White Chocolate | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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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Ratings: 1,235 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msumike89
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deac83
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +5.3%
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%
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 PBRmeasap1980
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
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 ejimhof
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of khargro2
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxifunk777
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.38/5  rDev +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 zachthelaxer93
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 1,235 ratings
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