1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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
93
outstanding

854 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 854
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 401
Gots: 327 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 854 | Reviews: 118 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hophead717, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tsauce2, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Kreko7
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Kreko7, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of jayhoppin
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jayhoppin, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Haywire
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Haywire, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ReddMoneyBrown
5/5  rDev +20.2%

ReddMoneyBrown, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Benish, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Soneast, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Had the pleasure of trying this one on-tap @ Aces & Ales Strong Beer Fest, served in a 4oz. taster glass...

A - The pull pours a hazy peach color, with a minimal off-white color head. Very sparce dots of lace are left as I sip.

S - The initial smell is huge in bourbon! When I sniff more, and work past the bourbon, there are notes of vanilla, caramel & oak.

T/M - The taste follows the nose almost exactally, with lingering notes of dark fruits. Very bourbon forward, with an oakey vanilla finish. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

O - This is a VERY good wheatwine, but the bourbon dominates the flavor. Alcohol warmth is very present, but it is 14.5%. Hard to consider this a summertime wheatwine when it drinks like a big, slow sippin brew. Glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. I would drink it again.

Rizalini, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.8%

oline73, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

mhaugo, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Reappropriated, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

2012 version. 14.25% ABV.

Very clear amber gold. Aggressive pour into a Teku glass produced a half inch head that dissipated very fast. Not much lacing.

Nose is interesting: boozy with a ton of oak, marshmallow, vanilla, walnuts and chocolate. Smells like white chocolate.

This has a really strong oak flavor, and possibly because of that, it seems more alcoholic than its rated 14.25% ABV. Some tawny port-like nutty flavors, a lot of vanilla and a little peach fruit or other stone fruit in the mid palate, while chocolate emerges in the finish. It is a big beer with a lot of different flavors. It is better cold, and loses integration as it warms up.

The body is medium and there is not much carbonation. Especially as it warms, the strong alcohol, oak, and vanilla elements become more harsh on the palate.

While this smells sweet, the taste lags behind, and I think it would be better if it tasted a bit sweeter. As it is, I would drink this beer colder with a dessert pairing.

Beerenauslese, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

lunarbrew, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev +1%

75cl bottle from 2012, shared by Doug on 15 August. Poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Pours a thinnish-looking orange, straw coloured body. Not much head or lacing to be found here. Still, the colour throws me off because of the name White Chocolate, but I have to remember that this is not called that name for the looks.

Now the smell on this thing is amazing and unique. It smells like white chocolate fondue. It really does. So much vanilla, milk chocolate and some sugar in there with a splash of bourbon heat. I can't get over how much this beer smells like actual white chocolate. So awesome.

The taste isn't quite as white chocolatey as the smell, but it does follow quite a bit. Lots of vanilla, some bourbon, and some toffee and caramel with oak. The malt backbone on this beer is relatively small for the adjuncts that I taste here.. it's tasty in an unique way, runs rather hot like a typical Bruery beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointingly thin. OK carbonation, not as much as I think this beer would need. Aftertaste is an interesting mixture of bourbon and milk chocolate sweetness.. gets a bit cloying as it warms up. Alcohol heat is actually decently strong at the beginning and it only gets stronger as it warms up.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. It's probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The rest of the beer holds up rather well, but is nowhere near as awesome as the smell is. Worth trying at least once, but as with other Bruery beers, it's just not something I want to drink on a regular basis. Thanks again for sharing this one, Doug!

Stevedore, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of chrisp450
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

chrisp450, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Mj45isback
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mj45isback, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Skrypt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Skrypt, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of yoitsarch
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

yoitsarch, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
3.41/5  rDev -18%

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a thin white head that fades fast despite lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big barrel presence, fairly boozy, with vanilla, oak, and a restrained cacao with a noticeable sweet bready malt.

T: Barrel flavors lead the way here as well. Then vanilla, booze, wheat, malts (caramel, and more
toffee shows up as the beer warms slightly). A bit grainy, and the cacao is still a bit more subdued than expected. Overall stays sweet into the finish.

M: Sticky mouthfeel, a lighter body than expected, and the alcohol is quite noticeable but still doesn't seem overly hot. Low carbonation sensation despite all the visible bubbles.

O: I don't know that I'm going to be able to explain this one. It just really didn't do it for me. I think the amount of maltiness didn't stand up to the treatments, and it's just too sweet to drink much of. It lacks the heft of a nice barrel-aged barleywine. I was really looking forward to this beer, and just came away disappointed. In general, I'd be tempted to give it a second go, but at this price point I don't know that I will.

macrosmatic, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of ACB
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ACB, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

atoulouk, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Greenplastic615
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Greenplastic615, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle courtesy of oline73, thanks again!

A- not a good looking beer, pours a rusty muddled brown-orange with a head I'd be disappointed with if I saw on my homebrew. Alas, it is barrel aged, so I won't be too harsh

S- Vanilla with the familiar wheatwine alcohol heat

T- BOOM! it all works! open up first as a vanilla shake then fades into a finish of creamy white chocolate, amazing

M- perfect, thick body that holds the flavors well and even adds to the experience keeping the milkshake flavors together with a milkshake like body, no sign of the alcohol from the nose

O- Beer doesn't look all the great and the nose isn't earth shattering, but everything is amazing. Great beer, very interesting idea, worth seeking out!

GonzoHomebrewer, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of iDole5
4/5  rDev -3.8%

iDole5, Aug 10, 2013
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.