For the most part I've been a little let down by the Bruery's recent sour beer offering. While most are very enjoyable beers they haven't lived up to the level of past offering such as Oude Tart, Marrón Acidifié, the Wanderer or Batch 50, which are some of my all time favorite sours (these days it's a pretty big list). Their spirit (mostly bourbon and whiskey) aging program on the other hand continues to knock it out of the park with their latest release, White Chocolate, being no exception.
4oz pour from the bottle at the Bruery Tasting room from the Reserve Society Exclusive menu (about time)
|Thanks Tim for letting me borrow your
bottle for this great shot!
Appearance: Pours a wondrous coppery orange color. Not a lot of head, merely a thin white ring, but considering they poured it from an already open bottle not surprising. I rearly discuss labels in a review but this is by far one of the best labels I've seen on the beer. The paper is textures and the Logo and White Chocolate is raised.
Aroma: The nose on the beer is incredible. Lots of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon - pretty much dessert in a glass. I can see how people have said it reminds them of tiramisu.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much what I've come to expect from a Bruery barrel aged beer, nicely thick and sticky. The carbonation was nicely balanced and help to open up the beer.
Taste: Huge vanilla and bourbon notes right up front. As it warms you really start to get the chocolate, which is big and rich. This is a pretty sweet beer but the bourbon helps to keep it from being too cloying.
Overall: I thought this beer was fantastic and have referred to it as Black Tuesday Light/Clear because it tastes a lot like a blond Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain. This is easily the best wheat wine I've ever had and only makes me want to try White Oak Sap (the base beer for White Chocolate and White Oak) even more. At this point they are really teasing us about Vanilla Black Tuesday as they proved with this beer the deliciousness that can come from a barrel aged Bruery beer made with french vanilla beans.