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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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796 Ratings
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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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-13-2013 01:34:19 | More by iL0VEbeer
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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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-21-2014 20:18:56 | More by spinrsx
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champ103

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Pours an opaque cloudy orange color. A white head forms, but recedes to nothing with no lace.

Forgoing my usual review outline, I have know idea how to rate this. My first bottle was sickly and cloyingly sweet with bitter chocolate. Taste basically the same. Though recent bottles have yielded and out of whack, pungent and acidic sourness. The feel is supper thick, and overly resinous. Hot alcohol all the way through.

Every time I have had this, it has been a chore to put away a few ounces. Not something I have ever remembered enjoying. Non infected bottle or not. A poorly made beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 05:07:40 | More by champ103
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-30-2013 23:53:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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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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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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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-23-2012 02:55:48 | More by bsuedekum
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-28-2013 03:01:40 | More by popery
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Brenden

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#6 1/24/14

White Chocolate has a surprisingly light look to it, being a slightly murky darker yellow color with a wispy sort of nearly white head on top that sticks around despite its lesser form and is able to maintain itself while contributing good lace.
There's some creamy sweetness in the nose, but it needs to warm before that aspect can fully develop. When it does, the chocolatey tones come in more smoothly and clearly, along with some white pepper. Raw cookie dough with a bit of earthy spicing to ease the sweetness and a ghost of white fruits flesh make a fuller nose.
It's more like white chocolate on the tongue, the actual creamy and specifically white (sweeter) chocolate especially at the end of each sip, while it remains peppery and a little spicy, likely effects of alcohol and a bit of almost acidic dryness.
The body has a surprising heft and thickness to it, and acidity plays an interesting feel in the role as it feels like sweetness ought to weigh it down. The dryness that cuts in prevents that. It has a bite on the tongue with every sip, but it's pretty smooth, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 13:22:50 | More by Brenden
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-04-2013 03:47:21 | More by aasher
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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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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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sweemzander

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced some white froth and lacing.

(S)- So sweet! I totally get the name of this beer with the sheer and pure mountains of white chocolate this has in the aroma. One of the few times the name really does fit how the beer truly is.

(T)- Again, the name totally fits this. A huge sweet and rich white chocolate profile. Really no other way to describe this other than an immensely sweet, liquid alcoholic white chocolate.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets and extremely sweet white chocolate profile. Damn is this sweet though. Almost cloyingly too sweet for me.

(O)- This is so sugary sweet, but damn it does it fit the name perfectly. Very interesting to say the least. Very happy we split this 5 ways.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 19:58:58 | More by sweemzander
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Blessings on the alley of bigdaddypolite for this bottle, pulled from his stash as a Reserve Society member. As a card-carrying lover of wheatwines, this was high on my list. Now it's in my glass. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is an opaque apricot that borders on still water. Nose is wildly like White Bark Chocolate, along with a ton of vanilla & some caramel. My wife says it smells like my Belgian Waffles with bourbon maple syrup on them. I'm taking that as a complement.

White Chocolate resembles a wheatwine, & a beer, only to someone who might not know what those words mean in English; this is a huge beer. Bourbon is rampant, the white chocolate is a sweet blast on the tongue, & hand-cranked vanilla ice cream. Caramel present but bludgeoned to death by its overbearing neighbors. Wheat? None I can sense. Don't drink this near open flames, there's enough alcohol to make my eyes begin to glaze over. Amazingly smooth, almost creamy, slips down the throat with velvet ease. Pretty sure I could take down the whole bomber. Not so sure I could make it up two flights of stairs afterwards.

This 'beer' most closely resembles a fancy after-dinner chocolate liquer, both in taste, apparent alcohol content, & mouthfeel. The Bruery knows how to make big beer bombs, both the good kind & the bad. This is one of the former. Sneaking over the border of excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:38:59 | More by maximum12
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wrightst

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-20-2014 02:42:40 | More by wrightst
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Lare453

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-18-2013 00:28:58 | More by Lare453
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mhaugo

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-17-2013 16:16:28 | More by mhaugo
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-23-2012 02:39:27 | More by enelson
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-18-2013 02:13:53 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-01-2014 04:50:05 | More by Axnjxn
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Pour is a transparent dark amber with a foamy white head. Nose is a fair bit of bourbon, heavy wheat base and odd caramel malt, muddled and dirty with a hint of coconut and notes of milk chocolate. Taste is extremely sweet and not integrated at all. The bourbon is lighter, notes of apple juice and some overly sweet caramel. The chocolate and nib notes are extremely out of place and don't fit in at all. There is tons of sugar, hints of booziness through the softly carbonated finish. The body is big, soft palate and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:55:08 | More by cpetrone84
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-28-2013 18:52:01 | More by AngusOg
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-09-2013 16:42:26 | More by KevinGordon
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2013 23:32:19 | More by eawolff99
White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.