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White Chocolate | The Bruery

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4.17/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,364
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,245
pDev:
12.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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482
Gots:
477
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,245 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When this beer isn't infected, its one of my favorite summertime nightcap kind of beers. Pours out a hearty amber color, off white head, 1/3". Aroma of cocao, sugar, chocolate, bourbon. All the sweetness overwhelms picking up notes of oak.

The taste is a sugary foray into the wheatwine territory, light body, big strength, but the sweetness covers it up nicely. Lots of vanilla and caramel hide that big abv. The bourbon is mild behind all the cocao/vanilla/caramel. Creamy stuff. Great mouthfeel, this is a very underrated beer in my opinion. Certainly the amount of infected stuff in previous years might weigh its score down, but the good thing about Bruery is they always make it up to you. Would bang again even though pricey.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, surprisingly. Little head.

This 2013 vintage has a little apple cider vinegar, definitely white chocolate and bourbon somewhere in there.

Flavor, maybe flawed. White chocolate mixes with apples, caramel, and bourbon.

Feel is medium to full.

Overall nice wheatwine with character.

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

This one pours a light golden color, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, sweet white chocolate, and bourbon.

This has a pretty simple but sweet character to this, but it's nice. There's lots of vanilla and soft white chocolate, with butterscotch and caramel, and light silky bourbon. The flavors are melded well together.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was quite decadent, but probably a bit too sweet.

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Photo of twincano
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris912
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of INSTACAM85
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beagleyx2
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msumike89
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitze
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of deac83
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of g00ey
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was good but not great. An interesting beer that does taste like white chocolate. A true dessert beer. Nice as novelty but not something I could see drinking with any regularity.

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. 2015 Edition.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich, caramelly bourbon aroma with lots of vanilla and sweet milk chocolate held together by a blanket of oak.

T- So much going on in here. Notes of maple, malted milk balls, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Truly creates the illusion of eating white chocolate fudge all with this boozy overtone that balances out the big sweetness. Nutty aftertaste.

M- Somewhat silky but with a sizable booze bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well I'll be damned, but they really made this taste like white chocolate. Though I don't actually like the taste of white chocolate as it's too rich for me, this bourbon-soaked approach to the flavor I can get down with. There's also plenty of oaky complexity to keep things interesting but this is certainly a slow sipper that I recommend sharing with friends. My first of the truly big Bruery beers.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

The nose is out-of-this-world! Smells exactly like white chocolate syrup infused with bourbon. Deep, aromatic and boozy. Beer opens white chocolate, fudge, molasses and booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with loads of cocoa powder and vanilla bean. Finish is syrup, dark fruit, booze and more vanilla sauce. On point for sure. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down hot and oily. Sticky sweet finish.

There are a lot of "White Chocolate" beers out there but this Bruery offering blows them all completely out of the water. Never had a brew that tastes almost exactly what you'd imagine a White Chocolate beer to taste like. The vanilla is there, the chocolate is there, the booze is there and the flavor is incredible. Definitely worth having.

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours an amber body with a fizzy less than half finger head. No lacing or retention.

S - What's that, oh booze! Huge whiff of cocoa nibs and bourbon at the front followed by oak and vanilla. At the very back end, there is a teeny tiny acidic sharpness. Aside from the sharpness, the beer is really well balanced on the nose.

T - Sweet chocolate, caramel and malts in the beginning. Bourbon, oak and vanilla hits midway through. Straight forward taste here.

F - Thick bodied and low carbonation. Smooth/silky/velvety all the way around.

O - Such a rich and decadent beer. I definitely get the white chocolate taste The Bruery was going after. The 16.6% abv was pretty well hidden to make this an easy sipper.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Chocolate from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,245 ratings
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