White Chocolate | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies by batch.

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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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#1,447
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
1,281
pDev:
12.47%
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Ratings: 1,281 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of Roberto11232
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark amber color and a hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of chocolate, malt, bourbon, vanilla, and honey.

T: Tasted of a good shot of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), a nice bit of honey, some light vanilla notes, a tinge of caramel, lots of white chocolate, some wheat, and a hint of coconut. Like the aroma, the flavor's big and forceful, but definitely tasty. Kind of boozy (the ABV% was 16.6%), but definitely complex and likable.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not a beer for wimps. It's powerful and aggressive, but compulsively drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
L: Pours a pretty orange, copper color with a very big 2 and a half finger head on a pretty aggressive pour. Very good looking beer.
S: This smells like a dessert in a glass, as much so as a good dessert stout does. I get a lot of vanilla and caramel along with the bourbon and alcohol. The chocolate is their but not much and it is definitely hidden behind the vanilla, caramel, and bourbon booziness.
T: This is where the beer drops off a little bit for me. The bourbon taste is right there in the front of this one, followed by the vanilla and caramel right behind it. At the very end I get a little taste of chocolate. For this being called "White Chocolate", I was expecting this to have a lot more of a chocolate taste to it.
F: The beer drinks more like a wine to me. Smooth and rich and easy drinking, to smooth for the 14% that the bottle says.
O: This is my first beer from The Bruery, I had passed this bottle up several times because of the price tag on it($30 for a bottle!!), but always wanted to try it. It is a good beer don't get me wrong I enjoyed it. I would not buy this beer again, it is way overpriced for the taste to me. Very good not great.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage

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Photo of Keeling
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage

Cream soda, bourbon/alcohol, vanilla, golden raisin, marshmallow, fruity cacao nibs

Not picking up chocolate at all. Occasional whiff of white chocolate from the bottle

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Photo of Badger2121
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total Carmel bomb. Don’t get a ton of chocolate.

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Photo of ssgunbond
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of paresis
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a rare example where the components seem better than the whole they create. Not that this is a bad beer by any means, in fact it is a light, yet delicious sipper, especially on a warmer day, Light color and tone, matches the mouthfeel. I think I fell victim to the hype of this beer over the years. Again good beer, but not worth mentioning with the Bruery's best work, and nothing I have to have again. (But would so happily)

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. A 2017 bottle, had 5/28/17.

Pours a cloudy apricot, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Great aroma. Smells of bourbon, oak, malt, vanilla, toffee, raisins, some chocolate, light coconut and licorice, a little bit of funk. The taste is great, too-bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, oak, caramel, some coconut, light white wine. Smooth, a really good medium body, well carbonated.

Like White Oak, this is very barrel forward, and that’s not a bad thing. The cacao seems to smooth the barrel out a little. Great flavor and aroma, very enjoyable. Seek this one out when it’s around, just work through the sticker shock.

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Photo of BWood
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: nice rusty orange wit a good head for the abv. It dies down quick though.


S: nice smell on this one. Candies, sugar, gooey syrup. Vanilla and chocolate is there too.

T: honey and vanilla. Sweet sweet beer. Full of complex flavor. The wheat wine base comes in after the first wave. Barrel is there. Nice vanilla though.

F: low carbonation. A tad thin. But Mose Bruery beers are. Easy drinker though and no alcohol burn.

O: great beer. No complaints. Another great beer from The Bruery.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harpus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle into glass. '2017 Edition'.
Cloudy, body color is orange amber. Lively white head settles to ring and a few bubbles. No lacing.
Lots of aromas, and sweet. Wheat malt base with cacao, caramel, coconut, vanilla, and oak barrel.
Taste is wheaty twang, with oak barrel, cacao, caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Sweet taste above the twang, honey sweet.
Medium mouth feel, and somewhat mouth coating/syrupy. The twang, sweetness, and oak barrel combine for a quite intense mouth experience.
It's a sipper for sure, with its high ABV, and educated combination of tastes and aromas.

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,281 ratings