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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

844 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 397
Gots: 324 | FT: 47
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)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

huntermop, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

BigBlueShep, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 stiff 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.

thagr81us, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

kbuzz, Feb 17, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -69.9%

HoppyBastard2, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

funkel81, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

hopkrid, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

vfgccp, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

DantheMan75, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

dar482, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

bennetj17, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bbpro47, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

LambicPentameter, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SenorEsteban, Feb 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kingmaker, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

CDCNAM, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

mmcnaughton, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

EyePeeAyBryan, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TubaDan, Feb 02, 2014
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2.05/5  rDev -50.6%

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.

cpetrone84, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

baybum, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

POTABLE83, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tectactoe, Jan 29, 2014
White Chocolate from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.