White Birch Rusalka
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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #64
Ranked #22,245
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass. L: Pours coffee black under a thin tan foam cap that provides extensive lace. S: Chocolate, grain, and dark coffee aromas rise from the glass. T: The rich grain flavors come really through. The dark malts are chocolaty while the lighter grains add layers and depth. Does not have the roast barley flavors typical of a dry stout. F: Medium full body and medium low but soft carbonation. O: This is the ultimate breakfast beer and is dangerously sessionalbe.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz "Winter 2013" bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Pours essentially black with a small tan head that somehow manages to maintain some presence for a long while.

Rich and relatively complex aroma. Notably better than the (good) flavor.

Flavor: lots of dark roasted grains with near minimal burnt or char but with some near-burnt toast flavor. Multigrain elements, particularly oats, are evident and contribute to the fullness of the feel. Some dark fruit and dark chocolate notes, with a touch of black coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance. Light, soft, appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark brown color with creamy tan head of 2 cm. the head fades to a sturdy edge layer with one large wispy island.
The head leaves tightly packed lattice after each sip.
Aroma is rich and roasty with almost a little char. I also get molasses and brown sugar and a little booze in the background.
First sip is velvety smooth with very fine carbonation that gently caresses my palate on each sip. Very easy drinking texture.
Flavor is roasted malt heavy with just a little coffee and some molasses, but the finish is lingering roast. I dont get any booze on the flavor profile and havent found any hops to detect either.
This is a nice roasty imperial stout that doesnt tip too much booze but could still sneak up on you.
Worth a shot if you like Imp Stouts, not the most robust or crazy intense that I have had, but very approachable and drinkable if you want introduce a friend to the style, or just dont want to get blasted with booze and crazy complexity. Nice well made Imp Stout.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a not so quite black as black color with decent offwhite or khaki head with moderate lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts with some coffee and touches of sweetness.
Beer is dry, heavy, a grainy dryness is present throughout and this leads to a pleasant dry finish.
Beer is fuller bodied with coffee, roasted malt and bread profiles and is balanced with minor chocolate notes.
Pretty straightforward dry stout with minimal sweetness for complexity - not a bad beer at all (probably better in winter than a hot Labor Day weekend).

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oily brown color. No light passes. Beige head. Moderate in size but it does last throughout the tasting. Nice layer of blanketing lace after each sip.

Excellent burnt elements from the black patent malt. Smells of black coffee and a bit of chalk.

Smooth start to the taste but the burnt flavors come quickly. This is not a complex stout, but there are no negative aspects either. Fuller bodied than some; good carbonation. I don't detect any "milk" flavors though.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with Bottled Winter 2013 and Number 807 on the label. Pours a black color with a half inch of dark brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is earthy and chocolatey with some roasted malts, caramel, and hints of smoke. Tastes earthy with some coffee and chocolate. Caramel and raisins with some smokey malts as well. A bit watery. Sweet at the finish. Almost has an artificial sweetner aftertaste. Light mouthfeel. Overall, meh.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle dated Winter 2012. Sampled on May 27, 2013. Served around 50 degrees.

Okay so I am halfway through spring and I pull out a winter stout that pours deep black with a tremendous, long lasting light mocha head that laces the glass with each sip.

The aroma is toasted dark malts, barley malts, raisin, plumb, yeast, chocolate, and sugar in the raw or maybe brown sugar. A sweetness that is not straight up sweet but more cooked sweet.

The body is medium to bold and smooth all around.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate fudge-like with a mild to moderate bitterness pulling up the rear. An easy to drink, warming stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid color of the night with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates to small wisps of foam on the surface. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and vanilla, kind of a chocolate milk flair to it. Sweet light sugar and caramel mixed with a hint of dark dried fruit rounds out the aroma nicely. The flavor is milk chocolate and coffee milk up front that fades to a creamy sugary sweet flavor. Hints of dark fruit finish into a roasted malt bitterness at the end of every sip. Medium body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a pretty damn good stout right here, great taste and a killer mouthfeel for my meager palette.

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White Birch Rusalka from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 33 ratings