Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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2.98/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Okay, here's a beer that evokes strong emotion, some favorable and some not. A love it or hate it beer, perhaps. I don't love it, but I've grown to actually enjoy it on occasion - say, once a year.
Pours a very clean and bright copper color with a tight off-white head that settles fast leaving spotty lacing in the pint glass. The nose is really quite sweet and smacks of vanilla extract, some caramel notes and a slightly nutty character. I detect no hop presence in the nose. Likewise, I detect only the slightest hint of anything resembling bourbon or oak. This beer isn't as fruity in the nose as I'd hope for in a winter warmer style beer, but it is rather festive none the less. The palate is very similar to the nose - exceedingly sweet up front , but yielding to a rather nice caramel and nut combination. The vanilla is predominant, but a little bit of a rich bourbon-like aspect is subtly evident. The mouth feel is far too thin and clean for a winter warmer, but it does make this an easy drinking beer, albeit one that defies standard categorization. Very soft in the mouth, there is little to no hop presence and leaves a slightly cloying finish. This beer starts too sweet for me, and seems a little artificial with respect to it's vanilla flavoring, but it redeems itself somewhat with the interplay of flavors that follow the initial vanilla assault. Due to the light, easy mouth feel and body, this is an easy drinker and definitely packs more flavor than the typical macro-brewed product. The question is, do you like the flavors you taste? I'm a fan of vanilla, and vanilla flavored foods, so I'm maybe an easy target to appreciate this beer despite it's obvious limitations. World class winter warmer? No way. A decent, flavorful ale at a cheap price ... I think so.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2008 18:51:30 | More by beerphilosopher
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