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RATINGS: 518   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Rich amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, oak, nice vanilla, molasses, & floral/fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, some oak, molasses, caramel/vanilla, fruit, & spice; Warm finish; Alcohol is pretty well hidden; Nicely balanced; Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (7473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Slightly murky golden with a sticky white head. Biiiig nose of oak, maple, very earthy leafiness, and a certain dark Belgian malty booziness. Smooth body with a large boozy Barleywine tone thatís malty, slightly fruity, loads of smooth dark oak, white grape, light citrus, more wood, and a somewhat smooth but boozy finish. Really pleasant. Rating number 7400!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12134) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle, bought @Mikkeller Webshop. Pours light hazy amber with a small, fizzy White film head. Aroma has lots of oak, heavy sweetness, Vanilla, sticky malts and a bit of wet dog. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light oily mouthfeel. Flavour is very sweet, lots of Bourbon character, vinious, oak, chewy malts. A slight burning alcohol sensation in the end. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2016
750 ml bottle from Badger Spirits in Beloit, WI, served at cellar temp in a Maudite glass. Light-to-medium cloudy amber-gold - not exactly what I usually expect in this style- topped by quite a large smooth snowy head that decays slowly...nose initially citric and acidic, strongly yeasty (sourdough and cookie dough), more reminiscent of a sour ale or perhaps a saison (as acerbic herbal tones of thyme and oregano show up) than anything else; with a few minutes time in the glass, a more typical vinous and caramel-malt characteristic makes itself known, along with expected banana notes...body is also fairly acidic, lightly tart, moderately to strongly sweet with a strong yeasty character throughout; alcohol is present but never overwhelming...finish is peppery and a bit drier, slightly woody/toasty...body is full, heavily carbonated. This is pretty decent though itís not the kind of thing I want often, and the 750 ml bottle is a negative as far as Iím concerned - good for a group but not for solo drinking; this level of tartness plus high alcohol is a challenge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1972) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2016
Sample @ Voldby ōlfestival 2016. Pours light hazy brown with a small offwhite head. Notes of caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate, apples, sweet orange, prunes, raisins. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2016
Sample @ Voldby ōlfestival 2016. Light hazy copper pour with a small head. Tons of caramel, warming alcohol, vanilla, dark dried fruits and some light medicinal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2016
750ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Oravankolo tasting.

Orange colour with a small white head. Bourbon, overdone fruits, good palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1425) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has bourbon but itís well integrated with the sweet malt and floral notes. Taste starts with malt sweetness, bourbon and continues with floral notes. Quite good but a bit boozy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2045) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2016
Shared BOTTLE 75 CL. Sweet candied fruit, warming alcohol. Not much else to say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is caramel, pineapple, oak, toffee, vanilla, taste is similar, juicy, sweet.

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