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RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 - its 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 theres a problem, its that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if theyre 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, thats the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into clusterfuck city. Im 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 - its complex. Wait, no, it isnt complex. Its 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 thats cloying to the point of annoyance. M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesnt really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you dont care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, its actually quite good. Its 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. Theres no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Dont need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois Im sitting on isnt like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5730) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottled. 20cl sample. Thanks Caesar for sharing. The aroma has light caramel, spice, grain, bourbon. Bit hazy, orange coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is light bitter and has some grain, wine, spice. Okay beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1679) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2017
[email protected] Shop, Bjerringbro. Pours golden amber with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is malt, dried fruits, caramel, coconut, bourbon, vanilla. Full body. Soft carbonation. Nice warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomekboniek (717) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 29, 2017
Butelka. Mocny, intensywny aromat burbonu, owocow, wanilii. Dlugie posmaki w postaci wanilli, bourbonu. Alkohol delikatnie odczuwalny w aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (7026) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle from Hopt.nl, shared with Benzai and skortila, 25 cl sample. Slight hazy golden color, short frothy head. Aroma is spicy and grainy, slight sweet caramel and maple syrup and has a bit of autumn leaves or oak wood notes. Quite sweet of maple syrup and vanilla, slight spicy yeast, perfumy alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1713) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Aroma is light grape sweetness, lavinder, golden delicious apples,pears, and plum . Taste is sweet malts, caramel, apricot, plum, and sweet bourbon whisky notes. A light oakiness rounds it out the palette very nicely. Appearance is a hazy gold with a frothy pearl head that retains quite well. Top notch stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (15316) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle shared by Caesar shared by Caesar and Skortila. Clear orange color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, oak, sweetish, sugar. Hard to describe. Decent body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (7131) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2017
Big bottle from Mikkeller Web Shop split with the colleges when skiing in Hemsedal 2017.... AR: white French oak, caramel, vanilla AP: dark golden, wee ofwhite head F: rich caramel vanilla fudge, French clean white oak, roasted coconut nibbles, warming feeling

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6863) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Tap at Bruery, Placentia. Colour is cloudy light orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dryness, wheat, some sweetness, some Belgian yeast, vanilla and malts. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (1728) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2017
@ Budapest . Pours Amber color with thin off-white head and lacing. Green apple, toffee, caramel and white raisin notes. Sweet creme brle followed by raisins. Bourbon and warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Nice looking light amber. The aroma has wine, malt, caramel, bread. The flavor has the same, very nicely together. The finish is long lasting and warming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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