Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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3.58/5 rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,
Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale actually started to overflow the bottle rather quickly on popping the cap, which surprised me seeing as I don't think it's bottle conditioned. Copper with a noisy, quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves zero lace, ultimately dead still.
Smell is sweet, vanilla, caramel and oranges. Good, if a bit to candy like.
Taste is really heavy on the vanilla, it's a fairly natural flavor that works, but is a bit over done, like bananas foster. The bottler cites bourbon barrels and noble hops, but honestly, save for some light phenols, I'm just getting a lot of (granted rather tasty) vanilla. I guess there's a bit of bitterness on the finish to keep it from being cloying. A decent desert beer, but not something I'll probably ever revisit.
Mouthfeel is has a sharper carbonation and drier bite, medium light bodied.
Drinkability is ok, a bit one dimensional though. I dig vanilla a lot, and at first thought it was really tasty, but quickly tired. Still, one of the best specialty A-B beer's I've had, I just wish they didn't rely so much on the adjuncts. But I give them a lot of credit for branching out. On the other hand, there are enough great craft brewers out there slaving away putting out much better beer that I really don't feel to obliged to support this corporate giant, even though I'm open-minded to all their offerings, whenever I get around to trying them!
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2008 07:36:38 | More by ccrida
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