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RATINGS: 501   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 - it’s 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 there’s a problem, it’s that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if they’re 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, that’s the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into ’clusterfuck city’. I’m 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 - it’s complex. Wait, no, it isn’t complex. It’s 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 that’s cloying to the point of annoyance. M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesn’t really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you don’t care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, it’s actually quite good. It’s 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. There’s no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Don’t need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois I’m sitting on isn’t like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1322) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Nice to see the bruery distribute now in Rochester. Orangish brown pour. Aromas of oak, apricot, orange marmalade, biscuit. Warming. A bit cloying, but otherwise decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1713) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. Aroma is malt and bourbon. Taste is sweet pale malt, caramel, butter, fruitiness. It’s exactly as they say it is, a combination of barleywine and strong Belgian ale. The Belgian ale somewhat mitigates the cloying sweetness and alcohol of the barleywine. Great combo!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (1165) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2016
2013 vintage -- Flavors were very melded together, the easiest to pick out was the booze and the bourbon barrel. The bourbon flavor was subdued and not at all overpowering. Need to try a fresh bottle next to compare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2016
On tap at Ron’s in Bedford. Gold color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of caramel, apple, pear, oak, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Taste is of oak, peppercorns, apple, caramel, and yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kidmartinek (4441) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2016
Cloudy copper with a white head. Very white head. Smells like bacon or beef jerky. Kinda tastes like that too. Weird. I like that stuff but this is just not what I was expecting in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2016
Type: 750-ml. bottle (25.4 oz.) Glass: 8-oz. (I think) hotel shaker glass From: Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif. Price: $14.85 Purchased: April 14, 2016 Consumed: April 15, 2016 Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 21, 2016 at 8:52 a.m. PT Had a taster of this on Feb. 12, 2016 and gave it a 3.75 on Untappd. Did not stop me from buying this at a random liquor store in San Jose, Calif. Bottled reads “50% wheatwine-style ale aged in bourbon barrels 50% ale.” Looking forward to a patient full review of this while stuck in a hotel. Poured this a bit too cold. Poured a honey, pale, clear color with two fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50) Smelled caramel, vanilla and smooth bourbon in order to start. Also honey, toffee, somewhat boozy, coconut sunscreen, apple, pear, green grapes, hints of apricot and oak. (Smell - 4.00) Taste kind of followed the nose. Getting smooth vanilla, bourbon, apple, pear, green grapes, honey wheat, coconut, rather boozy, still getting slight apricot and oaky vanilla beans. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00) Was hoping this would be better than the taster from February, but came about what to I originally had it. Still liked it though. (Overall - 3.75) 3.82 86 B+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weark (608) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bouteille achetée à La Mise En Bière - De couleur dorée qui tire un peu sur le orange, avec une fine mousse blanche - Au nez des arômes de vanille, de caramel, de miel, on sent le fut de bourbon, de subtile note de noix de coco, un nez assez doux et envoûtant - En bouche on retrouve la vanille, le caramel, le fut, on sent bien la presence de blé, le corp malté et sublimé par le fut, la noix de coco se fait moin présente et on ressent parfois l’alcool - Corp puissant, amertume moyenne, carbonation pétillante, douce et alcoolisée, final douce caramel et vanille - Biere complexe et vraiment délicieuse, au top

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2055) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 16, 2016
Great beer, subtle whisky and wheat aromas for a long finish. Sweet and sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1565) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2016
Honey colored pour with a white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is candied fruit, vanilla, spice, and some booze. Taste is vanilla, overripe pineapple, caramel, and some wood. On the sweeter side. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2016
Tap at Kool Keg. Slightly hazy amber color. Gentle white head. Interesting aroma. Vanilla and oak for sure. Bourbon can be picked up, with an odd mix of sweet and toasted notes. Flavor is fairly sweet, chocolate and vanilla notes. Wood and bourbon. Dry toasted notes with coconut? Almost a touch sour, but not quite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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