White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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972 Ratings
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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 420
Gots: 357 | FT: 48
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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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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gcamparone
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks vitese for the hookup! 2014 edition.

Pours a light, hazy, amber-marmalade body with a big, frothy, off-white head that reduces slowly to leave leggy lacing that sticks around.

Aromas are quite potent and inviting.. white chocolate seems appropriate as aromas of vanilla cake, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and butterscotch all come into play.

Taste is a different story.. upfront is a muted caramel-toffee flavor, vanilla/bourbon and dark fruit on the follow through, somewhat astringent, almost sourness on the finish. A little boozy.

Mouthfeel is odd... watery, low carbonation, with a medium-light body. I'd expect something a little richer for a beer of this caliber.

Overall I wasn't impressed with White Chocolate, maybe a couple years will add some richness or balance to it. Will revisit.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Slikybump
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

A good wheat wine and the fact that it's bourbon barrel aged helps obviously. The only negative is it's advertised as "white chocolate". The bottle I got tasted nothing like white chocolate or vanilla for that matter. The bruery has def put out better barrel aged beers in the past.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rand
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, poured into a wine glass

Yes, it's infected. But then, so is every wild ale. I appreciate the Bruery's courteous recall policy, but sending back every beer that brushes up against aggressive bacteria would rob a beer geek of serendipitous experiences. As is the case with 2013 White Chocolate.

The nose reveals obvious tart aspects, but strong notes of vanilla and oak quickly layer the aromas. There's a spun-sugar note all over the bouquet that carries on the palate, bouncing nicely off the oak and booze. Distinct notes of vanilla and cocoa throughout, while a touch of bittering hops balance things toward the finish.

Compared to the 2012 batch this is obviously not what the brewers intended, but there's no reason to send this back. I've had a lot of intentionally soured that were far harder to drink than this.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of UlfAndreas
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.