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

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#1,446
Reviews:
194
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1,279
pDev:
12.47%
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Photo of rolltide8425
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to snifter, deep hazy golden, some white head, no lacing. White chocolate on the nose, light malt. Taste is sweet, has the white chocolate. Heavy body and below average carbonation.

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

Photo of probert
2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3.02/5: The aroma does smell like white chocolate, but it tastes like boozy prune juice devoid of nuance or subtlety

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

Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review. Bottle into a teku. Hazy-ish amber gold, decent bubbly head of white foam. Big nose of bourbon, vanilla, smokey oak, toffee, caramel, and spiced sugar. Taste is on par. Big bourbon, big vanilla, lovely caramel, sweet figs, honey, oak sap..the list could go on. Delicious. Good feel, a bit thin but..15%+ and you're gonna have that most of the time.

Bottom line is this a damn good beer. Probably the best I've had from the Bruery.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Draft at Rattle N Hum West, NYC.

A- The brew is poured from the draft into a baby goblet with a somewhat cloudy deep-amber body. A small white cap ascends to a film on the brew and falls to a small ring at the edges, fair retention. Tiny spots of lace every once in a while.

S- Bourbon oak barrel and vanilla in the forefront, the vanilla itself is massive. Some of the sweet caramel character found in other bold Bruery high-ABV beers but kind of minimal in comparison to many. Cocoa nibs, spiced raisin and old barleywine caramel.

T- As in the aroma the vanilla leads off alongside the faded oak barrel which brings plenty of whiskey and a certain toasty wood hint. The whiskey combines with the base brew to give off a dark fruitiness that is reminiscent of non-smoked Single Malt Scotch. Spiced raisin, heavy caramelized grains, sweetness but not cloying, cocoa nibs, apple esters and toast also come to mind.

MF- The body itself is medium-thick and it has a slickness from that high ABV. Oily and frothy-foamy texture with some good heat in the finish from the alcohol. Rather smooth thanks to the medium level of carbonation.

Big vanilla, oak barrel and wheat wine base combine with cocoa to have an interesting effect. Not quite the flavor of the namesake but still a good dessert brew and it is probably a good thing it doesn't taste exactly like White Chocolate which is cloying and sugary.

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Photo of DrBier
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Budlum
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, white and silver foil-capped bottle - I like how this brewery's labels seem like something right out of post-Prohibition: 'Contains Alcohol' is almost as prominent as this offering's name, for crying out loud.

This beer pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a few instances of disintegrating ice floe lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of pungent Bourbon barrel notes (vanilla, spicy rye alcohol, and musty wood), some bready and doughy caramel malt, milk chocolate, those vanillan cookie things, faint domestic citrus peel, and some very tame earthy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and treacly caramel malt, the same heady oaken essences as in the aroma, some arising warmed citrus juiciness, those white chocolate-laced, um, seashell chocolates that are always around at Christmas parties, a hint of earthy clover honey, and some rather mild perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its mostly supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, as the whole artisanal cocoa thing goes the long mile here. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, barrel, and two guest stars mixing and mingling like the lingering bosses they wanna be.

Overall, this is one big and brash (quelle surprise!) brew from this OC/SoCal/WC operation - the base wheatwine comes through only because I was informed as such, otherwise I would have guessed that it was some sort of strong Belgian golden ale. Whatever, it's sweet, yet balanced, and with a vin de table strength that is more or less hidden in the depths of its complex flavour.

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Photo of TJMahDonut
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sat with this beer for 15 minutes thinking - "wtf? This sucks. Why chase this? No chocolate. No barrel. Mouthfeel sucks. Aftertaste sucks." - bartender puts a beautiful glass in front of me... "Sorry, I got the taps switched up. THIS is White Chocolate."

THIS is more like it.
Poured off tap @ Strangeways in Dallas into a snifter.

A- Deep Honey Amber color. Half inch head with good but light lacing.
A- CHOCOLATE! Honey. Cereal. Boy, that chocolate cuts through everything.
T- Right off the bat those cocoa nibs come through. Then immediately the barrel comes in hot- whiskey, cola, booze. In that order, for me.
M - very dry, light to medium body. Sharp. This one's a very pleasant sipper.
O - after I got the actual fng RIGHT beer in my face, I'm now a big fan of this. I'll be hunting for a bottle now. Believe the hype - cellar it.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kuges
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 into a Teku

L: Crystal clear deep amber with a stubborn 1-finger head
A: Straight up chocolate chips cookies - heavy on the vanilla, some faint oak
T: Sweetness, heat, more vanilla, chocolate, not much bitterness, excellent
M: Full bodied, endless supply of carbonation, alcohol well hidden
O: Been chasing this one for a long time, it lives up to the hype

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,279 ratings