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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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721 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%


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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BMMillsy

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. White wax top. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a small head that dissapates quickly. Unique aroma of sour butter, bread dough, yeast, wheat, hints of spice, a bit of campfire. Low to medium carbonation. Flavor is astringent alcohol but not bad. White chocolate and citrus, maple syrup maybe, with an alcohol finish that stings. Almost like a white chocolate rum, but the citrus and syrup flavors balance this out. Medium to heavy syrup mouthfeel. Neat beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:57:10 | More by BMMillsy
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Uncleserg

California

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had this beer quite a few times, both in bottle, and tap. Review is on a bottle roughly 1 year old. Did bottle share with friends and all agree it’s a fun beer to drink.

A- slight orangey/yellowish in color. Minial head retention.

S- From the get go one gets big smells of vanilla, oak, bourbon, with a little sweet pastry smell. If you’ve walked into a Cold Stone Creamery that intense sweetness hits you automatic vanilla with white chocolate.

T- Taste is complex and interesting with vanilla at the forefront, booze, than white chocolate. The abv hits you regardless of temp but opens up as temp increases flavors are more pronounce as well which is nice if your into vanilla and white chocolate.

M- mouth feel is smooth and somewhat on light viscous spectrum.

Overall, this is a good beer to have with friends and family. A sipper a little goes along way easily sharable with 4 to 6 people at 2 to 4oz pours. If you can trade for it do it. Glad I still have quite a few bottles left to enjoy in the coming years.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:40:27 | More by Uncleserg
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber, slightly hazy, with almost no head. the nose is a white chocolatey marshmallow with some oak and chocolate. tasty beer with great chocolate and ghram cracker, bit of wheat. the mouthfeel is rich like a barleywine and drinkable. very sweet, but drinkable, a bit boozy. this is tasty, but not crazy unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:10:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to ObeMaltKinobee for this big want!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy gold with a little amber and a finger of frothy, cream coloured head.

Smell. Grainy wheat malt and booze with a ton of sweet white chocolate. There's also a little bourbon and vanilla, maybe some caramel, but the combination really gives the impression of white chocolate. Very cool.

Taste. Grainy but smooth wheat malt, bourbon and vanilla ...then the chocolate kicks in. Smooth creamy white chocolate coats the mouth in the finsh. Very nice and not as sweet as I guessed it would be, a welcomed surprise.

Mouthfeel. On the lowest side of full bodied with low+ carbonation. Some boozy warmth but nothing offensive.

Overall. An impressive take on a wheatwine. Very creative and quite tasty without any excessive sweetness as mentioned. Very cool beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:36:50 | More by Rutager
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srandycarter

California

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an opportunity to try this at the Stone Oakquinox yesterday. It was so good I decided to open my bottle.

A - Lite butterscotch, murky as hell. Low head, leaves to ring. Some spotty stuff.

S - Named appropriately. White chocolate, I kid you not. Sugary, creamy and like dulce leche.

T - Taste just like smell. Very nice.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Deceptively tasty for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 22:25:11 | More by srandycarter
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Received a few of these from good trading partners over the last little while. Cheers for thinking of me fellas!

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a thin, one finger, loose looking, white head with lousy retention. Fead dissipates quickly to a ring and a light, faint wisp. Hazy amber in color with high levels of carbonation. A half ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Color is fine, but the head could use some work.

SMELL: Toffee, caramel, vanilla and some nice bourbon notes on the nose. The combination definitely results in what could be interpreted as white chocolate, which is interesting. Some sweet cream and milk chocolate complete the package. Not sure if I like this, but it is definitely well executed.

TASTE: Some toffee, wheat flavors, bourbon and vanilla up front, with some oak, sweet cream and more bourbon barrel at the swallow. Not as bold as hoped, and artificial tasting as well. Doesn't quite live up to the nose at least. Some white chocolate flavor lingers after the swallow on top of a boozy and somewhat boring base beer. A milder and short-lived aftertaste is boozy with some bourbon and artificial white chocolate flavors. Flavor falls off quicker than expected. Not impressive at all.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. A little fizzy and airy on the palate, unfortunately, goes down rough and is harsh and abrasive at the swallow. Finishes quite sticky as well. Pretty tough going to say the least.

OVERALL: How does this get a 4.19 on this site? I understand that people like The Bruery's high abv booze bombs, and there are some good ones, but this is definitely bottom of the barrel in that department. While the nose showed some promise, this was artificial tasting, boozy, muted, and the feel was light and harsh, making it difficult to choke down my 6oz glass. Fruet was leagues better than this, proving that The Bruery can make high quality booze bombs. This was a complete disaster, however. Drain even had a tough time with this, and she's dealt with some doozies in the past. I'm glad you boys were thinking of me when this came out, so I greatly appreciate the bottles gents. Can't win 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 13:00:09 | More by Jeffo
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a thin finger of frothy white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Wheat, toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, cocoa nibs, which chocolate, booze.

T - Sweet wheat, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, cocoa nibs, white chocolate, toffee, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very bold, complex, and interesting. But also very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:45:21 | More by ngeunit1
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MisterClean

California

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy off copper, no apparent carbonation or head.

S - soft white chocolate, cocoa, hints of grapefruit, and citrus.

T - citrus, white chocolate, kind of oaty tasting, some warmth, hops nonexistant.

M - very rich mouthfeel, malt domination, and warming body.

D - really good, excellent flavor for description of beer. A bit warming, but not bad for 14.5 percent. Recommend sitting on it for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:50:30 | More by MisterClean
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky light golden color, looks like a saison or tripel or something.

Smells like sweet sugar cookies, vanilla, white chocolate, unbaked cookie dough.

Tastes like booze, vanilla extract, chocolate, cookie dough again, more booze.

Pretty thick feel, booze is really apparent, but this isn't really the kind of beer where the booze needs to be hidden.

Pretty good!

8.0/10

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:49:55 | More by AlexFields
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emerge077

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

Golden orange with bright clarity. Not much foam to speak of, it disappears almost immediately.

Smells very sweet, slightly woody, a little bit of chocolate. Pleasant though on the verge of diabetes.

Prickly alcohol heat, sugary sweetness. Viscous syrupy body. Chocolate and barrel flavors, not especially deep, more boozy than anything. Not really a high fan, though it lives up to it's name at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:21:41 | More by emerge077
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a tasting and went back for seconds. Happy to get a bottle in a recent trade to share with the wife!

A - this beer pours out at a deep straw-colored tone, with plenty of white frothy head to boot; the carbonation is excellent, the lacing significant

S - this beer smells like white chocolate...surprise! The nose also includes some toasted sugar, frosted oats, caramel, and booze; the bourbon is there, as is the cacao; as it warms, the coconut is noticed

T - just like the nose, and just like the name...the vanilla and cacao-caramel shine through; it's really kind of amazing how perfectly white chocolate this beer is; it's sweet and packs some heat, but my wife guessed an abv at 9: that means this beer does extremely well with its complex flavors; as it warms, that honey shines

M - WC is heavy in flavors, but a perfect medium in feel and body; the carbonation is perfect as well; as mentioned, it's a bit sweet, but if you didn't expect that, then you don't know how to read labels; the heat is noticeable but not too much

O - this is an awesome desert beer and perfect to share with. That said, I could take this down solo with pleasure. This beer, along with Fruet and Melange, make me happy to be an RS member and make me feel like the Bruery owns this country's best barrel program. And I haven't even had CR, BT, or GM. Soon...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:34:30 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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jealousmonk

California

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Surprisingly light in color. Orange-yellow with very little head.

S--Very sweet, strong vanilla and a bit of bourbon. I don't really smell the chocolate, even looking at the bottle and expecting it from the name. The smell is very appealing, though. It does not smell boozy despite the 14% abv.

T--Again sweet and heavy vanilla, with more bourbon and oak and faint chocolate. There is a lot going on here, all of it delicious. Again, not much punch given the alcohol content. I would say to be careful, but given its cost and rarity, I would say go for it.

M--Very smooth and thick. Light carbonation, but definitely not syrupy, presumably thanks to the alcohol.

This is a delicious beer from an amazing brewery known for its big, complex beers. I am sadly not a Reserve Society member, so I'm not sure when I'll have another shot at it, but I will definitely jump at the chance should it arise.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 08:52:38 | More by jealousmonk
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the bottle share TATURBO!

reviewed from notes on 2/10/2013.

poured into sniftet glass.

Appearance: pale yellowish orange bodied beer with a thin white cap of head. Head drops to nothing.

Smell: Spicy bourbon, butterscotch, wheat malts and a solvent boozey smell.

Taste: Its a really sweet beer. Butterscotch, honey, and caramel notes are really big in this beer. Nice mellow oaky bourbon flavor and a surprise coconut note as well. A hint of vanilla, and cocoa in the finish that seems to show up from no where.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Really smooth booziness thats just so mellow. Has an almost spicy warmth to it and a little bit of a syrupy body. When the beer is on your palate you get just a touch of fizzy carb thats very short lived.

Overall: How does the Bruery take these monster beers and make them so smooth? Its beyond me. This is probably the best wheatwine that I have had. It a tough style to do really well in my mind. I wasnt blown away, but really thought it was solid. The flavor and mouthfeel are the best aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:20:54 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a not unexpectedly small head (given the high ABV); leaves just a few spots behind

Smell: As the beer warms, it really takes on the white chocolate aromatics; plenty of boozy elements to tingle the nostrils

Taste: Caramel cookie dough, up front, with a growing astringent Rum-like boozy character, in the middle, that brings along the coconut and vanilla flavors; after the swallow, the Bourbon and sweet malts dominate but it is in the aftertaste that the white chocolate really comes through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of heat in the gullet

Overall: Fascinating to see what the Bruery did with this one; too big and boozy for its own good but worth a share with others

Thanks, BigTomZ, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 12:50:17 | More by brentk56
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass

A - pours a pale orange gold color, good clarity. Not much effort at forming a head...only managed a very thin collar of white, fine bubbles

S - aroma consists of whole wheat flour, cocoa nibs, light astringency/tartness, alcohol, lightly roasted nuts, vanilla and bourbon

T - faintly tart and astringent, rather boozy, lots of wheat...then the white chocolate character kicks in...lots of creamy white chocolate, vanilla mixed with some bourbon

M - medium/full body with a low carbonation. Creamy smooth feels with some bourbonykick and warmth.

O - interesting beer...definitely get some white chocolate character here but quite a bit more too. A bit of a sipper and not as smooth as I expected, but still very enjoyable. Not quite a dessert beer either. Would definitely like to have again

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:22:44 | More by portia99
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jvillefan

California

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A very pale yellow with a thin ivory white head.

S: There is a perfect blend of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon throughout.

T: First off, I was shocked that the 14+% was hidden throughout. The taste starts off with a very smooth vanilla then transitions to bourbon. Next the chocolate comes forward to blend with the oak and vanilla to create the flavor of white chocolate.

M: A little heavy and has surprisingly good carbonation given the high alcohol.

O: Phenominal beer. Worth the trade demand. I put the value at 3-4 KH.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:17:44 | More by jvillefan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light and thick appearance. Above average mouthfeel. Mild chocolate aroma. The taste is coconut and vanilla. the vanilla aligns itself with the flavour put in almond milk or soymilk tetra packages. This is a sipper, and I had to stop halfway in the bottle, from the extent of weight of the syrup, and the coconut. Extra point for being a wheat wine.
Bottle from Steve in Warren.
Follow up: gave a great spiciness to my slow cooked meat pot, 2 weeks after opening

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:08:49 | More by Sammy
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kevanb

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a nice honey color, light amber with touches of orange and light brown when struck by the light. A nice, thick, soapy, white head appears momentarily but dissipates briefly leaving behind no lacing. The aroma starts powerful white chocolate, touches of caramel, light vanilla and oaky bourbon, it's quite smooth, potently rich but very inviting. The flavors are right in line, but a touch more complex, light, sweet chocolate straight away with a ton of caramel flavor behind it, vanilla eases its way behind them nicely, touches of bourbon, chewy oak with some honey and light hoppy citrus at the finish. The flavors meld quite nicely together, providing a nice balance between the strong rich flavors and the lighter more effervescent flavors. The body is a bit thinner than I'd like with a touch more carbonation than anticipated, but it coats the mouth nicely and finishes smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice bourbon barrel beer from The Bruery. While certainly a sweet, sipping beer, the richness is moderately kept in check making this a great beer to share for desert.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:21:33 | More by kevanb
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been really excited for this one, and finally cracked it after fixing rudzud's car, and shared with him.

Pours a fizzy light small head covering that rises semi quickly with light lacing, nice legs too, starts clear then an accidental dregs pour brings lots of big and dark chunk sediment.

Nose starts great, plenty of bourbon out front, nice sweet smelling aromas, light toffee caramel, buttery oak, vanilla galore, some white chocolate buried which comes out a lot more as it opens, as well as a bit of cocoa reminds me of Easter as a kid. There is a bit of coconut initially that is not great, but that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Great sweet smelling fruits too, white raisin, brown sugar covered dates, and just a bit of clean booze. Very nice.

Taste starts oaky, then quickly into fruits, light coconut again that disappears quickly to the white raisin, candied dates, etc. Then vanilla, which some comes from the oak barrel and some from the vanilla beans but not as big as the nose. Bourbon is much lighter than I expected. Booze starts lighter then turns up a couple notches as it sits on my tongue, warming tingly booze that even burns the throat a bit. Chocolate comes in later more towards the finish but is light and present early, more of a chocolate covered raisins at first, then some white choc after but not a ton. The booze cuts in quite a bit and starts to become unpleasant but after a few sips it mellows and starts to tickle my gums just a bit. Malts are there too, some caramel, toffee, sweet syrupy reddish malts. Finish is long sticky syrupy mouth coating, lingering booze, hot booze, long lingering white choc, dark candied fruits, vanilla galore, etc.

Mouth is quite thick, syrupy, decent carb, lots of hot tingly booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, the taste starts great but seems to fade the more it opens and especially as the booze really kicks in. Quite a nice beer if the booze didn't really kick in, and I wish some of the great aromas like bourbon and vanilla were more present on the flavor. Curious how this will age, could be great as the booze mellows and the flavors merge, or could be bad as all the great characteristics fade out.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 17:55:20 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros after some car body work.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a nice slightly hazy copper hue with a light quarter inch head that fades to leave a light halo and thin lacing.

S - Aromas of coconut, massive amounts of coconut. Ton of vanilla, almost too much. Bourbon is a bit faint, as this warms lots of white "chocolate" comes out. Very nicely balanced with subtle sweetness. Nice subtle brown sugar with not much booze as well.

T - Taste is initiaily awash with coconut and bourbon. Not much white chocolate but nice vanilla notes. As it sits in the mouth the booze becomes more assertive and prominent as do more darker fruits such as raisin and fig. While initially not a booze bomb once it hits you that's kinda all that's there. Barrel, bourbon, and booze. Booze that sits rather heavy on the pallet.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. A tad syrupy but then again this is 14.25% so its to be expected.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer. Like this much more than white oak. Not sure how this will hold up to age though.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:30:59 | More by rudzud
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 14,25% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: I have had this bottle sitting in my cupboard for nearly a month now, so the murky golden-orange body is a bit of a surprise. A rough pour yields a good sized white head that displays reasonable retention, but doesn't leave any lacing. A swirl results in heavy alcohol legs and a sticky film on the glass.

Smell: Holy shit, this smells exactly like a milky bar! I know its called White Chocolate, but I most certainly did not expect this - if I closed my eyes, there would be nothing that would make me think I wasn't sniffing a pan of melted white chocolate!
As the beer begins to open up, a fantastic vanilla character (reminiscent of vanilla laced panne cotta) is revealed, alongside honey comb, sweet caramel and some bourbon barrel character. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, with only a hint appearing as the beer approached room temperature. Room temperature also yields some notes from the base beer, including: wheat, fruity esters, cooked apples, a touch of citrus, golden raisins and a bready character.

Taste: Good lord; the nose wasn't lying - this actually tastes like white chocolate! This is certainly not for anyone who doesn't like sweet beers, but then again they shouldn't be buying from the Bruery!
The flavour opens up a little quicker than the nose, with big vanilla notes, sweet creamy caramel, bourbon, wheat, cooked golden delicious apples, a touch of citrus, some bready malts and a touch of almost tart yeast all becoming apparent.
I know I am nitpicking, but I think the fruitiness of the base beer clashes slightly with the sweet white chocolate and vanilla notes.
There is almost no alcohol noted in the flavour and I could quite happily believe that this was around 8%!

Mouthfeel: Sadly White Chocolate is yet another big beer that I find to be over carbonated. The carbonation is initially of a medium-high level and not all that smooth, but thankfully both the level and smoothness improve after a while. The body is just shy of full and slightly sticky.

Overall: White Chocolate is a really interesting beer and one I would recommend to any lover of big sweet beers. That said, have a few friends on hand as a full 750 gets a little much.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 08:08:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing.

The beer is yellowish orange with a thin white head. The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, malt, booze. Fabulous flavor. Super smooth and teeming with flavor. Vanilla candy and seriously...white chocolate. Alcohol is certainly there but doesn't bother me. Delicious. Would happily have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:34:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Dark, cloudy copper. Leaves very little head. No legs.

N: Brandy, figs, and oh yes, white chocolate. Loads of lucious white chocolate. Caramel. Incredibly sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla and oak.

T: Another dumptruck of white chocolate. Vanilla, and some moderation from the oak. Plenty of brandy again. Figs and raisins. Again, incredibly sugary but still not cloying. Love it.

N: Suprisingly light for a barleywine. Alcohol is really well hidden,however.

O: Yeah, I want more of this. It’s not a revelation, but it’s beautifully accurate and rich. Yep, drink it and enjoy the confection.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 21:30:30 | More by writerLJBerg
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to mdfb79, thanks Dan!

The beer pours an ipa color of hazy orange. Not munched or lacing to speak of, looks good for the style.

The smell is good, smells a lot like the bag of a white chocolate treat, it has a very sugar forward, nutty kind of sweetness. Alcohol definitely present, overall a nice aroma.

The taste is right on. This is white chocolate to a T. Almond paste, sugar sweet, some citrus sort of hops, alcohol burn, etc. it tastes great, a very significant achievement in terms of taste.

The feel is good, it is medium with a higher carbonation than you would expect, not bad.

An interesting beer that lives up to its name, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:18:21 | More by Dreadnaught33
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largadeer

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White Chocolate indeed. While it would be challenging to drink more than 6 ounces of this, it's well executed and lives up to its name.

It has a hazy golden appearance for the first several pours, but grows more cloudy and amber-tinged toward the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is low and there's minimal head formation.

Vanilla and chocolate are huge on the nose, with a strong barrel presence that adds even more rich notes of vanilla and caramel. Yeast lends some pleasant fruity esters and a nice wheat malt sweetness. There's a little alcohol buried beneath the dessert-like aromas, but it's faint.

On the palate it's even more reminiscent of White Chocolate. Sweet vanilla and cocoa up front, with a really nicely integrated barrel backbone that works well with the adjuncts. There's a faint stonefruit yeastiness, and a creamy, silky malt backbone, but this beer is more about the chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The body is medium-full, and surprisingly it isn't overly sweet for what it is; it's a notch down from Black Tuesday in residual sugar. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level, a bit lower than I'd like. Given that this is a slow sipper, my glass was near flat midway through it.

Quite an enjoyable beer overall. It's not for everyone, and I'd never want an entire bottle to myself, but it's great in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:52:46 | More by largadeer
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.