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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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809 Ratings
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 387
Gots: 323 | FT: 44
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 07:31:41 | More by Knapp85
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Virginia

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Florida

3/5  rDev -27.9%

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Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Massachusetts

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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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New Jersey

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New York

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

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Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.