White Birch Nyx | White Birch Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OldIronLungs on 04-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
12
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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, pours a super dark thick rich RIS looking beer with a dark 1 finger fluffy and thick head that fades slowly with lacing, the beer is pitch black, and thick with legs, RIS style. Damn, not what I was expecting for an American Black ALe (Cascadian Dark).

Nose starts out again more like a RIS, starting with roasty dark malts, bit of dark chocolate, hint of cocoa, touch of minerality like almost soy sauce, then some earthy and slightly spicy hops, bit of coffee and caramel, lots of dark malts.

Taste starts with dark malts again, not quite as heavy as I was expecting but heavier than it should be for an American Dark Ale, still closer to an Imperial Stout. Dark roasty malts, a bit of coffee, some dark chocolate, hint of cocoa, light minerality and soy sauce, then again with earthy hops, spicy chewy hops, bit creamy and touch of sweetness. Finishes with a long bitterness, a chewy spicy smashed hop pellet taste like I just chewed on a spicy hop pellet while brewing, then some sticky sweet malts, and bit of roast and minerality, and touch of burnt coffee grinds. A bit of the house yeast last on the finish.

Mouth is fairly heavy and rich, decent carbonation.

Overall a really nice rich heavy beer, not quite what I was expecting for an American Black ALe, but more like Imperial Stout with tons of earthy spicy chewy hops, a bit of soy sauce and minerality, but I bet that will die with age, I really need to buy one and age it to see what happens.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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 millerbuffoon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a towering three inches of chocolate colored foam on the top of the glass. Settling slowly it left behind tons of brown lace up and down the glass. Aroma is piney hops and rich roasted malts. Touches of peat and campfire like tones coming through. Nice feel, medium carbonation and heavy enough to keep me intrested, but not overally full. Nice opening bite of piney hops come across quite nicely with a delicate dryness and touches of light hops. Quickly the roasted malts take over and offer lots of smokey and rich malty notes. Light chocolate starts to come through in the dry finish and leaves the palate searching as to which flavor dominated the most but the last gasp goes to a deep, smokey malt.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the open house and today decided to open one of the bottles I bought then.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring on top. Smells of roast and hints of chocolate mixed with pine and citrus and a slight bit phenols. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate and hint of molasses. Bitter piney hop resin cuts through the roast very nicely. The finish leaves a long lingering hop and roasted grain thickly on my palette. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, creamy resinous mouthfeel. I seemed to notice the roasted grains a lot more from this bottle than I remember from the open house. Its possible a little age brought the roast out a little more. This beer blurs that line between IPA and stout in fact if you gave me this and told me it was a hoppy stout I wouldn't have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From batch one bottled in April 2011. Sampled on July 16, 2011. The pour is as dark as one of the Polar Caves from Rumney, New Hampshire with about a quarter inch to half inch, silky, fluffy brown head which lingers. There are lots of sensations to enjoy on the nose with an up front character of baker's chocolate followed by a yeasty, malty middle range, and earthy piney hops. The body seems light at first on first sip but almost gets heavier as I swallow it. The chocolate is considerably more subtle in the flavor. What you lose in the chocolate esthers you gain with a dark cherry-like zing and a pleasantly bitter taste with a long hoppy finish to help make this a memorable experience. Very nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's after passing on it twice. Really, really glad I tried this offering from White Birch.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, rich oily black pour with a thick, super dark mocha head that leaves big, clumpy side lacing as ir receeds to a nice mocha cloud. Looks so much like a stout or porter.

S - Really really good roasted malt/chocolate notes with some subtle pine notes thanks to the hops.

T - Like the nose with great roasted malt and BIG chocolate notes upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness. Drinks like very bitter chocolate, delicious.

M - Low carbonation makes this tingle just enough to prevent it from being velvety smooth.

O - A really good black IPA here. Really solid appearance, aroma, flavour, etc. Just a very good take on the style. Just with the mouthfeel was a little better. Would definately buy this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light pine hop nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and pine hops. Unusual black ale, the 103 IBUs are balanced by the malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle, from Concord Cooperative Concord, NH.

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White Birch Nyx from White Birch Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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