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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: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
750 ml bottle from LtDan- thanks again, Dan! Pours a hazy orange-gold color with some muddy brown tints and a huge, rocky bone white head that leaves heavy lace. Aroma of vanilla, oak, tart lemon citrus, white grapes, bourbon, pears, sweet malts, and funk. Flavor of vanilla, honey, bourbon, bread and caramel malts, yeast, pears, tart lemon citrus and grapes, and coconut. Medium-bodied, with sharp carbonation and a tart, sweet, woody mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness and alcohol. Pretty interesting blend going on here, and nice complexity. This isn’t something I could drink everyday but it sure hit the spot right as the weather is starting to get cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
orange brumeuse, blanche arôme et goût, pétale de noix de coco, léger caramel donne une note prononcée de butterscotch. qcq notes de houblon et de miel, aspect wheat-wine est agréable, palais est sec, fruité et l’ajout de noix de coco avec un peu de vanille venant du fût de bourbon apporte à cette bière une toute autre dimension.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6255) - Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2010
750ml bottle shared by footbalm, thanks again
Appearance: Pours hazy straw color with a nice fluffy white head and a nice amount of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Bourbon, oak and slightly tart fruit
Taste: Oaky with some tart fruits and sweet malts
Very tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
What an interesting beer. Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head. A sweet nose of honey, oak, fruity hops and bourbon. The flavor is complex; initially lots of dry wheat, fruity, bourbon and lots of oak, a nice complex mix of brews. Easy to drink as well. A full mouthfeel,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2010
bottle through trade that I have held for a while. pour is a bright golden with a layer of white head and a good dose of visible streaming carbonation. nose takes this in a direction that I was not expecting. bright wheat wine, vanilla from the barrels, coconut (strangely enough), caramel, light orange zest, and a nice mellow hit of bourbon. mouth feel is not thick and sugary but rather somewhat crisp with higher carbonation. flavor again has a crisp wheatwine, perfect barrel treatment both in the bourbon and vanilla, coconut, bitter clemintines, spices sprinkled around, and a yeast that sits somewhat behind the whole thing. Having had mischief I was wondering how the whole thing became a barleywine but this is well blended and amazingly crisp and smooth for a 12% beer. I am a little bummed I did not drink this fresh and experience it bright but the beer is fantastic either way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Big thanks go out to smokepot23 for this wonderful brew! Never thought it’d be easy to trade for. Pours dirty gold-tan with a fizzy white head fading to a lasting ring. Aroma of caramel, orange liqueur, pear, oak, sweet bourbon, brown sugar, dough, and raisin. Great combo of sweet malt, oak, and Belgian yeast. Flavor starts with orange, citrus, raisin, and pear with sweet caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee coming later. Finishes with breadcrust, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and vague citrus, slightly bitter and effectively drying. Thick and full bodied, sweet and viscous, and tons of carbonation. Plenty of heat, but I don’t care as this is so delicious. Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Sampled @ RBWG during bus ride. Hazy straw color with a persistent white head. Nice robust and clean aroma, some alcohol, smooth grainy character. Slight bitterness and alcohol to start, nice strong finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
750, capped. Thanks, Tyler! Pours a murky burnished bright gold with a dense little white layer of head. Big tangy, woody nose--oranges, oak, caramel, a bit of yeasty spice showing even when cold. Nice tangy wheat peeking through as well. Creamy medium body with very tight carbonation. Caramel, vanilla, bready wheat tang, and plenty of spices hanging around from the yeast esters. Crisp and easy drinking, complex and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1204) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
750 ml bottle, courtesy hopscotch. Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color topped by a medium off white head of foam that leaves spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is based in sweet caramel and burnt toffee malts with notes of fresh citrus, lemon, orange, and crisp wheat grains. Bourbon laden oak and vanilla come through as well adding a nice compliment. The flavor follows with the fresh wheat grains to go with the sweet caramel and toffee malt base. Soft bourbon from the oak, vanilla, and cinnamon spices come through as well. Some citrus hops adding balancing bitterness on the back end. The bourbon never overpowers in this one. Nearly full bodied, smooth, with good carbonation and a nice warming finish. Solid wheat wine from a solid brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Was lucky enough to try this at a recent tasting night some BA’s and myself held. Poured into a tulip glass a nice pale straw yellow with a nice big fluffy head. Smells of caramel, coconut, and some other sweet notes. The flavor is extremely smooth with flavors of sweet malt and cocnut. Not sure why I pick up so much coconut but it’s tasty nonetheless. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is light/medium. A good beer that is very drinkable for the abv.

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