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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 17/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Tap at the bruery, 2014. Aroma is sweet booze and oak. Taste is velvety smooth sweet malt and bourbon, well done even though I despise white chocolate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (663) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Surly Darkness 2014. I am unable to find written tasting notes on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (710) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours golden color. Can smell the white chocolate along with some bourbon. Taste the strong bourbon flavor and pick up the white chocolate at the end. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours an orange gold color with a tiny white head. The aroma is very sweet with bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Really wonderful on the nose. On the palate there is an odd tartness that underscores and really big sweet white chocolate flavor. This wasn't a bottle from the infected batch (2013) but there is definitely a tinge of sour apple on the lips afterwards. I know the 2014 on draft didn't have this issue. Overall good, but quality control has been tough here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3995) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Bottle sample, deep hazy orang colour with a small white head. Awesome aroma, lot of vanilla, strong sweet Bourbon, white chocolate! Big Bourbon vanilla notice! Boy this was tasty! Need more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Hazy orange color, moderate head, good lace/retention, especially for the ABV. Aroma lives up to the beer’s name - smells like white chocolate. Aroma of white chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, light bourbon, wheat. Fairly full bodied, this doesn’t have the usual (overly) boozy palate that most of the bourbon barrel offerings have from The Bruery. Yeah, there’s some alcohol but this is much more pleasant. Finishes sweet, fairly straightforward flavors, not overly complex for all the stuff going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"I don’t even know where to start with this one, it had been a wish list brew for awhile that I finally had the chance to sample. Golden pour with a light white head but little retention. Beautiful aromas of bourbon, strong vanilla, and chocolate. Quite simply, this tastes like white chocolate soaked in bourbon. It’s massively complex yet quite simple, enigmatic really. I believe it’s the best brew I’ve had from the bruery and one of the best beers I’ve sampled this year. Truly phenomenal. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (3507) - 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.

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