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The Bruery White Oak

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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Barley Wine
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


tdmuel's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pour is hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is boozy, lots of vanilla and oak, lots of fruity esters, light breadiness, some caramel, banana and some earthy grassy notes. Lots of vanilla on the taste too, white grapes, fruity esters, some oak, wheat, light fruity hops and a touch of caramel. Pretty tasty, reminds me of Allagash Curieux.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle, thanks Jon. Aroma is boozy, barley wine sweet maltiness, fruity, rich, coconut, apricot, pineapple. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (1894) - - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Jon. Lovely tartness, even more pastry-like, gentle fruity esters and notes of vanilla and marshmallow, bit of spice, smooth and dry on the finish. Excellent stuff, quite a unique and complex blend of flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8459) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2016
750ml from Jon. Tart fruity nose, grapefruit, oak, wheat, very creamy and fruity. Cloudy, glowing golden color with lace. Tart wheat flavor, grapefruit, vanilla. Very smooth and full. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (456) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
Poured into a taster showing lightly filtered slightly dry straw yellow with half a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows a mix of citric tart and vanilla notes. Strong intensity and a good balance. The palate is moderately carbonated with a light body. Slight residual sweetness, light vanilla throughout, no alcohol spiciness until the finish despite the high ABV. The flavors on the finish show clean bourbon oak and smoke.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (1580) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Jon! Lots of oak and buttery chardonnay notes in the nose with some light caramel, vanilla and coconut. ABV is hidden masterfully. Lots of oak on the palate with lots of complex flavors coming out as it warms, but still remains dangerously drinkable. Well-balanced on the palate with a nice buttery, dry finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4533) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
Big oaky Chardonnay nose. Deep French oak nose. Medium carbonation prickly, oaky, wheat, smooth body, Apricot with a fair amount of bourbon. Big bourbon warming finish. Pretty boozy. On the border of cloying but never there. Good stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedrens (186) - SPAIN - DEC 25, 2015
No se si sería correcto clasificarlo como un BW teniendo en cuenta q el trigo es la base. Cerveza bastante única de todo lo q he probado hasta ahora, aromas frutales complejos con un fondo de trigo importante, levadura y alcohol, la barrica esta presente y el bourbon tb. En boca se hace más especial si cabe, con muchísimos matices. El alcohol muy bien camuflado... De las cosas más curiosas q he probado este año 2015, buena birra para el postre de noche buena.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2015
750 ml bottle
A decent release, this barley wine might be showing signs of peaking. It certainly is not going to get any better with age so if you still happen to be sitting on a stash start drinking it soon before it fades even more.

Aroma / Appearance - A bronze sticky base supports a layer of dense foamy head that settles to a thin sheet. Lemons, apple sauce, white oak, and other flavors meld into a chewy texure that almost reminds me of an amped up saison.

Flavor / Palate - Strong and boozy, this bites from the first sip. A little too much at times, it does not hide the layers of oak, citrus, orange peels, and malt. Some subtlety might help take off the rough edges of an otherwise polished experience. I’m happy to have tried it but won’t be getting any more Bruery beers until the cellar is much thinner.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle at Erzbierschof Zurich. A beautiful and complex beer! Intense and fruity, citric. Apricots, orange, bitter almonds. Very nice, but surely not everybody’s taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2015
750 ml bottle purchased at least 15 months ago from the RS. Split 2 ways during my 2015 NFL fantasy Football draft. Orange amber in color beer without any head. Aroma is very oaky with notes of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and toffee. I dig the aroma!

The flavor is so smooth but it may also have mellowed from sitting. The alcohol is only found after I was done with the snifter. The flavor is a nice balance of oak, sweet malt notes of toffee, and bourbon/ vanilla and traces of coconut. Damn nice sipping this.


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