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White Chocolate | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.75%

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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 1,106
Photo of UlfAndreas
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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Photo of champ103
2.33/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Pours an opaque cloudy orange color. A white head forms, but recedes to nothing with no lace.

Forgoing my usual review outline, I have know idea how to rate this. My first bottle was sickly and cloyingly sweet with bitter chocolate. Taste basically the same. Though recent bottles have yielded and out of whack, pungent and acidic sourness. The feel is supper thick, and overly resinous. Hot alcohol all the way through.

Every time I have had this, it has been a chore to put away a few ounces. Not something I have ever remembered enjoying. Non infected bottle or not. A poorly made beer.

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Photo of 01001111
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2012 edition. I tried an infected 2013 version and, while interesting, wasn't appropriate to review.

A: Ripe apricot. Hazy. Barely any lacing.

S: Big bourbon barrel character with caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch.

T: Very hot. Once the booze burn dissipates you get a wash of vanilla and caramel. The cacao nibs aren't particularly noticeable but that may be the light color affecting my experience of the flavor. There's an apple-esque tartness in the finish; not an infection tartness but perhaps some esters from the base wheatwine.

M: Not as thick as I had anticipated but very hot. The burn runs from the mouth all the way to the stomach.

O: It's a pleasure finally getting to try this. A beautiful scent, a good flavor. Was it worth the hunt? Perhaps, perhaps not. I am, however, looking forward to trying the next version.


Updated for 2014 edition:

T: Not as hot. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and the oaky/coconut flavors of the wood. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I tried it the first time.

O: Amazing. Drink this one fresh-ish so that the vanilla doesn't fall off too much.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky light amber body. Thin collar with a few bubbles on the surface.

Smell - Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Bourbon. Harsh booziness. Really does smell like white chocolate, though.

Taste - Bourbon and vanilla up front. Chocolate is very strong. The white chocolate flavor is still apparent, but not like the smell. Sweet with a hint of grain. Intense vanilla bean finish.

Mouthfeel - Harsh and boozy. Medium carbonation. You taste every bit of the ABV.

Overall - The white chocolate concept is spot on, but the vanilla is as intense as vanilla extract.

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Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a couple growlers at a Bruery tap takeover at Bierkraft last year. Just getting around to posting the review now:

A - Looks almost like tokaji, a foggy light taupe with very little head

S - Vanilla and cake batter. A little cinnamon and brown sugar spice from the barrel but none of the smoke. Exceptionally smooth, desserty nose with just a hint of banana and cherry.

T - Lots of toffee, vanilla and something akin to a honey-bran muffin. Some milky (or perhaps even ... white) chocolate, banana, and a hint of lemon peel. Zero bitterness, or any hop presence. Comparable to Utopias in that regard. It does approximate white chocolate, but I'd compare it more to the creme in a cherry cordial.

M - Sticky, medium consistency. The high ABV means it's definitely hot.

O - One of the tastier Bruery offerings and the best wheatwine I've had (but let's be clear: I've only had a handful of wheatwines). Glad I split this up in tasters of about 9 oz. Anything more than that would have put me to sleep.

thecuriograph.com

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a murky light brown, no visible head. Bubbles coming from the bottom, some nice film around the glass. Smell is sweet and huge with white chocolate flavor. What a great smelling beer. There's a sweet bourbon start on the flavor, then falls back to a smooth white chocolate and vanilla after taste. You can also pick up oak, and the alcohol burn isn't overwhelming. It's incredibly sweet but it's so flavorful. Medium mouthfeel, slightly carbonated, thought it would be more bubbly from the appearance, but I'm glad it's not. Nice unique beer and a great sipper.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!
2013 Vintage, poured 4/2014

Pours clear and golden color with minimal head and no lacing. The nose is light but heavy on sweet malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla and hot alcohol. The taste is very similar, a cloying mix of vanilla, caramel and overly sweet malt. It has a heavy body and minimal carbonation making it oily, silky and thick. Overall, an interesting brew that was just to sweet and unbalanced for me.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 2012 bottle into a Bruery tulip (proper!). Poured a vibrant yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wheat, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and cocoa nibs. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, wood, milk chocolate, wheat, earth, spice, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There is a ton of stuff going on in this one. The nose was really quite nice and balanced. Almost like this is just an unassuming beer for the masses. The flavor is the first hint that something is going on here. The booze on the follow through confirms it. This thing has simmered down some in the time before I opened it. Granted this made it really quite well balanced and easy to drink. Yes, I just said that. At 14+%, this was easy to drink. Could I kill an entire bottle to the face, probably. Would I recommend this to high schoolers to butt chug? Absolutely. The less of them there are, the better, after all. Definitely find a way to get this on your palate. Based on the rumors from the 2013 bottles, get a 2012. Based on this, you won't regret it.

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.05/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Pour is a transparent dark amber with a foamy white head. Nose is a fair bit of bourbon, heavy wheat base and odd caramel malt, muddled and dirty with a hint of coconut and notes of milk chocolate. Taste is extremely sweet and not integrated at all. The bourbon is lighter, notes of apple juice and some overly sweet caramel. The chocolate and nib notes are extremely out of place and don't fit in at all. There is tons of sugar, hints of booziness through the softly carbonated finish. The body is big, soft palate and creamy.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited: This beer was infected the first time I had it. I was given another bottle of this beer recently and was hoping to for the best with it. The beer still poured out the same way, nothing too special to look at but the smell and taste were much better. The vanilla and cocoa stand out really well with the boozy bourbon barrel aroma. The taste gets better as the beer warms up. The sweetness of the vanilla and chocolate come out really nicely here, it makes you want to savor each sip. The rest of the beer is how it should be but this deserved to be bumped up a bit since last time I wasn't that impressed with it.

First beer of 2013 and a big thanks to MexicanSkittel for sending over this one to me. This was a beer I was pretty excited to try for a good amount of time. The beer poured out as muddy looking gold or copper color with a fizzy white head that comes and goes very quickly. No retention or lacing at all in this beer but I suppose it's due to the high ABV. The smell of the beer is strong, it's got a lot of boozy ethanol fumes as well as vanilla, cocoa and bourbon oak. The smell does resemble actual White Chocolate a little bit. The taste of the beer at first has some sour notes that were a little unexpected from the barrel aging. The more I drank the vanilla and chocolate flavors became more intense which was really impressive. The mouthfeel of the beer was boozy, a little syrupy and had a moderate carbonation to it. Overall I expected the beer to be more along the lines of a Southern Tier Creme Brulee or something like that. It was much stronger than I thought it'd be as well. It's not as good as I had hoped for in my opinion, still very glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Riding on the heels of Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain, expectations are high for White Chocolate. But with a restructured recipe, this ale is like no other!

As the ale pours, its nearly champagne exuberance strikes the eye with its bright golden color, modest haze and racy carbonation. As a partly fizzy head rises, it falls nearly as fast- showing off its cotton white bubbles before they collapse back into the a with hardly a trace of lacing.

Honey-sweetened sugar cookies kick things off with a backing of tangy acidity, vanilla and oak. With an undertow of sourdough, white grapes and green apples- the mix of wheat and sweet takes on complex tangy scents. A finish of pepper, clove and cumin offer up an oddly placed balance to the sweet and tangy balance.

Its taste is complicates as the flavor of vanilla, heavy whipping cream and sugar cookie provide a whimsical creamy-sweet taste early. But the middle lacks much of that as the raw sourdough flavors weave in tart fruit, champagne and spicy flavors instead. Finishing on that dry, tangy, and sourish spice note, the ale challenges the palate with flavor combinations that have never been seen before.

But the texture of the ale is most confusing. Where promises of silk and cream is promised, a dry film coats the palate, just ahead of the acute pang of champagne carbonation and dryness sets in far too soon. Finishing with that spicy oak note, fleeting textures of powder dryness and spicy astringency offers final impressions.

If the ale could have finishes like it started, then the tart and spice would have offered enough intrigue and complexity to fit right in. But because of its misplaced dryness and carbonation, those spices and acidities are left on an island to fend for themselves.

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Photo of seandamnit
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew, without a doubt one of my fav from The Bruery (though I just picked up the Reserve Society membership, so god knows what tasty brew is awaiting me in 2014.

For tonight I got mine from a bottle that came as a gift from my boss, served in a Bruery branded tulip. 2013. My pallet is not so refined as others, so forgive the generic and/or weird descriptions:

Pours a beautiful orangish-yellow color, with just a little bit of head. Yeast chunks are present.

I taste sweet fruit, and of course vanilla beans. Literally tastes like white chocolate covered raisins. What strikes me more is what I DON'T taste, and that's alcohol - it's there if you look for it, but it's impressive none-the-less for something that is 14.75% abv.

Something I wish I could drink every night, but that's kind of stuff is how you end up on A&E's Intervention

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Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours with a certain cleanliness as its Crystal clear orang color shows only loose carbonation through its body and leaves little head.

The aromas are strong and sweet with pronounced honey, caramel malt, vanilla, wheat and wine.

The flavor really reminds me of a wine, though it is a wheatwine. The wheat flavor is evident but has a fermented style with just a touch of alcohol. The mid palate detects some barrel age properties such as a vanilla and oak wood flavor. It ends with more wheat malt.

The feel is crisp and clean but a bit prickly and bubbly.

The trick to this beer is to know your drinking a wheat wine and not a White Chocolate Stout. Once you put aside expectation this is a flavorful "beer" experience.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unsure as to the date.

A: Pours a deep reddish-amber. Lightly hazy pour. Mid-sized and fizzy tan head. Head fades out pretty quickly, almost soda-like. No sign of lacing at all.

S: Lots of white chocolate and white raisins too. Like white chocolate-covered raisins in fact. Light sting of bourbon with a little caramel and more dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of wheat? Pretty much just smells like straight-up white chocolate raisins for the most part. Pleasant and unique. Quite sweet too.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma. It's all white raisin with white chocolate. Raisins are surprisingly tart too. Sort of a light toffee from the bourbon coats it. Toffee heavier in the middle along with a heavy wheatiness that pokes through in the finish and aftertaste. Heavy drying oaky tannins in the aftertaste as well, lingering around between sips with a bunch of white raisin. Surprisingly not as sweet as I expected, especially given the ABV and the chocolate/vanilla aging. Not much sign of alcohol as you'd expect, but it does warm the belly quickly.

M: Heavy but not overly thick or cloying. It's a big one. Surprisingly drying too.

O: Very interesting brew. I can't tell if I like it. Barrel aging isn't super heavy but supplies a nice layer of complexity. Even the chocolate and vanilla isn't overpowering. The raisins really stand out for me initially though. Aftertaste is a bit rough, that's my only real complaint. Very unique, strong and complex brew at the same time. Never had anything like this. Making a beer that can actually produce the flavors of white chocolate is an accomplishment in itself.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head without much retention and only minimal lacing on a murky burnt orange with golden and copper hues. Aroma of cardboard, white chocolate, apricot, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor follows with vanilla dominant notes with additional flavors of cocoa, cane sugar and bourbon. Medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. I am a little disappointed with this one. It's good but for me didn't live up to the hype. A very boozy beer in both aroma and flavor.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to think about this beer before I tried it. I really thought I wasn't going to like it. Instead it is one of my favorite beers out there. It actually taste like white chocolate. It is beyond delicious. The bottom of the bottle gets a little murky but the flavor is still there. I love this beer!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Bottle (thanks miguel blanco!)

Appearance - Slight hazy amber. No head. Some sediment.

Aroma - White chocolate, sweet wheat, vanilla, coconut.

Taste - Tons of white chocolate, bourbon vanilla, slight tartness, and subtle coconut.

Mouthfeel - Oily, yet drying. Possibly because of the alcohol? Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - White chocolate bomb! The tartness was a real pleasant surprise as well. The 14.whatever% alcohol is not a factor at all. I wouldn't change this beer ever. One of my recent favorites.

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Photo of Zraly
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a CCB snifter. Golden with a soft, white head. Nose smells of bourbon and chocolate; a nice counter-intuitive nose based on the appearance. When taking a big whiff, I fully expect something darker in my glass. So very cool, indeed, on that front.

The general flavor seems very bourbon-centric. Not that I am opposed to that; I love the taste of bourbon and really like most things put into a bourbon barrel within reason. However, I feel like some other aspects of this are overpowered by the bourbon. I get the vanilla -- which of course gets muddled in with the general bourbon quality -- and I pick up on some type of coconut-chocolate note. However, the white chocolate quality is a bit lost on me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is incredibly easy to drink given the ABV. In this respect, this has some danger to it.

Good night cap.

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.