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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,366
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
1,249
pDev:
12.71%
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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a deep glossy amber to copper color with a sly transparency about it. Light carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a cap of a little white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Mild messy lace ran here and there.
The aroma smelled like bourbon coated vanilla beans with some pecans and sweet wheat. Light tones of clean caramel came in delicately.
The flavor was moderately sweet rolling in and around a blend of boozy bourbon, vanilla beans and caramel malt. Pecans are way fainter. Caramel, vanilla and sweet wheat in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good and on par as it kept any possibly cloying qualities from occurring. ABV felt as projected. Texture was very good.
Overall, I haven't had many wheatwines in life but I can tell you this, the others all seemed very cloying and I thought they were supposed to be that way, but since this one isn't. I would say this would come highly recommended from me.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-11-24 in Bethel Park, PA from a 2017 22oz bottle

A - pretty hazy golden-orange with a 1.5 eggshell head and light lace.

S - Wheat, light chocolate and orange.

T - Sourdough wheat bread sweetened with light white chocolate and vanilla,

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Slick and smooth at first then the alcohol kicks in and dries things out.

O - Very well made and tasty wheatwine.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDizzle
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tony210
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium amber, minimal white head. Smells like a white while barrel, sour cherries, a little chocolate. Taste is immediate tartness with tangy sour cherries. Some chocolate in the middle, still tangy. Winey. Decent carbonation. Overall pretty good but not my favorite style. Would not buy again, especially for $30 / bottle.

11/5/17
Overpriced 750ml bottle
3.25 rating

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Photo of moose1980
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beastly Bourbon bomb. The adjuncts are not as pronounced as expected, or at least not in regard to being able to pick them out each distinctively. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Vylo
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ppavlick
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Rated blind.

A surprisingly cloudy, dark orange brew, with great head production and retention.

The nose is boozy and grainy, featuring corn, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate.

On the palate, this is an extremely malt-forward brew, and quite sweet. Notes of corn mash, bourbon, booze, sugar, vanilla, coconut (from the bourbon), and a bit of chocolate.

Hot and thick feel, quite boozy but not unpleasant. I'm thinking a golden EBW or a Wheat Wine.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersmith90
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a rusty color with a white head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose was smooth vanilla with hidden wheat nose. The nose was not particularly strong.

Taste - My first thought was wheaty white chocolate. The smooth mouthfeel adds depth to the profile. The creaminess melted well with the wheat from the style.

Mouthfeel - Very smoothand creamy.

Overall - This would make a great dessert beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden ember, fluffy tan barm which settles quickly into a thin, persistent ring. Aroma is big & muscular- lots of sweet, rich caramel malt & adjacent aromas (toffee pudding, warm nut). The coconut is husky & smells more like dried flakes than fresh coconut, and it waivers on being too dominant. Couldn't find any cocoa, maybe a hint of vanilla, but on the whole it smells like a coconut English olde ale.

The taste is very similar, though the coconut is incorporated better & is less assertive and more complimentary. The bourbon is a tad hot / boozey which draws away from some of the earthier, richer flavors while maintaining a level of that treacly caramel malt. Vanilla is floating around but never finds its role, no sign of any chocolate / cacao - perhaps this has sat a little too long? It is a good beer - maybe a tad less heat, a little more vanilla, keep the coconut as is.

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Photo of CraftbeerKillah
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The chocolate is nice but the bozziness and the thin feel I'm not into!

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on August 27, 2017.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark amber with an impressively large head for a beer of this ABV (15+%). However, the head only last a minute or two, leaving no noticeable lacing behind. The aroma is primarily of bourbon, with hints of chocolate, toffee, molasses and some dark fruit. The taste is fairly sweet, and in many ways it reflects the nose, with bourbon notes, chocolate and malty sweetness. I would not have guessed that there is wheat in the grist of this ale as there are none of the stereotypical wheat aromas/flavors that I can detect. Not much in terms of carbonation and a very chewable mouthfeel. This is one crazy complex beer. I normally don't enjoy non-stout bourbon-barrel aged beers but this one is up there with the best BBA stouts I've had.

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

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

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
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