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The Bruery White Oak

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Barley Wine
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Early summer, this barrel aged wheat wine is coming out very nicely (12% ABV) White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
2012 vintage - 11.5% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick pale tan tinged head. The beer is a pale amber color, that shows a bright, hazy, orange tinged, straw color. The aroma smells of toasted pale malt, lots of oak that leans towards bright wood, peppery wood notes, and as you dig deeper, wheat notes of banana, perhaps a hint of fruit.

Sweet, fruity notes up front that have lots of oak notes that quickly took hold; oak flavors contribute spicy, woody, peppery, astringent, and a vanillin note that wasnít overly noticeable at first, but gets more so after I first notice it. Fruit notes of pears, perhaps a touch of green apples, and some melon notes. Pale grain notes, a touch of tart wheat, hay like grain notes, and a touch of pale wheat cracker provide a grain like anchor for the rest of the flavors, though it is not quite enough to temper the oak character.

A bit disappointing in the end, but still fairly enjoyable, at least in small doses. The oak is a bit much for the rest of this beer though, but at least the alcohol is fairly well contained; especially in a beer of this strength, though the oak does accentuate the alcohol a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Clear golden pour with a fluffy white head. Carbonation on the plus side. Aroma was boozy with lots of heat, notes of vanilla, Belgian yeast, did I mention booze? This one is really hot. Flavors were very yeast influenced, clove, good bit of banana, light vanilla sweetness, fruity finish. Mouthfeel was heavy with good carbonation. Seems that the Mischief is somewhat overpowering, would like to taste the wheat wine on itís own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4111) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
24 oz. bottle. It pours a very clear golden orange color with a massive off white head. The aroma is a bit disappointing with some fruity apple cider, alcohol, mild hints of vanilla and a weird funk that may be a combination of wood and wheat... anyway itís underwhelming. The mouthfeel is very fizzy for such a big, barrel aged beer and this kind of distracts from the flavors. There are stronger notes of wood and alcohol in here for sure. Surprisingly dry despite the big body. Some pear, apple, vanilla before a fizzy (almost spicy), warming finish. Not that bad really. One of the better wheat wines Iíve had. Unfortunately this is a style that I really dislike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty boozy with distinct notes of bourbon and some sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a pretty complex mix of light fruity ester with some dominant bourbon notes with some woody notes and light bubblegum notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and the alcohol is quite apparent. Interesting exercise with good idea of blending different beers but a bit too strong on the bourbon at the end of the day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
The aroma is fruity, bananas, oak, booze. The appearance is gold/orange, white head. The flavor is fruit, booze, vanilla, woody. The finish is p;ine needles, booze burn. Medium in body. Pretty nice. Quite sweet, and tastes like a wheat wine, like a cross between the standard hefe and a barley wine. Enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fresh oak, grapes, pear and apple fruity esters, vanilla, and biscuit malt with spicy hops. Flavor is fruity esters, oak and bourbon, sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3456) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
09-NOV-2012, From Fish & Beer, @UlklÝbben Meeting, @my place. Golden with huge off-white head. Yeast, tripel-like aroma with vanilla and a brett-like character that may be wood or bourbon? Taste the same with more fruity notes. High carbonation and nice body. Lovely belgian inspired drink. Not really a barley wine?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2290) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Hazy caramel orange in color... Aroma is vanilla and oak... Flavor is smooth and silky, notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon... Amazingly good, wow!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (241) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Golden yellow orange color with a huge soapy white head that sticks around. Nose is rich vanilla, coconut, caramel...this thing smells great! Taste is a little hot, the alcohol really burns on this one. A very interesting barley wine. I havenít had a beer from The Bruery that I didnít enjoy. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geokkjer (6402) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, malt, yeast, spices and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some oak, vanilla, spices, yeast and fruitiness. Medium to full body, average carbonation.

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