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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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4.15
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Photo of seandamnit
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew, without a doubt one of my fav from The Bruery (though I just picked up the Reserve Society membership, so god knows what tasty brew is awaiting me in 2014.

For tonight I got mine from a bottle that came as a gift from my boss, served in a Bruery branded tulip. 2013. My pallet is not so refined as others, so forgive the generic and/or weird descriptions:

Pours a beautiful orangish-yellow color, with just a little bit of head. Yeast chunks are present.

I taste sweet fruit, and of course vanilla beans. Literally tastes like white chocolate covered raisins. What strikes me more is what I DON'T taste, and that's alcohol - it's there if you look for it, but it's impressive none-the-less for something that is 14.75% abv.

Something I wish I could drink every night, but that's kind of stuff is how you end up on A&E's Intervention

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Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours with a certain cleanliness as its Crystal clear orang color shows only loose carbonation through its body and leaves little head.

The aromas are strong and sweet with pronounced honey, caramel malt, vanilla, wheat and wine.

The flavor really reminds me of a wine, though it is a wheatwine. The wheat flavor is evident but has a fermented style with just a touch of alcohol. The mid palate detects some barrel age properties such as a vanilla and oak wood flavor. It ends with more wheat malt.

The feel is crisp and clean but a bit prickly and bubbly.

The trick to this beer is to know your drinking a wheat wine and not a White Chocolate Stout. Once you put aside expectation this is a flavorful "beer" experience.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unsure as to the date.

A: Pours a deep reddish-amber. Lightly hazy pour. Mid-sized and fizzy tan head. Head fades out pretty quickly, almost soda-like. No sign of lacing at all.

S: Lots of white chocolate and white raisins too. Like white chocolate-covered raisins in fact. Light sting of bourbon with a little caramel and more dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of wheat? Pretty much just smells like straight-up white chocolate raisins for the most part. Pleasant and unique. Quite sweet too.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma. It's all white raisin with white chocolate. Raisins are surprisingly tart too. Sort of a light toffee from the bourbon coats it. Toffee heavier in the middle along with a heavy wheatiness that pokes through in the finish and aftertaste. Heavy drying oaky tannins in the aftertaste as well, lingering around between sips with a bunch of white raisin. Surprisingly not as sweet as I expected, especially given the ABV and the chocolate/vanilla aging. Not much sign of alcohol as you'd expect, but it does warm the belly quickly.

M: Heavy but not overly thick or cloying. It's a big one. Surprisingly drying too.

O: Very interesting brew. I can't tell if I like it. Barrel aging isn't super heavy but supplies a nice layer of complexity. Even the chocolate and vanilla isn't overpowering. The raisins really stand out for me initially though. Aftertaste is a bit rough, that's my only real complaint. Very unique, strong and complex brew at the same time. Never had anything like this. Making a beer that can actually produce the flavors of white chocolate is an accomplishment in itself.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head without much retention and only minimal lacing on a murky burnt orange with golden and copper hues. Aroma of cardboard, white chocolate, apricot, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor follows with vanilla dominant notes with additional flavors of cocoa, cane sugar and bourbon. Medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. I am a little disappointed with this one. It's good but for me didn't live up to the hype. A very boozy beer in both aroma and flavor.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to think about this beer before I tried it. I really thought I wasn't going to like it. Instead it is one of my favorite beers out there. It actually taste like white chocolate. It is beyond delicious. The bottom of the bottle gets a little murky but the flavor is still there. I love this beer!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Bottle (thanks miguel blanco!)

Appearance - Slight hazy amber. No head. Some sediment.

Aroma - White chocolate, sweet wheat, vanilla, coconut.

Taste - Tons of white chocolate, bourbon vanilla, slight tartness, and subtle coconut.

Mouthfeel - Oily, yet drying. Possibly because of the alcohol? Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - White chocolate bomb! The tartness was a real pleasant surprise as well. The 14.whatever% alcohol is not a factor at all. I wouldn't change this beer ever. One of my recent favorites.

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Photo of Zraly
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a CCB snifter. Golden with a soft, white head. Nose smells of bourbon and chocolate; a nice counter-intuitive nose based on the appearance. When taking a big whiff, I fully expect something darker in my glass. So very cool, indeed, on that front.

The general flavor seems very bourbon-centric. Not that I am opposed to that; I love the taste of bourbon and really like most things put into a bourbon barrel within reason. However, I feel like some other aspects of this are overpowered by the bourbon. I get the vanilla -- which of course gets muddled in with the general bourbon quality -- and I pick up on some type of coconut-chocolate note. However, the white chocolate quality is a bit lost on me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is incredibly easy to drink given the ABV. In this respect, this has some danger to it.

Good night cap.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed with my brewing buddy and perhaps 8 other people - we anticipated extreme sweetness and dessert-like boozy consistency for this so it was the only way to get through it. 2013 vintage. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

Pours a remarkably pale golden color that makes this seem nearly identical to any other Belgian blond ale of sorts - that, is, until you start swirling the glass, which shows an enormous amount of viscosity and alcohol legs right away. At the percentage of alcohol on this, it honestly comes as no surprise that it would end up this way. There's amazingly some carbonation and head at the beginning, but it dissipates into a modest ring that is met with some lacing. There's some sediment at the bottom that is caramel colored, and reminds me of an older wine. Modest stuff, but still imposing.

Holy hell! I have no idea how they put their minds together at The Bruery to make a beer that smelled EXACTLY like white chocolate but they definitely did it. Notes of white chocolate, vanilla beans, caramel, marzipan, almonds, white grapes, pears, raisins, and bourbon barrel flavors (which impart some butterscotch, toffee, and slight breadiness) make this a complex, hedonistic, yet unbelievably wonderful offering to whiff on. Not as sweet as I expected, and the booze is amazingly well hidden. Well done, guys. A true masterwork here.

The flavor does not quite reach the perfection of the aroma, but it's still an astonishing drink to be reckoned with in the long run. I admit I was pretty impressed with this, so much that I had two to three more small pours to enjoy. There's a lot of layers going on here, and these guys have figured out how to make a successful decadent dessert beer right here. At first there's an immediate wash of bourbon notes, which give off intense flavors of vanilla, light coconut, nutmeg, pears, and corn sweetened flavors. Then, everything melts in a slightly buttery, sweetened manner and reveals the notes of white chocolate, almonds, candied apples, raisins, oak, cedar, tobacco, and light leather in a fabulous manner. The wheat becomes highly present as this warms up, and provides a crackly, freshly baked bread flavor that accentuates the chocolate and sweetness to the point where this is in the same vein to a macadamia white chocolate cookie. However, this is far more refined than that - excellent wood, bready flavor, sweetened spices and fruit and nuts come in to make this wholly memorable. Truly an excellent beer in its caliber.

Would it be possible to make a better "wheatwine" than this? There's so much going on in a beer that seemed destined to be a booze and sugar bomb. The blending is magnificent here, and the flavors come in spades in a way that this would please beer, bourbon, and wine drinkers alike. A true pleasure to sip on. I wish I had more bottles that I could cellar and see how this would develop over time. Highly recommended - the first beer from these guys that I can safely say was mind-blowing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed and capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip
14.75% ABV, 2013 Bottle

A - After a five minute ordeal with the outrageously thick wax, this beer pours relatively still from the high alcohol. Hazed golden in color it's fleeting white head dots the tulip in specks of lace before sinking to a ring of bubbles.

S - White Chocolate smells of wheat husks soaked, at length, in grain alcohol and used to stir the concoction of bourbon oak-aged barley malt, cacao nibs, and stringy vanilla beans. More alcohol than anything, this beer has complex undertones of pear skin and earthy spice.

T - Like a liquid caramel-drizzled brownie, this beer is bursting with chocolate notes of cacao nibs and vanilla, from both the vanilla beans and the bourbon oak aging. The wheat wine's presence is still there with smooth wheat flavor and feel that provides a great base for the additives.

M - Despite pouring somewhat still, White Chocolate has a rich and smooth body with a prickle of carbonation, finishing incredibly dry and thin from the alcohol level.

O - The Bruery's White Chocolate lives up to it's name, smelling and tasting like a liquified brownie made with booze. This heavy hitter doesn't deceive; it's alcohol is right out in the open, adding complexity to the white chocolate brew. Mmm delicious.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6/18/13 bottle that opened cleanly with no gush. Slightly cloudy orange/blonde body with a little white head around the top. You can smell the white chocolate especially as it warms. A hint of vanilla and some bourbon on the nose as well. Oak notes on the nose and in the taste. The finish is incredible. It leaves your tongue coated in white chocolate flavor. A truly impressive beer that is definitely delivering the ABV. It doesn't overpower, and it isn't nearly as hot as other fresh Bruery bourbon beers. Very little tartness. Quite a dessert indeed.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Bruery tulip. 2013 vintage. Released around 8/1/13, so around 3 mos old now. Bought from the Bruery for $29.99 ($25.50 w/ discount). Note: Bottle did not gush or explode when opened. Did have way to much wax on it.

A - Very cloudy apricot color. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Not the most appealing. Eggshell head leaves minimal lacing.

S - Coconut, vanilla, butterscotch, white chocolate, tartness. Very pungent and a lot going on. Enjoyable.

T - The coconut, vanilla, and butterscotch are right up front. Then the tartness hits you. It is very subtle, not vinegary, more tart apple flavor. On the end you get the creamy white chocolate.

M - Body is on the light side of full. Doesn't coat your mouth, but has some substance. Has a slightly watery finish, not isn't the best.

O - Had the 2012 and thought it was much better from what I remember. Fuller body and lower tartness. Will open a 2012 in the next few days to compare.

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Photo of Crawfordesquire
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(2013 WC)
Beautiful appearance, (some sembelance of a hazy) light orange with initial 1.5 inch head which quickly dissipates.
Smell is that of bourbon, milk chocolate, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is soft, some degree of cloying but just the right amount. Very low carbonation.
Taste is fun! Small degree of citrus from the wheat, followed by chocolate notes and vanilla, lots of vanilla (maybe too much)
Alcohol is present in some sips, others not so much. The only element I found to be out of whack was a little too much vanilla.
Overall better than I expected. Would buy again.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The color of wheat. Golden brown and very cloudy. Lots of sediment floating around and very cloudy. Poured a thin white head that vanished pretty quickly. Not really sure how to rate the appearance of a wheat wine.

S - Very surprising how strong the white chocolate fragrance is. The white chocolate is followed up by a sour fruit smell of grapes, cranberries, and black berries.

T - Lots of chocolate that transforms into a white wine. The warmer this brew got the more the chocolate really stood out. Plenty of oak in the back end and the taste really finishes like a wine. Might be the most unique flavor I've tasted in a beer that is actually good.

M - Very light and VERY dry. Really drinks like a chardonnay. Very smooth for such a high ABV.

O - I'm very pleased with the uniqueness of this beer. This is a true work of art that I'm sure isn't for everyone. I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

Normally, I'm not one to reach for the white chocolate (my preference lying with the dark or peanut butter-filled), but who am I to turn down some barrel-aged wheatwine goodness? This stuff pours a hazy auburn topped by a half-finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet bourbon, light candied orange peel, vanilla bean, buttercream, light oak, and a twinge of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, the orange coming through a bit stronger, though tempered a bit by the booze. Still, the sweetness is what reigns supreme here, but not in a Southern Tier Creme Brulee sort of way: more restrained due to the overt cooperation of its constituent parts. Basically, the complexity of the sweetness plays off of itself, rather than having it serve to o'erwash all else as in the aforementioned New York-based stout. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice wheatwine, one that somehow did not overdo things with the barrel and the additives, despite how easily it certainly could have. Good times.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, golden with a white one-finger head that morphs to lingering bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: chocolate cake in a glass. Tartness mixed with caramel and vanilla. Where's my fork?

T: Ooh, let's take a biscotti break. Coconut, caramel and vanilla with sweet sugar and honey. This is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Bourbon barrel notes seal the deal. I' m in love.

M: medium with medium sticky-sweet carbonation.

O: Love this decadent delight. Should come with its own cake tin.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle courtesy of the one and only mhksucess . My west coast brother!! Served into a Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks good. Similar to appearance of '12 WC. Remember this is a BA wheat wine NOT a BA stout. A subtle pour created a very effervescent head, kinda like a 7up but faded fast.

Smell: A good wiff of the bottle once open: all tart green apple. No chocolate or sweetness. Uh oh. However, another big smell, this time from the glass: tart green apple almost entirely gone. Lots of super sweet chocolate, little tartness.

Taste: Front of the palate is mostly tart green apple. BUT, as it moves to the back of my palate I notice tartness fades and creamy, sugary white chocolate takes over. As I patiently wait and take small sips I'm noticing as it warms up to room temp it's mostly creamy, sugary white chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Couldn't ask for better.

Overall: Maybe it's something with the bottle? Once it's in a glass and sits for a while it completely changed and was enjoyable. People also need to remember that regardless of the name and description on the label it's still a wheat wine style beer. All said I will voluntary pick up a couple more of these as I suspect this will be really great with a year or two under its belt.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml white waxed bottle poured into tulip 18/9/13 cheers Adam for sharing

A orange amber with plenty of sediment being moved around by a few slow bubbles, finger of soapy foam fizzes out quickly and leaves no lace, about what I expect considering the strength, long legs included

S smells strong of vanilla, soft caramel, and coco, the bourbon barrel comes out nicely with a little booze but well concealed all things considered, I wasn't expecting the chocolate in a beer this light in color, it might be in my head but it kinda smells like white chocolate, nose is strong and amazing

T a little citrus and cereal I wasn't smelling and everything else is toned down but the booze is a little stronger and a fair amount of wood

M its thick and syrupy but could use a few bubbles, a little heat but well managed, slightly numbing on the lips with some woody bourbon lingering

O smell alone bumps this one up a notch, I could smell this one all day but it didn't quite follow through in other areas, solid stuff don't get me wrong but the nose was by far the best thing going

the booze will get ya for sure, smells amazing and lacks nowhere, age worthy for sure and something I'd like to revisit years from now

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Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Wheatwine" list on beeradvocate.com....fun. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet...smells like white chocloate.

I wonder about beers like this...did the Bruery make this beer and then name it or set out to make a beer that tastes like white chocolate. Nailed it. The beer is really sweet, pushing it but not over the edge, and has a nice vanilla flavor to it, creamy smooth, no alcohol sneaking through...thick bodied. It is a good beer but it is a committment to drink it. I won't turn it down in the future but it is a big task to drink this alone...one of the only wheatwines I think tastes good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: My bottle was a light gusher but when it was finished...Poured a light rusty like color with a dirty white cap, some lacing present vbut not much on head retention. Pretty fizzy, like overcarbonated head

S: Vanilla, oak, some faint cocoa. A wheat base is evident by smell and some booze stings the nostrils. A light bit of funk on their as well, a little bit of greenness almost

T: Another reviewer below sordove nailed it for me....boozey cream soda. You can tell there is a wheat base to it as a wheatwine because it sordove sticky sweet. Vanilla and oak tend to dminate for me, as does a little greennesss I would not desacribe as spoilage but young perhaps. I do believe this will go away in time. The cocoa is pretty tame. The finish is smoehwat hot, sweet, sticky with more creamcicle like flavor

M: Not as full as I expected, actually a bit overcarbonated making it feel thin and bubbly. Cloyingly sweet at times

O: I hope this beer rounds out and cleans up. Not bad right now but it has room for improvement, especially at the price point....

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Photo of pkalix
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yes, peach is the perfect description for the color of this. not transparent in any way, but not thick either. no head, no lace, and lots of floaties as I poured it into my Duvel glass.
white wine vinegar, bourbon, vanilla, candy and wine aromas.
white wine and vanilla, with the bourbon and some tartness on the tongue. but still very sweet, with a caramel apple-like flavor (with green apples of course).
very drinkable. very tasty. lighter on the tongue but (apparently) heavy on the alcohol (feeling-wise; I really cannot taste any alcohol in here). this is a very interesting brew. it is not a beer. it is a brew. it borders on a wine and something else in this fermentation sense, but beer in every category, as expected, is not the word for this. never the less, I like and intend to follow this up with something else. I have had a few of The Bruery's other offerings but nothing as fancy as this. I joined the Preservation Society and will get my first batch soon although i'm on the fence with the Or Xata, horchata. somebody said it's pretty good but I've never been much for novelty brews. although I do believe The Bruery just may have changed that opinion...
lots of caramel on the nose as I finish the first glass....
a light caramel syrup is the way to describe the look of this.
overall, I guess it's pretty good. it's a little sweet for my preferences, but it is absolutely delicious. i'm sure if I had someone else to share this huge bottle with I would be better off and not gagging so much. I will rate according to the first glass as I believe that is the fair thing to do. continuing to drink the entire bottle, with its sweetness, is utter folly...
I never got the cacao nibs in this though, although I suppose I could conjure the 'chocolate' portion of the name...

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Photo of JOrtt
2.89/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: When I looked at it, I thought man this one is going to be good. It has a nice deep barrel amber color to it with no head (it exploded out of the bottle when I first opened it up).

Smell: Little bit of bourbon but nothing else. Was expecting vanilla, caramel, etc... but nope

Taste: Sour, not very good. Was expecting something different. Maybe it was the wheat wine, I don't know. Didn't have previous editions, so I can't compare. Not happy with it though.

Mouthful: Extremely carbonated. As I stated, popped the cap and it gushed (more like exploded) out of the bottle. This left about 3/4 of the bottle left.

Overall: Not what I expected. I love The Bruery (I belong to the Preservation Club) and I saw this online to purchase. Bought two bottles, received next day shipping and cooled to 55 degrees. First bottle I thought was a fluke. Saw all these posts and deceided to pop other bottle. Won't buy again.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - copper-orange color with minimal head. Very little lacing.

S - lots going on here. Vanilla is the most predominant aroma. Bourbon, oak and minor chocolate aromas are also to be found.

T - seems odd but the first I'm reminded of a cream soda. Definitely sweet. All the aromas come into play here. The high alcohol is tamed a bit by the sweetness but still noticeable.

M - not as syrupy as one might expect. Medium body with pretty good lingering finish.

O - my wife isn't a beer drinker but loves wine and ports. She actually likes this beer. Not something I'd like to drink more than once in a blue moon but it really succeeds as a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this one on-tap @ Aces & Ales Strong Beer Fest, served in a 4oz. taster glass...

A - The pull pours a hazy peach color, with a minimal off-white color head. Very sparce dots of lace are left as I sip.

S - The initial smell is huge in bourbon! When I sniff more, and work past the bourbon, there are notes of vanilla, caramel & oak.

T/M - The taste follows the nose almost exactally, with lingering notes of dark fruits. Very bourbon forward, with an oakey vanilla finish. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

O - This is a VERY good wheatwine, but the bourbon dominates the flavor. Alcohol warmth is very present, but it is 14.5%. Hard to consider this a summertime wheatwine when it drinks like a big, slow sippin brew. Glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 version. 14.25% ABV.

Very clear amber gold. Aggressive pour into a Teku glass produced a half inch head that dissipated very fast. Not much lacing.

Nose is interesting: boozy with a ton of oak, marshmallow, vanilla, walnuts and chocolate. Smells like white chocolate.

This has a really strong oak flavor, and possibly because of that, it seems more alcoholic than its rated 14.25% ABV. Some tawny port-like nutty flavors, a lot of vanilla and a little peach fruit or other stone fruit in the mid palate, while chocolate emerges in the finish. It is a big beer with a lot of different flavors. It is better cold, and loses integration as it warms up.

The body is medium and there is not much carbonation. Especially as it warms, the strong alcohol, oak, and vanilla elements become more harsh on the palate.

While this smells sweet, the taste lags behind, and I think it would be better if it tasted a bit sweeter. As it is, I would drink this beer colder with a dessert pairing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from 2012, shared by Doug on 15 August. Poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Pours a thinnish-looking orange, straw coloured body. Not much head or lacing to be found here. Still, the colour throws me off because of the name White Chocolate, but I have to remember that this is not called that name for the looks.

Now the smell on this thing is amazing and unique. It smells like white chocolate fondue. It really does. So much vanilla, milk chocolate and some sugar in there with a splash of bourbon heat. I can't get over how much this beer smells like actual white chocolate. So awesome.

The taste isn't quite as white chocolatey as the smell, but it does follow quite a bit. Lots of vanilla, some bourbon, and some toffee and caramel with oak. The malt backbone on this beer is relatively small for the adjuncts that I taste here.. it's tasty in an unique way, runs rather hot like a typical Bruery beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointingly thin. OK carbonation, not as much as I think this beer would need. Aftertaste is an interesting mixture of bourbon and milk chocolate sweetness.. gets a bit cloying as it warms up. Alcohol heat is actually decently strong at the beginning and it only gets stronger as it warms up.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. It's probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The rest of the beer holds up rather well, but is nowhere near as awesome as the smell is. Worth trying at least once, but as with other Bruery beers, it's just not something I want to drink on a regular basis. Thanks again for sharing this one, Doug!

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,125 ratings.
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