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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

818 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 393
Gots: 322 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-29-2013 19:58:38 | More by Sparky44
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drebrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2013 21:41:16 | More by drebrew
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2013 21:08:40 | More by scotv
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-28-2013 18:28:09 | More by Kirk
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-28-2013 02:37:07 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2013 00:52:19 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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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

12-27-2013 17:19:23 | More by BEERchitect
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-27-2013 05:31:14 | More by Stinger80OH
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beagle75

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

12-27-2013 03:12:17 | More by beagle75
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-25-2013 13:54:51 | More by CGMLS3
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AKuehn47

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2013 15:15:40 | More by AKuehn47
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WillCarrera

Ohio

2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-24-2013 06:41:21 | More by WillCarrera
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seandamnit

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:51:05 | More by seandamnit
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ImperialStout

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2013 18:16:06 | More by ImperialStout
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PF15

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 23:20:24 | More by PF15
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-21-2013 23:20:24 | More by RayOhioFelton
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NWer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-21-2013 21:13:30 | More by NWer
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astroflounder

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-19-2013 02:23:45 | More by astroflounder
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Durb777

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-18-2013 18:44:13 | More by Durb777
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-18-2013 02:13:53 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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corysmith01

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-16-2013 02:52:57 | More by corysmith01
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:12:01 | More by KYGunner
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-14-2013 02:18:17 | More by jkball01
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-13-2013 04:15:48 | More by XmnwildX12
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davesway10

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2013 00:59:49 | More by davesway10
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.