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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,195
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky light amber body. Thin collar with a few bubbles on the surface.

Smell - Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Bourbon. Harsh booziness. Really does smell like white chocolate, though.

Taste - Bourbon and vanilla up front. Chocolate is very strong. The white chocolate flavor is still apparent, but not like the smell. Sweet with a hint of grain. Intense vanilla bean finish.

Mouthfeel - Harsh and boozy. Medium carbonation. You taste every bit of the ABV.

Overall - The white chocolate concept is spot on, but the vanilla is as intense as vanilla extract.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber with a nice sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, white chocolate, honey, vanilla frosting, and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of sweet vanilla and white chocolate up front with a solid bourbon oak flavor and plenty of alcohol to remind you this is a huge beer. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I really liked this beer it's quite different. I'm not sure this needed to be 14.5% abv but I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml white wax dipped bottle into a matching Bruery branded snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden orange color with some lighter yellowish hints around the edges. A finger and a half worth of white froth forms across the top and slowly fades to a thin film across the top holding with about a half finger strength around the perimeter of the glass. Some small patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is pretty intense with a strong scent of bourbon infused tangy alcohol. When a deep whiff is taken, it is somewhat perfume-like and solvent/burning to the nostrils. But when you step back and take more sniffs, it has a lot of character to take in. White chocolate is pretty profound here almost like angel's food cake batter. More smells are reminiscent of cotton candy mixed with more white chocolate powder and lots of vanilla. Under all of the sweet candy tones is a familiar fruited quality of a wheatwine.

The taste is boozy with a tangy bourbon aspect that transitions immediately into sweetness of white chocolate, vanilla, mild oak, cotton candy and angel's food cake mix. There is a bit of fruity aspect here very typical of the base style. However, I cant get over how much other stuff is thrown into the mix here. They must have used a truckload of white chocolate to get it integrated this boldly in the flavor. Despite all the residual sugar here, that 14% is alive and well with a solid burn down the back of the throat. As the brew gets warmer, it has almost a bitter orange flavor that emerges along with the alcohol and the palate starts to numb. More sips reveal a bit of raw barrel character with a very mild hint of oxidation that is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is really fitting of the name. The aroma especially screams white chocolate with a pretty solid inclusion in the flavor as well. This is quite a hearty sipper that I could never imagine sitting down and wanting to kill a whole bottle of. The solvent alcohol aside, it really is taxing to the palate perhaps even more so than Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain. Fans of wheatwine will want to give this a try.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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 ejimhof
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Vintage 2017.

Deep opaque reddish orange body color, quite an impressive light khaki colored head as well, reaching an easy three fingers, with light retention. Settles to easily a fat finger with sheets of ring like lace. The faintest bit of slow rising carbonation just barely can be seen on the glasses edge.

Many does the aroma hit pay dirt. Soft caramel and butterscotch like aromas, mixing in with real big vanilla tones. Yup as true to the bottle a buttery cocoa kicks in smelling just like white chocolate. Aromas are also nice and soft not overpowering either, with much complexity and exploring to take into. Great smelling brew.

Oh man. This beer delivers in spades. A surprising light bodied feel for a wheatwine, but certainly not wet and lacks a bit of chewy character, still providing a wonderful almost silky coating. That's the few minimal criticisms though. The flavors are just gangbusterrs. Mid palate hits with a light toffee crisp, touches of caramel waffer. The aftertastes is just a bursting vanilla and buttery cocoa, and truly tastes like cocoa butter. True white chocolate. Stunning. Like drinking a waffer white chocolate crisp in hand. Light touches of milk, and minimal sugars, a hint of little bitterness too with some light oak flavors as well.

I am speechless, I never thought this could actually happen, but there is the craft creating and barrel magic happening right there in print. This is one of those rare beers where I wish I could have this every day. I don't know how this gets more impressive as a wheat wine, maybe some more dense body, but then it could ruin it. I want a case. It will just hurt when I finish this in 5 minutes cause it will be over.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dvmin98
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light gold in color, white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Doesn't smell like chocolate, booze rather. Citrus?

Definitely boozy but not as much as the nose. It's chocolately delicious! 14%abv really shows as well.

Lower carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Fits.

A little reminiscent of Chocolate Rain with a sweeter finish. Points for creativity. Glad to have tried it. Thanks TATURBO!.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember who brought this - Jason? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a to collar, leaving minimal lace and a few wisp on top. Murky orange-yellow body. Nothing unexpected for a 14% wheatwine but not much to look at either.

S - Typical wheatwine flavors - fruity yeast and and lightly toasted grains - but with an undercurrent of white chocolate and booze. Some vanilla and oak notes in the periphery. I don't generally like this style, and I was initially a bit put off by the aroma although it improved as it warmed up.

T - The taste is superior, and it's a dead ringer for white chocolate. Oodles of delicious vanilla bean and milk chocolate flavors, with only mild supporting notes from the wheatwine and barrel. Delicious stuff, and not as much booze as you'd expect from 14%.

M - Full bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol warmth. Not as viscous as some of the Bruery's stouts, but there's sufficient heft here.

D - I didn't really like the aroma much, but once I got past that there was a really enjoyable beer to be found. It's very sweet and best enjoyed in small quantities, but may be the best Bruery offering I've had in a while. If you like white chocolate (like I do), then check this one out.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.6%

White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,195 ratings.
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