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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

907 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 407
Gots: 347 | 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)
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

LambicPentameter, Feb 10, 2014
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Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Somewhat murky dark cream and light amber in color with a very small off-white head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, but some. This leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. Not a particularly attractive beer, and surprisingly light in color.

The aroma is something quite special and unlike anything I've experienced before in a beer; it's like walking into a Coldstone Creamery. Big notes of sweet vanilla cream, waffle cones, white chocolate, cake batter ice cream, and mild grain combine for something quite extraordinary.

The flavor isn't quite as impactful, though lovely amounts of vanilla, bourbon, wood, white chocolate, and waffle cone combine quite nicely. Moderate bitterness, and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well considering the beast this beer actually is. Impressive and flavorful, though not as complex as Black Tuesday, Melange 3, and Fruet, to name a few recent Bruery world-beaters.

Full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

Just awesome. I don't think anybody actually expected this to taste/resemble white chocolate, but...it does!

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.