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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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 AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky light golden color, looks like a saison or tripel or something.

Smells like sweet sugar cookies, vanilla, white chocolate, unbaked cookie dough.

Tastes like booze, vanilla extract, chocolate, cookie dough again, more booze.

Pretty thick feel, booze is really apparent, but this isn't really the kind of beer where the booze needs to be hidden.

Pretty good!

8.0/10

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

Golden orange with bright clarity. Not much foam to speak of, it disappears almost immediately.

Smells very sweet, slightly woody, a little bit of chocolate. Pleasant though on the verge of diabetes.

Prickly alcohol heat, sugary sweetness. Viscous syrupy body. Chocolate and barrel flavors, not especially deep, more boozy than anything. Not really a high fan, though it lives up to it's name at least.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a tasting and went back for seconds. Happy to get a bottle in a recent trade to share with the wife!

A - this beer pours out at a deep straw-colored tone, with plenty of white frothy head to boot; the carbonation is excellent, the lacing significant

S - this beer smells like white chocolate...surprise! The nose also includes some toasted sugar, frosted oats, caramel, and booze; the bourbon is there, as is the cacao; as it warms, the coconut is noticed

T - just like the nose, and just like the name...the vanilla and cacao-caramel shine through; it's really kind of amazing how perfectly white chocolate this beer is; it's sweet and packs some heat, but my wife guessed an abv at 9: that means this beer does extremely well with its complex flavors; as it warms, that honey shines

M - WC is heavy in flavors, but a perfect medium in feel and body; the carbonation is perfect as well; as mentioned, it's a bit sweet, but if you didn't expect that, then you don't know how to read labels; the heat is noticeable but not too much

O - this is an awesome desert beer and perfect to share with. That said, I could take this down solo with pleasure. This beer, along with Fruet and Melange, make me happy to be an RS member and make me feel like the Bruery owns this country's best barrel program. And I haven't even had CR, BT, or GM. Soon...

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Photo of jealousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Surprisingly light in color. Orange-yellow with very little head.

S--Very sweet, strong vanilla and a bit of bourbon. I don't really smell the chocolate, even looking at the bottle and expecting it from the name. The smell is very appealing, though. It does not smell boozy despite the 14% abv.

T--Again sweet and heavy vanilla, with more bourbon and oak and faint chocolate. There is a lot going on here, all of it delicious. Again, not much punch given the alcohol content. I would say to be careful, but given its cost and rarity, I would say go for it.

M--Very smooth and thick. Light carbonation, but definitely not syrupy, presumably thanks to the alcohol.

This is a delicious beer from an amazing brewery known for its big, complex beers. I am sadly not a Reserve Society member, so I'm not sure when I'll have another shot at it, but I will definitely jump at the chance should it arise.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the bottle share TATURBO!

reviewed from notes on 2/10/2013.

poured into sniftet glass.

Appearance: pale yellowish orange bodied beer with a thin white cap of head. Head drops to nothing.

Smell: Spicy bourbon, butterscotch, wheat malts and a solvent boozey smell.

Taste: Its a really sweet beer. Butterscotch, honey, and caramel notes are really big in this beer. Nice mellow oaky bourbon flavor and a surprise coconut note as well. A hint of vanilla, and cocoa in the finish that seems to show up from no where.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Really smooth booziness thats just so mellow. Has an almost spicy warmth to it and a little bit of a syrupy body. When the beer is on your palate you get just a touch of fizzy carb thats very short lived.

Overall: How does the Bruery take these monster beers and make them so smooth? Its beyond me. This is probably the best wheatwine that I have had. It a tough style to do really well in my mind. I wasnt blown away, but really thought it was solid. The flavor and mouthfeel are the best aspects of this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a not unexpectedly small head (given the high ABV); leaves just a few spots behind

Smell: As the beer warms, it really takes on the white chocolate aromatics; plenty of boozy elements to tingle the nostrils

Taste: Caramel cookie dough, up front, with a growing astringent Rum-like boozy character, in the middle, that brings along the coconut and vanilla flavors; after the swallow, the Bourbon and sweet malts dominate but it is in the aftertaste that the white chocolate really comes through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of heat in the gullet

Overall: Fascinating to see what the Bruery did with this one; too big and boozy for its own good but worth a share with others

Thanks, BigTomZ, for the opportunity

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Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass

A - pours a pale orange gold color, good clarity. Not much effort at forming a head...only managed a very thin collar of white, fine bubbles

S - aroma consists of whole wheat flour, cocoa nibs, light astringency/tartness, alcohol, lightly roasted nuts, vanilla and bourbon

T - faintly tart and astringent, rather boozy, lots of wheat...then the white chocolate character kicks in...lots of creamy white chocolate, vanilla mixed with some bourbon

M - medium/full body with a low carbonation. Creamy smooth feels with some bourbonykick and warmth.

O - interesting beer...definitely get some white chocolate character here but quite a bit more too. A bit of a sipper and not as smooth as I expected, but still very enjoyable. Not quite a dessert beer either. Would definitely like to have again

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Photo of jvillefan
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A very pale yellow with a thin ivory white head.

S: There is a perfect blend of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon throughout.

T: First off, I was shocked that the 14+% was hidden throughout. The taste starts off with a very smooth vanilla then transitions to bourbon. Next the chocolate comes forward to blend with the oak and vanilla to create the flavor of white chocolate.

M: A little heavy and has surprisingly good carbonation given the high alcohol.

O: Phenominal beer. Worth the trade demand. I put the value at 3-4 KH.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light and thick appearance. Above average mouthfeel. Mild chocolate aroma. The taste is coconut and vanilla. the vanilla aligns itself with the flavour put in almond milk or soymilk tetra packages. This is a sipper, and I had to stop halfway in the bottle, from the extent of weight of the syrup, and the coconut. Extra point for being a wheat wine.
Bottle from Steve in Warren.
Follow up: gave a great spiciness to my slow cooked meat pot, 2 weeks after opening

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

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a nice honey color, light amber with touches of orange and light brown when struck by the light. A nice, thick, soapy, white head appears momentarily but dissipates briefly leaving behind no lacing. The aroma starts powerful white chocolate, touches of caramel, light vanilla and oaky bourbon, it's quite smooth, potently rich but very inviting. The flavors are right in line, but a touch more complex, light, sweet chocolate straight away with a ton of caramel flavor behind it, vanilla eases its way behind them nicely, touches of bourbon, chewy oak with some honey and light hoppy citrus at the finish. The flavors meld quite nicely together, providing a nice balance between the strong rich flavors and the lighter more effervescent flavors. The body is a bit thinner than I'd like with a touch more carbonation than anticipated, but it coats the mouth nicely and finishes smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice bourbon barrel beer from The Bruery. While certainly a sweet, sipping beer, the richness is moderately kept in check making this a great beer to share for desert.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been really excited for this one, and finally cracked it after fixing rudzud's car, and shared with him.

Pours a fizzy light small head covering that rises semi quickly with light lacing, nice legs too, starts clear then an accidental dregs pour brings lots of big and dark chunk sediment.

Nose starts great, plenty of bourbon out front, nice sweet smelling aromas, light toffee caramel, buttery oak, vanilla galore, some white chocolate buried which comes out a lot more as it opens, as well as a bit of cocoa reminds me of Easter as a kid. There is a bit of coconut initially that is not great, but that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Great sweet smelling fruits too, white raisin, brown sugar covered dates, and just a bit of clean booze. Very nice.

Taste starts oaky, then quickly into fruits, light coconut again that disappears quickly to the white raisin, candied dates, etc. Then vanilla, which some comes from the oak barrel and some from the vanilla beans but not as big as the nose. Bourbon is much lighter than I expected. Booze starts lighter then turns up a couple notches as it sits on my tongue, warming tingly booze that even burns the throat a bit. Chocolate comes in later more towards the finish but is light and present early, more of a chocolate covered raisins at first, then some white choc after but not a ton. The booze cuts in quite a bit and starts to become unpleasant but after a few sips it mellows and starts to tickle my gums just a bit. Malts are there too, some caramel, toffee, sweet syrupy reddish malts. Finish is long sticky syrupy mouth coating, lingering booze, hot booze, long lingering white choc, dark candied fruits, vanilla galore, etc.

Mouth is quite thick, syrupy, decent carb, lots of hot tingly booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, the taste starts great but seems to fade the more it opens and especially as the booze really kicks in. Quite a nice beer if the booze didn't really kick in, and I wish some of the great aromas like bourbon and vanilla were more present on the flavor. Curious how this will age, could be great as the booze mellows and the flavors merge, or could be bad as all the great characteristics fade out.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros after some car body work.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a nice slightly hazy copper hue with a light quarter inch head that fades to leave a light halo and thin lacing.

S - Aromas of coconut, massive amounts of coconut. Ton of vanilla, almost too much. Bourbon is a bit faint, as this warms lots of white "chocolate" comes out. Very nicely balanced with subtle sweetness. Nice subtle brown sugar with not much booze as well.

T - Taste is initiaily awash with coconut and bourbon. Not much white chocolate but nice vanilla notes. As it sits in the mouth the booze becomes more assertive and prominent as do more darker fruits such as raisin and fig. While initially not a booze bomb once it hits you that's kinda all that's there. Barrel, bourbon, and booze. Booze that sits rather heavy on the pallet.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. A tad syrupy but then again this is 14.25% so its to be expected.

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer. Like this much more than white oak. Not sure how this will hold up to age though.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 14,25% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: I have had this bottle sitting in my cupboard for nearly a month now, so the murky golden-orange body is a bit of a surprise. A rough pour yields a good sized white head that displays reasonable retention, but doesn't leave any lacing. A swirl results in heavy alcohol legs and a sticky film on the glass.

Smell: Holy shit, this smells exactly like a milky bar! I know its called White Chocolate, but I most certainly did not expect this - if I closed my eyes, there would be nothing that would make me think I wasn't sniffing a pan of melted white chocolate!
As the beer begins to open up, a fantastic vanilla character (reminiscent of vanilla laced panne cotta) is revealed, alongside honey comb, sweet caramel and some bourbon barrel character. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, with only a hint appearing as the beer approached room temperature. Room temperature also yields some notes from the base beer, including: wheat, fruity esters, cooked apples, a touch of citrus, golden raisins and a bready character.

Taste: Good lord; the nose wasn't lying - this actually tastes like white chocolate! This is certainly not for anyone who doesn't like sweet beers, but then again they shouldn't be buying from the Bruery!
The flavour opens up a little quicker than the nose, with big vanilla notes, sweet creamy caramel, bourbon, wheat, cooked golden delicious apples, a touch of citrus, some bready malts and a touch of almost tart yeast all becoming apparent.
I know I am nitpicking, but I think the fruitiness of the base beer clashes slightly with the sweet white chocolate and vanilla notes.
There is almost no alcohol noted in the flavour and I could quite happily believe that this was around 8%!

Mouthfeel: Sadly White Chocolate is yet another big beer that I find to be over carbonated. The carbonation is initially of a medium-high level and not all that smooth, but thankfully both the level and smoothness improve after a while. The body is just shy of full and slightly sticky.

Overall: White Chocolate is a really interesting beer and one I would recommend to any lover of big sweet beers. That said, have a few friends on hand as a full 750 gets a little much.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing.

The beer is yellowish orange with a thin white head. The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, malt, booze. Fabulous flavor. Super smooth and teeming with flavor. Vanilla candy and seriously...white chocolate. Alcohol is certainly there but doesn't bother me. Delicious. Would happily have this again.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Dark, cloudy copper. Leaves very little head. No legs.

N: Brandy, figs, and oh yes, white chocolate. Loads of lucious white chocolate. Caramel. Incredibly sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla and oak.

T: Another dumptruck of white chocolate. Vanilla, and some moderation from the oak. Plenty of brandy again. Figs and raisins. Again, incredibly sugary but still not cloying. Love it.

N: Suprisingly light for a barleywine. Alcohol is really well hidden,however.

O: Yeah, I want more of this. It’s not a revelation, but it’s beautifully accurate and rich. Yep, drink it and enjoy the confection.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to mdfb79, thanks Dan!

The beer pours an ipa color of hazy orange. Not munched or lacing to speak of, looks good for the style.

The smell is good, smells a lot like the bag of a white chocolate treat, it has a very sugar forward, nutty kind of sweetness. Alcohol definitely present, overall a nice aroma.

The taste is right on. This is white chocolate to a T. Almond paste, sugar sweet, some citrus sort of hops, alcohol burn, etc. it tastes great, a very significant achievement in terms of taste.

The feel is good, it is medium with a higher carbonation than you would expect, not bad.

An interesting beer that lives up to its name, cheers!

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White Chocolate indeed. While it would be challenging to drink more than 6 ounces of this, it's well executed and lives up to its name.

It has a hazy golden appearance for the first several pours, but grows more cloudy and amber-tinged toward the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is low and there's minimal head formation.

Vanilla and chocolate are huge on the nose, with a strong barrel presence that adds even more rich notes of vanilla and caramel. Yeast lends some pleasant fruity esters and a nice wheat malt sweetness. There's a little alcohol buried beneath the dessert-like aromas, but it's faint.

On the palate it's even more reminiscent of White Chocolate. Sweet vanilla and cocoa up front, with a really nicely integrated barrel backbone that works well with the adjuncts. There's a faint stonefruit yeastiness, and a creamy, silky malt backbone, but this beer is more about the chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The body is medium-full, and surprisingly it isn't overly sweet for what it is; it's a notch down from Black Tuesday in residual sugar. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level, a bit lower than I'd like. Given that this is a slow sipper, my glass was near flat midway through it.

Quite an enjoyable beer overall. It's not for everyone, and I'd never want an entire bottle to myself, but it's great in small quantities.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle opene don 12.10.12

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy light tan head that is gone instantly.

S - Sweet malts, plums, vanilla.

T - Sweetness that quickly turns into white chocolate. More chocolate, vanilla, bourbon finish.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Smell is different, but tast is very nice. White chocolate for sure.

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Photo of Googs
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city snifter. Not sure what year this is from, I'm guessing this year.

A: rich orange body with a small white head. Turned into just a few bubbles quickly. Tons of alcohol lacing. Looks good for a 14.5% wheatwine.

S: the smell is the best aspect of this beer. It's a bit unbelievable how true to the name this is. White chocolate ,vanilla cake with vanilla icing, a hint of coconut and bourbon barrel. Sweet malt and wheat. Hard time picking up any hop aromas. I've never smelled a brew like this.

A: stays true to the wheat wine style but adds just a ton of sweet cacao, coconut, bourbon, and vanilla from the oak and beans. Bready wheat flavors at the forefront. Good attenuation, sweet but not sickening which I was worried about. We also picked up a little funkiness to it at the end, I think that's from the wheat in this.

M: On the lighter side of a full mouthfeel, not like an imperial porter or stout. Still sticky and heavy. Low carbonation. Flavors cover and assult the palate, not in a bad way though. The booze is there for sure as it warms and if you let it sit in your mouth you'll get the heat. Immediately feeling it in my stomach and it's warmin' me up real good. I didn't sip this one that slowly actually, really tasty but not cloying.

O: this is a fun ass big American beer. Not something I wanna drink very often but the bruery did a great job at making a white chocolate wheat wine, that's exactly what it smells and tastes like. if your one of those people that just goes crazy for big sweet beers, this and a lot of the bruery beers are for you . If you dont want to be drinking sweet boozy beer, then i understand, its not for most occasions. And I could see how this brew could even offend some beerdrinkers, it's just fucking nuts that only American brewers, and the Bruery, would try to pull off. I think it smelled better than it tasted. .some next level shit. Obviously a beer like this will only get better with time to mellow out.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, summer 2012
Brandy snifter

A: Pours a murky cloudy orange color. Basically no head. Thin white layer that faded to nothing. Carbonation is non existent. No lacing. Alcohol feet for days.

S: Booze. It's the first thing I smell. Vanilla. Chocolate. Really does smell like white chocolate! Pulling that barrel for sure.

T: It's very sweet. Sweet bomb. I like it though. Tons of vanilla. You do get the booze. The chocolate. Smooth finish. Long.

M: Medium to full bodied. Wish there was there was some carb but it's fine without.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous thanks to mike for tossing me this one just because I flipped out over it at a tasting. Just couldn't hold it any longer...enjoyed from a bruery tulipy snifter.

a - pried the wax and decapped the beer. filled my glass. the brew poured a murky orange with about 2 fingers of bubbly head that bubbled away as quick as it appeared leaving no lacing and just a thin ring of bubbles around the surface of the brew. the beer has a boozy glass and slides down the glass slowly.

s - AW YEAH! as a monster fan of white chocolate the chocolate, this beer is well named! it smells perfectly like white chocolate. the cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are just a perfect blend and the bourbon barrels add just the right amount of booziness to make this a masterpiece on the olfactory system.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is spot on for a beer called white chocolate. the bourbon barrel is a bit more upfront on the flavor than the nose, but again cocoa nibs and vanilla is a magical blend on this wheat wine. you really don't get the 14% maybe 10, but wow, what a beer!

m - uber smooth. great balance of flavors and booziness. medium bodied which is fairly light for such a HUGE beer.

o - overall, i was floored by this beer at an epic tasting and i'm just as floored with it today. the bruery makes a massive variety of beers and while i appreciate their experimentation, some of these beers simply fall flat. this one, however, is at the top of the mountain as one of the best beers i've had from the bruery. i am in LOVE with this beer.

--- edit 2012-12-06 ---
4 - 5 - 4.5 - 4 - 4.5
Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing.

a - pours murky orange with a think head if at all
s - yum, white chocolate. bourbon vanilla. fantastic!
t - booze soaked white chocolate. boozy marshmellows
m - a bit boozy
o - overall, great. white chocolate!!!

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Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light tan-yellow in color. Forms a very minimal off-white head that more or less just sticks to the edge. No lacing.

S: As to be expected this smells of white chocolate. And vanilla frosting.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness. Starts with a bit of a toasty, bready, wheat flavor. There is a bit of creamy caramel. Then the flavor turns to an intense chocolate before it finishes off with a sweet vanilla frosting finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Slightly tart, but not sour, with a creamy feel to it. Lower carbonation.

O: This one ends up tasting like the name; well, maybe a bit more like frosting, but the white chocolate is definitely there. Which leads me to have mixed emotions about this beer: On the one end, this beer tastes the way it is supposed to. It is a well crafted beer and it is a very creative take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden. But on the other, it is sweet, with a candy-like taste. And I don't want to drink a glass of candy. In the end, I imagine your appreciation for this beer will largely depend on your like or dislike for white chocolate.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of my Reserve Society trustee JRSD. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

White Chocolate pours a hazy auburn, turning positively opaque with the final pour. Maybe two fingers of bone colored foam forms to fill out he top of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both minimal, this one's just not much of a looker. The nose though, is fantastic. Lots of vanilla, some toasted brown sugar, and a little bit of chocolate and bourbon. It really does live up to its name. The balance shifts a little bit in the flavor profile. Vanilla is still the central focus here, perhaps even more-so than in the aroma. The brown sugar disappears entirely, leaving more room for the chocolate, and especially the bourbon. Still, the vanilla is just a little bit overbearing here. The mouthfeel though is as good as you could ask for from a beer like this. The body is only heavy enough that I'd guess the beer was 9% or so ABV, and the carbonation is just enough to cut through the beer without distracting in any way. I wasn't sure what to expect from White Chocolate given my mixed reaction to White Oak, but it's a very nice beer. It'd be a great bottle to open after a meal with a few friends.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is decent given the ABV, but no lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big, wonderful nose on this. The cacao nibs and vanilla beans stand out most prominently and the combination is infinitely pleasant. The bourbon is complementary and adds an earthy leather component and a big of light fruit. The base is actually pretty hard to find after the nibs, beans, and barrel, but if you sniff hard enough you'll find neutral wheat, apple, apricot, sugar, and toffee. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 T: I don't really know what to make of the taste. It's closer to an 8% brew in both potency of flavor and booze. The vanilla and cacoa are particularly less aggressive in the taste, which isn't to say you'll have trouble finding them. The bourbon comes through stronger, but it still isn't a dominant player. Leather, earthy, melon, booze, oak. The base, however, does come through pretty well. Lots of wheat, light fruits, some toffee, and a surprising amount of spiciness. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body, not the typical so-heavy-you-need-a-fork high ABV Bruery body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: This may be the only Bruery beer ever made that is both super high in ABV and not diabetes-inducingly sweet (which is why a Bruery beer is usually the only option if that itch needs to be scratched). That said, this is far too drinkable. You don't have to chew it and you don't have to wince from the booze tinge. It's pretty tasty and definitely worth a try. Does it taste much like actual white chocolate? No, not really, but I'm thrilled about that since white chocolate doesn't do much for me anyway.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright yellow orange in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of head with good retention that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW!!.. It really does have the aroma of white chocolate, I don't know how they pulled it off. Definitely was very very sweet but was able to detect plenty of caramel, vanilla, a little oakiness, hints of booze, malty sweetness and some underlying toffee notes.

T: just like the aroma suggest there was huge white chocolate flavor alongside caramel, toffee, sweet maltiness, good oaky accents, mild booze that was well balanced, a little yeast character, hints of banana and a touch of vanilla; very delicious.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, white chocolatey, slightly oaky, mild fruity and boozey but with a silky rich finish.

O: I have to say I am by any means not a fan of white chocolate candy but damn this beer is delicious and the aroma is crazy nuts. The only con is that the sweetness is pretty intense and you might go diabetic after this one.

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,134 ratings.
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