White Oak - The Bruery
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was the beer that I was able to add to the little tasting shindig that Pete put together. Review is from notes taken on 6/10/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pour is a cloudy coppery color; starts with a huge billowy off-white head; tons of cloudiness in the body; lots of lacing hanging on the sides of the glass, and ultimately summed up in the firm cap resting at the top.
Taste: Tons and tons of mulch wheat, but I have to be honest, the smell of this beer is more reminiscent of whole leaf, moist and sticky tobacco with plant of raisin and fig blending; there is a nice vanilla and oaky sweetness with a bit of the astringency that also comes from the oak adde two more levels of complexity to this already hearty beer and it's big booziness. I'm really please that this was crack with friends, because I feel that if I tried to nurse one of these to myself, it would have ended poorly. A great beer that would be a great dessert beer with nothing else needing to hold up any end or obligation.
Mouthfeel: Body was of medium weight; very warm and boozy; carbonation was rather sot and smooth -- avoided being sharp the entire time.
Overall: This is a sweet beer with a lot going on, and that big ABV would throw your thoughts straight to the hopper if you drink too much and try to think about it. Moderation is certainly key with this bad boy, but I'll say i again, The Bruery has certainly come though.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2012 03:40:27 | More by bamadog
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3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Burnt orange, just a touch of haze, with a MASSIVE champagne-like yet foamy sand-colored head, ample bubbles. Full-coated lacing in areas, only spots in others.
S: Crisp apples, smoke, warm caramel, wood and warm bourbon.
T: Apples again, but muddled by strong overtones of oak and whiskey, especially on the finish. Yet apples again with the burps. At first the wood was harsh and overdone for me, especially after that light, fruity smell, but over sips it turns into warm caramel, with just hints of potent whiskey and alcohol in the background. Pretty neat, but can't quite make the transition to being perfectly enjoyable- I imagine even seasoned whiskey drinkers' systems aren't entirely copacetic with the taste of alcohol.
M: Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Fits the nose very well- like a cider.
O: Full of character for sure, but it takes a while to get accustomed to it. Great clean apples supported by warm caramel malt tease the olfactory senses with a refreshing, crisp brew to come, but it turned into a heavily oak-dominated and deceivingly biting flavor. I ended up enjoying it overall, but after the first few sips I was reconsidering my choice. Get ready for an adventure with this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 07:03:19 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
I've been saving this beer for my 1,000th, so figured I'd better review this one. Poured into a snifter, and started drinking this a little colder than they had suggested, so let sit for a little bit. Huge frothy white head started off on the pour, then dissipated to a thin white, uneven, dense film after just a few minutes.
After warming up a bit, this had the smell of a weizenbock, with some banana presence. Strong malt, caramel and wheat undertones as well.
Taste was similar to the nose – had a strong weizenbock/wheat flavor up front, and then the caramel, coconut, vanilla, and bourbon notes came in after the initial swallow. Heat from the 11.5 abv was pretty pronounced after the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was a little more carbonated than I had expected, but overall was a tasty beer, and would love to try more from this place. I expect great things from a brewery that call themselves 'The Bruery'. They live up to the name!
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 00:54:23 | More by Lukass
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.