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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: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7352) - 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 (2099) - 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 (6749) - 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 (1117) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. Special thanks to tarheels for sharing. Pours a dark golden with a huge thick ice cream head. Flavor is lots of butterscotch and sugar sweetness with that boozy cloying barleywine flavor to back it up. The sweetness helped hide the alcohol but man you could use this stuff as lighter fluid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
750mL courtesy of one of my trading buddies. Pours a cloudy gold with a towering, thick, bright white head with excellent retention and sticky lace. Aroma immediately after uncapping the bottle is acetic acid and lactic infection. Upon closer inspection the aroma is sour, white wine, champagne. As it warms the aroma switching to boozy, pineapple rum and vanilla vodka. Taste at first is super rich butterscotch and coconut and then moves as it warms to spicy alcohol, massive butterscotch, diacetyl (okay for this style), near cloying alcohol and cloying sweetness. Some slight lactic notes that do not harmonize well show through eventually. The beautiful hops from the Mischief have disintegrated after a few months of cellaring. Creamy, coating mouthfeel. Really all over the place and overall is a bit difficult to enjoy because the of voiding, possibly infected body atop massive straight liquor like booziness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a clean golden hue with a slightly fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of very dusty yeast esters, some oak and vanilla bourbony vapours, white pepper and cardamom, some dill and wet grains too.

The taste is a hodgepodge of underdeveloped malt bill that is too sweet, fusel alcohol and bourbon overtones, and a spicy hop character that unto itself would not be bad but just does not work within the framework of this flavor profile. Whatever wheat character that could be here is completely dominated into submission. This beer brings out the lesser tones of the beers mixed and forgot any of the good aspects. The mouth feel is over carbonated, boozy, sticky, and utterly medicinal and surely NOT CRISP. An epic fail... period. Makes me oh so sad and reminds me somewhat of DFH worst efforts with big beers... speaking of DFH, next rating...

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