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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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721 Ratings
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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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seeswo

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed side-by side with Black Tuesday in 3 glasses: WC, BT, 50/50 blend.

Pours very light with a very small head. It looks like the wheatwine cousin of black tuesday. OH WOW. The nose on this beer is unbelievable. Enormous flavor of...wait for it...White Chocolate. Like, potent sweet vanilla white chocolate cake. It smells like a beer/desert hybrid. If you are going to call a beer "White Chocolate", I cannot imagine you could make it smell any better than this. The taste is very sweet, like sipping on desert. It doesn't come off as inappropriate, other than this being released in 750 mL bottles. Again, sweet vanilla and white chocolate cake coupled with a bit of booziness (but, for those familiar with BT, it's on par). The mouthfeel is moderate and actually not as huge as BT or as expected. Surprisingly easy to drink given everything above. The bottom line is that this beer is quite the achievement. I don't like actual white chocolate and find this beer to be a better execution than the product itself. 5 in the execution because I cannot imagine nailing a beer with this name better. I had probably a 4 oz pour of this, BT and a 2 oz 50/50 cuvee. BT was slightly more dominant in flavor, the blend didn't live up to my expectations and WC really impressed. After drinking all of that, I took a bit more out of the end of the bottles and quickly realized that I didn't really want or need it. I would say sitting down with 4-5 oz of this beer is well sufficient, as, as such, I wouldn't open a bottle of WC with less than 5 people sharing in it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 13:23:39 | More by seeswo
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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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illidurit

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at the Bruery tap room during RBSG 2012. Pours a murky brownish gold color. Aroma is boozy and unwelcoming, disjointed. Flavor is much better: lots of vanilla, thick and sweet caramel/honey. Not much alcohol, just delicious confectionary delight. In sample size, this is awesome. If only it smelled good.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 05:52:50 | More by illidurit
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Vanlingleipa

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: One thing to be careful about with some of these pre-official release reiews is that over a few weeks, the Bruery poured samples from an open bottle that was not capped and likely stayed open for hours between servings. I was fortunate enough to try a freshly-opened bottle.

From bottle to snifter:

Best nose on a beer in the history of mankind. At least if you drool when the dessert cart is wheeled over like I do. The aroma is pure sweetcake, like a vanilla tiramisu.

While not completely fulfulling the promise of the aroma, WC's vanilla rests heavy on the tongue, with slighter undertastes of chocolate, caramel followed by a mild liquor burn. Enough sweetness to make your sugar-cravin' tongue happy.

Not as thick a brew as a Black Tuesday, but that's not a bad thing. Overall, a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 04:01:48 | More by Vanlingleipa
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womencantsail

California

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is full of rich vanilla and chocolate. Very sweet with plenty of bourbon, oak, caramel, and toast. The vanilla and chocolate notes are the stars of the beer on the palate as well. Plenty of bourbon/oak flavors with a subtle toasted maltiness. Just a hint of spice and yeast in the background.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:00:52 | More by womencantsail
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this one on-tap @ Aces & Ales Strong Beer Fest, served in a 4oz. taster glass...

A - The pull pours a hazy peach color, with a minimal off-white color head. Very sparce dots of lace are left as I sip.

S - The initial smell is huge in bourbon! When I sniff more, and work past the bourbon, there are notes of vanilla, caramel & oak.

T/M - The taste follows the nose almost exactally, with lingering notes of dark fruits. Very bourbon forward, with an oakey vanilla finish. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

O - This is a VERY good wheatwine, but the bourbon dominates the flavor. Alcohol warmth is very present, but it is 14.5%. Hard to consider this a summertime wheatwine when it drinks like a big, slow sippin brew. Glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 07:34:56 | More by Rizalini
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kojevergas

Texas

3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a 50cl brandy stem-snifter at Beer Belly in Koreatown last week. Expectations were high. 14% according to their menu. Cost was $7.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of milky beige colour. Recedes quite fast; retention is a scant one minute at best. Forgivable given the insane ABV. Decent creaminess and thickness.

Body colour is a murky caramel-peach. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Okay overall, but not unique or special.

Sm: Surprisingly timid. No alcohol is detectable - which is shocking. No yeast is detectable. Maybe some fermented peach? Caramalt. Tropical hop notes. Light vanilla/creme brulee character. Light malty sweetness. A surprisingly mild aroma for the style and ABV. Not off-putting, but not appealing either. There's little going on here to get excited about.

T: Sweet. Floral hops. Some cream. Peach fruit - as murky and unevocative as it can possibly be. Some alcohol does come through, but it's not boozy or hot. Malty body is indistinct and forgettable. Some generic caramalts. Restrained unremarkable vanilla. Balance is muddled and far from ideal. Kind of a mess, actually. There's some complexity, but no subtlety. I'm underwhelmed and disappointed. Some light white chocolate does come through, but it's hardly well integrated and there's nowhere near enough to justify naming the beer after it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. On the thicker side. Adequately carbonated. Not crisp, soft, oily, or harsh. Suits the flavour profile in a general detached careless sense. The texture certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavours. Unrefreshing. Pretty good presence on the palate. Pretty good body.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV - I'll give it that. But boy am I sincerely disappointed; I'm shocked people pay a membership fee to buy beers as mediocre as this. Definitely not worth trading for. Severely underwhelming. I honestly wouldn't order this again. I hope it's better in bottled form. It hides its ABV well, but beyond that I really don't understand the appeal. I can't believe this is even talked about as a great beer. But in the words of a wise comedian, it'll get you drunk.

C+

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 20:23:59 | More by kojevergas
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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
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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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2beerdogs

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

Smell is very understated-served a bit too cols at rhe Bruery taproom. That is until later as the nectar warms a bit, then the subtlties come out.

The taste comes out gently, gracefully. I get a hint of cream soda meets vanilla infused nectar, leaning towards a mead or very gentle sherry. Almost as if a sherry got kissed by a Chardonnay. Subtle, but quite enjoyable...every sip hints at something new. sometimes it's vanilla meets a lite peach, while at other times it's more like a honeyed & vanillaed muscat meets I don't quite know. But always coquettish.

The finish leaves lite vanilla, which is nice for me, because I am not a big vanilla fan. A slightly slick finish.

A very interesting concoction. Thanks again Patrick, Tyler et al.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 02:07:41 | More by 2beerdogs
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