Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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1.88/5 rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Alright, some joker left a pair of bottles of Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale in my fridge after a devastating party at my house. Thanks?
I should preface this by saying I have yet to actively enjoy a Michelob brew, but somehow the smug snowman on the front dares me to to crack this and try it. Hmm. I ponder for a moment, then give in. All right, you white pudgy bastard, here goes. I'm coming for you with a blowtorch if you let me down.
I pop the cap (no twist off, interestingly) and dump this into a SA glass. Actually pleasantly surprised by how this looks. It's a rich, pretty amber-orange, very clear, with lots of lively bubbles that seem to go on forever. The head is decent, dense and long-lived. Huh! Who knew.
And here's where Frosty begins to let me down. The nose, what little there is, is overwhelmingly sweet harsh grain and vanilla. Now, I like vanilla (Madagascar Vanilla, proclaims the bottle - ohhh!) as much as the next WASP, but everyone knows that it is a complementary smell, not a primary one. What we have here is a failure to show any kind of restraint. This is cheap smelling beer made worse by a lame attempt to pretty it up. Think excessive perfume on a one-legged hooker. It's distracting, but only serves to remind you how ugly and cheap the whole experience is.
I close my eyes and take a big sip. Sigh. I am Charlie Brown flat on my back in the autumn leaves. Why do I keep trying brews from this brewery? Lucy only knows. This is thin, sweet, over-carbonated amber ale with a violently offensive corn-DMS aftertaste. Did I mention the vanilla? Cheap, artificial vanilla flavor is up front, in the finish and every which way else. There is a sharp, vaguely woody "thing" present which I suppose puts the "bourbon" in "Winter's Bourbon Cask".
The whole experience is "crisp" and "clean"... oh wait, no it's not. The heavy carbonation is almost forgivable, but not when the mouthfeel (thin) and aftertaste (fake vanilla, cooked corn, sour basic malts) is so wretched. Whatever.
I didn't have the heart to finish this beer. That traitorous fat snow-Judas with the oversized shades on the bottle looks as smug as ever: "Haw, I got another one! How's your mouth feel now, gullible fool?"
How he mocks me. I'm off to the garage to find a can of gasoline, a box of matches and a hatchet. Merry Christmas.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2008 19:00:11 | More by kkipple
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