BeardBeerGuy (21) - stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma; roasty, bread, chocolate, coffee, floral, spruce, citrus, resin, leather, earthy, raisin, licorice,
Appearence: black, rocky head, frothy, brown foam, porter esque
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, a good expression of black ipa.
Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, bitter, long finish,
Overall: Definitive for the style. An excellent example. Nice job Adam.
hockeybeerguy (255) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, oats, prunes, pine and resin notes. Flavor is dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness with dark fruits, light smoke and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.
umich03jm (1331) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a big creamy head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing. Aroma is very creamy and chocolaty with a solid pine/floral hop presence. Taste is awesome, my kinda black IPA. Thick, rich, complex and hoppy. A faint sweetness at the start with rich chocolate and toast. Turns to strong, bitter, slightly burnt coffee in the middle. Finishes hoppy with pine and flowers and the burnt coffee taste remains. Also has a burnt wood, ashy taste that lingers. Thick body and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer. Itís basically an overly hopped yet easy to drink stout. I think thatís what the best Black IPAís are really. Iím gonna have to get more of this.
BroSpud (1526) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head. Very complex malt flavors - licorice, coffee, chocolate, vanilla - itís all in here. Balancing it all out is the perfect amount of hop bitterness. This is a good one.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 wouldnít have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black pour with a huge frothy tan head. I must say it looks pretty nice! The nose holds huge evergreen and citrus notes with hints of nectar fruits and resin. The malt character is roasty with hints of caramel. The flavor holds tons of resin and earthen soil like hops with huge roast, some char, and some lactic sugars. The palate is uber thick, while the carbonation is creamy and fine bubbled. I was really impressed by this effort, as Iíve been systematically disappointed by many White Birch brews.
TheBeerGod (4909) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Number 578. Pours black with a tall, dense, frothy tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, piney hops, light licorice, floral notes and dark chocolate. Taste ups the roasted malt and pine notes, soft chocolate mint, coffee , dark chocolate, floral hops and burnt caramel. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and light oiliness. Lingering but restrained bitterness throughout this. Ends with more roasted malt, pine, light licorice, mint chocolate, coffee and dark chocolate. Really nice!
puboflyons (1683) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From batch one bottled in April 2011. It pours as black as a cave from the Lost River of New Hampshire with a nice half inch, long-lasting, silky brown head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is full of dark baking chocolate, a yeasty maltiness, and a piney, earthy hoppiness. The body starts out light on the tongue but seems to get bolder as I swallow it. There is not as much chocolate in the flavor but it is elegantly replaced by a dark fruity sensation but not overly bitter. It has a long hoppy finish. Wonderful example of the style.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours black and thick, forming an espresso crema head also thick and delicious. Slow stream of bubbles trace the sides of my clean glass. Lace sticks and crawls and tempts.
Nose: dry and roasted with coffee beans, freshly drawn espresso, and burnt caramel. Black earth and twigs. Singed whole hop cones in the back. Chocolate bark and bakers chocolate.
Palate: clean and lovely. Burnt sweetness up front, dry earthen singed hops in the back, smooth and frothy along the sides. Bakers chocolate and espresso crema mingle. Tobacco leaf. Old tired brush and shrubs. Chocolate in the middle. Driest along the edges with delectable burnt acridity.
Final Thoughts: holy moly. Of the bottle beers my Love and I bought during our Massachusetts trip, this beer was by far in the top three. Iíd heard pleasant rumblings about White Birch online so I was hoping for good but instead I got great. Bottle Specs: bottled April 2011 from batch 1 of a bottle count totaling 1065.