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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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725 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 725
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml white waxed bottle poured into tulip 18/9/13 cheers Adam for sharing

A orange amber with plenty of sediment being moved around by a few slow bubbles, finger of soapy foam fizzes out quickly and leaves no lace, about what I expect considering the strength, long legs included

S smells strong of vanilla, soft caramel, and coco, the bourbon barrel comes out nicely with a little booze but well concealed all things considered, I wasn't expecting the chocolate in a beer this light in color, it might be in my head but it kinda smells like white chocolate, nose is strong and amazing

T a little citrus and cereal I wasn't smelling and everything else is toned down but the booze is a little stronger and a fair amount of wood

M its thick and syrupy but could use a few bubbles, a little heat but well managed, slightly numbing on the lips with some woody bourbon lingering

O smell alone bumps this one up a notch, I could smell this one all day but it didn't quite follow through in other areas, solid stuff don't get me wrong but the nose was by far the best thing going

the booze will get ya for sure, smells amazing and lacks nowhere, age worthy for sure and something I'd like to revisit years from now

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:36:17 | More by wordemupg
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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
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cxr1037

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on 6/8/13, paired with white chocolate bark.

Smells like someone dropped white chocolate into a bottle of bourbon. Obviously white chocolate, oak, bourbon.

Taste was much the same. This was a truly decadent beer! However, I don't know how often I could have something like this without getting sick. It tastes strong (which it most certainly is), and it's almost sickly sweet (though maybe that's because I was eating white chocolate alongside it!).

Mouthfeel was very pleasant. Moderate carbonation. It feels heavy in the mouth, but not like syrup, which is what I was thinking it would be like.

Overall a fantastic product. I would strongly recommend pairing this with white chocolate desserts. However, any more than the 4 or 5 ounces I had would probably result in me feeling quite ill.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:06:08 | More by cxr1037
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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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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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 06:33:16 | More by Stevedore
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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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ehammond1


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Somewhat murky dark cream and light amber in color with a very small off-white head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, but some. This leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. Not a particularly attractive beer, and surprisingly light in color.

The aroma is something quite special and unlike anything I've experienced before in a beer; it's like walking into a Coldstone Creamery. Big notes of sweet vanilla cream, waffle cones, white chocolate, cake batter ice cream, and mild grain combine for something quite extraordinary.

The flavor isn't quite as impactful, though lovely amounts of vanilla, bourbon, wood, white chocolate, and waffle cone combine quite nicely. Moderate bitterness, and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well considering the beast this beer actually is. Impressive and flavorful, though not as complex as Black Tuesday, Melange 3, and Fruet, to name a few recent Bruery world-beaters.

Full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

Just awesome. I don't think anybody actually expected this to taste/resemble white chocolate, but...it does!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:06:10 | More by ehammond1
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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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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle graciously shared by sstorck, my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Clear gold with no head, some carbonation is visible though.

S: Huge vanilla and cocoa powder aroma, lots of oak as well...fairly subdued booze (I was expecting more of a beast!) but still plenty of bourbon, whiskey, even vinous notes. Tangy & bready wheat component in there as well. Sweet and intense.

T: Really follows the nose, the burn is quite manageable and cuts the sugary sweet base of this beer quite a bit. Big vanilla finish give the impression of extra-sugary white chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and wheat...still a bit vinous with a good amount of whiskey/bourbon character. Warming finish, for sure.

MF: Creamy and smooth, this still feels like its a touch short of full-bodied...maybe thats the alcohol cutting into it some? Lower carbonation, as expected, turns this into a slow sipper.

O: Pretty awesome; this is my first wheatwine and I doubt it'll get much better than this. BIG, sugary sweet beer; LOTS of vanilla, oak, white chocolate, and bourbon here. Split this bottle several ways, and take your time ;)

Thanks sstorck!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:50:16 | More by Scotchboy
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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1498th Review on BA
Draft to Snifter
6oz

@TheBruery

App- Along the lines of most standard wheatwines. Slight golden, slightly yellow with really no head to it. It was a bit of a liquid butter look to it. No cling in the glass and just sat in the glass. I dont know if a bottle will be more carbonated.

Smell- It's a very nice smelling beer. It was very unique as are most wheatwines with regards to the style of having the wheat in the malt combined and very booze forward. You get all the barrel in the nose of this one as well as a lot of the vanilla. It really shares its specialness with the aroma of CR due to the special cacoa beans.

Taste- I thought it was very good. Some might not like the fact its a wheatwine and a lot of flavors are competing with eachother for supremacy in the glass. The wheated malt opens this up with the barrel and oak coming next. The vanilla pairs well throughout. The little cocoa nib I got lent itself to a balanced bitter on the finish.

Mouth- From the appearance I could tell the feel would be off. Its bodied for me, with a small light medium body with a lower/medium carbonation. Bubbles needed to be up a little more for me to carry the lightness of the vanilla through more. Good residual booze and oak though.

Drink- I thought it was fantastic. So sad I am not an RS member to land a bottle or 2 to sit on. Will try to get one though. Oh yes it will be mine!!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 03:33:07 | More by FosterJM
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

Normally, I'm not one to reach for the white chocolate (my preference lying with the dark or peanut butter-filled), but who am I to turn down some barrel-aged wheatwine goodness? This stuff pours a hazy auburn topped by a half-finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet bourbon, light candied orange peel, vanilla bean, buttercream, light oak, and a twinge of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, the orange coming through a bit stronger, though tempered a bit by the booze. Still, the sweetness is what reigns supreme here, but not in a Southern Tier Creme Brulee sort of way: more restrained due to the overt cooperation of its constituent parts. Basically, the complexity of the sweetness plays off of itself, rather than having it serve to o'erwash all else as in the aforementioned New York-based stout. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice wheatwine, one that somehow did not overdo things with the barrel and the additives, despite how easily it certainly could have. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 05:32:26 | More by TMoney2591
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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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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Decent clarity, apricot in color with a loose head that doesn't last long. Syrupy.

S: Wow, this really does smell like white chocolate. Vanilla beans, sweet oak, mineraly, prefumy, fruity, marzipan, flowers, coconut, honey. As a dessert beer this works very well, a lovely aroma.

T: Big wheaty malt, chantilly cream, white chocolate shavings. Again I am surprised at how much I like this beer.

M: Full bodied and sweet, though surprisingly easy to drink.

My respect to The Bruery for pulling this off. It really does smell like beautiful white chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:23:02 | More by mattsander
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into FW mini-snifter - thanks to egadbananas

Glowing light golden pour with a thin bone white head resting on top. Specks of lacing dot the glass while drinking.

Like a boozy dessert in a glass - assorted scents of birthday cake, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, coconut and syrup. Sweet and warm.

Booze-soaked white chocolate right up front, punctuated by a variety of decadent, warm, sweet flavors. Drizzled in honey and syrup, the vanilla beans combine with oak and bourbon for continuing warmth. Birthday cake, vanilla icing, caramel and a thick wheat backbone. Full flavored, for sure, wildly sweet, but incredibly flavorful throughout.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and soft on the tongue. Similar to what others have said, this beer is wildly expressive and flavorful, although insanely sweet and rich. We split a bottle between 4 people and finished every drop.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 12:57:33 | More by xnicknj
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IKR

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a modest white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: The vanilla notes present themselves first with the bourbon from the bal-aging closely following. Faint chocolate notes come in behind the vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: The vanilla and bourbon from the nose carries over to the taste. The barrel influences are well integrated. The beer is very clean tasting and has a crisp finish. I also pick up some mild spiciness. The bal-aged Bruery beers I've had all hide the alcohol well but this has to be at the top or right near it at concealing the alcohol. No way would I have pegged this at 14+% ABV. The beer finishes with a dry, spicy, vanilla note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: A high ABV beer that has a great tasting, crisp, summer beer feel to it. Be careful as this drinks like a beer with half the alcohol it actually has.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:08:00 | More by IKR
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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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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 18:58:18 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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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
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.