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RATINGS: 442   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2012
750mL bottle. Poured clear, brighter golden with a tall, fairly well-retained white head. The aroma picked up lots of meaty pineapple, wheaty notes, white pepper, bourbon, and oak.. slightly softer tropical fruit, vanilla, and caramel beneath.. big, but not unreasonably so.. enjoyed it. The flavor found pineapple and pepper-crusted orange zest upfront.. meatier citrus, aged caramel, vanilla, and sweet, sticky bourbon behind.. dry oak, black pepper, and fruity yeast surrounded.. finished peppery and warm, with a lot more citrus and barrel. Heavy-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. good feel, flow, and balance.. just a touch too many sugars in the end, but overall it was excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Heavy grain note for the malt, moderate orange and lemon for the hops, light to moderate soap and mustiness for the yeast, with hints of pear, vanilla, vinegar, tannic acidic and light dried fruits. head is large, fizzy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy amber. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, slick with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a fairly dry and heavily alcholic finish. This beer is more Belgian Strong Ale than it is Barley Wine. Either way there’s a huge alcoholic punch at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (2287) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle sample at a visit to Shapiro Brewery. Thanks Shapiro Bros. Pours hazy golden with a very big, frothy white head. Faint wood a little cherry and alcohol in the nose. Tastes sweet, corn, very alcoholic. Well carbonated, bourbon finish, a little burning sensation and sleek texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3498) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow/gold with thick, frothy white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, citrus fruit, floral hops, caramel and biscuit malt, oak, and light herbs. Flavor is malt forward with good supporting citrus esters and light hops; bourbon and vanilla undertones throughout with a dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1135) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2012
750ml bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a hazy, light amber color with a big white head. Aroma is boozy, bourbon, vanilla, oak. A little heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bourbon, vanilla, oak, booze, wheat, yeasty, with a sweet, boozy finish. A bit hot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Matt during a bit of a down time during an otherwise busy afternoon. Pours a hazed gold with a large white head. Big musky funk, toast, yeast. Light sour funk comes through. Big musk as it warms up. Sweet bourbon and musk. Musky and warm, toast and more bourbon, but not hot. Musky and sweet, big funk and yeast. Interesting concept, blending a barley wine with a bigger funkier beer and then tossing it into a bourbon barrel. Worked out rather nicely, this was a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Cloudy straw yellow, with good white head. Nose of bubblegum, clove, banana, lemon grass, and slight booziness. Medium-thick and sticky with good carbonation. Sweet and syrupy with lots more banana, herbs, oak. A bit on the sweet side, but hops try to balance, and tingly tongue distracts. A barley wine I’d try again for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer off my wants list. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, as well as some pepper and bubblegum notes. The flavor is similar but more complex. I get a lot of wheat, as well as a big dose of alcohol up front. I also get some pepper notes, as well as a very light amount of whiskey and some Belgian yeast. The oak is very strong in the beer and really is what this beer is all about, which I guess you can expect given the beer’s name. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
750ml bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Bright golden brew with some white head. Nose is vinous with coconut and lots of oak. Flavors of caramel, wood, and lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
bottle, clear golden yellow color with tight bubbles, aroma is dry , oaky chardonnay, flavor has lots of viognier, white wine notes, dense , thick body, syrupy boozy finish

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