White Birch Ol' Cattywhompus | White Birch Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by johnnnniee on 12-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep tawny brown color with a good sized khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma's are kind of bold and intense with brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate playing the dominant roles. Hints of toffee, burnt sugar, ethanol, and a light bit of earthy hops round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is rich with a good amount of malty sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar and chocolate again make up the brunt of the flavor. Light dark fruits, ethanol, melanoids, earthy hop flavor round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very clean well made great tasting beer. It reminds me of a big brown ale at times more than it does a barleywine, but I enjoyed the hell out of it just the same.

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Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of puboflyons
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three-finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Opaque brown (no ruby) color, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is burnt sugar and some malt, flavor is semi-sweet caramel, some dark fruit, higher ABV is hidden. $9.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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 DIM
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was the dark mahogany color with ruby highlights. It poured with a large, fizzy head that faded to spotty lace.

s: Roasty combo of cocoa and coffee, more cocoa than coffee. Toasted seeds, caramel, figs, and gentle warmth.

t: That roastiness from the smell dominates. Again, more cocoa than coffee. I also found hints of caramel and vinous fruits.

m: Smooth and silky.

o: Tasted blind I would have called this a porter. Regardless, it's a damn good beer.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown, very hazy, with a one inch light tan head that leaves beautiful lace. Smell is loaded with toffee, carmel, burnt brown sugar, some chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Taste all of that, with a hint of alcohol. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, and fairly drinkable. This is as nice barleywine, with plenty of complex flavors.

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Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CCutch
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdivers
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer4B
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of fermentedbarley
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
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 Gosox8787
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Winter 2012 bottle chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a slight one finger, thick beige head. Recedes into a relatively thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, burnt sugar and roasted pecans. Burst of coffee beans and unsweetened coffee. Really unique and interesting profile. Some booze is definitely there but it is not too prominent.

Taste: The coffee beans and black coffee notes really stand out here. Hard to believe there was not some coffee added to this actually. Burnt sugar, toffee and a roasted bread character add an interesting depth to this. Some unusual nuttiness as well. Interesting and complex. Definitely is suiting my taste more as it warms. Not a typical, big sweet english style barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with lower than average carbonation.

Overall, a really interesting barleywine with a unique flavor profile. Definitely not as big and sweet as I would expect. The coffee and earthy notes are nice and hide the ABV very well. Certainly worth a try at the price. A nice warming brew on a cold night but nothing too stand out.

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