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RATINGS: 456   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 (747) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (493) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a hazy golden light brown color with an off white head. Aroma is light, faint hint of vanilla. Flavor is very big for such a light looking beer. Lots of vanilla, coconut, light bourbon. Light to medium in body with a lingering vanilla. Amazingly delicious and deceiving. Hides the alcohol well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (909) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Golden fizzy with a white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel. Weird, flavour doesnít match aroma and aims doesnít match appearance. Flavour is white wine, hour alcohol, vanilla, bourbon. Weird. 😮

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11026) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden colour with a white head. Aroma is white wine, alcohol, sugar, spices. Flavour is white wine, alcohol, hop, yeast, sugar, spices, caramel, vanilla. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (259) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a cloudy yellow with a sudsy white head. Aroma is wheat, citrus, bourbon, and caramel. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, booze, lemon, and some banana. I actually really enjoyed this, although a bit too boozey. This could be also because I decided to drink the entire bottle. I didnít get any of the coconut, but this was a 2013 vintage so it may have fallen off. Still good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from an oversize bottle. Cloudy straw colour with a generous off-white head. Aroma is barley, yeast, caramel, vanilla, banana, sweet malt, and apricot. Flavour is banana, canned peaches, caramel, vanilla, and mild hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (803) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Clear golden pour with puffy white head. SweetI aromas of ripe fruits, vanilla, light yeasty spice, sparkling white wine. Sweet, boozy, spicy. Lots of fruit, sweet vanilla. Over the top.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
i was really wondering just how the hell this beer was going to be classed, since "party in a bottle!" is not a category. simply put, this beer is amazing. the layers upon layers of aroma and flavor! vanilla from the oak and bourbon. boozy but not at ALL hot. tropical fruit up the wazoo (iím assuming from the white oak) but iíd never had the combo of bourbony goodness, vanilla, caramel, malt, and fruit before. just a great beer! donít know where the hell it came from, but iíd LOVE to find it again."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2173) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle: Dense, fuzzy, burnt yellow body, completely opaque & topped with a much larger head than I expected; slightly off-white & quite foamy. Varied aroma of mellow boozy wood, honey coated plums, tart pineapple, hints of coconut & vanilla, a bit of toffee, blanketed caramel, figs, & maybe even a slight touch of white grape... Vinous? No... not really. But, sort of? Perplexing, but pretty good overall. Flavor is an amped up transpose of the aroma; a little more woody, a little more boozy, a little more fruity, & a little more sweet. Honey, soft wheat, bourbon soaked oak, dry coconut, clove, peach, musty pineapple with an offsetting tartness, sugarplums, white grape (definitely), & a touch of vanilla sweetness. More spicy oak in the finish, some yeasty esters, fruit sweetness, & a small lingering boozy warmth. Lots of stuff going on, here. A full bottle would be daunting, & it would certainly get a bit cloying; but smaller samples are fun to try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (976) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Draft at Gingerman. Aroma is yeasty, banana, fruity esters, booze, wood. Tastes wheatty, spicy, and heavy oak. Slight acidity and funk on the finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (584) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Draft pour at the beer authority tasting event. Pours a light golden color with a soapy lemon aroma. 2013 pour. Spicy flavor with a lot of yeast and an aged feel to it. A lot of funk to it. Good beer overall. Unique. Tasty.


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