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
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#1,475
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
1,288
pDev:
12.47%
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Ratings: 1,288 |  Reviews: 198
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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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Really hazy dark orange color with creamy off-white head. Aroma has malt sweetness with vanilla, sugar syrup and some toffee. Taste is sweet with vanilla notes, cocoa powder and woody bourbon barrel, even a bit zesty on the finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Quite tasty and intense but a bit difficult to drink.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber colored with a decent haze. Thick white head retains well and leaves sticky rings of lacing in its wake.

S: Wheat with an overall shortbread-like aroma. Vanilla and very mild cocoa. Wheaty twang. Subtle alcohol and tropical ester.

T: Vanilla and chocolate lead, with a big wheat undercurrent below. Mild orange sort of flavor too. Faint hop bitterness. Oaky as it warms. Mild bourbon pull. Wheat finish.

M: Thick and creamy in feel, but airy and rather light considering the size. Very typical of a good wheatwine. Soft but ample carbonation, and some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: An interesting brew. Good wheatwine base, and the chocolate and vanilla are apparent as well. Overall it works. Light and desserty with some tropical/citrus notes in the background.

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Photo of MrZach76
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste doesn’t live up to the smell. Not bad, but will no longer go looking for bottles. Pales in comparison to a lot of other BBA Bruery stuff. I’d like this a lot more if the base beer wasn’t a wheat wine.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy opaque brass-brown with a mild khaki head dying to a thin film and thick creamy collar leaving minimal creamy arms of lace.

Smell is, wow...intensely delicious and enticing unlike any other Bruery bottle I've had. It's really distinct of candied nuts, like walking through Christmas in the Woods. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla-honey-maple-esque oak just gush delectably, OMG...and there's barely any heat at all! I hate to admit I'm actually enjoying one of these Bruery monstrosities before I even put my lips to it.

On the palate, the first thing I get, actually is....white chocolate. Floored. However, that is overtaken by gooey, fresh chewy caramel cubes, toffee, and vanilla-coconuty bourbon oak with a waxy heat and a toasted walnut aftertaste. The heat builds slightly after a bit of time, but to a very tolerable level, with some pruney influence.

Body is medium-thin, with a soft but fleeting carbonation, finishing semi-dry and sticky.

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Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque copper with some thick off white head.
S: It smelled like sweet vanilla nougat and caramel and toasted coconut, with some buttery wheat bread toast and nutty toffee and oak.
T: It tasted like buttery wheat bread toast and caramel and nutty toffee, with some toasted coconut and vanilla and oak. It had a clean sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a complex and delicious brew, with rich scent and taste. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth but a little hot, so it was better to sip. Seems built to age. Could cellar for a very long time. Fresh is great but not the full potential of this beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings