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RATINGS: 467   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


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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
750ml bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - itís two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass. S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If thereís a problem, itís that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if theyíre not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying. T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, thatís the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into íclusterfuck cityí. Iím getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - itís complex. Wait, no, it isnít complex. Itís complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish thatís cloying to the point of annoyance. M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesnít really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you donít care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, itís actually quite good. Itís pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will. O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. Thereís no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Donít need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois Iím sitting on isnít like this.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (176) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Burnt orange with medium, semi-densed, white head, which disappears quickly. Poor lacing. Nice aroma of rotten fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, some cider-like aromas. Taste is semi-sweet, vanilla, light caramel-malty backbone with noticable medium bitter finish. The fruity flavours are not as noticable as the aroma, but still give nice and pleasent sensation. Medium body, medium carbonation, sticky texture, finisj is medium bitter and short. In overall very intersting barley wine not too sweet and pretty well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
p1meatloaf (252) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle kindly added from bytemesis in a RB/dG trade. Into a stein then tulip. Nose is Pale thick alc wheat vanilla, marshmallow, hit of oak. Sort of strong sharp prick on the nose that i sometimes think of as oxidation, but Iím sure itís something else. Gah. Taste is bigger vanilla and bourbon with a rather balanced feel for the strength and alc heat. Rather tasty and i want to taste this again in a couple years to see if it grows the depth of flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enwiebe (192) - - APR 7, 2015
4/7/15. 2013 bomber. Frothy big white head and a big carb bubble. Golden tan looked with some yeasty haze. Mild nose but wonderfully complex body. Boozy but notes of sour, oak, peat, iron. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrianouli (3) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAR 29, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 One of the best beer I have drunk this year! The mix 50/50% is the perfection of the art of brewering!!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4861) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Thank you gentlefolk! Sampled / shared 750 ml. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Hazy golden orange, little white head. Nose is sweet bourbon mixed with aspirin, rotting orange peel & sugar, lots of aspirin, bourbon layer behind it, weird. Very fizzy body that doesnít really work esp. with its touch thicker body. Taste is rotting orange peel, rotting zest, bourbon, fizzy, oddly boozy, touch medicine, vitamins, washing powder, thick, bourbon vanilla in the back, lightly sour as well. Drank about 1/4th wasnít too easy. More weird than enjoyable, didnít get this beer at all. I asked if it is supposed to tastes like this, apparently yes. Usually The Bruery is decent but this one baffled me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (593) - GREECE - FEB 3, 2015
750 ml bottle courtesy of skullgeorge. Clear golden orange color with white head. Malty aroma, fruity, orange, wood, some funky notes. Sweet and bitter like aroma with some more alcohol. Medium oily body with soft to average carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (781) - LATVIA - JAN 24, 2015
Golden with rich white head. Sweet, bit fruity sour aroma. Sweet (too sweet for me) and rich fruity sour taste. Some bitterness later. Fruity aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanosX (28) - - JAN 11, 2015
Surprisingly refreshing... After you get over the shock of your first few sips. It definitely grows on you. Flavour hits me as a little more wine than beer. The heat is a nice touch. The biggest detractor for this beer is the advertisement of vanilla & coconut, but all I get is Apple, wine & alcohol. It's by no means bad, just distinctly lacking balance.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dslam (85) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Poured as a very clear yellow liquid with ample white head but slowly got the sediments in there. The carbonation is pretty high and keeps the head. Leaves a tarty wine like taste. I personally donít really like that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (727) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Poured from 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle. Slightly cloudy yellowish brown with white head. Yeast and phenol with mild oak and sweet tartness of lemon, alcohol fairly prevalent. Medium body.


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