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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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725 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%


Brewed by:
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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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largadeer

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White Chocolate indeed. While it would be challenging to drink more than 6 ounces of this, it's well executed and lives up to its name.

It has a hazy golden appearance for the first several pours, but grows more cloudy and amber-tinged toward the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is low and there's minimal head formation.

Vanilla and chocolate are huge on the nose, with a strong barrel presence that adds even more rich notes of vanilla and caramel. Yeast lends some pleasant fruity esters and a nice wheat malt sweetness. There's a little alcohol buried beneath the dessert-like aromas, but it's faint.

On the palate it's even more reminiscent of White Chocolate. Sweet vanilla and cocoa up front, with a really nicely integrated barrel backbone that works well with the adjuncts. There's a faint stonefruit yeastiness, and a creamy, silky malt backbone, but this beer is more about the chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The body is medium-full, and surprisingly it isn't overly sweet for what it is; it's a notch down from Black Tuesday in residual sugar. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level, a bit lower than I'd like. Given that this is a slow sipper, my glass was near flat midway through it.

Quite an enjoyable beer overall. It's not for everyone, and I'd never want an entire bottle to myself, but it's great in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:52:46 | More by largadeer
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cxr1037

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on 6/8/13, paired with white chocolate bark.

Smells like someone dropped white chocolate into a bottle of bourbon. Obviously white chocolate, oak, bourbon.

Taste was much the same. This was a truly decadent beer! However, I don't know how often I could have something like this without getting sick. It tastes strong (which it most certainly is), and it's almost sickly sweet (though maybe that's because I was eating white chocolate alongside it!).

Mouthfeel was very pleasant. Moderate carbonation. It feels heavy in the mouth, but not like syrup, which is what I was thinking it would be like.

Overall a fantastic product. I would strongly recommend pairing this with white chocolate desserts. However, any more than the 4 or 5 ounces I had would probably result in me feeling quite ill.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:06:08 | More by cxr1037
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber with a nice sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, white chocolate, honey, vanilla frosting, and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of sweet vanilla and white chocolate up front with a solid bourbon oak flavor and plenty of alcohol to remind you this is a huge beer. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I really liked this beer it's quite different. I'm not sure this needed to be 14.5% abv but I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:32:25 | More by johnnnniee
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 14,25% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: I have had this bottle sitting in my cupboard for nearly a month now, so the murky golden-orange body is a bit of a surprise. A rough pour yields a good sized white head that displays reasonable retention, but doesn't leave any lacing. A swirl results in heavy alcohol legs and a sticky film on the glass.

Smell: Holy shit, this smells exactly like a milky bar! I know its called White Chocolate, but I most certainly did not expect this - if I closed my eyes, there would be nothing that would make me think I wasn't sniffing a pan of melted white chocolate!
As the beer begins to open up, a fantastic vanilla character (reminiscent of vanilla laced panne cotta) is revealed, alongside honey comb, sweet caramel and some bourbon barrel character. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, with only a hint appearing as the beer approached room temperature. Room temperature also yields some notes from the base beer, including: wheat, fruity esters, cooked apples, a touch of citrus, golden raisins and a bready character.

Taste: Good lord; the nose wasn't lying - this actually tastes like white chocolate! This is certainly not for anyone who doesn't like sweet beers, but then again they shouldn't be buying from the Bruery!
The flavour opens up a little quicker than the nose, with big vanilla notes, sweet creamy caramel, bourbon, wheat, cooked golden delicious apples, a touch of citrus, some bready malts and a touch of almost tart yeast all becoming apparent.
I know I am nitpicking, but I think the fruitiness of the base beer clashes slightly with the sweet white chocolate and vanilla notes.
There is almost no alcohol noted in the flavour and I could quite happily believe that this was around 8%!

Mouthfeel: Sadly White Chocolate is yet another big beer that I find to be over carbonated. The carbonation is initially of a medium-high level and not all that smooth, but thankfully both the level and smoothness improve after a while. The body is just shy of full and slightly sticky.

Overall: White Chocolate is a really interesting beer and one I would recommend to any lover of big sweet beers. That said, have a few friends on hand as a full 750 gets a little much.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 08:08:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml white waxed bottle poured into tulip 18/9/13 cheers Adam for sharing

A orange amber with plenty of sediment being moved around by a few slow bubbles, finger of soapy foam fizzes out quickly and leaves no lace, about what I expect considering the strength, long legs included

S smells strong of vanilla, soft caramel, and coco, the bourbon barrel comes out nicely with a little booze but well concealed all things considered, I wasn't expecting the chocolate in a beer this light in color, it might be in my head but it kinda smells like white chocolate, nose is strong and amazing

T a little citrus and cereal I wasn't smelling and everything else is toned down but the booze is a little stronger and a fair amount of wood

M its thick and syrupy but could use a few bubbles, a little heat but well managed, slightly numbing on the lips with some woody bourbon lingering

O smell alone bumps this one up a notch, I could smell this one all day but it didn't quite follow through in other areas, solid stuff don't get me wrong but the nose was by far the best thing going

the booze will get ya for sure, smells amazing and lacks nowhere, age worthy for sure and something I'd like to revisit years from now

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:36:17 | More by wordemupg
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber, slightly hazy, with almost no head. the nose is a white chocolatey marshmallow with some oak and chocolate. tasty beer with great chocolate and ghram cracker, bit of wheat. the mouthfeel is rich like a barleywine and drinkable. very sweet, but drinkable, a bit boozy. this is tasty, but not crazy unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:10:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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brystmar

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard so much praise about this bad boy, had to see for myself.

Pours an amber color, leaning towards a dirty brown hue. Thick white head settles on the surface and leaves a thin layer behind.

Remarkably, this stuff smells and tastes just like white chocolate. Sweetness from the malted wheat kicks things off, broadsided by sugary white chocolate and plenty of booze. Oak presence shows up towards the end but fades as the distinct taste of white chocolate lingers after you swallow. The ABV isn't hidden particularly well, yet its integration into the overall flavor profile works nicely.

I'm not generally a fan of white chocolate to begin with, so it isn't surprising that I wasn't gushing over this beer like the others at our tasting were. If that's your thing, though, you're gonna love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 17:20:41 | More by brystmar
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got several bottles of this from being a Reserve Society member. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves some tiny foam throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of white chocolate (surprise), fruity malts, vanilla, toasted malts, some oak, caramel malts, toffee, biscuit, bready malts, and sugar. Very interesting and nice nose. Load of vanilla and choclate mixing together, as well as alcohol.

t - Tastes of vanilla, white chocolate, alcohol, fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, oranges, and bourbon. Again, lots of vanill and chocolate, and more bourbon comes through than in the nose. A small step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied beer and low carbonation. Some bourbon and alcohol heat but not a lot considering the ABV. Pretty nice overall.

o - Overall a pretty interesting and well done beer; probably one of the better wheatwines I've had to be honest. Very interesting nose and taste with a lot of white chocolate and vanilla; pretty cool how they nailed it. The only downside I'd say here is that there is a fair amount of alcohol to it; not terrible considering how high the ABV is, but I was hoping it was hidden a little better than it is. Still quite good and something I look forward to revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:01:43 | More by mdfb79
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of my Reserve Society trustee JRSD. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

White Chocolate pours a hazy auburn, turning positively opaque with the final pour. Maybe two fingers of bone colored foam forms to fill out he top of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both minimal, this one's just not much of a looker. The nose though, is fantastic. Lots of vanilla, some toasted brown sugar, and a little bit of chocolate and bourbon. It really does live up to its name. The balance shifts a little bit in the flavor profile. Vanilla is still the central focus here, perhaps even more-so than in the aroma. The brown sugar disappears entirely, leaving more room for the chocolate, and especially the bourbon. Still, the vanilla is just a little bit overbearing here. The mouthfeel though is as good as you could ask for from a beer like this. The body is only heavy enough that I'd guess the beer was 9% or so ABV, and the carbonation is just enough to cut through the beer without distracting in any way. I wasn't sure what to expect from White Chocolate given my mixed reaction to White Oak, but it's a very nice beer. It'd be a great bottle to open after a meal with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:18:58 | More by axeman9182
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle opene don 12.10.12

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy light tan head that is gone instantly.

S - Sweet malts, plums, vanilla.

T - Sweetness that quickly turns into white chocolate. More chocolate, vanilla, bourbon finish.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Smell is different, but tast is very nice. White chocolate for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:44:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Brenden

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#6 1/24/14

White Chocolate has a surprisingly light look to it, being a slightly murky darker yellow color with a wispy sort of nearly white head on top that sticks around despite its lesser form and is able to maintain itself while contributing good lace.
There's some creamy sweetness in the nose, but it needs to warm before that aspect can fully develop. When it does, the chocolatey tones come in more smoothly and clearly, along with some white pepper. Raw cookie dough with a bit of earthy spicing to ease the sweetness and a ghost of white fruits flesh make a fuller nose.
It's more like white chocolate on the tongue, the actual creamy and specifically white (sweeter) chocolate especially at the end of each sip, while it remains peppery and a little spicy, likely effects of alcohol and a bit of almost acidic dryness.
The body has a surprising heft and thickness to it, and acidity plays an interesting feel in the role as it feels like sweetness ought to weigh it down. The dryness that cuts in prevents that. It has a bite on the tongue with every sip, but it's pretty smooth, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 13:22:50 | More by Brenden
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky light brown with a thin somewhat bubbly off white head that fades quickly. Lacing leaves legs down the glass.

Strong vanilla and bourbon aroma. Smells very boozy along with vanilla bean. Just a touch of chocolate.

Really does emulate white chocolate flavor. Lots of vanilla and chocolate flavors up front. Strong booze presence throughout the palate. This one may be a bit better with some time to mellow, but still delicious now. Finishes with a little tang from the wheat along with more bourbon.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This much booze is probably needed to cancel out the sweetness presented by the base and cacao and vanilla, but it's still somewhat harsh.

I like big boozy beers so this is right up my alley. Fans of more integrated less aggressive booze will want to sit on this a while. Flavors are very solid although not quite to the level of Chocolate Rain.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 22:18:22 | More by jmarsh123
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml white wax dipped bottle into a matching Bruery branded snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden orange color with some lighter yellowish hints around the edges. A finger and a half worth of white froth forms across the top and slowly fades to a thin film across the top holding with about a half finger strength around the perimeter of the glass. Some small patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is pretty intense with a strong scent of bourbon infused tangy alcohol. When a deep whiff is taken, it is somewhat perfume-like and solvent/burning to the nostrils. But when you step back and take more sniffs, it has a lot of character to take in. White chocolate is pretty profound here almost like angel's food cake batter. More smells are reminiscent of cotton candy mixed with more white chocolate powder and lots of vanilla. Under all of the sweet candy tones is a familiar fruited quality of a wheatwine.

The taste is boozy with a tangy bourbon aspect that transitions immediately into sweetness of white chocolate, vanilla, mild oak, cotton candy and angel's food cake mix. There is a bit of fruity aspect here very typical of the base style. However, I cant get over how much other stuff is thrown into the mix here. They must have used a truckload of white chocolate to get it integrated this boldly in the flavor. Despite all the residual sugar here, that 14% is alive and well with a solid burn down the back of the throat. As the brew gets warmer, it has almost a bitter orange flavor that emerges along with the alcohol and the palate starts to numb. More sips reveal a bit of raw barrel character with a very mild hint of oxidation that is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is really fitting of the name. The aroma especially screams white chocolate with a pretty solid inclusion in the flavor as well. This is quite a hearty sipper that I could never imagine sitting down and wanting to kill a whole bottle of. The solvent alcohol aside, it really is taxing to the palate perhaps even more so than Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain. Fans of wheatwine will want to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:06:26 | More by stakem
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this one on-tap @ Aces & Ales Strong Beer Fest, served in a 4oz. taster glass...

A - The pull pours a hazy peach color, with a minimal off-white color head. Very sparce dots of lace are left as I sip.

S - The initial smell is huge in bourbon! When I sniff more, and work past the bourbon, there are notes of vanilla, caramel & oak.

T/M - The taste follows the nose almost exactally, with lingering notes of dark fruits. Very bourbon forward, with an oakey vanilla finish. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

O - This is a VERY good wheatwine, but the bourbon dominates the flavor. Alcohol warmth is very present, but it is 14.5%. Hard to consider this a summertime wheatwine when it drinks like a big, slow sippin brew. Glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 07:34:56 | More by Rizalini
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. White wax top. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a small head that dissapates quickly. Unique aroma of sour butter, bread dough, yeast, wheat, hints of spice, a bit of campfire. Low to medium carbonation. Flavor is astringent alcohol but not bad. White chocolate and citrus, maple syrup maybe, with an alcohol finish that stings. Almost like a white chocolate rum, but the citrus and syrup flavors balance this out. Medium to heavy syrup mouthfeel. Neat beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:57:10 | More by BMMillsy
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours deep gold with straw on the edges, a cap of beige-ish head which dissipates almost immediately to a still surface. No lacing or head.

S: White chocolate, vanilla frosting, a bit of orange and cherry. Huge, rich aroma.

T: Again, white chocolate/vanilla frosting, a little citrus, finishing with bourbon and mild to moderate sweetness. Not as diabetic as BT. Also, it has kind of an abrupt, strange finish--kind of an off, overly tannic flavor? Anyways, it doesn't quite come together at the end.

M: Very rich. Full bodied and light carbonation. A little sticky and boozy.

O: This is like a white chocolate version of Black Tuesday. Or a Sauternes. A good dessert beer, optimal in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:46:06 | More by pmarlowe
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember who brought this - Jason? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a to collar, leaving minimal lace and a few wisp on top. Murky orange-yellow body. Nothing unexpected for a 14% wheatwine but not much to look at either.

S - Typical wheatwine flavors - fruity yeast and and lightly toasted grains - but with an undercurrent of white chocolate and booze. Some vanilla and oak notes in the periphery. I don't generally like this style, and I was initially a bit put off by the aroma although it improved as it warmed up.

T - The taste is superior, and it's a dead ringer for white chocolate. Oodles of delicious vanilla bean and milk chocolate flavors, with only mild supporting notes from the wheatwine and barrel. Delicious stuff, and not as much booze as you'd expect from 14%.

M - Full bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol warmth. Not as viscous as some of the Bruery's stouts, but there's sufficient heft here.

D - I didn't really like the aroma much, but once I got past that there was a really enjoyable beer to be found. It's very sweet and best enjoyed in small quantities, but may be the best Bruery offering I've had in a while. If you like white chocolate (like I do), then check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:50:17 | More by MasterSki
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros after some car body work.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a nice slightly hazy copper hue with a light quarter inch head that fades to leave a light halo and thin lacing.

S - Aromas of coconut, massive amounts of coconut. Ton of vanilla, almost too much. Bourbon is a bit faint, as this warms lots of white "chocolate" comes out. Very nicely balanced with subtle sweetness. Nice subtle brown sugar with not much booze as well.

T - Taste is initiaily awash with coconut and bourbon. Not much white chocolate but nice vanilla notes. As it sits in the mouth the booze becomes more assertive and prominent as do more darker fruits such as raisin and fig. While initially not a booze bomb once it hits you that's kinda all that's there. Barrel, bourbon, and booze. Booze that sits rather heavy on the pallet.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. A tad syrupy but then again this is 14.25% so its to be expected.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer. Like this much more than white oak. Not sure how this will hold up to age though.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:30:59 | More by rudzud
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zipper8650

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer 4th of July
poured down the middle, tulip
A - thin white head, goes away quick, hazy orange marmalade color
S - not a big fan at first but grows on me quickly. sweet, cookies, boozy, raw cocoa, vanilla, i can see the white chocolate connection. gets so much better as it warms up
T - very boozy, I wish it had less heat, vanilla, again, the name makes sense
M - nice, nothing crazy but about what a good quality wheatwine should be
O - disappointed because of the heat and booze, really love the smell
Skol

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 23:11:02 | More by zipper8650
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, golden with a white one-finger head that morphs to lingering bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: chocolate cake in a glass. Tartness mixed with caramel and vanilla. Where's my fork?

T: Ooh, let's take a biscotti break. Coconut, caramel and vanilla with sweet sugar and honey. This is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Bourbon barrel notes seal the deal. I' m in love.

M: medium with medium sticky-sweet carbonation.

O: Love this decadent delight. Should come with its own cake tin.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 15:38:29 | More by brewskifan55
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dar482

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a murky dark amber yellow.

The beer is quite sweet throughout. The base beer brings light candy sugar, vanilla, coconut. There's a hints of bourbon, but then throughout there's a light white chocolate flavor.

An interesting attempt at playing around with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:10:03 | More by dar482
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light gold in color, white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Doesn't smell like chocolate, booze rather. Citrus?

Definitely boozy but not as much as the nose. It's chocolately delicious! 14%abv really shows as well.

Lower carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Fits.

A little reminiscent of Chocolate Rain with a sweeter finish. Points for creativity. Glad to have tried it. Thanks TATURBO!.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:28:47 | More by Duff27
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is decent given the ABV, but no lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big, wonderful nose on this. The cacao nibs and vanilla beans stand out most prominently and the combination is infinitely pleasant. The bourbon is complementary and adds an earthy leather component and a big of light fruit. The base is actually pretty hard to find after the nibs, beans, and barrel, but if you sniff hard enough you'll find neutral wheat, apple, apricot, sugar, and toffee. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 T: I don't really know what to make of the taste. It's closer to an 8% brew in both potency of flavor and booze. The vanilla and cacoa are particularly less aggressive in the taste, which isn't to say you'll have trouble finding them. The bourbon comes through stronger, but it still isn't a dominant player. Leather, earthy, melon, booze, oak. The base, however, does come through pretty well. Lots of wheat, light fruits, some toffee, and a surprising amount of spiciness. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body, not the typical so-heavy-you-need-a-fork high ABV Bruery body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: This may be the only Bruery beer ever made that is both super high in ABV and not diabetes-inducingly sweet (which is why a Bruery beer is usually the only option if that itch needs to be scratched). That said, this is far too drinkable. You don't have to chew it and you don't have to wince from the booze tinge. It's pretty tasty and definitely worth a try. Does it taste much like actual white chocolate? No, not really, but I'm thrilled about that since white chocolate doesn't do much for me anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:37:38 | More by DavoleBomb
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kevanb

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a nice honey color, light amber with touches of orange and light brown when struck by the light. A nice, thick, soapy, white head appears momentarily but dissipates briefly leaving behind no lacing. The aroma starts powerful white chocolate, touches of caramel, light vanilla and oaky bourbon, it's quite smooth, potently rich but very inviting. The flavors are right in line, but a touch more complex, light, sweet chocolate straight away with a ton of caramel flavor behind it, vanilla eases its way behind them nicely, touches of bourbon, chewy oak with some honey and light hoppy citrus at the finish. The flavors meld quite nicely together, providing a nice balance between the strong rich flavors and the lighter more effervescent flavors. The body is a bit thinner than I'd like with a touch more carbonation than anticipated, but it coats the mouth nicely and finishes smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice bourbon barrel beer from The Bruery. While certainly a sweet, sipping beer, the richness is moderately kept in check making this a great beer to share for desert.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:21:33 | More by kevanb
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a not unexpectedly small head (given the high ABV); leaves just a few spots behind

Smell: As the beer warms, it really takes on the white chocolate aromatics; plenty of boozy elements to tingle the nostrils

Taste: Caramel cookie dough, up front, with a growing astringent Rum-like boozy character, in the middle, that brings along the coconut and vanilla flavors; after the swallow, the Bourbon and sweet malts dominate but it is in the aftertaste that the white chocolate really comes through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of heat in the gullet

Overall: Fascinating to see what the Bruery did with this one; too big and boozy for its own good but worth a share with others

Thanks, BigTomZ, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

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