1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

White Chocolate - The Bruery

Not Rated.
White ChocolateWhite Chocolate

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

967 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 967
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 418
Gots: 355 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 967 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA ThickNStout for sending this my way in a trade. I really like wheatwines, and the idea of a 100% barrel-aged version with cacao nibs and vanilla is just amazingly decadent, so I saved this one to open to celebrate the birth of my first child. Enjoyed out of a wax-dipped 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 06/18/13. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful coppery orange color with highlights of both cherry tomato red and golden yellow where the light refracts through the slightly hazy body. Atop the body is a one-finger head of stark white frothy suds with a mix of microbubbles and larger bubbles from the aggressive pour. After a minute or two, the head dissipates, leaving drifting of foam along the sides of the glass and a healthy film of suds in the middle with a moat-like portion where you can see the body between the film and the drifts on the side of the glass. Eventually settles as a mottling of film across the surface and a thin rim of foam on the edges.

Smell - Such a wonderfully rich smell, with heavy notes of cocoa butter, vanilla, coconut, dulce de leche and fainter notes of bourbon and toasted oak. I must admit to expecting more whiskey characteristic, but the aroma is quite intoxicating all the same. The richness of the other elements seems to drown out the barrel a little bit, but that is definitely a good thing. Such an intoxicatingly smelling beer.

Taste - Of the rich cacophony of aromas, the most predominant in the taste are the coconut and white chocolate. It really is a clever name for the beer, because the boozy caramel notes that are common with wheatwines and weizenbocks play really well with the vanilla and chocolate to really give the impression of of white chocolate. However, this particular batch may be victim to some infection issues. There is definitely a tart element to the beer that I don't expect from this particular style. Just a hint of an almost pineapple-like sourness that somehow works well with the rich chocolatey and vanilla elements, but just doesn't seem quite right. I have no choice but to dock the taste score a tad, but make no mistake, this is still a very tasty beer even with those issues.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium with an expected viscosity. Carbonation is light to moderate, and the overall beer has a clinging, sticky feel to it.

Overall, a delicious beer in its own right, but one that I can't help wondering what it would taste like without that tartness. As noted already, the tart didn't ruin the beer by any means, but it was hard not to long to taste it in all its rich, sweet glory without that tartness.

More User Reviews:
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 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.

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of abeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Spaten454
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of delaced21
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Juan611
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of thaghost
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Dave11899
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.