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White ChocolateWhite Chocolate

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a murky light brown, no visible head. Bubbles coming from the bottom, some nice film around the glass. Smell is sweet and huge with white chocolate flavor. What a great smelling beer. There's a sweet bourbon start on the flavor, then falls back to a smooth white chocolate and vanilla after taste. You can also pick up oak, and the alcohol burn isn't overwhelming. It's incredibly sweet but it's so flavorful. Medium mouthfeel, slightly carbonated, thought it would be more bubbly from the appearance, but I'm glad it's not. Nice unique beer and a great sipper.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottled on 08/08/14.

Pours a hazy straw color. The one inch white head fades to a ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of grain, bourbon, cocoa and buttered bread.

The taste is of grain, bourbon, milk chocolate and vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Another high gravity offering. There is no mistaking the bourbon presence in both taste and aroma. Boozy and grainy with accents of chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, shared at a gathering of 15 or so people. The perfect size for this dessert in a bottle.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange body with a pinky finger of off-white head. Decent retention, but no lace.

S: Vanilla, sherry-esque oxidation, butterscotch, cream, bourbon. This is what Creme Brulee set out to do, but shat the bed on. It's a dessert in a bottle, as I said above.

T: Vanilla-drizzled cheesecake, butterscotch (this is really the biggest drawback for me), honey, bourbon-drenched waffles. There is a very light astringency in the finish that doesn't make a dent in the sweet flavors of the beer.

M: Despite being sweet, the beer isn't treacly, and it drinks relatively lightly for something of its gravity. It isn't quite on par with BT for being thick and viscous. Well-disguised ABV.

O: When the beer was announced, I was skeptical; I thought White Oak was horrendous, and taking a component of it seemed similarly destined for failure. I will concede that this was better than I had anticipated, but it was still not a great beer; as someone else remarked, "I'm a little sad that I have 14 bottles of it." I don't think I'm in the target market here.

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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 ThickNStout
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. No bottle date but I believe it has only been bottled once in late 2012. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a hazy opaque lemon orange hue with about a half finger pale head. The head quickly recedes to a halo that leaves no lace. I don't think I've ever seen such a pale hue with this much opacity. Not cloudy but no transparency. It's a beauty.

Wow! Smells like straight up white chocolate with vanilla, bourbon, wax, a sweet fruit character and a whiff of alcohol.

My nose wasn't lying. A deliciously complex blend of flavors including vanilla, sweet cream, white chocolate, bourbon, honey, caramel, some sort of funky fruity yeast type notes, candy sugar, sweet wax and a sharp swift kick of booze that seems right at home in the mixture. As it gets to room temperature the flavors really open up even more. Amazing!

The feel is slightly effervescent but with a nice syrupy heavyness. Long sweet waxy white chocolate aftertaste.

I'll admit that as a huge fan of both wheatwines and white chocolate that I may be predisposed towards this but The Bruery has done a truly outstanding job here. Every aspect has been nailed. Hands down the best wheatwine I've had and definately in my top 3-5 beers. I'm super excited for the chance to buy more when they release it later this year.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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 pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours deep gold with straw on the edges, a cap of beige-ish head which dissipates almost immediately to a still surface. No lacing or head.

S: White chocolate, vanilla frosting, a bit of orange and cherry. Huge, rich aroma.

T: Again, white chocolate/vanilla frosting, a little citrus, finishing with bourbon and mild to moderate sweetness. Not as diabetic as BT. Also, it has kind of an abrupt, strange finish--kind of an off, overly tannic flavor? Anyways, it doesn't quite come together at the end.

M: Very rich. Full bodied and light carbonation. A little sticky and boozy.

O: This is like a white chocolate version of Black Tuesday. Or a Sauternes. A good dessert beer, optimal in small doses.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was the 2015 version that came in at 16.6%. I didn't find it to boozy at all. Very rich and decadent, but fairly easy to drink. It was like a light barleywine if that was a thing.

Smells kind of odd. I have heard people mention beef jerky. I can see that a little. Almost like a teriyaki aroma. I think it is just the combination of some dark fruits along with maybe some coconut and charred smell from the barreling.

It actually tastes like white chcolate quite a bit. Very sweet with some cocoa hidden in there. I think it taste like cookie dough and marshmallows too. Also some distinct bourbon notes of wood and vanilla.

Very, very tasty beer.

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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 Phelps
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a Russian River wine glass.

Cloudy apricot. Very little head, just a thin white ring.

I feel like I just gained a pound by smelling this. Huge, sugary caramel, white chocolate, toffee. A soft hoppiness and a touch of overripe orange.

Translates directly to the flavor. Heaping scoops of caramel offset a little by fruity wheat and orange. Touch of vanilla. Smooth white chocolate interacts interestingly with the hops. Surprisingly clean finish.

Alcohol heat in the nose, like fire. Medium body, mild fizzy carbonation.

The drinkability of this is dangerous. I don't feel at all like I'm drinking a 30-proof beer. Sweet, sugary. Good for dessert.

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Photo of Brabander
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer at the Zeebra Extreme Beerfestival in Holland on may 4th 2013. Zeebra was held for the first time with lots of very very very great beers and i wished i could say 'like this one'. But this was a very disappointing beer.

Poured in a Zeebra glass, a small tasting glass. I expected much more quality when i look at the others in this family.

Almost no head and carbonation. The white chocolate was there but not the same as i got in the Chocolate Rain. Pity cause this beer could have been made much better. Glad to have it though because i love the other Bruery beers (exept the sour ones)...

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky light brown with a thin somewhat bubbly off white head that fades quickly. Lacing leaves legs down the glass.

Strong vanilla and bourbon aroma. Smells very boozy along with vanilla bean. Just a touch of chocolate.

Really does emulate white chocolate flavor. Lots of vanilla and chocolate flavors up front. Strong booze presence throughout the palate. This one may be a bit better with some time to mellow, but still delicious now. Finishes with a little tang from the wheat along with more bourbon.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This much booze is probably needed to cancel out the sweetness presented by the base and cacao and vanilla, but it's still somewhat harsh.

I like big boozy beers so this is right up my alley. Fans of more integrated less aggressive booze will want to sit on this a while. Flavors are very solid although not quite to the level of Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of brystmar
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard so much praise about this bad boy, had to see for myself.

Pours an amber color, leaning towards a dirty brown hue. Thick white head settles on the surface and leaves a thin layer behind.

Remarkably, this stuff smells and tastes just like white chocolate. Sweetness from the malted wheat kicks things off, broadsided by sugary white chocolate and plenty of booze. Oak presence shows up towards the end but fades as the distinct taste of white chocolate lingers after you swallow. The ABV isn't hidden particularly well, yet its integration into the overall flavor profile works nicely.

I'm not generally a fan of white chocolate to begin with, so it isn't surprising that I wasn't gushing over this beer like the others at our tasting were. If that's your thing, though, you're gonna love this beer.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of oline73, thanks again!

A- not a good looking beer, pours a rusty muddled brown-orange with a head I'd be disappointed with if I saw on my homebrew. Alas, it is barrel aged, so I won't be too harsh

S- Vanilla with the familiar wheatwine alcohol heat

T- BOOM! it all works! open up first as a vanilla shake then fades into a finish of creamy white chocolate, amazing

M- perfect, thick body that holds the flavors well and even adds to the experience keeping the milkshake flavors together with a milkshake like body, no sign of the alcohol from the nose

O- Beer doesn't look all the great and the nose isn't earth shattering, but everything is amazing. Great beer, very interesting idea, worth seeking out!

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle courtesy of the one and only mhksucess . My west coast brother!! Served into a Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks good. Similar to appearance of '12 WC. Remember this is a BA wheat wine NOT a BA stout. A subtle pour created a very effervescent head, kinda like a 7up but faded fast.

Smell: A good wiff of the bottle once open: all tart green apple. No chocolate or sweetness. Uh oh. However, another big smell, this time from the glass: tart green apple almost entirely gone. Lots of super sweet chocolate, little tartness.

Taste: Front of the palate is mostly tart green apple. BUT, as it moves to the back of my palate I notice tartness fades and creamy, sugary white chocolate takes over. As I patiently wait and take small sips I'm noticing as it warms up to room temp it's mostly creamy, sugary white chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Couldn't ask for better.

Overall: Maybe it's something with the bottle? Once it's in a glass and sits for a while it completely changed and was enjoyable. People also need to remember that regardless of the name and description on the label it's still a wheat wine style beer. All said I will voluntary pick up a couple more of these as I suspect this will be really great with a year or two under its belt.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, golden with a white one-finger head that morphs to lingering bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: chocolate cake in a glass. Tartness mixed with caramel and vanilla. Where's my fork?

T: Ooh, let's take a biscotti break. Coconut, caramel and vanilla with sweet sugar and honey. This is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Bourbon barrel notes seal the deal. I' m in love.

M: medium with medium sticky-sweet carbonation.

O: Love this decadent delight. Should come with its own cake tin.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up my allocations to try this beer! Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small white head. Scent is...WOW! I remember reading reviews of this beer when it was first released, and someone said it didn't have a good nose on it. I respectfully disagree with that. The nose is like a delicious desert. I get some definite white chocolate...even a little bit of a cheesecake aroma. Sweet, boozy vanilla aromas with some lovely bourbon. A good amount of vanilla with a hint of orange. Taste is not a dessert-ish as the nose. It is definitely still a sipper and rich like a desert, but the wheatwine characteristics kick in, making it not so rich. Still has some boozy bourbon and vanilla flavors, but also has some orange citrus flavors. Some light maple syrup flavors with a sharp, cloying sweetness almost on the back of the palate. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, as it is not overly carbonated and not too full-bodied. Drinkability is fairly high for what this is. Overall, there is no way in hell I could drink a whole bottle of this, as it is far too rich and sweet for one sitting. However, when shared amongst friends, this beer is brilliant.

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Photo of zac16125
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter

Thanks to Redbeeron for making me aware of this and then sending one over in a trade!

A: Pours a murky, to the point of being opaque, orangish amber with 1 fingers width of bright white head which quickly dissipates down to only an outer ring and whispy film center. Not a very aesthetically pleasing beer, and leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Aroma is incredibly sweet and luscious. Bourbon, caramel, angel-food cake, vanilla icing, a bit of white chocolate, rum cake, butterscotch pudding. There is a significant booze character. Wheat and slight herbaceous notes come out as it warms. This smells amazing, and like no beer I have ever smelled before. Truly fantastic.

T: Taste isnt as voluptuous as the nose, but still tasty and impressively complex. I get caramel, butterscotch, bourbon and raw oak notes, sugary sweetness, white chocolate, a brandy like component, a hint of cocoa on the finish, and if "high gravity" was a flavor it would be in this beer . Its certainly more boozy than the nose, with the big alcohol character bordering on astringent at times, but it actually plays nicely with the otherwise dominant sweet flavors and keeps it from being cloying. Awesome palate profile here.

M/D: Appropriate carbonation, on the lower end of the spectrum, medium bodied, fairly smooth but with a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is surprisingly good. I actually drank the entire 750mL bottle myself, which certainly wasnt necessary but horray for gluttony!

O: Overall, I loved it. What else is there to say. World class aroma and complex, tasty flavor profile. Not for the faint of heart, but a must try for fans of big beers. Thanks again Matt for sending this my way!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to think about this beer before I tried it. I really thought I wasn't going to like it. Instead it is one of my favorite beers out there. It actually taste like white chocolate. It is beyond delicious. The bottom of the bottle gets a little murky but the flavor is still there. I love this beer!

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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 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 LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA ThickNStout for sending this my way in a trade. I really like wheatwines, and the idea of a 100% barrel-aged version with cacao nibs and vanilla is just amazingly decadent, so I saved this one to open to celebrate the birth of my first child. Enjoyed out of a wax-dipped 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 06/18/13. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful coppery orange color with highlights of both cherry tomato red and golden yellow where the light refracts through the slightly hazy body. Atop the body is a one-finger head of stark white frothy suds with a mix of microbubbles and larger bubbles from the aggressive pour. After a minute or two, the head dissipates, leaving drifting of foam along the sides of the glass and a healthy film of suds in the middle with a moat-like portion where you can see the body between the film and the drifts on the side of the glass. Eventually settles as a mottling of film across the surface and a thin rim of foam on the edges.

Smell - Such a wonderfully rich smell, with heavy notes of cocoa butter, vanilla, coconut, dulce de leche and fainter notes of bourbon and toasted oak. I must admit to expecting more whiskey characteristic, but the aroma is quite intoxicating all the same. The richness of the other elements seems to drown out the barrel a little bit, but that is definitely a good thing. Such an intoxicatingly smelling beer.

Taste - Of the rich cacophony of aromas, the most predominant in the taste are the coconut and white chocolate. It really is a clever name for the beer, because the boozy caramel notes that are common with wheatwines and weizenbocks play really well with the vanilla and chocolate to really give the impression of of white chocolate. However, this particular batch may be victim to some infection issues. There is definitely a tart element to the beer that I don't expect from this particular style. Just a hint of an almost pineapple-like sourness that somehow works well with the rich chocolatey and vanilla elements, but just doesn't seem quite right. I have no choice but to dock the taste score a tad, but make no mistake, this is still a very tasty beer even with those issues.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium with an expected viscosity. Carbonation is light to moderate, and the overall beer has a clinging, sticky feel to it.

Overall, a delicious beer in its own right, but one that I can't help wondering what it would taste like without that tartness. As noted already, the tart didn't ruin the beer by any means, but it was hard not to long to taste it in all its rich, sweet glory without that tartness.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of vanilla beans with a slight chocolate and coconut notes along with some hints of oak and bourbon. Very nice nose
T: Taste is light chocolate and vanilla with some oak and slight caramel sweetness. This is a very sweet beer on the palate. The swallow on this one is some oak with more vanilla and white chocolate flavors with a little coconut on the back end. Slightly boozy but hidden behind all the sweetness.
M: Thick and silky on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall a very sweet and decadent beer. This one is most definitely not infected and tastes great. Pretty high ABV at 16.6 but it carries itself well. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle graciously shared by sstorck, my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Clear gold with no head, some carbonation is visible though.

S: Huge vanilla and cocoa powder aroma, lots of oak as well...fairly subdued booze (I was expecting more of a beast!) but still plenty of bourbon, whiskey, even vinous notes. Tangy & bready wheat component in there as well. Sweet and intense.

T: Really follows the nose, the burn is quite manageable and cuts the sugary sweet base of this beer quite a bit. Big vanilla finish give the impression of extra-sugary white chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and wheat...still a bit vinous with a good amount of whiskey/bourbon character. Warming finish, for sure.

MF: Creamy and smooth, this still feels like its a touch short of full-bodied...maybe thats the alcohol cutting into it some? Lower carbonation, as expected, turns this into a slow sipper.

O: Pretty awesome; this is my first wheatwine and I doubt it'll get much better than this. BIG, sugary sweet beer; LOTS of vanilla, oak, white chocolate, and bourbon here. Split this bottle several ways, and take your time ;)

Thanks sstorck!

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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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White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,127 ratings.
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