White Chocolate | The Bruery

White ChocolateWhite Chocolate
BA SCORE
4.17/5
1,239 Ratings
White ChocolateWhite Chocolate
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:
#1,341
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,239
pDev:
12.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
475
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of PaulUH
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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 MNPikey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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 ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +8.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,239 ratings
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