palate but a flattened hop profile and wort like quality proceeds. Slight almost waffery and peanut butter flavor on the aftertaste. Muted hop profile as well, but not boozy tasting as the nose seems to hint at.

While considerably better than other White Birch offerings I've had, this is still not really much to enjoy here.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Medium pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright black crowned by a 2” tan foam cap that dissipates to a thick film. S: Nose – faint chocolate, slight roast T: The beer has a delightful graininess that brings out the chocolate and provides a backbone. No harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: It has average carbonation but it is fine and soft. The body is full but not as full as a porter or a stout. There is a little warming on the end. O: A big, flavorful black ale

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Photo of theandyday
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All star. This beer surprised me because I'm not usually a fan of black ales. This beer has an amazing about of roasty toasty malts - deep dark chocolate and just enough hop to balance it out.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was very enjoyable. Great taste, smooth on the feel, but a bit bitter to the taste. Very good. Will Revisit. White Birch has some very good beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/1/2014 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of chocolate, coffee and citrus sweetness that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness and a hearty roasted malt character. An intense dryness throws the balance off somewhat. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and sticky, possibly the driest beer I’ve ever had.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are definitely better options within the style.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Very classic black ale. Would prefer something softer and hoppier or maybe not as bitter as aftertaste is fairly sharp w a touch of alcohol bite. Not bad though and reasonable at $8 for a 22. Just not unique in any way.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: black with a foamy head similar to Coca-Cola coloring ad a bit long lived. Nice lattice cling to glass

S: dank, but hoppy, slightly rye like

T: like a fine dark bittersweet chocolate, lingers without unpleasant aftertaste

M: smooth but slightly carbonated bringing out the bitters

O: makes me want to investigate more of this brewers offerings. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of risendragon
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up today after reading some wonderful reviews about it. Needless to say, this beer DID NOT disappoint.

Appearance- Black, just black.

Smell- Dark chocolate with some dark fruits to go along with it (plums, red grapes). Slight coffee smell as well.

Taste- Divine. Hops, dark malts, and toffee at first then mellowing out to a rich dark chocolate/black coffee finish. Great mouthfeel, drank it cold, so it had a surprisingly smooth mouth to it. I was expecting it to be very thick but it was not.

Overall- Great beer. I am a fan already after only half a glass. It has the hops of beers that I enjoyed when I was younger with the color of a stout and a chocolate finish that just make me glow.

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Photo of DPJ3322
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into a snifter.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, dark, viscous black body with a tan head that wisps on the edges.

Smell - By far the best aspect of this beer. Coca nibs upfront, a little chocolate too. Outstanding, delizioso.

Taste - Overwhelming roasty, malty notes. Very nice, simple but enjoyable to the nth degree.

Mouthfeel - Not exceptionally heavy kind of light.

Overall - A great beer whose greatest strength is in the smell, very nice I like it.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of motor oil. Light does not shine through the glass. Thick beige head. Great coating of lace after each sip.

Strong cocoa and dark chocolate aroma.

This is very similar to stout taste wise. Burnt toast marks the predominant flavor. Bitter beginning, middle and end--all from the black patent malt. Richer body than the typical stout. There's a bit of alcohol oiliness on the tongue. The aftertaste is of powdered, unsweetened cocoa.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is as thick and dark as an Imperial Stout, rich and heavy-looking. It's completely solid, letting no light in. The rich medium-brown head is creamy and dense, sitting nearly two full fingers tall and settling with some reluctance. As the beer is emptied from the glass, creamy sheeting is left in its wake.
This aroma has the goods, and I wish it was a little stronger but it's fantastic besides that. There's roast and pine, co-mingling in an excellent way. There's very little char but just a touch, with a peaty note to it. Some citrus zest sneaks out some bitterness, too.
The flavors mingle as nicely in the flavor, with some more dryness on the tongue in an herbal leaf note with a touch of chalkiness. Otherwise, the pine brings a resinous note, but the dryness of the bitterness is cut by the malts and a little citrus juice. The end is woody and brings together the overlying roastiness with the leaf and pine.
The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is light but there's a nice bite of crispness. The mouthfeel is dry but clean, no harsh residuals on the end as the roast eases away from being too charred. There's a brightness that evens out the drier tones.

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Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bomber on 10/3/13 at Westmere Beverage. Cost $8.49. Says it was bottled "Fall 2013" and since we're only a few days into Fall, I'm guessing this is pretty fresh.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. A fairly aggressive pour (it looked flat and thick on the pour so I ramped it up a bit) still yields only a small tannish head. A little lace is left behind. It looks more like a RIS than an American Black Ale.

S: Molasses, licorice and some roasty malt.

T: I like. Nice combination of malt and hops. Roasty malt and a lighter heft makes it quite Porter-like, but the molasses and licorice from the nose also make an appearance on the tongue, and make it RIS-like. Roasted coffee is big too, plus a bit of cocoa powder. Finishes with a piney and roasty bitterness, with roastiness prevailing on the aftertaste. The more I drink this, the more I like it.

M: Light in heft like a porter, but slightly slick - an odd combination, yeah, but here we are. Carbonation is quite modest, accounting for that slick feel, I suspect.

O: Bumping this up to 4.5. This beer resides in that space where a hoppy American Porter meets an American Black Ale by way of a Russian Imperial Stout. I like all of those styles, and I'm digging this beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out jet black, pretty much can't see through it at all, a lot like a big stout. The most impressive part about this is the head on this beer. When I popped the cap it popped with authority. Crazy huge slightly darker than tan head, many different sized bubbles. You have to take your time pouring this one if you're an aggressive pourer like me. Better than average lacing.

Smell is good, just big in pretty much all aspects. Aromas of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some molasseses going into some earthy grassiness and some nice piney hops.

Taste is easily the best part, just big in every way. Tons of big dark malts. Again mostly bitter but slightly sweet chocolate flavors and even some slight coffee. Some brown sugar and molasses comes after. The final part is some nice earthy and piney hops. All flavors are very strong and mesh together very well.

Mouthfeel is the only part where the beer is slightly lacking to be truly elite, but it's not far off. It's full bodied and very bold with a great carbonation level. The only issue is it just feels so earthy that it's like dirty. Could have toned down a bit there and been and been more smooth. Still there is so much good about this beer and the drinkability factor is still there. I've had this beer many times and I think it's very close to being an elite beer. I'd never turn it down and recommend it to anyone still. Great fall seasonal from White Birch.

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Photo of fdig23
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

Appearance: deep black in the center turning to brown around the edges. Huge tan head.

Nose: Kinda subdued, bitter chocolate, orange and lemon, some pine needle, caramel underneath

Taste: Much more sophisticated than other Black Ales I've tried. Burnt, peat tasting malts, dark chocolate balanced by bitter pine and grapefruit. Finishes with more burnt grains.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Really nice black ale. Haven't had too many in this style, but this one ranks up there with the best examples I've tasted.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 2011. Batch one. Whoops!

A: Black pour with a big dense dark brown head. Looks a lot heavier than just 7%. Fades slowly, leaving pretty excellent lacework behind. Excellent head retention to boot.

S: Creamy roasted malt, heavy on the chocolate and the anise. I think the hops are pretty much dead at this point but there is a very light grapefruit and pine aroma.

T: Decent resin and a bit of pine. Creamy with some bitter chocolate and char. A bit of bitterness from the hops shows up in the middle, surprising. Lots of anise and resin in the finish and lingering for a long time in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit drying in the aftertaste.

O: Heh, not a bad Black IPA after a year and a half. Pine is pretty subdued but resin is still decent. It was quite drinkable and tasty. Will have to find a fresh bottle of this someday.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled "Fall 2012" poured into Duvel tulip.

A: A legit black with little to no light getting through. Big khaki head that takes a while to dissipate, even with a slow pour. Nice lacing as the head fades.

S: A really nice blend of chocolate, roasty malts, and pine. Though it's categorized as a Black IPA, this definitely blurs the line between that style and a hoppy porter.

T: More of the same that I got from the nose. Big chocolate and some sweetness up front before getting hit pretty substantially by the hops on the back of the tongue. Definitely picking up on more hoppiness as the beer warms. Really liking this.

M: Really solid. A bit more viscous than expected, which keeps the same trend as the smell and taste, which meandered between the two styles. Good carbonation, better than expected after the big head.

O: Bought this a week and a half ago and was excited to finally crack it. Glad I got the opportunity to try this, and would have loved to have it a bit closer to bottling date to see how the hops affected the nose and taste earlier. Highly recommended!

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: dark dark brown, pretty much black with a nice creamy dark brown chocolaty brown head that leavs a good amount of lacing, a very nice looking beer.

S: pleanty of roast and creamy chocolatyness, touch of smoke in there as well, the hops seem a bit set back, although present, there is deffinatly some pine I. There with the roast and smoke. And some vague notes of citrus hoppage. It seem atleast through the very pleasant aroma, that the malts are more on display here then the hops.

T: oh boy the flavor deffinatly says otherwise, the hops are at attention here, resinous pine fights through the milk chocolate and roasty coffe notes, I get more bitter earthy hops then I do citrus hops here , blended in with the light smoke, there is a touch of grapefruit in there though, particuarly on the finish, seems to be the opposite of the nose, I feel like the hops are more forward in the flavor, to
The point where I feel maybe if they were toned down a hair we might get more
Malt deliciousness.

M: light medium body with a touch of creamyness the feel borders between an ipa and a porter and is nicley drinkable.... Dry on the finish with a touch of lingering chared flavor and bitterness.

O: a good black ipa, nice malt character and pleanty of tasty hops, deffinatly worth trying if you enjoy this style.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the good fortune of getting the last growler fill at the brewery, the first weekend that Nyx was re-released as a fall seasonal.

A: Pours an intensely dark brown, nearly fully black with a huge, nearly black, brown head. Good, but not excessive lacing--this mixes all the darkness and depth of a porter/stout with the sticky residue of an IPA. Spot on.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, roastiness and hints of pine dominant, with undercurrents of grapefruit, floral and dark fruit notes. Quite complex, but not as pungent as some others. Still very nice.

T: Taste follows nose with deep, roasty chocolate notes leading, with slightly distant bitter, piney hops, with hints of coffee following. There's some smokiness, dark fruits, maybe molasses, and citrus notes in there as well, but the roasty chocolate and pine are at the front. Like the smell, the flavors are very complex and work very well together, with a strong and pleasant bitterness throughout.

M: Very thick, slightly syrupy--definitely more like a porter than IPA in body, but not rich or heavy. Like the appearance, it balances the porter/stout and IPA categories wonderfully.

O: This is a wonderful ABA--among the best that leans toward the porter/stout end of the spectrum, and perhaps the most well-balanced ABA between the IPA and porter/stout ends of that spectrum I've had. The taste and smell are a huge, roasty delight with a wonderful, but balanced bitterness throughout. I'm very glad I was finally able to try this beer, and look forward to having it again. A really wonderful beer, and perfect for the season.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber that we picked up at the brewery. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark chestnut brown coloring that is almost black. Thin, filmy, light brown colored head that starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of smoke and rich malt balance well, with a coffee and cocoa nib throughout. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a solid smoke highlight and a subtle, resiny, hopped backbone that intertwines throughout. Roasted coffee and cocoa nib are present once again on the palate. Very tasty. The aftertaste is more of the smoke and roast, with a touch of coffee. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, with a linger of smoke. Delicious!!

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite viscous with a near pitch black colour and single finger of chocolate brown foam. Pretty good retention with a decent lacing.

S: Rich chocolate, caramel, herbal and floral notes, tropical fruits (pineapple and banana), citrus fruits (grapefruit), and dried dark fruits (dates and raisins). Quite complex and wide ranging, especially with those subtle tropical fruit notes.

T: Floral and herbal notes, molasses, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, some dark fruit notes, and smoke. Just like the smell, quite a varied range of tastes that works very well and compliment each other well.

M: Great middle ground found in the viscosity with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very good.

O: Superb American Black Ale that I would love to have more of. Varying fruit notes come together wonderfully in this, coupled with a pronounced hop presence yet enough roasted malts to give this that edge.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black and syrupy looking with a fine bubbled head leaving plenty of lacing.
S - chocolate and dark smoky malts and piercing hops that light up your nose.
T - hard hitting hops right up front with a big malty sweet middle and a lingering hoppy bite in the finish. Plenty of dark roasted malts give it a smoky flavor.
M - I would like a little more carbonation to break the thickness and resin coating left behind but the fullness is nice.
A nice hoppy dark offering of pleasing drinkability.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 124 ratings