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White Birch Ol' CattywhompusWhite Birch Ol' Cattywhompus

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 12/2014. Labeled at 10.5% ABV. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sguar, brown bread, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was more in line with old ale style overall; but still had well rounded complexity and balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter, it pours a gentle amber color with a slim finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated within a nice slow pace. There's some light speckled lacing running around the glass here and there.
The smell takes in rich sweet malt, some dark fruits, a light amount of chocolate, some grapes and booze. Light vanilla settles in behind it all to balance.
The taste wraps up the previously mentioned flavors to sweeten and stir the pot to blend with a subtle tobacco to earthy flavor underneath. There's a light aftertaste of booze, earth and sweet malt. It's dry on the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sticky texture clinging to my tongue. Carbonation is quite refined allowing this stickiness to occur.
Overall, nice English barleywine, probably could have just a little bit of earthy/tobacco in the aroma, but other than that, its a nice sipper.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Winter 2014 vintage.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some garnet highlights. A creamy beige head foams up about 2 cm and fades slowly to an edge layer and one large wispy island in the center of the glass.
Aroma is rich malt notes with dark fruit and some chocolate mixing. I get red grapes and some plums and raisin notes. With some good hits of general booziness mixed in for a fairly complex nose. I dont get any hops to speak of on the nose.
THe first sip reveals a thick body with sticky texture and fine rolling carbonation. Leaves a sweet sticky coating on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is rich and malty as the nose advertised with dark chocolate and deep fruit. I get plums and raisins again just like the nose. THere is some rich brown sugar as well and some warming booze on each swallow. There arent any hops to speak of on this malty forward beer.
I am enjoying this malty English style beer on a November evening. I would definitely buy this one again if given the opportunity to find this on the shelf again.
Dont expect any hops when you buy this beer but go in and enjoy!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep chestnut or ruby under a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap S: roast malt, alcohol with root beer notes. T: The palate is midway between an English Barleywine and a Russian Imperial Stout with more roast than is typical of a Barley wine and less chocolate than usual for a Russian Imperial Stout. Along with roast, the palate includes bready, toasty, toffee, molasses, and/or treacle with a hint of horehound. F: Full body and medium low carbonation. O: This big beer is a fulfilling, satiating drink that might benefit from a few years in the cellar to round out some of the roast flavors.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought at Table & Vine in West Springfield. Label states it was bottled in December 2014 and is bottle count 1600. Served in a pint glass.

The beer has a brown, slightly amber-ish appearance in the light. Overall, very thick and cloudy with patchy lacing and a thin head. Aromas give off a heavy chocolate with a dark fruit/cherry flavoring. Taste includes a cherry aftertaste to a very sweet, but earthy drink. Great mouthfeel; creamy but with a crisp carbonation. In general, I enjoyed this drink.

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Photo of kdivers
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer4B
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CCutch
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first White Birch brew. Restrained but good flavors, toffee, slight caramel, very light malts. I am not as familiar with English Barleywines as I am with American Barleywines, and can't judge it according to the style. I will buy this again.

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Photo of badgustav
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This smells and tastes less like a barleywine and more like a chocolate...porter? It's an odd flavour I can't quite place. The mouthfeel is great. I'm curious how it will age, but as a barleywine it doesn't impress.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste and feel are not where a Barleywine should be. I've had better...

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Photo of ScotNH
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of goldenM13
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ScottStache
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ChristopherProvost
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rich brown color; opaque; one finger head that dissipated rather quickly and left behind some mild lacing, but not much

Smell: rich, earthy smell; autumn leaves; raisins and dried fruit; cherries

Taste: raisin, prune, other dried fruit; tannins

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, and rich; tannic; astringency that tends to linger

Overall: Ol' Cattywhompus is an appropriate name for this beer because it definitely has some WHOMP to it. Deep brown and opaque. Upon smelling it, I knew I was in for a heavy beer. Tannic and astringent in the mouth with strong raisin overtones. If you're looking for a refreshing beer, look elsewhere. You can practically chew this one. If you want a beer you can wrestle with and plan on sitting by a warm fire in a New England pub regaling the crowd with your tales of backwoods adventure, you've chosen wisely.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle dated Winter 2014 and numbered 412 out of 1,000. Sampled on February 24, 2014.

It pours brown all the way with no ruby red hues or near black tones. A modest tan head that fades to a ring. There is a touch of cloudiness in this bottle fermented brew.

The aroma is malt forward but also quite subtle. For a 10.5% ABV beer there is no booze in sight. Mildly sweet but mostly malty and a slight earthy bite.

The body is medium to full. It also has a nice creaminess to it.

The flavor is also sweetly malted but mild and subtle altogether. A slight hop finish but nothing overly bitter. In some respects it reminds me of an Old Ale but this is brewed in the English tradition and those tend to be more mellow. Easy drinking but it will catch up to you in the end.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of tan bubbly head over thick cloudy dark amber body. Head quickly settles back into the beer and no lacing to be seen.

S - Cherry, cranberry, chocolate, bread, and alcohol.

T - Big bready earthy malts with sweet sugary cherry yeast. Alcohol heat comes in at the end but is very well masked considering the abv.

M - Full body with fine carbonation. Somewhat sticky and syrupy.

O - This is a great beer for the winter time. This isn't typically my choice style of beer but this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rises up the neck on the pop, no real head, dark semi clear molasses brown color.

Nose big sweet candy malts, toffee, molasses nutty syrup, light tin, then a sour slight infection aroma, light acetic acid, touch acrid dark malt.

Taste big sweet malts, candy syrup, molasses, toffee, little nutty, syrupy, some hot tingly booze, little metallic, touch of sour infection setting in, hint of choc, little flemmy syrupy. Finish is sweet sticky, light bitterness and light acrid, more syrupy malts, very light sour.

Mouth is syrupy thick, decent fluffy carb.

Overall meh. Even without the hint of infection it doesn't seem to have a ton going for it.

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White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 41 ratings