Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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5/5 rDev +74.8%
Anybody who gave this a rating below 4 is dead wrong. This is a smooth, thick, smoky, vanilla-y beer. A fantastic combination of flavors, extremely well executed by AB. I would challenge anyone to taste this beer blindly and rate it below a 4. Stop discriminating based on its macro maker. I rated this a 5 as to cancel out at least one of the low ratings. This beer is probably right around a 4 or 4.25. Everyone who has an opportunity should try it this winter.
11-01-2012 02:38:13 | More by mrbrownstone65
4.99/5 rDev +74.5%
While I'm usually not a fan of sweeter beers this is one beer I would make an exception for. Perfect for a cool autumn evening or a chilly winter night. It paired perfectly with a couple of great chili cheese dogs & a football game on TV. I'm a big fan of it.
06-10-2013 22:58:34 | More by aobjustme
4.85/5 rDev +69.6%
A - reddish amber color
S - A mixture of Bourbon and Vanilla
T - Very well balanced flavors of Bourbon and Vanilla.
D - A nice flavor at begininng with a clean finish
One of the best beers I have had in a while. A great job of balancing the destinctive flavors that finishes nicely. Overall a great beer that I would definitely recommend.
02-16-2011 04:17:53 | More by tms6663
4.63/5 rDev +61.9%
Appearance - The beautiful dark malt flavor with just a small tenacious head looked excellent in the glass after pouring. The small head created a nice pleasant lacing throughout the drinking experience.
Smell - Who doesn't love the smell of vanilla? You can still smell the hops in the background but the great smell of the vanilla is awesome.
Taste - This beer has a great malty flavor with enough hops to offset the bitter sweetness of the malt. You get the a little bourbon taste in the middle but just a hint of the vanilla in the after taste. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel - This beer was a little light and in need of a little body.
Drinkability - After a few of bottles of this beer you will need a lighter beer if you plan on continuing the beer drinking experience at the office party.
This beer actually interested my wife. She asked for a small glass for herself which is amazing. Her beer of choice is usually Coors Light.
12-15-2010 02:42:12 | More by pb9613
4.53/5 rDev +58.4%
An overall great beer in my opinion. This was my first time trying a cask beer, and to say the least I was impressed. Many critics are surely against this beer simply because it is made by A-B. Better than anything Sam Adams has produced, and puts the name "porter" to shame.
I usually dislike thicker beers like this, but it's presence was by no means sickening or meager to my palate. A hint of vanilla was there that is all I can really say.
12-20-2009 06:15:17 | More by Roy3268
4.35/5 rDev +52.1%
I was really surprised by this beer, as it's been many years since I paid money for any AB beer. I was given a small sample, which I thought was good enough to warrant getting a 23oz glass on tap for $5.95.
The beer had about a 1/2 inch head on it and looked really nice the way the light was hitting it, giving it an amber-ruby colour. There is a slight sweetness to it, though nothing extreme. The mouthfeel is a little better than your average AB beer, though maybe a little on the thin side (as all AB beers are). The beer had an pleasantly interesting aftertaste that lingered a nice while. Unfortunately, I cannot say I detected any bourbon flavor, though. Another poster mentioned a vanilla taste. For me, it was more of a cream soda flavor, though not nearly as sweet as a soda (I realize that cream soda is based on vanilla, but is still slightly different in taste than vanilla). The 6% abv is a slight but welcomed increase on AB's typical 5% level and left me feeling good after finishing the beer.
All in all a very good beer that stands out not only from AB's lineup, but from many beers in general. Though I would most likely never buy this in a bottle, I'd gladly get it again on tap. As AB has a brewery in my town (Williamsburg, VA), I'll probably run into this beer again this winter.
12-13-2007 12:47:19 | More by scottstrades
4.33/5 rDev +51.4%
I found this unique winter ale on a trip to Wegmans in Bethlehem, PA. The flavor of the bourbon and vanilla beans are very noticeable. It's a very strong tasting beer with the overall thinness that you would expect from a Michelob beer. It makes for a very interesting conversation starter and holiday taste sampling. However, though I greatly enjoy the beer, I don't find it to be a beer for mass consumption.
Overall, I was very happy with this beer and would buy it again. I find that I greatly enjoy sipping through a glass while relaxing at home.
01-07-2009 02:39:44 | More by usmcphillips
4.33/5 rDev +51.4%
this beer was one i enjoyed over at a gathering of friends who enjoy good beer at first i was like oh ok its a cool bottle after all thats how we chose at least a few beer we want to try,,,the color was a nice amber,,the teaste at first nothing special to me but after a few sips the flavor of the vanilla came threw the mouth feel was pretty good too,,,the drinkability was very drinkable in fack i whent out and got some of my own,,,a beer i would share with friends for sure
03-11-2010 22:03:15 | More by greywolf
4.28/5 rDev +49.7%
This is a very pretty beer, ummm!. About the same color as the brown bottle with a light brown head.
It smells wonderful. Vanilla and just a hint of bourbon.
Delicious. This is easily the best BMC product I've ever had. It's got a true craft beer taste and feel. It's lighter than most other beers of this style, but I rate it as an excellent beverage that really surprised me.
12-25-2010 21:09:36 | More by industrialswill
4.25/5 rDev +48.6%
i dont know what people are looking for in this beer , but this a great beer . it pours like a scottish ale taste like scottish ale and looks like a scottish ale its a great beer and i for one cant for it the come out , its has the right amount of vanilla beans in it. best beer by michelob hand downs so open a beer enjoy it
10-30-2010 00:38:05 | More by wac9
4.22/5 rDev +47.6%
Perfectly clear appearance, amber-brown in color. A beige - nearly tan - head lasts right to the last drop. Smell is literally mouth-watering and suggests oak and vanilla to me. Starts sweet, slightly dry, and very smooth. Full bodied, becoming sharper as it rests on your tongue. The flavors aren't anything i can specifically pick out, but they certainly lived up to the aroma. Finish is extremely dry with a whiskey edge over a porter taste. Certainly my favorite A-B product to date.
12-31-2007 19:12:19 | More by theozag
4.1/5 rDev +43.4%
I gave this brew a second spin. Tried a couple of years back and liked then, but, alas, no notepad was with me at the time (read: non-critical tasting was going on then.) Bad addy! I know. I know.
Nose;Cask has a nice, spicy aroma with scents of cinnamon and roasted malt.
Look: deep amber in appearance, transparent and with moderate tan foam that recedes at a reasonable rate.
Taste:A warm, comfot-food essence that indicative of the winter seasonals. Flavors are nutmeg, cinnamon and carmel. Oh, now I remember. Cask's detracters think it is Amber Bock incognito. With which I disagree because Cask gives one the warm and fuzzies when Amber Bock, though an occasional fall back of my choosing, is in the lager style. I like both, but prefer Cask in side-by-side comparison.
Mouth: nice mouthfeel. Thinly creamy.
Drink: Smoothly drinkable. Entertaining this season? Get some Bourbon Cask Ale. It will make a nice cordial for the party. Cheers!
12-22-2010 14:01:23 | More by MikeInIowa
4.08/5 rDev +42.7%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beers appearance is a deep amber, with a good 1 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving slight lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly light vanilla sweetness. The taste is much like a Michelob Lager IMO, just a little thicker, and with a heavy amount of vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than what I would expect from a winter warmer, but very smooth going down. Vanilla flavoring isnt exactly what most beer drinkers want in their beer, but I think it compliments this beer extremely well. An impressive release from AB. One well worth sampling during the holiday season.
11-28-2006 04:55:54 | More by beeragent
4.05/5 rDev +41.6%
Poured from a 1/6 "Pony" keg into a pint glass
A- reddish brown color. While the original head is very nice and thick, it quickly dissipated leaving no lacing.
S- A sweet smelling beer of bourbon and vanilla. Light undertones of toasted grains.
T- Very sweet almost like a syrup. Strong vanilla and bourbon taste. But also a slight bitterness of hops at the end.
M-Slightly watery, the downside to this beer. while it has a sticky sense do to all the sweetness a much heavier quality to this beer would greatly improve it. Light beer with low carbonation just leaves too much missing.
D- High drinkability because of the sweetness. Its like a Cream Soda or Root Beer. Very pleasant but if heavier would be a much more enjoyable beer.
03-06-2011 22:12:24 | More by Floyd12
4.03/5 rDev +40.9%
A reddish golden clear color,nice off white foaming that disolves quickly with no lacing. Looks very alive very carbonated smells very sweet.Tastes sweet with a nice blend of vanilla immediately tasted. Goes down very smooth and sits well. A friend of mine gave me three of them so I don't know how much an average case cost but if under $30 dollars very reasonable.
12-10-2008 02:23:29 | More by TheFightfan1
4.03/5 rDev +40.9%
I know, I know. Such a high reveiw for A-B. But, I reveiw it true.
This is a good beer, bar none. Nevermind who it's by. I ran into this tonight at the Olde Hickory Taproom. The color is a deep, deep red. A very good looking brew. I could not get much smell out of it but it did have a spice like ting. The taste was WOW!!. I did not expcet this. A very smooth beer that had a sweet taste that was not unlike Vermont Maple Syrup. Like stated above, the mouthfeel was smooth. This is a good beer.I will have another pint or two before springtime comes.
01-08-2006 06:48:23 | More by Enola
Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale from Anheuser-Busch
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