oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dark brown pour with reddish tints gives way to a small beige head. The nose holds cooked vegetables, acetone, ethanol, and hints of citrus hop. Very 1 dimensional with it’s only dimension being awful. The flavor holds oversweet toffee, caramel, burnt bread, vodka, and rotten fruit. Cloying palate with a sticky finish. Wretched.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch 2-pours a retaining foamy light tan head and amber color. Aroma is yeast, light malt-bready, slight spice. Taste is yeast, light malt-bready, slilght spice, muddled.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty cloudy mahogany pour with a good looking head. Aroma holds plum, apricot, and spice that mixes with a bit of citrus hop and yeast. Flavor starts with more dried plum, raisin, and molasses, then moves to a nice pine and grass hop profile at the finish, with good lingering bitterness. Palate is medium to full bodied with that nice combo of sweetness and bitterness. Still, not quite enough complexity in either the fruity or the hoppy character. Good though, and drinkable.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Cloudy dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Tropical and fuzzy fruits are the aroma’s main components. Medium-bodied and creamy with dancing carbonation. The flavor is quite bitter. Lots of fuzzy fruit essence, but seemingly no residual sweetness. Short, bitter, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of dosbeerigos!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, batch two, bottled Feb 2011, listed as 7.0% ABV.
This ones comes out of the bottle and leaves an enormous white head on top of a hazy amber golden body. Great delicate lacing.
Aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast but with plenty of earthy hops and citrus, pineapples and oranges for sure. There is also a good bit of other sweet fruits, candied pears and apricots come to mind.
Taste is very hoppy up front with a bitter lemon zest kick with oranges and pine resin. The sweetness is less pronounced than in the nose and there is a heavy bitter astringency at carries throughout the flavor and lingers in the finish. It’s almost metallic in the aftertaste, which detracts a bit from the flavor.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with the metallic bitterness the main drawback.
This is one of the better White Birch beers I’ve had and if not for the aftertaste, it would be a great beer.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Hop flavors mixed with floral notes and some Belgian yeasts, liking the cascade and Columbus hops
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Hazy orange/amber with off-white head. Aroma of spice with yeast, caramel, lilies. Taste is kind of boozy and spicey, on the sweet side and with a hoppy bitter bite in finish, with some pepperiness in the finish as well.
jtclockwork (10827) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger at the epic White Birch tasting. Pours amber. Big white head. Nose of alcohol, bready malts, spice and barley. Taste is bread soaked in alcohol and barley.
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light in aroma. Medium in body and flavor. Terrible looking stuff. Bad balance and finish. Not a very pleasant beer.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber/orange color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is Belgian yeast and citric hops and flavor is citrus hops with sweetness, some yeast, well balanced. Higher ABV (its actually 9.5%) is hidden but warming. Best WB so far. Bottled 12/10/2010, $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.