White Chocolate | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.75%

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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: very clear, unique honey, light bronze color. Some fluffy off white head on the pour that mostly recedes. Some lingering lacing. Gorgeous.
smell: Decadent rich, vanilla, coconut, and that distinguishing wheatwine thing.
taste: Much like the nose. decent rich, loads of flavors as advertised...vanilla, coconut, bourbon. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When this beer isn't infected, its one of my favorite summertime nightcap kind of beers. Pours out a hearty amber color, off white head, 1/3". Aroma of cocao, sugar, chocolate, bourbon. All the sweetness overwhelms picking up notes of oak.

The taste is a sugary foray into the wheatwine territory, light body, big strength, but the sweetness covers it up nicely. Lots of vanilla and caramel hide that big abv. The bourbon is mild behind all the cocao/vanilla/caramel. Creamy stuff. Great mouthfeel, this is a very underrated beer in my opinion. Certainly the amount of infected stuff in previous years might weigh its score down, but the good thing about Bruery is they always make it up to you. Would bang again even though pricey.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, surprisingly. Little head.

This 2013 vintage has a little apple cider vinegar, definitely white chocolate and bourbon somewhere in there.

Flavor, maybe flawed. White chocolate mixes with apples, caramel, and bourbon.

Feel is medium to full.

Overall nice wheatwine with character.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

This one pours a light golden color, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, sweet white chocolate, and bourbon.

This has a pretty simple but sweet character to this, but it's nice. There's lots of vanilla and soft white chocolate, with butterscotch and caramel, and light silky bourbon. The flavors are melded well together.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was quite decadent, but probably a bit too sweet.

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Photo of g00ey
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was good but not great. An interesting beer that does taste like white chocolate. A true dessert beer. Nice as novelty but not something I could see drinking with any regularity.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. 2015 Edition.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich, caramelly bourbon aroma with lots of vanilla and sweet milk chocolate held together by a blanket of oak.

T- So much going on in here. Notes of maple, malted milk balls, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Truly creates the illusion of eating white chocolate fudge all with this boozy overtone that balances out the big sweetness. Nutty aftertaste.

M- Somewhat silky but with a sizable booze bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well I'll be damned, but they really made this taste like white chocolate. Though I don't actually like the taste of white chocolate as it's too rich for me, this bourbon-soaked approach to the flavor I can get down with. There's also plenty of oaky complexity to keep things interesting but this is certainly a slow sipper that I recommend sharing with friends. My first of the truly big Bruery beers.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

The nose is out-of-this-world! Smells exactly like white chocolate syrup infused with bourbon. Deep, aromatic and boozy. Beer opens white chocolate, fudge, molasses and booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with loads of cocoa powder and vanilla bean. Finish is syrup, dark fruit, booze and more vanilla sauce. On point for sure. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down hot and oily. Sticky sweet finish.

There are a lot of "White Chocolate" beers out there but this Bruery offering blows them all completely out of the water. Never had a brew that tastes almost exactly what you'd imagine a White Chocolate beer to taste like. The vanilla is there, the chocolate is there, the booze is there and the flavor is incredible. Definitely worth having.

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours an amber body with a fizzy less than half finger head. No lacing or retention.

S - What's that, oh booze! Huge whiff of cocoa nibs and bourbon at the front followed by oak and vanilla. At the very back end, there is a teeny tiny acidic sharpness. Aside from the sharpness, the beer is really well balanced on the nose.

T - Sweet chocolate, caramel and malts in the beginning. Bourbon, oak and vanilla hits midway through. Straight forward taste here.

F - Thick bodied and low carbonation. Smooth/silky/velvety all the way around.

O - Such a rich and decadent beer. I definitely get the white chocolate taste The Bruery was going after. The 16.6% abv was pretty well hidden to make this an easy sipper.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep amber to honey in color with little to no head in the glass. No lacing, but definitely some alcohol legs.

S- Hello booze! Huge bourbon and barrel scents hit the nose first, quickly followed by very sweet and boozey malts. I'm not sure I would call the overall impression white chocolate, but I would call it sweet.

T- On the tongue, this one follows the scent pretty closely. Big, boozy, and bourbon forward flavors hit the palate first. Sweet and chocolatey malts come next, and give somewhat of a white chocolate impression. The back end of the drink gives the vanilla flavor a prominent showing before the boozy flavors return to dominate and finish the drink.

M- Thick, heavy, and sticky, this hugely boozy beer is a very slow drinker. Between the booze and the heavy flavors, this one is just a beast to sit down and drink. I definitely recommend splitting this bottle with a friend.

Overall, this is your typical imperial style from The Bruery; it is huge, boozy, and a little overwhelming. I'm not entirely certain why it is called White Chocolate, because, even though it contains chocolate flavor notes, it just doesn't give the overall white chocolate impression. In the end, this is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear, light red/gold with champagne-esque bubbles that dissipate very quickly. The smell is all chocolate up front with an acidic wine smell at the back. The smell has me anticipating something epic. The flavor is much like the description from The Bruery -- tons of white chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon perfectly balanced by the malty backbone and hop profile; followed up by a cider like aftertaste. The sweetness is minimal, which helps keep this drinking like a strong ale. The mouth feel is thin and dry like a white wine. The ABV isn't well hidden, but that's not a bad thing.

Overall, I'm surprised this brew doesn't receive as much love as all of their other brews. It is surprisingly complex for such a chocolate infused brew. This may be one of my favorites of theirs, and I've had a majority of them.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cognac Amber color. Aroma boozy, sweet and chocolaty. Flavor is rich white chocolate rich a little fattiness like real white chocolate. Has a smooth rich creamy body and overall I thought this was pretty cool. You can absolutely see the white chocolate in this beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of vanilla beans with a slight chocolate and coconut notes along with some hints of oak and bourbon. Very nice nose
T: Taste is light chocolate and vanilla with some oak and slight caramel sweetness. This is a very sweet beer on the palate. The swallow on this one is some oak with more vanilla and white chocolate flavors with a little coconut on the back end. Slightly boozy but hidden behind all the sweetness.
M: Thick and silky on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall a very sweet and decadent beer. This one is most definitely not infected and tastes great. Pretty high ABV at 16.6 but it carries itself well. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was the 2015 version that came in at 16.6%. I didn't find it to boozy at all. Very rich and decadent, but fairly easy to drink. It was like a light barleywine if that was a thing.

Smells kind of odd. I have heard people mention beef jerky. I can see that a little. Almost like a teriyaki aroma. I think it is just the combination of some dark fruits along with maybe some coconut and charred smell from the barreling.

It actually tastes like white chcolate quite a bit. Very sweet with some cocoa hidden in there. I think it taste like cookie dough and marshmallows too. Also some distinct bourbon notes of wood and vanilla.

Very, very tasty beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer surpassed all expectations, this is my first Bruery beer and it was amazing. Huge vanilla on the nose and taste. Followed by nice smooth bourbon and an overall sweetness. I want more!

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Photo of DaltonCastle
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. 2 hours after having a taste of Garage Brewings' Marshmallow Stout, we are now splitting this massive gem 3-ways.

Look- Looks a whiskey amber color. Head dissipated fairly quickly. Quite a bit of alcohol legs on this one.

Smell- Wow! Bourbon bomb with some chocolate notes. A lot of vanilla and some malt. Pretty much white chocolate. Good stuff.

Taste- Tastes like I dipped a Hersheys Cookies and Cream bar into a glass of fine bourbon. Quite sweet but if you were expected anything else than I don't know what to tell you.

Feel- A very slight alcohol twinge but that is to be expected. Very velvety and slick.

Overall- I feel like I am a kid being let loose in a candy store without any adult supervision. Going to cellar my second bottle for a year and revisit this. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of awes02
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Striking golden color, clean, and aromatic. Strong scent of butterscotch, boozy warmth on the first sip, but fades as you continue drinking. Decadent and sweet, but not syrupy. An absolutely amazing beer. Worth the $30 price tag.

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Photo of Absolut
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter. dark orange brown, with a cola like head that quickly vanishes. leaves streaks on the glass that look like heat waves coming off a summer road.

smells of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and molasses

taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel and malt.

extremely good beer. gets more complex as it warms. just great.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. Strong white chocolate aroma...poured from a bomber into a 2 oz taster glass.

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Photo of CaliforniaHoarder
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened a white chocolate bottled on 11/2015, poured into a tulip glass.
Look: A little lighter than I expected, poured a dark amber color, with no head.
Smell: Initially I noticed a slight smell of caramel mixed with alcohol, followed by brown sugar and vanilla.
Taste: At first I tasted a sweet boozy flavor, followed by the taste of oak, finishing with a very pleasant combination of vanilla and chocolate with an enjoyable alcoholic burn. As the beer warmed, the flavor of chocolate became more prominent.
Feel: Medium to full bodied, vinous and smooth
Overall: A sweet and somewhat boozy beer with a pleasant combination of vanilla and chocolate notes. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one will age over the years.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared large 2014 bottle.

Pours slightly hazy, light orange-amber with a decent head.

Odd but not unappealing fruity and chocolaty aroma.
Tart fruit and chocolate flavor. Very tart. Subtle bourbon barrel effects.

Overall: unusual beer with an unusual mix of flavors.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, opaque, bright apricot orange body. Fine bone-white head pours a finger and a half high with ok retention and lace.

S - Holy shit. Creamy white chocolate ganache, toasted almonds, mellow honey, rich cream, and bold Madagascar vanilla beans.

T - White grapes, warm milk, smooth white chocolate, tart white peaches, vanilla milk, sweet cream, bright oak, cognac, and just a hint of soft milk chocolate.

M - Nice smoothness on a medium frame.

O - An absolutely fantastic wheatwine; the best I've ever had. The flavor profile that they build around the base style is brilliant.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, golden color, speckled with lots of orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of toasted malt, citrus, such as orange and a touch of lemon, and tons of chocolate. Such a unique smelling beer. Bright and inviting.

Taste: Wow! Delicious!! Lots of malt and wheat up front, bready and earthy, immediately followed by tons of vanilla bean, some pronounced citrus, almost a touch of sour, some candied sugar-like sweetness, nice hints of bourbon and oak, and finished by lots of earthy semi-sweet chocolate. Absolutely unique and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there’s quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds and lift the chocolate over the palate. With an ABV of 14.3%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an exceptional, totally unique and delicious beer. So many complex, layers of flavor. Bready, boozy, sour, sweet, outstanding.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this and stakem for procuring it. Enjoyed in a goblet from the bottle chilled.

The color is dark golden with thick haze bordering on amber with thin head that becomes beads with no lace, maybe legs sticking. The smell is strong with a smell of yeast and lots of malt some dried fruit type sweetness in the aroma with a wheat-like scent with vanilla and bourbon in the mix. The feel is creamy at first with sweet and tangy element with oak tannin and mild woody spice with slight yeast texture and moderately high alcohol mid palate with a semi-dry finish.

The feel leads to a nice flavor of wheat with strong vanilla and barrel character with the bourbon blended well in the taste with slight yeast spice and gentle alcohol increasing toward the finish. Overall this is a great barrel aged strong wheat beer with the vanilla quality enjoyable and the outcome achieves what the brewer was attempting to do well -very smooth for the strength with hardly any alcohol heat.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a clear caramel color with a fizzy and short lived white head that quickly faded to nothing.
S: Rich and sweet notes of vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate syrup, and bourbon with hints of leather, toffee, and slight caramel.
T: Vanilla and bourbon dominate the palate. Flavors of toffee, butterscotch, marshmallow and mild powdery chocolate follow. The finish is warming but not necessarily boozy. I get a hint of toasted coconut and sweet rock candy in the aftertaste. Bourbon is sweet and slightly spicy. Leather and mild tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Full, thick body, tingly and fizzy carbonation, greasy and slick mouthfeel with a sharp punch from the carbonation. Booze is present and noticeable, but this beer is not hot or rough in any way.
O: Sweet and full of vanilla. Easy to drink for such a big beer, very delicious. Very mellow and complex flavors.

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Photo of dropbombs25
1.43/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Terrible. No white chocolate, no vanilla, no cocoa, no bourbon. Sour and tart. A huge disappointment. I've had an infected cacaonut and this wasn't as god-awful but it wasn't good. Most expensive drain pour I've had yet. It took me a long time to land this and it was beyond an epic disappointment. Given the choice of bein forced to drink this or my own urine, I'd pick urine. Uhh

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