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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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Ratings: 722
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.

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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle opene don 12.10.12

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy light tan head that is gone instantly.

S - Sweet malts, plums, vanilla.

T - Sweetness that quickly turns into white chocolate. More chocolate, vanilla, bourbon finish.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Smell is different, but tast is very nice. White chocolate for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:44:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Googs

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city snifter. Not sure what year this is from, I'm guessing this year.

A: rich orange body with a small white head. Turned into just a few bubbles quickly. Tons of alcohol lacing. Looks good for a 14.5% wheatwine.

S: the smell is the best aspect of this beer. It's a bit unbelievable how true to the name this is. White chocolate ,vanilla cake with vanilla icing, a hint of coconut and bourbon barrel. Sweet malt and wheat. Hard time picking up any hop aromas. I've never smelled a brew like this.

A: stays true to the wheat wine style but adds just a ton of sweet cacao, coconut, bourbon, and vanilla from the oak and beans. Bready wheat flavors at the forefront. Good attenuation, sweet but not sickening which I was worried about. We also picked up a little funkiness to it at the end, I think that's from the wheat in this.

M: On the lighter side of a full mouthfeel, not like an imperial porter or stout. Still sticky and heavy. Low carbonation. Flavors cover and assult the palate, not in a bad way though. The booze is there for sure as it warms and if you let it sit in your mouth you'll get the heat. Immediately feeling it in my stomach and it's warmin' me up real good. I didn't sip this one that slowly actually, really tasty but not cloying.

O: this is a fun ass big American beer. Not something I wanna drink very often but the bruery did a great job at making a white chocolate wheat wine, that's exactly what it smells and tastes like. if your one of those people that just goes crazy for big sweet beers, this and a lot of the bruery beers are for you . If you dont want to be drinking sweet boozy beer, then i understand, its not for most occasions. And I could see how this brew could even offend some beerdrinkers, it's just fucking nuts that only American brewers, and the Bruery, would try to pull off. I think it smelled better than it tasted. .some next level shit. Obviously a beer like this will only get better with time to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 09:28:30 | More by Googs
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, summer 2012
Brandy snifter

A: Pours a murky cloudy orange color. Basically no head. Thin white layer that faded to nothing. Carbonation is non existent. No lacing. Alcohol feet for days.

S: Booze. It's the first thing I smell. Vanilla. Chocolate. Really does smell like white chocolate! Pulling that barrel for sure.

T: It's very sweet. Sweet bomb. I like it though. Tons of vanilla. You do get the booze. The chocolate. Smooth finish. Long.

M: Medium to full bodied. Wish there was there was some carb but it's fine without.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:17:58 | More by inlimbo77
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cosmicevan

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous thanks to mike for tossing me this one just because I flipped out over it at a tasting. Just couldn't hold it any longer...enjoyed from a bruery tulipy snifter.

a - pried the wax and decapped the beer. filled my glass. the brew poured a murky orange with about 2 fingers of bubbly head that bubbled away as quick as it appeared leaving no lacing and just a thin ring of bubbles around the surface of the brew. the beer has a boozy glass and slides down the glass slowly.

s - AW YEAH! as a monster fan of white chocolate the chocolate, this beer is well named! it smells perfectly like white chocolate. the cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are just a perfect blend and the bourbon barrels add just the right amount of booziness to make this a masterpiece on the olfactory system.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is spot on for a beer called white chocolate. the bourbon barrel is a bit more upfront on the flavor than the nose, but again cocoa nibs and vanilla is a magical blend on this wheat wine. you really don't get the 14% maybe 10, but wow, what a beer!

m - uber smooth. great balance of flavors and booziness. medium bodied which is fairly light for such a HUGE beer.

o - overall, i was floored by this beer at an epic tasting and i'm just as floored with it today. the bruery makes a massive variety of beers and while i appreciate their experimentation, some of these beers simply fall flat. this one, however, is at the top of the mountain as one of the best beers i've had from the bruery. i am in LOVE with this beer.

--- edit 2012-12-06 ---
4 - 5 - 4.5 - 4 - 4.5
Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing.

a - pours murky orange with a think head if at all
s - yum, white chocolate. bourbon vanilla. fantastic!
t - booze soaked white chocolate. boozy marshmellows
m - a bit boozy
o - overall, great. white chocolate!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:45:23 | More by cosmicevan
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Cloudy light tan-yellow in color. Forms a very minimal off-white head that more or less just sticks to the edge. No lacing.

S: As to be expected this smells of white chocolate. And vanilla frosting.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness. Starts with a bit of a toasty, bready, wheat flavor. There is a bit of creamy caramel. Then the flavor turns to an intense chocolate before it finishes off with a sweet vanilla frosting finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Slightly tart, but not sour, with a creamy feel to it. Lower carbonation.

O: This one ends up tasting like the name; well, maybe a bit more like frosting, but the white chocolate is definitely there. Which leads me to have mixed emotions about this beer: On the one end, this beer tastes the way it is supposed to. It is a well crafted beer and it is a very creative take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden. But on the other, it is sweet, with a candy-like taste. And I don't want to drink a glass of candy. In the end, I imagine your appreciation for this beer will largely depend on your like or dislike for white chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:55:46 | More by Florida9
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of my Reserve Society trustee JRSD. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

White Chocolate pours a hazy auburn, turning positively opaque with the final pour. Maybe two fingers of bone colored foam forms to fill out he top of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both minimal, this one's just not much of a looker. The nose though, is fantastic. Lots of vanilla, some toasted brown sugar, and a little bit of chocolate and bourbon. It really does live up to its name. The balance shifts a little bit in the flavor profile. Vanilla is still the central focus here, perhaps even more-so than in the aroma. The brown sugar disappears entirely, leaving more room for the chocolate, and especially the bourbon. Still, the vanilla is just a little bit overbearing here. The mouthfeel though is as good as you could ask for from a beer like this. The body is only heavy enough that I'd guess the beer was 9% or so ABV, and the carbonation is just enough to cut through the beer without distracting in any way. I wasn't sure what to expect from White Chocolate given my mixed reaction to White Oak, but it's a very nice beer. It'd be a great bottle to open after a meal with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:18:58 | More by axeman9182
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is decent given the ABV, but no lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big, wonderful nose on this. The cacao nibs and vanilla beans stand out most prominently and the combination is infinitely pleasant. The bourbon is complementary and adds an earthy leather component and a big of light fruit. The base is actually pretty hard to find after the nibs, beans, and barrel, but if you sniff hard enough you'll find neutral wheat, apple, apricot, sugar, and toffee. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 T: I don't really know what to make of the taste. It's closer to an 8% brew in both potency of flavor and booze. The vanilla and cacoa are particularly less aggressive in the taste, which isn't to say you'll have trouble finding them. The bourbon comes through stronger, but it still isn't a dominant player. Leather, earthy, melon, booze, oak. The base, however, does come through pretty well. Lots of wheat, light fruits, some toffee, and a surprising amount of spiciness. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body, not the typical so-heavy-you-need-a-fork high ABV Bruery body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: This may be the only Bruery beer ever made that is both super high in ABV and not diabetes-inducingly sweet (which is why a Bruery beer is usually the only option if that itch needs to be scratched). That said, this is far too drinkable. You don't have to chew it and you don't have to wince from the booze tinge. It's pretty tasty and definitely worth a try. Does it taste much like actual white chocolate? No, not really, but I'm thrilled about that since white chocolate doesn't do much for me anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:37:38 | More by DavoleBomb
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Gobzilla

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright yellow orange in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of head with good retention that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW!!.. It really does have the aroma of white chocolate, I don't know how they pulled it off. Definitely was very very sweet but was able to detect plenty of caramel, vanilla, a little oakiness, hints of booze, malty sweetness and some underlying toffee notes.

T: just like the aroma suggest there was huge white chocolate flavor alongside caramel, toffee, sweet maltiness, good oaky accents, mild booze that was well balanced, a little yeast character, hints of banana and a touch of vanilla; very delicious.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, white chocolatey, slightly oaky, mild fruity and boozey but with a silky rich finish.

O: I have to say I am by any means not a fan of white chocolate candy but damn this beer is delicious and the aroma is crazy nuts. The only con is that the sweetness is pretty intense and you might go diabetic after this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 16:22:17 | More by Gobzilla
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got several bottles of this from being a Reserve Society member. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves some tiny foam throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of white chocolate (surprise), fruity malts, vanilla, toasted malts, some oak, caramel malts, toffee, biscuit, bready malts, and sugar. Very interesting and nice nose. Load of vanilla and choclate mixing together, as well as alcohol.

t - Tastes of vanilla, white chocolate, alcohol, fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, oranges, and bourbon. Again, lots of vanill and chocolate, and more bourbon comes through than in the nose. A small step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied beer and low carbonation. Some bourbon and alcohol heat but not a lot considering the ABV. Pretty nice overall.

o - Overall a pretty interesting and well done beer; probably one of the better wheatwines I've had to be honest. Very interesting nose and taste with a lot of white chocolate and vanilla; pretty cool how they nailed it. The only downside I'd say here is that there is a fair amount of alcohol to it; not terrible considering how high the ABV is, but I was hoping it was hidden a little better than it is. Still quite good and something I look forward to revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:01:43 | More by mdfb79
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Psyko

California

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White Chocolate
750ml Bottle
Served in a Bruery tulip glass

A: This Wheat wine pours surprisingly effervescent which immediately disappeared leaving no head and only slight lacing. Slightly cloudy with a appealing golden straw color. Some alcohol legs are visible from this 14.0% ABV beer.

S: The smell gives off coconut, biscuit, vanilla and a strong chocolate finish. There is no booze on the aroma.

T: Big vanilla and chocolate flavors dominate this beer (just like the name says). Like the aroma there is a biscuit and coconut aftertaste. Surprisingly smooth, there is a little alcohol bite on the back end. This is one sweet beer. Don’t try to finish this bottle in one shot or you will be sorry. A good beer to share with some friends.

M: This beer has a fantastic creamy mouthfeel. It really is like drinking White Chocolate. Typical little or no carbonation. This beer is fairly thick and sticky.

O: If you are a fan of the sticky sweet beers, this beer is for you. Amazing flavor profile coupled with a unusual mouth feel make this beer a winner in my book. The longer I held onto it and let it warm up the better it got. This beer is another beer I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 16:19:38 | More by Psyko
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember who brought this - Jason? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a to collar, leaving minimal lace and a few wisp on top. Murky orange-yellow body. Nothing unexpected for a 14% wheatwine but not much to look at either.

S - Typical wheatwine flavors - fruity yeast and and lightly toasted grains - but with an undercurrent of white chocolate and booze. Some vanilla and oak notes in the periphery. I don't generally like this style, and I was initially a bit put off by the aroma although it improved as it warmed up.

T - The taste is superior, and it's a dead ringer for white chocolate. Oodles of delicious vanilla bean and milk chocolate flavors, with only mild supporting notes from the wheatwine and barrel. Delicious stuff, and not as much booze as you'd expect from 14%.

M - Full bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol warmth. Not as viscous as some of the Bruery's stouts, but there's sufficient heft here.

D - I didn't really like the aroma much, but once I got past that there was a really enjoyable beer to be found. It's very sweet and best enjoyed in small quantities, but may be the best Bruery offering I've had in a while. If you like white chocolate (like I do), then check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:50:17 | More by MasterSki
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claspada

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a medium-sized white sudzy head that settles to a small cap of whispy foam.

Aromas are freakin' ridiculous. Huge sugar cookie and rich vanilla. Then you get some lesser, caramel, oak and emerging banana fruitiness (most likely the yeast esters). White chocolate hunks, baker's cocoa and cotton candy are also aromas triggers.

The tastes follow the nose with the same biscuity, toasted bready, sugar cookie, caramelized malts and copious vanilla. The vanilla and chocolate notes are the stars of the beer on the palate as well. The Bourbon induced spice notes, oak, fruity esters and more sweet vanilla emerge more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is on the sweeter end but not totally cloying thanks to the barrel aging which adds slight dryness.

Overall I was skeptical about this beer but I have to say it totally delivered. I do not like super cloying or boozy beers and you would expect this to be both, but thankfully it is not either. Definitely a sweeter beer, a beer to share with others and sipper/post-dinner beverage. I would say crack one of these open instead of Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine's day dessert (not sure if the misses will approve) and share with family, friends and loved ones.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 18:17:40 | More by claspada
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a Russian River wine glass.

Cloudy apricot. Very little head, just a thin white ring.

I feel like I just gained a pound by smelling this. Huge, sugary caramel, white chocolate, toffee. A soft hoppiness and a touch of overripe orange.

Translates directly to the flavor. Heaping scoops of caramel offset a little by fruity wheat and orange. Touch of vanilla. Smooth white chocolate interacts interestingly with the hops. Surprisingly clean finish.

Alcohol heat in the nose, like fire. Medium body, mild fizzy carbonation.

The drinkability of this is dangerous. I don't feel at all like I'm drinking a 30-proof beer. Sweet, sugary. Good for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:32:34 | More by Phelps
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RandomBattle

New York

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

Bottle to my Bruery tulip, yes!

Appearance - pours a mildly hazy golden yellow and, surprisingly, has a very nice amount of carbonation which gave rise to a one finger head. Given the ABV I did not anticipate the beer to be so....lively?

Smell - honestly, this may be the best beer I have ever smelled. The aroma was as strong and pungent every time I took a whiff. Huge chocolate and vanilla notes, which combined with the oak toastyness from the barrel is beyond words, giving the beer a wonderful sugary marshmallow bouquet. Fantastic.

Taste - this is liquid dessert. Sweet notes of vanilla and bourbon followed with the chocolate is decadent. Big, powerful flavors in this sipper.

Mouthfeel - very decently carbonated, fairly smooth, and a little on the heavy side, definitely a little bit of heat in this one also. As this ages in it will turn into something magical.

Overall - share this one...like with 4 or more people. I split this bottle and it was a bit too much for me, it is very sweet and pretty heavy. This is dessert, have a slice of cake rather then the whole thing...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:28:57 | More by RandomBattle
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light gold in color, white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Doesn't smell like chocolate, booze rather. Citrus?

Definitely boozy but not as much as the nose. It's chocolately delicious! 14%abv really shows as well.

Lower carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Fits.

A little reminiscent of Chocolate Rain with a sweeter finish. Points for creativity. Glad to have tried it. Thanks TATURBO!.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:28:47 | More by Duff27
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

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

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours deep gold with straw on the edges, a cap of beige-ish head which dissipates almost immediately to a still surface. No lacing or head.

S: White chocolate, vanilla frosting, a bit of orange and cherry. Huge, rich aroma.

T: Again, white chocolate/vanilla frosting, a little citrus, finishing with bourbon and mild to moderate sweetness. Not as diabetic as BT. Also, it has kind of an abrupt, strange finish--kind of an off, overly tannic flavor? Anyways, it doesn't quite come together at the end.

M: Very rich. Full bodied and light carbonation. A little sticky and boozy.

O: This is like a white chocolate version of Black Tuesday. Or a Sauternes. A good dessert beer, optimal in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:46:06 | More by pmarlowe
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brystmar

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard so much praise about this bad boy, had to see for myself.

Pours an amber color, leaning towards a dirty brown hue. Thick white head settles on the surface and leaves a thin layer behind.

Remarkably, this stuff smells and tastes just like white chocolate. Sweetness from the malted wheat kicks things off, broadsided by sugary white chocolate and plenty of booze. Oak presence shows up towards the end but fades as the distinct taste of white chocolate lingers after you swallow. The ABV isn't hidden particularly well, yet its integration into the overall flavor profile works nicely.

I'm not generally a fan of white chocolate to begin with, so it isn't surprising that I wasn't gushing over this beer like the others at our tasting were. If that's your thing, though, you're gonna love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 17:20:41 | More by brystmar
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Dark yellow with some orange in the centre. Completely cloudy/opaque. A thin layer of bright white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big vanilla and oak aromas up front. Some bourbon, caramel and a cocoa notes are also present that create a great white chocolate aroma - as advertised!

T - The bourbon comes to the forefront right away. Big vanilla notes and cocoa create and sweet white chocolate presence. The oak is present throughout. The white chocolate is not as well integrated as the nose indicated but still comes together well.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:46:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2012

Thanks to Redbeeron for making me aware of this and then sending one over in a trade!

A: Pours a murky, to the point of being opaque, orangish amber with 1 fingers width of bright white head which quickly dissipates down to only an outer ring and whispy film center. Not a very aesthetically pleasing beer, and leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Aroma is incredibly sweet and luscious. Bourbon, caramel, angel-food cake, vanilla icing, a bit of white chocolate, rum cake, butterscotch pudding. There is a significant booze character. Wheat and slight herbaceous notes come out as it warms. This smells amazing, and like no beer I have ever smelled before. Truly fantastic.

T: Taste isnt as voluptuous as the nose, but still tasty and impressively complex. I get caramel, butterscotch, bourbon and raw oak notes, sugary sweetness, white chocolate, a brandy like component, a hint of cocoa on the finish, and if "high gravity" was a flavor it would be in this beer . Its certainly more boozy than the nose, with the big alcohol character bordering on astringent at times, but it actually plays nicely with the otherwise dominant sweet flavors and keeps it from being cloying. Awesome palate profile here.

M/D: Appropriate carbonation, on the lower end of the spectrum, medium bodied, fairly smooth but with a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is surprisingly good. I actually drank the entire 750mL bottle myself, which certainly wasnt necessary but horray for gluttony!

O: Overall, I loved it. What else is there to say. World class aroma and complex, tasty flavor profile. Not for the faint of heart, but a must try for fans of big beers. Thanks again Matt for sending this my way!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:16:52 | More by zac16125
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Arbitrator

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, shared at a gathering of 15 or so people. The perfect size for this dessert in a bottle.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange body with a pinky finger of off-white head. Decent retention, but no lace.

S: Vanilla, sherry-esque oxidation, butterscotch, cream, bourbon. This is what Creme Brulee set out to do, but shat the bed on. It's a dessert in a bottle, as I said above.

T: Vanilla-drizzled cheesecake, butterscotch (this is really the biggest drawback for me), honey, bourbon-drenched waffles. There is a very light astringency in the finish that doesn't make a dent in the sweet flavors of the beer.

M: Despite being sweet, the beer isn't treacly, and it drinks relatively lightly for something of its gravity. It isn't quite on par with BT for being thick and viscous. Well-disguised ABV.

O: When the beer was announced, I was skeptical; I thought White Oak was horrendous, and taking a component of it seemed similarly destined for failure. I will concede that this was better than I had anticipated, but it was still not a great beer; as someone else remarked, "I'm a little sad that I have 14 bottles of it." I don't think I'm in the target market here.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 09:14:10 | More by Arbitrator
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DovaliHops

California

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

Finally picked up my allocations to try this beer! Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small white head. Scent is...WOW! I remember reading reviews of this beer when it was first released, and someone said it didn't have a good nose on it. I respectfully disagree with that. The nose is like a delicious desert. I get some definite white chocolate...even a little bit of a cheesecake aroma. Sweet, boozy vanilla aromas with some lovely bourbon. A good amount of vanilla with a hint of orange. Taste is not a dessert-ish as the nose. It is definitely still a sipper and rich like a desert, but the wheatwine characteristics kick in, making it not so rich. Still has some boozy bourbon and vanilla flavors, but also has some orange citrus flavors. Some light maple syrup flavors with a sharp, cloying sweetness almost on the back of the palate. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, as it is not overly carbonated and not too full-bodied. Drinkability is fairly high for what this is. Overall, there is no way in hell I could drink a whole bottle of this, as it is far too rich and sweet for one sitting. However, when shared amongst friends, this beer is brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 08:19:52 | More by DovaliHops
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber with a nice sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, white chocolate, honey, vanilla frosting, and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of sweet vanilla and white chocolate up front with a solid bourbon oak flavor and plenty of alcohol to remind you this is a huge beer. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I really liked this beer it's quite different. I'm not sure this needed to be 14.5% abv but I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:32:25 | More by johnnnniee
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip

A - Bright, golden color with very light carbonation. Slightly reflective with a small whit e head that settles down to a layer of foam.

S - Vanilla, white chocolate, and oak dominate a strong, boozy nose.

T - Wow, this a boozy beer that has a strong alcoholic kick to it. Vanilla, oak are up front with a nice white chocolate comes though next. Oak lingers on in a slightly astringent finish that lingers on

MF - Thick, sticky body without being cloying. Light carbonation helps break up the stickiness. Leaves a nice astringent tingle on the tongue.

O - Bg, sweet sticky beeper that brings a nice white chocolate and oak flavor. Still really boozy and would love to have this settle down to see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:10:12 | More by jeonseh
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml white wax dipped bottle into a matching Bruery branded snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden orange color with some lighter yellowish hints around the edges. A finger and a half worth of white froth forms across the top and slowly fades to a thin film across the top holding with about a half finger strength around the perimeter of the glass. Some small patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is pretty intense with a strong scent of bourbon infused tangy alcohol. When a deep whiff is taken, it is somewhat perfume-like and solvent/burning to the nostrils. But when you step back and take more sniffs, it has a lot of character to take in. White chocolate is pretty profound here almost like angel's food cake batter. More smells are reminiscent of cotton candy mixed with more white chocolate powder and lots of vanilla. Under all of the sweet candy tones is a familiar fruited quality of a wheatwine.

The taste is boozy with a tangy bourbon aspect that transitions immediately into sweetness of white chocolate, vanilla, mild oak, cotton candy and angel's food cake mix. There is a bit of fruity aspect here very typical of the base style. However, I cant get over how much other stuff is thrown into the mix here. They must have used a truckload of white chocolate to get it integrated this boldly in the flavor. Despite all the residual sugar here, that 14% is alive and well with a solid burn down the back of the throat. As the brew gets warmer, it has almost a bitter orange flavor that emerges along with the alcohol and the palate starts to numb. More sips reveal a bit of raw barrel character with a very mild hint of oxidation that is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is really fitting of the name. The aroma especially screams white chocolate with a pretty solid inclusion in the flavor as well. This is quite a hearty sipper that I could never imagine sitting down and wanting to kill a whole bottle of. The solvent alcohol aside, it really is taxing to the palate perhaps even more so than Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain. Fans of wheatwine will want to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:06:26 | More by stakem
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drewone and Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is absolutely incredible and is of white chocolate, vanilla beans, cocoa, and bourbon/alcohol. Taste is much the same with a very sweet flavor and a mild tartness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an exceptional smell and great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:36:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.