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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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796 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 387
Gots: 319 | 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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-16-2013 15:45:38 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-16-2013 15:41:19 | More by Thorpe429
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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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eyemustard

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2013 15:34:30 | More by eyemustard
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2013 00:25:09 | More by jaasen64
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-14-2013 20:50:36 | More by DonFrap
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-14-2013 08:00:35 | More by Callmecoon
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-14-2013 02:00:22 | More by theminutemen
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 21:32:32 | More by MordorMongo
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2013 19:57:09 | More by spycow
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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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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-10-2013 17:07:25 | More by josephwa
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California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2013 08:10:31 | More by miadw3
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-10-2013 07:07:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-08-2013 14:35:14 | More by Sean9689
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2013 03:15:14 | More by Ungertaker
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-07-2013 20:32:03 | More by MarkyMOD
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.