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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 (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.


4.1
alteregoo (1622) - Kalisz, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Piana obfita, niezbyt jednak trwała, barwa jasno bursztynowa, opalizująca. W aromacie sporo świeżego kokosa, brzoskwinie, gruszki, miód, a w tle wanilia... Smak dość słodki, ale nie ulepkowaty, zdecydowanie bardziej wanilinowy niż w zapachu, są rodzynki, morele, białe winogrona, sporo miodu i bourbona. Jest też niewielka kwaskowość, budząca skojarzenia z tanim, półsłodkim białym winem. Niska, ziołowa goryczka, niskie do średniego wysycenie. W odbiorze półpełne, likierowe, nieco mdłe.
Ładny, beczkowo estrowy, ale znacznie mniej intensywny niż w Mash zapach, fajna słodycz i wanilina w smaku - to zdecydowanie na plus (są nawet delikatne skojarzenia z cudownym T.H.R.E.E od Struise). Na minus niezbyt przyjemne, miodowe utlenienie i nutki taniego, białego wina.

4.1
llkc (2591) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2017
Duft malt sød rosin æblemost smag sæd æblemost lys malt sødme lys karamel varm eftersmag

3.9
DroolYeast (1597) - Odder, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, light booze, cereal. Orange with white head. Taste is moderate sweet, light bitter and light booze. Full body, oily sticky feel and sweet Oak finish.

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sinfull (1728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Hazy , amber color. Big , off-white head. Caramel, vanilla , wheat malt , raisins and coconut in aroma. Rich taste with moderate sweetness and notes of bourbon, fruits , wine and caramel in taste. Warming alcohol in aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
GuideDogSaint (1690) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 11, 2017
Sample from a 750ml bottle marked as 12.5% at True Bearing Alehouse, Xiamen. Pours hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of bourbon and fudge with some fruit, white wine and bread. Sweet finish. Ok but not really my thing with the dominating bourbon.

3.8
melush (4341) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2017
75cl Bottle @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, Spain. Hazy amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, raisins, wheat, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Taste is malt, caramel, white wine, vanilla, oak. Medium to full body, average to low carbonation.

3.8
skortila (5967) - 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.

4.1
Niller (1706) - 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.

4.2
tomekboniek (814) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 29, 2017
Butelka. Mocny, intensywny aromat burbonu, owocow, wanilii. Dlugie posmaki w postaci wanilli, bourbonu. Alkohol delikatnie odczuwalny w aftertaste.

3.5
caesar (7165) - 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.


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