1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

White Chocolate - The Bruery

Not Rated.
White ChocolateWhite Chocolate

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

856 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 856
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 400
Gots: 328 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The primary component of our "White Oak" ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as "White Oak Sap." Essentially a "summer" barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we've added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate...hence the name.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 856 | Reviews: 118 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

wrightst, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Gonzoillini, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -3.6%

billab914, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kelp, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ShanePB, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

tobelerone, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.6%

THECPJ, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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

wordemupg, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Rhettroactive, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into FW mini-snifter - thanks to egadbananas

Glowing light golden pour with a thin bone white head resting on top. Specks of lacing dot the glass while drinking.

Like a boozy dessert in a glass - assorted scents of birthday cake, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, coconut and syrup. Sweet and warm.

Booze-soaked white chocolate right up front, punctuated by a variety of decadent, warm, sweet flavors. Drizzled in honey and syrup, the vanilla beans combine with oak and bourbon for continuing warmth. Birthday cake, vanilla icing, caramel and a thick wheat backbone. Full flavored, for sure, wildly sweet, but incredibly flavorful throughout.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and soft on the tongue. Similar to what others have said, this beer is wildly expressive and flavorful, although insanely sweet and rich. We split a bottle between 4 people and finished every drop.

xnicknj, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -3.6%

GraduatedCashew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip
14.75% ABV, 2013 Bottle

A - After a five minute ordeal with the outrageously thick wax, this beer pours relatively still from the high alcohol. Hazed golden in color it's fleeting white head dots the tulip in specks of lace before sinking to a ring of bubbles.

S - White Chocolate smells of wheat husks soaked, at length, in grain alcohol and used to stir the concoction of bourbon oak-aged barley malt, cacao nibs, and stringy vanilla beans. More alcohol than anything, this beer has complex undertones of pear skin and earthy spice.

T - Like a liquid caramel-drizzled brownie, this beer is bursting with chocolate notes of cacao nibs and vanilla, from both the vanilla beans and the bourbon oak aging. The wheat wine's presence is still there with smooth wheat flavor and feel that provides a great base for the additives.

M - Despite pouring somewhat still, White Chocolate has a rich and smooth body with a prickle of carbonation, finishing incredibly dry and thin from the alcohol level.

O - The Bruery's White Chocolate lives up to it's name, smelling and tasting like a liquified brownie made with booze. This heavy hitter doesn't deceive; it's alcohol is right out in the open, adding complexity to the white chocolate brew. Mmm delicious.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

KAF, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Dark yellow with some orange in the centre. Completely cloudy/opaque. A thin layer of bright white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big vanilla and oak aromas up front. Some bourbon, caramel and a cocoa notes are also present that create a great white chocolate aroma - as advertised!

T - The bourbon comes to the forefront right away. Big vanilla notes and cocoa create and sweet white chocolate presence. The oak is present throughout. The white chocolate is not as well integrated as the nose indicated but still comes together well.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
White Chocolate from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.