The Bruery ‘White Mocha’ BA Wheatwine w Cacao & Coffee


37763455_908116999372446_8203859337517465600_n“This is White Oak Sap waking up on the other side of the bed. Similar to White Chocolate, White Mocha is our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale, known as White Oak Sap, but with fresh coffee beans (instead of vanilla beans) and cacao nibs. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate are joined by warm flavors of coconut, honey and vanilla that rise and shine on the palate. If you’ve never fancied yourself a morning person before, today might just be your day. Best served fresh in a tulip glass or biodegradable coffee cup.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Bronze with a finger of head forming on top. There’s a casual retreat back to the rim but it still works a healthy lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very appealing. The fresh coffee beans come through instantly followed by well tempered notes of bourbon oak and bitter chocolate. Something kind of peppery/spicy in there that triggers the warming booze (even though its quite well obscured for its size). Tonnes of syrupy sweetness adding to the likes of maple, rich honey and molasses. Picking up a late hint of toasted coconut as well. Complex and alluring.

Flavour: On par complexity-wise with the aroma. There’s a neat little marriage of coffee, chocolate and syrupy sweetness wrapped up in the warming 16.3% AbV. Peppery spice, bourbon oak, caramels, molasses, truffle and raw figs moving in to a super boozy finish with toasty and earthy notes going the distance on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Dense, chewy and full bodied. Carbonation is low. Big but still somewhat of a pleasant quaffer.

Overall: Jeez how to sum this up?! For one this is our first ever crack at a wheatwine (think we might be setting the bar a little high with The Bruery though!). It’s not too dissimilar to a barleywine in its rich syrupy sweetness but in true Bruery fashion it is enhanced with extravagant flavours. Very interesting beer.