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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (21199) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
ottle courtesy of yourefragile, thanks! Murky golden yellow color, small white head. Aroma of white bread and subtle chocolate. Taste is pretty much white chocolate soda. Odd

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3350) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2016 (retrieved from 08/2013 Midwest jpg backlog, CHI tasting - big bottle courtesy of CHI tasting crew, thx). Rarely had a beer so aptly named: pure molten white chocolate, Galak bar style, with honey-coated almond nut flakes. Amazing density of vanilla and almond/marzipan flavours, almost sickly sweet in the nose. Only a shame they were obtained purely by adding bucket loads of adjuncts, not by organic yeast or malt characteristics per se. In this respect straightforward and without any guilt, as only US barley wines can achieve, not much alcohol interfering, making for a great substitution for dessert, and a fun parody of a beer. // Rerate 2012 Vintage, kindly shlepped by oldmanriver: Gutedel vinification might have set in - slickly dry apricot liquer over cheesecake. Probably not meant to age. This maximalist add-on prose loses over time compared to minimalist poetry - a dream case study beer to have in a comparative Reinheitsgebot tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is chocolate, taste is chocolate, sweet but not overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a very murky light orange. The aroma is light bourbon, some vanilla, sweet notes. The taste is a good mixture of the notes mentioned. You can certainly taste the base wheat wine. A tad boozy that the bourbon burns in the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
What a contrast to Black Tuesday, but just as delicious. Poured a sip by a guy on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 at a local bottle shop! What a surprise!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUN 14, 2014
750 ml bottle at Tyson’s Whole Foods. I saw this in a fridge behind the counter, and they poured me a sample! It had been opened several days prior. Pours a still yellowish orange, no head or lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oak, chocolate, malt, and booze. Flavor is smooth and intense: white chocolate is the dominating flavor, with vanilla sweetness. Alcohol is present but doesn’t get in the way of the flavor. Delicious. From notes 2/16/14.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
Brown bottle, 750 ml; eye: caramel, hazy, no effervescence, no head; nose: white chocolate, light vanilla, light mint, light bourbon; mouth: white chocolate, light vanilla, light mint, light bourbon, woody finale with presence of vanilla, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, light sourness, slick texture; overall: once is enough FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml; œil : caramel, voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : chocolat blanc, léger vanille, léger menthe, léger bourbon; bouche : chocolat blanc, léger vanille, léger menthe, léger bourbon, finale boisée avec présence de vanille, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légère aigreur, texture coulante; en résumé : une fois, c’est assez

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle shared at my house from the infected batch of 2013. I didn’t know about the infection until after my first sip and realized something was really wrong. The bottle owner explained that they had an infected batch due to (I think) lacto getting into the batch. My first time having so my rating is low unfortunately. Pours an almost pilsener looking yellow-gold with a small white head. Aroma is certainly white chocolate but with a rather tart orange juice-champagne aroma to go along. The taste is NOT good. You get the white chocolate but the infection takes over with tartness and funk. Cant wait to try again and will edit the rating appropriately when I do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21796) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy amber beer, small white head. Palate is suprisingly light and crisp. Mild fine carbonation. The promised white chocolate is delivered and whilst it is sweet it isn’t sickly sweet as white chocolate can be. Alcohol spice and a little dried fruits. Nice beer but still more aging would not go amiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Manic Mitchell. Pours lightly hazy gold with a fine, white foam head. Odd nose, some dry cocoa, a. It of ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor, some alcohol kick, banana, pale toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with lots of sugary pale bread, some toffee, apricot, actual white chocolate. A bit of chalky cocoa. Decent. Pretty drinkable. Like it but it is a bit odd.

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