White Chocolate - The Bruery
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3.06/5 rDev -26.4%
Served on-draught into a 50cl brandy stem-snifter at Beer Belly in Koreatown last week. Expectations were high. 14% according to their menu. Cost was $7.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger head of milky beige colour. Recedes quite fast; retention is a scant one minute at best. Forgivable given the insane ABV. Decent creaminess and thickness.
Body colour is a murky caramel-peach. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Okay overall, but not unique or special.
Sm: Surprisingly timid. No alcohol is detectable - which is shocking. No yeast is detectable. Maybe some fermented peach? Caramalt. Tropical hop notes. Light vanilla/creme brulee character. Light malty sweetness. A surprisingly mild aroma for the style and ABV. Not off-putting, but not appealing either. There's little going on here to get excited about.
T: Sweet. Floral hops. Some cream. Peach fruit - as murky and unevocative as it can possibly be. Some alcohol does come through, but it's not boozy or hot. Malty body is indistinct and forgettable. Some generic caramalts. Restrained unremarkable vanilla. Balance is muddled and far from ideal. Kind of a mess, actually. There's some complexity, but no subtlety. I'm underwhelmed and disappointed. Some light white chocolate does come through, but it's hardly well integrated and there's nowhere near enough to justify naming the beer after it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. On the thicker side. Adequately carbonated. Not crisp, soft, oily, or harsh. Suits the flavour profile in a general detached careless sense. The texture certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavours. Unrefreshing. Pretty good presence on the palate. Pretty good body.
Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV - I'll give it that. But boy am I sincerely disappointed; I'm shocked people pay a membership fee to buy beers as mediocre as this. Definitely not worth trading for. Severely underwhelming. I honestly wouldn't order this again. I hope it's better in bottled form. It hides its ABV well, but beyond that I really don't understand the appeal. I can't believe this is even talked about as a great beer. But in the words of a wise comedian, it'll get you drunk.
06-24-2013 20:23:59 | More by kojevergas
3.41/5 rDev -18%
Thanks to eyebereej for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter.
A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a thin white head that fades fast despite lots of visible carbonation.
S: Big barrel presence, fairly boozy, with vanilla, oak, and a restrained cacao with a noticeable sweet bready malt.
T: Barrel flavors lead the way here as well. Then vanilla, booze, wheat, malts (caramel, and more
toffee shows up as the beer warms slightly). A bit grainy, and the cacao is still a bit more subdued than expected. Overall stays sweet into the finish.
M: Sticky mouthfeel, a lighter body than expected, and the alcohol is quite noticeable but still doesn't seem overly hot. Low carbonation sensation despite all the visible bubbles.
O: I don't know that I'm going to be able to explain this one. It just really didn't do it for me. I think the amount of maltiness didn't stand up to the treatments, and it's just too sweet to drink much of. It lacks the heft of a nice barrel-aged barleywine. I was really looking forward to this beer, and just came away disappointed. In general, I'd be tempted to give it a second go, but at this price point I don't know that I will.
08-12-2013 22:03:38 | More by macrosmatic
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
Bottle: Poured a golden amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of white chocolate is actually surprising with some residual sugars and some vanilla. Taste is also very reminiscent of white chocolates with some vanilla and quite a bit of residua sugars. Taste is quite over-the–top so it is probably best to drink this in small doses. Body is about average for style with good carbonation with no alcohol being easily apparent. Interesting experiment for sure but not something I would seek on a regular basis.
03-24-2014 23:25:32 | More by Phyl21ca
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
Chilled bottle into a glass, shared at a gathering of 15 or so people. The perfect size for this dessert in a bottle.
A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange body with a pinky finger of off-white head. Decent retention, but no lace.
S: Vanilla, sherry-esque oxidation, butterscotch, cream, bourbon. This is what Creme Brulee set out to do, but shat the bed on. It's a dessert in a bottle, as I said above.
T: Vanilla-drizzled cheesecake, butterscotch (this is really the biggest drawback for me), honey, bourbon-drenched waffles. There is a very light astringency in the finish that doesn't make a dent in the sweet flavors of the beer.
M: Despite being sweet, the beer isn't treacly, and it drinks relatively lightly for something of its gravity. It isn't quite on par with BT for being thick and viscous. Well-disguised ABV.
O: When the beer was announced, I was skeptical; I thought White Oak was horrendous, and taking a component of it seemed similarly destined for failure. I will concede that this was better than I had anticipated, but it was still not a great beer; as someone else remarked, "I'm a little sad that I have 14 bottles of it." I don't think I'm in the target market here.
10-10-2012 09:14:10 | More by Arbitrator
White Chocolate from The Bruery
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