White Chocolate - The Bruery

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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.12%
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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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

Normally, I'm not one to reach for the white chocolate (my preference lying with the dark or peanut butter-filled), but who am I to turn down some barrel-aged wheatwine goodness? This stuff pours a hazy auburn topped by a half-finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet bourbon, light candied orange peel, vanilla bean, buttercream, light oak, and a twinge of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, the orange coming through a bit stronger, though tempered a bit by the booze. Still, the sweetness is what reigns supreme here, but not in a Southern Tier Creme Brulee sort of way: more restrained due to the overt cooperation of its constituent parts. Basically, the complexity of the sweetness plays off of itself, rather than having it serve to o'erwash all else as in the aforementioned New York-based stout. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice wheatwine, one that somehow did not overdo things with the barrel and the additives, despite how easily it certainly could have. Good times. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Dark, cloudy copper. Leaves very little head. No legs.

N: Brandy, figs, and oh yes, white chocolate. Loads of lucious white chocolate. Caramel. Incredibly sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla and oak.

T: Another dumptruck of white chocolate. Vanilla, and some moderation from the oak. Plenty of brandy again. Figs and raisins. Again, incredibly sugary but still not cloying. Love it.

N: Suprisingly light for a barleywine. Alcohol is really well hidden,however.

O: Yeah, I want more of this. It’s not a revelation, but it’s beautifully accurate and rich. Yep, drink it and enjoy the confection. (645 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,120 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from 2012, shared by Doug on 15 August. Poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Pours a thinnish-looking orange, straw coloured body. Not much head or lacing to be found here. Still, the colour throws me off because of the name White Chocolate, but I have to remember that this is not called that name for the looks.

Now the smell on this thing is amazing and unique. It smells like white chocolate fondue. It really does. So much vanilla, milk chocolate and some sugar in there with a splash of bourbon heat. I can't get over how much this beer smells like actual white chocolate. So awesome.

The taste isn't quite as white chocolatey as the smell, but it does follow quite a bit. Lots of vanilla, some bourbon, and some toffee and caramel with oak. The malt backbone on this beer is relatively small for the adjuncts that I taste here.. it's tasty in an unique way, runs rather hot like a typical Bruery beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointingly thin. OK carbonation, not as much as I think this beer would need. Aftertaste is an interesting mixture of bourbon and milk chocolate sweetness.. gets a bit cloying as it warms up. Alcohol heat is actually decently strong at the beginning and it only gets stronger as it warms up.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. It's probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The rest of the beer holds up rather well, but is nowhere near as awesome as the smell is. Worth trying at least once, but as with other Bruery beers, it's just not something I want to drink on a regular basis. Thanks again for sharing this one, Doug! (1,596 characters)

Photo of RandomBattle
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to my Bruery tulip, yes!

Appearance - pours a mildly hazy golden yellow and, surprisingly, has a very nice amount of carbonation which gave rise to a one finger head. Given the ABV I did not anticipate the beer to be so....lively?

Smell - honestly, this may be the best beer I have ever smelled. The aroma was as strong and pungent every time I took a whiff. Huge chocolate and vanilla notes, which combined with the oak toastyness from the barrel is beyond words, giving the beer a wonderful sugary marshmallow bouquet. Fantastic.

Taste - this is liquid dessert. Sweet notes of vanilla and bourbon followed with the chocolate is decadent. Big, powerful flavors in this sipper.

Mouthfeel - very decently carbonated, fairly smooth, and a little on the heavy side, definitely a little bit of heat in this one also. As this ages in it will turn into something magical.

Overall - share this one...like with 4 or more people. I split this bottle and it was a bit too much for me, it is very sweet and pretty heavy. This is dessert, have a slice of cake rather then the whole thing... (1,090 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been really excited for this one, and finally cracked it after fixing rudzud's car, and shared with him.

Pours a fizzy light small head covering that rises semi quickly with light lacing, nice legs too, starts clear then an accidental dregs pour brings lots of big and dark chunk sediment.

Nose starts great, plenty of bourbon out front, nice sweet smelling aromas, light toffee caramel, buttery oak, vanilla galore, some white chocolate buried which comes out a lot more as it opens, as well as a bit of cocoa reminds me of Easter as a kid. There is a bit of coconut initially that is not great, but that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Great sweet smelling fruits too, white raisin, brown sugar covered dates, and just a bit of clean booze. Very nice.

Taste starts oaky, then quickly into fruits, light coconut again that disappears quickly to the white raisin, candied dates, etc. Then vanilla, which some comes from the oak barrel and some from the vanilla beans but not as big as the nose. Bourbon is much lighter than I expected. Booze starts lighter then turns up a couple notches as it sits on my tongue, warming tingly booze that even burns the throat a bit. Chocolate comes in later more towards the finish but is light and present early, more of a chocolate covered raisins at first, then some white choc after but not a ton. The booze cuts in quite a bit and starts to become unpleasant but after a few sips it mellows and starts to tickle my gums just a bit. Malts are there too, some caramel, toffee, sweet syrupy reddish malts. Finish is long sticky syrupy mouth coating, lingering booze, hot booze, long lingering white choc, dark candied fruits, vanilla galore, etc.

Mouth is quite thick, syrupy, decent carb, lots of hot tingly booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, the taste starts great but seems to fade the more it opens and especially as the booze really kicks in. Quite a nice beer if the booze didn't really kick in, and I wish some of the great aromas like bourbon and vanilla were more present on the flavor. Curious how this will age, could be great as the booze mellows and the flavors merge, or could be bad as all the great characteristics fade out. (2,195 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1498th Review on BA
Draft to Snifter
6oz

@TheBruery

App- Along the lines of most standard wheatwines. Slight golden, slightly yellow with really no head to it. It was a bit of a liquid butter look to it. No cling in the glass and just sat in the glass. I dont know if a bottle will be more carbonated.

Smell- It's a very nice smelling beer. It was very unique as are most wheatwines with regards to the style of having the wheat in the malt combined and very booze forward. You get all the barrel in the nose of this one as well as a lot of the vanilla. It really shares its specialness with the aroma of CR due to the special cacoa beans.

Taste- I thought it was very good. Some might not like the fact its a wheatwine and a lot of flavors are competing with eachother for supremacy in the glass. The wheated malt opens this up with the barrel and oak coming next. The vanilla pairs well throughout. The little cocoa nib I got lent itself to a balanced bitter on the finish.

Mouth- From the appearance I could tell the feel would be off. Its bodied for me, with a small light medium body with a lower/medium carbonation. Bubbles needed to be up a little more for me to carry the lightness of the vanilla through more. Good residual booze and oak though.

Drink- I thought it was fantastic. So sad I am not an RS member to land a bottle or 2 to sit on. Will try to get one though. Oh yes it will be mine!!! (1,411 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle graciously shared by sstorck, my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Clear gold with no head, some carbonation is visible though.

S: Huge vanilla and cocoa powder aroma, lots of oak as well...fairly subdued booze (I was expecting more of a beast!) but still plenty of bourbon, whiskey, even vinous notes. Tangy & bready wheat component in there as well. Sweet and intense.

T: Really follows the nose, the burn is quite manageable and cuts the sugary sweet base of this beer quite a bit. Big vanilla finish give the impression of extra-sugary white chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and wheat...still a bit vinous with a good amount of whiskey/bourbon character. Warming finish, for sure.

MF: Creamy and smooth, this still feels like its a touch short of full-bodied...maybe thats the alcohol cutting into it some? Lower carbonation, as expected, turns this into a slow sipper.

O: Pretty awesome; this is my first wheatwine and I doubt it'll get much better than this. BIG, sugary sweet beer; LOTS of vanilla, oak, white chocolate, and bourbon here. Split this bottle several ways, and take your time ;)

Thanks sstorck! (1,119 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (1,221 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is dark, yet it has some reddish hues. Otherwise, it'll be a dark pour. Has some bubbles formed at the top. Smells like cognac, oak, some vanilla and some chocolate. Taste good. Body is a bit thick and syrupy.

Can't wait to try it again. (249 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,556 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing.

The beer is yellowish orange with a thin white head. The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, malt, booze. Fabulous flavor. Super smooth and teeming with flavor. Vanilla candy and seriously...white chocolate. Alcohol is certainly there but doesn't bother me. Delicious. Would happily have this again. (335 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the bottle share TATURBO!

reviewed from notes on 2/10/2013.

poured into sniftet glass.

Appearance: pale yellowish orange bodied beer with a thin white cap of head. Head drops to nothing.

Smell: Spicy bourbon, butterscotch, wheat malts and a solvent boozey smell.

Taste: Its a really sweet beer. Butterscotch, honey, and caramel notes are really big in this beer. Nice mellow oaky bourbon flavor and a surprise coconut note as well. A hint of vanilla, and cocoa in the finish that seems to show up from no where.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Really smooth booziness thats just so mellow. Has an almost spicy warmth to it and a little bit of a syrupy body. When the beer is on your palate you get just a touch of fizzy carb thats very short lived.

Overall: How does the Bruery take these monster beers and make them so smooth? Its beyond me. This is probably the best wheatwine that I have had. It a tough style to do really well in my mind. I wasnt blown away, but really thought it was solid. The flavor and mouthfeel are the best aspects of this beer. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Slightly hazy golden-amber color, minimal head or lace.

Smells good - vanilla, coconut, caramel malt; cohesive and quite appetizing.

Tastes like it smells - vanilla, coconut, light chocolate, light honey/caramel, a bit of dried fruit along the lines of golden raisin, and nice hit of bourbon in the finish. On the sweet side, but appropriately so. Cohesive and quite tasty.

Medium bodied, fine cushy carbonation, sugary;. Surprisingly easy to drink for the sweetness and alcohol levels; goes down easy. Goes well with Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies. (567 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (2,356 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (2,165 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,411 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange, thin white head, little lacing. Acceptable for 15% and Barrel Aged.

Aroma: Very rich and intense malt character of toffee, oak, and some cocoa nib.

Flavor: Pretty boozy up front. Lots of oaky tannins, and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of residual sugar to beef up the body, but thin thinned out by the booze.

Overall: Great beer, but I actually prefer White Oak for it's drinkability. The flavor is great in this one, but the heat makes it tough to put down. (495 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this and stakem for procuring it. Enjoyed in a goblet from the bottle chilled.

The color is dark golden with thick haze bordering on amber with thin head that becomes beads with no lace, maybe legs sticking. The smell is strong with a smell of yeast and lots of malt some dried fruit type sweetness in the aroma with a wheat-like scent with vanilla and bourbon in the mix. The feel is creamy at first with sweet and tangy element with oak tannin and mild woody spice with slight yeast texture and moderately high alcohol mid palate with a semi-dry finish.

The feel leads to a nice flavor of wheat with strong vanilla and barrel character with the bourbon blended well in the taste with slight yeast spice and gentle alcohol increasing toward the finish. Overall this is a great barrel aged strong wheat beer with the vanilla quality enjoyable and the outcome achieves what the brewer was attempting to do well -very smooth for the strength with hardly any alcohol heat. (1,009 characters)

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