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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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985 Ratings
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 428
Gots: 365 | FT: 50
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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.
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip
14.75% ABV, 2013 Bottle

A - After a five minute ordeal with the outrageously thick wax, this beer pours relatively still from the high alcohol. Hazed golden in color it's fleeting white head dots the tulip in specks of lace before sinking to a ring of bubbles.

S - White Chocolate smells of wheat husks soaked, at length, in grain alcohol and used to stir the concoction of bourbon oak-aged barley malt, cacao nibs, and stringy vanilla beans. More alcohol than anything, this beer has complex undertones of pear skin and earthy spice.

T - Like a liquid caramel-drizzled brownie, this beer is bursting with chocolate notes of cacao nibs and vanilla, from both the vanilla beans and the bourbon oak aging. The wheat wine's presence is still there with smooth wheat flavor and feel that provides a great base for the additives.

M - Despite pouring somewhat still, White Chocolate has a rich and smooth body with a prickle of carbonation, finishing incredibly dry and thin from the alcohol level.

O - The Bruery's White Chocolate lives up to it's name, smelling and tasting like a liquified brownie made with booze. This heavy hitter doesn't deceive; it's alcohol is right out in the open, adding complexity to the white chocolate brew. Mmm delicious.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6/18/13 bottle that opened cleanly with no gush. Slightly cloudy orange/blonde body with a little white head around the top. You can smell the white chocolate especially as it warms. A hint of vanilla and some bourbon on the nose as well. Oak notes on the nose and in the taste. The finish is incredible. It leaves your tongue coated in white chocolate flavor. A truly impressive beer that is definitely delivering the ABV. It doesn't overpower, and it isn't nearly as hot as other fresh Bruery bourbon beers. Very little tartness. Quite a dessert indeed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Bruery tulip. 2013 vintage. Released around 8/1/13, so around 3 mos old now. Bought from the Bruery for $29.99 ($25.50 w/ discount). Note: Bottle did not gush or explode when opened. Did have way to much wax on it.

A - Very cloudy apricot color. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Not the most appealing. Eggshell head leaves minimal lacing.

S - Coconut, vanilla, butterscotch, white chocolate, tartness. Very pungent and a lot going on. Enjoyable.

T - The coconut, vanilla, and butterscotch are right up front. Then the tartness hits you. It is very subtle, not vinegary, more tart apple flavor. On the end you get the creamy white chocolate.

M - Body is on the light side of full. Doesn't coat your mouth, but has some substance. Has a slightly watery finish, not isn't the best.

O - Had the 2012 and thought it was much better from what I remember. Fuller body and lower tartness. Will open a 2012 in the next few days to compare.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(2013 WC)
Beautiful appearance, (some sembelance of a hazy) light orange with initial 1.5 inch head which quickly dissipates.
Smell is that of bourbon, milk chocolate, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is soft, some degree of cloying but just the right amount. Very low carbonation.
Taste is fun! Small degree of citrus from the wheat, followed by chocolate notes and vanilla, lots of vanilla (maybe too much)
Alcohol is present in some sips, others not so much. The only element I found to be out of whack was a little too much vanilla.
Overall better than I expected. Would buy again.

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.