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Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask AleMichelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. Full of rich aromas that you find in the winter months, hints of vanilla and flavorful hops, this is a beer that is great for pouring into a large tulip glass and enjoying with friends around a fireplace.

17 IBU

Added by JISurfer on 12-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The tap handle reads "Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale", though I don't know who "Winter" is...

Caramel brown body, with a thickish, though short-lived head.

Nose is sweet, caramel, mixed with vanilla, a bit of bourbon, but vanilla is king, here.

Taste is short and sweet, slick wih the caramel and toffee, a hint of the vanilla and honey, but then it's off the palate until next sip... Very light in the finish, medium at best in the body....

Had at the Nomad World Pub, tonight...the manager, and the bartender, were both apologetic about this selection. Not a beer I would order with any confidence, or enjoy with any thoroughness...not bad, mind you, but...eh...at least they're trying...

It was what it was, and ...sigh, ...that's all what it was...

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.57/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not at all a bad offering from the big boys.

Came with a nice head which dissipated. Dark colored but a lot of red poking out.

Strong vanilla tastes. Not sure how exactly this was made. Did they add vanilla? Is this picked up from bourbon?

Regardless, this aspect will affect how you view the beer. A good sipper. And I would only have it in small doses.

Most negative aspect of this beer is a watery mouthfeel. And it isn't horrible. But it is a tad weak.

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Photo of Vipsanius
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was absolutely shocked when I saw something I had never seen before at a bar here in MS (aka Beer Hell) and even more so seeing that it was labeled as a "cask conditioned ale." Pleasantly intrigued, I asked the bartender what it was and it started to make a little more sense when he told me it was made by AB.

The appearance was a dark amber color with an off white head, which left a little bit of lacing. The smell was malty sweet and a little floral but overall not very strong (may be more pronounced in a different glass).

The taste had a little bit more bite and a little less complexity to it than other cask conditioned ales I've had but was still pleasantly smooth. It started off sweet - caramel and bready - then had a little bite to it as it moved across the tongue with a slight citrus and random vegetably type flavor. The finish was smooth and sweet - condensed milk like - with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

There was a lot of body and richness to this beer but overall pretty smooth. As such, I probably wouldn't want to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting but it's something I wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from a generous *free* sample at Barrow Street Bar, Jersey City, NJ (I don't spend my money on A-B products).

Deep amber in colour, with a decent head initially. Aroma was very weak, almost undetectable, but there was a trace of perfume. Fairly light tasting with a mild woodiness underlying, also a touch of vanilla. A strange but not unpleasant combination, maybe akin to a very watered-down blended scotch whisky - though I've never tried such a compromised beverage. It slid down easily with no harshness or assertive flavours, apart from the hint of vanilla.

It was about what I expected from an attempt at craft beer from an accountant-run global monster. Nice try A-B, but maybe leave it to those who are committed to quality (as opposed to bland consistency)?

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Photo of Boto
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draught: I’m glad that I didn’t find out this was an AB product until I sat down to type in the review. Knowing it was an A-B product may have unknowingly rated it lower than I should. Anyway, this one pours a clear, dark amber color. There was about no head and no lacing at all. The nose was a bit weak, but still pleasant. Whiffs of toffee, caramel and vanilla. The taste ws a bit more substantial, with notes of the toffee, slight oakiness, and it was slightly sweet. It was fairly silky and smooth going down also. This was actually not bad. It is NOT a cask ale, and I really didn’t detect any bourbon flavors in it also.

Re-rate 1-19-2006: Boy, is this different from last year. The vanilla is now overpowering. There is a bit of a dry, metallic aftertaste that comes with a hint of bitterness. What happened????

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Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While at my local bar I noticed they replaced the Jack's Pumpkin Ale taphandle with some snowman holding a beer taphandle. I asked the bartender what that was and he stated it was Winter Bourbon Cask Ale and he didn't knew who brewed it.

Appearance: the pint glass was room temperature, and it looked dark copper in color with a thin 1/2" slightly off-white head. The head disappated quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing.

Smell: the aroma came off as sweet, as caramel and vanilla dominated.

Taste: the flavor followed the nose, as the caramel and vanilla tones are way up front, with some soft bitterness and hints of bourbon in the background. Overall the flavor is slightly sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel: This is a light-medium bodied brew, with a somewhat thinner mouthfeel. Mildly crisp at the start. The finish lingers with the vanilla tones.

Drinkability: In the category of a winter warmer, I found this to be average but slightly unique. Personnaly I like my winter warmers to have a little more maltiness in mouthfeel.

As a side note, the bartender gave of a few of the Miller Lite and Stella drinkers a sample of this brew since it was just tapped, and overall it created some interesting debate on flavor components, but it also didn't make anyone cringe or rave about it either.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.57/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, with all the hullaballoo about this one, I figured I would atleast give it a shot before saying anything good or bad about. It actually far surpassed my expectations. When I first got it, it was cold, so there was no real smell/flavor to it. As it warmed up, the nose blossomed and the taste really started to show itself.

A - Very bubbly white head that died out very fast. Also had a rich
amber body.
S - Started off faint, but as it warmed, there became smells of
cinnamon, fruits, caramel malts, tinge of bourbon, and woody
T - Taste was similar to the smell, as that it started off light, but got
stronger as it warmed. One of the big presences, was the
presence of bourbon. It kind of left a little bit of that "bourbon
burn" in the mouth after the sip. I found that to be quite unique.
You could also taste a mixture of plums, a little hops, and had
the ever slight finish of faint vanilla. The vanilla was something .
you really had to ponder on, to taste it.
D - Again, this beer really sucked in the beginning. I was
disappointed, but I let it warm up, so I could get a better feel for
it. After that, it was so much better. It was like night and day.

I think it's cool that the bigger guys are willing to try something like this once and a while. It's not too often that big companies stray from what's making them money. Kudos to AB.

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