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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 498   ABV: 16.6%
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.
2015 Release = 16.6% ABV. ABV varies by vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2413) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. Non-infected batch from 2012. The pour is a cloudy dark amber with a foamy white head and some good lace. I was not expecting this for the color, that’s for sure. The aroma is heavy on the sweet chocolate. There is vanilla and cocoa present with a nice bourbon to it, but it is really sweet. The flavor is also incredibly sweet (probably why it was referred to as diabetes in a bottle). It’s almost drinking like a chocolate mead. There is a light maltiness on the back end. The mouth feel is pretty light, but the carbonation helps it hang around nicely. The aftertaste is sweet chocolate, light vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. This is pretty good, but definitely a sipper. Too much sweetness in there

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
C4PAF pre-tasting. Hazy deep golden with a small white head. Heavy milk chocolate and vanilla aroma with a touch of coconut. Sweet, milk chocolate and candy flavour. Dessert sipper, but not very drinkable...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15488) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle @ Mr.Orla meets Shaun Hill, Odense. Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival, 2015. Pours Cloudy copper with a white head. Bourbon, vanilla, nuts and toffee. Coconut. Extremely Sweet. Sipper. Big sipper! Thanks SFHOdense

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (3466) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
2014 bottle thanks to soonerchamps! Murky brown pour with almost no head. Aromas are caramel, coconut, bourbon, and raisins. Taste moderately sweet. Honey, caramel, butterscotch, and light bourbon. Seems to be lacking something but it’s hard to figure out. No richness and it just comes off a bit bland. Very surprising for a 14% Bruery beer. Also, I didn’t get any vanilla or cocoa in the taste or aroma. Very disappointing especially after already trading for and drinking a 2013 bottle that was infected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (6609) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle @ WWT IV, small sample. Clear golden to orange color, short frothy head. Aroma of white chocolate, bit vanilla, bit coconut, slight funky. Taste is a bit sour, pineapple. Bit thin in flavor. Wonderful aroma, but taste is probably gone bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3627) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Bottle at WWT tasting. Slight hazy golden with white head. Sour grains, coconut, raw vegetables, vanilla, light cognac, hay, wood. Mostly medium sour with very light sweetness. Medium bodied with dry feel. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (13677) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Bottle @ WWT IV. Clear golden color, virtually no head. The aroma is indeed white chocolate. Taste alcohol, a slight hint of sourness and indeed a hint of white chocolate. Average to medium body, a bit fizzy carbonation. Meh..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
MetalNHopHead (1342) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
This beer was infected. In some ways, it feels unfair to rate it, but I’d like to have my comments available for comparison when I get to try this beer for real. Then, I’ll edit my rating accordingly. As it was, White Chocolate smelled faintly of white chocolate. The color was dull brown but the body was very fizzy. Aroma had some bourbon and barley. Flavor was very sour. There was some lingering Barleywine-ish tastes, but mostly the flavors of tart citrus had taken over. The booze note was very sharp. Hopefully I’ll get to have this beer the way the brewmaster intended very soon. Until then, no hard feelings, The Bruery. It’s not like I was really excited to try this or anything. No, it’s fine. All good. I’m not crying. You’re crying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HuskerTan (1643) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
(Thanks Josh "StFun") Bottle. A- Bourbon, booze, citrus, sour. A- Dirty yellow brown color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Boozy, citrus, sour, tart, subtle caramel. P- Medium body, average texture, high carbonation, sour finish, O- A beer I’d really wanted and finally was hooked up with. Sadly, it was way infected. Had it been a blind tasting, I’d have assumed I was drinking a sour/wild ale. The bourbon is the only thing that actually came through that was supposed to be there. I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2015
ok, so i dont like barleywines, i dont like strong beers, and i dont like cloying sweetness, why dont we mix all that together and then INFECT the beer. lol. more garbage juice. Gross.

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