Name: White Oak
Brewery: The Bruery website
Region: Placentia, California
ABV: 11.5% abv
How served: 750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
My Overall Opinion: Very Good.
I paired this beer with: Peppered hard Italian salami, Manchego cheese and spicy green olives.
Tasted on: Friday June 7, 2013
The beer poured a hazy deep yellow with a 3 finger white thick head which dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.
The nose is full of vanilla, oak, light bourbon, citrus, wheat and a hint of coconuts.
The taste initially tasted of vanilla and oak, mid way I picked up some peppery spices as well as wheat some citrus and a very mild bourbon flavor.
This beer had a light to medium body with a nice lively carbonation. The 11.5% abv was extremely well hidden.
Overall for a Bourbon Barrel aged beer at 11.5% abv. this was a smooth & easy drinking beer.
On the Label:
Front Label: 50% Ale, 50% Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
Vivid caramel-esque, coconut-like and vanilla-ish flavors blanketed in a crsp yet roust wheat ale.
Back Label: White Oak is suitable for aging up to two years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55° F (13° C) in a dark place. Ideal serving temperature is 45° F (7° C0. Please pour carefully, leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. Best enjoyed in a wide rimmed chalice or a tulip.
From their website:
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.
ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 20, SRM: 7, Release: Varies (1st Release October 2009)