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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2709) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy light orange pour with a big foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is packed with coconut and vanilla. Some wheat, lemon peel, and rum too. Tastes like coconut, bourbon, and vanilla with some caramel and wheat too. So much barrel influence, makes me wonder what the base beer tastes like. A touch of lemon juice in the finish. Odd beer. Decent but just a bit too much coconut and bourbon for me to fully enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law. Hazy orange amber, thick off white head that retains nicely. Aroma is raw oak over caramel, vague fruits, green coconut. The palate is somewhat sticky, with fruity caramel dominating, some oaky vanilla and coconut water as background notes. Nice enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a cloudy orange with a short lived white head. Aroma is funky, lemon, tart. Flavor is fruity, orange, bubble gum, yeast, vanilla. Finish is lemon, citrus, tart, spicy. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Smooth, smooth, smooth! Definitely taste the bourbon barrels. Tastes coconutty, general nutty, and finishes clean. Who knew Wheat had this much flavor?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Tap, orange pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is boozy, oaky, caramel, solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Golden amber pour with a white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, toasted coconut, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts with notes of vanilla and bourbon. Really tasty. Smooth sipping brew. Abv is well-hidden too with a slightly warming finish. Complex and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (983) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. Listed here as a barley wine, advertised as a wheat wine. The pour is a great golden, orange-y color with a large white head and some great spotty lace clinging to the sides. The aroma is lightly sour with good fruits, a definite barrel presence, and a light caramel. There are also some light, soury fruits on the back end. The flavor is a bit more woody and but maintaining the good fruity background. The mouth feel is really thin, but the carbonation helps it feel a little thicker than it is. The nice sour, earthy aftertaste lingers beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (602) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
Un visuel doré penchant sur l’orangé assez trouble se présente à moi, mais pas assez trouble pour que les fines bulles énervées formant une mousse généreuse m’échappent. Des effluves caramélisés et vanillés me rappellent les Werther’s Original, et s’agencent à des traces de fruits confits et de bois. En bouche, le butterscotch et la vanille sont des saveurs saillantes. Des bananes nappées de sirop d’érable ajoutent à l’aspect sucré très plaisant de la bière. Un bon apport céréalier, notamment de blé, atténue ce côté sucré. Le vieillissement en barriques de bourbon n’est pas tant présent au goût, mais amène une vague de chaleur alcoolisée qui s’étale dans une finale légèrement boisée. Âgée de près d’un an et demi, la White Oak est une grande bière. Final bâton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (819) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Weeee! Pours orange yellow, with a fizzy white head. Aroma is primarily sour fruit; apricots. Light fizz in the mouth with a tart apricot finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1335) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Big bottle. In Wilmington. Large head. Orange golden color. Aroma of orange, light fruits, citrus, caramel. Oak barrel notes in taste. Spicy yeast notes with vanilla notes. Medium body. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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