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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 454
Gots: 366 | FT: 49
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

The primary component of our "White Oak" ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as "White Oak Sap." Essentially a "summer" barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we've added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate...hence the name.
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Reviews by Knapp85:
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4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited: This beer was infected the first time I had it. I was given another bottle of this beer recently and was hoping to for the best with it. The beer still poured out the same way, nothing too special to look at but the smell and taste were much better. The vanilla and cocoa stand out really well with the boozy bourbon barrel aroma. The taste gets better as the beer warms up. The sweetness of the vanilla and chocolate come out really nicely here, it makes you want to savor each sip. The rest of the beer is how it should be but this deserved to be bumped up a bit since last time I wasn't that impressed with it.

First beer of 2013 and a big thanks to MexicanSkittel for sending over this one to me. This was a beer I was pretty excited to try for a good amount of time. The beer poured out as muddy looking gold or copper color with a fizzy white head that comes and goes very quickly. No retention or lacing at all in this beer but I suppose it's due to the high ABV. The smell of the beer is strong, it's got a lot of boozy ethanol fumes as well as vanilla, cocoa and bourbon oak. The smell does resemble actual White Chocolate a little bit. The taste of the beer at first has some sour notes that were a little unexpected from the barrel aging. The more I drank the vanilla and chocolate flavors became more intense which was really impressive. The mouthfeel of the beer was boozy, a little syrupy and had a moderate carbonation to it. Overall I expected the beer to be more along the lines of a Southern Tier Creme Brulee or something like that. It was much stronger than I thought it'd be as well. It's not as good as I had hoped for in my opinion, still very glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of UlfAndreas
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Before even seeing this bottle, and knowing little about The Bruery (had only tried the Tart of Darkness prior). First nose and sip I was convinced this was a sour. A delicious one at that. Was drunk at a bottle share so can't say much about my 2-3oz pour. But later found out that this was totally infected. Hoping to try it non-infected but would gladly buy this as a sour.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring fairly quickly. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, golden raisin, pear, apple, toffee, bourbon, coconut, oak, honey, light caramel, light pepper, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Damn nice complexity and balance of pale malt, bourbon barrel, and vanilla/cocoa nib notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, golden raisin, pear, apple, toffee, bourbon, coconut, oak, honey, light caramel, light pepper, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Slight amount of oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, oak, honey, light caramel, and bourbon/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of pale malt, bourbon barrel, and vanilla/cocoa nib flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged wheatwine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, bourbon barrel, and vanilla/cocoa nib flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed with my brewing buddy and perhaps 8 other people - we anticipated extreme sweetness and dessert-like boozy consistency for this so it was the only way to get through it. 2013 vintage. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

Pours a remarkably pale golden color that makes this seem nearly identical to any other Belgian blond ale of sorts - that, is, until you start swirling the glass, which shows an enormous amount of viscosity and alcohol legs right away. At the percentage of alcohol on this, it honestly comes as no surprise that it would end up this way. There's amazingly some carbonation and head at the beginning, but it dissipates into a modest ring that is met with some lacing. There's some sediment at the bottom that is caramel colored, and reminds me of an older wine. Modest stuff, but still imposing.

Holy hell! I have no idea how they put their minds together at The Bruery to make a beer that smelled EXACTLY like white chocolate but they definitely did it. Notes of white chocolate, vanilla beans, caramel, marzipan, almonds, white grapes, pears, raisins, and bourbon barrel flavors (which impart some butterscotch, toffee, and slight breadiness) make this a complex, hedonistic, yet unbelievably wonderful offering to whiff on. Not as sweet as I expected, and the booze is amazingly well hidden. Well done, guys. A true masterwork here.

The flavor does not quite reach the perfection of the aroma, but it's still an astonishing drink to be reckoned with in the long run. I admit I was pretty impressed with this, so much that I had two to three more small pours to enjoy. There's a lot of layers going on here, and these guys have figured out how to make a successful decadent dessert beer right here. At first there's an immediate wash of bourbon notes, which give off intense flavors of vanilla, light coconut, nutmeg, pears, and corn sweetened flavors. Then, everything melts in a slightly buttery, sweetened manner and reveals the notes of white chocolate, almonds, candied apples, raisins, oak, cedar, tobacco, and light leather in a fabulous manner. The wheat becomes highly present as this warms up, and provides a crackly, freshly baked bread flavor that accentuates the chocolate and sweetness to the point where this is in the same vein to a macadamia white chocolate cookie. However, this is far more refined than that - excellent wood, bready flavor, sweetened spices and fruit and nuts come in to make this wholly memorable. Truly an excellent beer in its caliber.

Would it be possible to make a better "wheatwine" than this? There's so much going on in a beer that seemed destined to be a booze and sugar bomb. The blending is magnificent here, and the flavors come in spades in a way that this would please beer, bourbon, and wine drinkers alike. A true pleasure to sip on. I wish I had more bottles that I could cellar and see how this would develop over time. Highly recommended - the first beer from these guys that I can safely say was mind-blowing.

Photo of mmulebarn
1/5  rDev -76%

Thanks for the infected beer Bruery. It made a great birthday beer.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%

This was definitely an infected bottle yet I decided to review the beer anyway because it turned out to be well worth drinking. The vanilla, cacao, and bourbon treatment made for a really interesting flavour profile when combined with the sourness from the infection. A happy accident.

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
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