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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brew Mastersí Private Reserve is an exceptionally rich beer that is a symphony of character, featuring a balanced hop aroma with 8.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Based on the time-honored Budweiser brewmaster holiday tradition of collecting the richest first part of the brew as it is tapped to the brew kettles to celebrate the season, this is the first time it is being made available to the public.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Flip top bottle (2007) at Coppertail Brewing during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt, wheat, caramel. Tastes of caramel, malt, toffee. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rdixon77 (1181) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2007 bootle at RBWG. Well, its better than most Budweiser fare I guess. But still not very good. Big caramel sweetness, raisins, stale, oxidized.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (5574) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
2007 bottle at RBWG grand tasting
Cloudy brown with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts and woody. Flavors of toasted malts and leather
Not bad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6564) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Caramel malts and dark sugars. Dark brown copper with a decent white head. Dark malty caramel malts. Like a light Barleywine or American strong.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
2007 bottle shared at RBWG 2015! Pours a clear copper with no real head or lacing. Aroma and taste are heavy on oxidized caramel. This seems to me the bet they use as the base before watering it down to make everything else, meh.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Whalezbro bottle at the RBWG GT. Nose is purely raisin and cardboard. All oxidized. Holy oxidized mess. Total paper and water. Very bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"for Budweiser, this is liquid gold...but in reality, when stacked up against many other good beers, itís just ok. it does actually taste like they used hops generously, malt, etc...not urine, so thatís a plus. never thought iíd rate a bud close to a 3, but for the price, i want a 4+.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle: 2005 Vintage Deep, clear, bubbly golden-amber with a yellow-white head. Aroma is strong hay, wood, syrupy fruit, butter. Taste is a bit oxidized after 9 years of aging, but still remarkably carbonated. Sweet hay, grass, caramel taste. Feels darker than it is...not bad for such an old-timer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (8323) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Molasses and buttery barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head - surprisingly lively carbonation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and hay flavor. Not bad - a pretty mild doppelbock though.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1558) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 2007 Vintage aged 4 years. Poured from swing-top bottle into tulip glass. Very dark but transparent reddish-brown color with thick persistent beige head. Good lacing. Intense malt sweetness with hints of toasted black bread, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted marshmallows, black licorice, plums and currants. Rich bready aftertaste. High alcohol percentage is smooth and warming. Balanced bitterness, but no apparent aroma hops (especially at this advanced age.) Despite the dark, heavy recipe, a clean lager finish remains. Iíve read plenty of mediocre reviews of Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve. Iíll admit a bias against the monolithic AB-Inbev, but I must also admit this particular bottle was one of the most sophisticated, enjoyable beers Iíve ever had. I was shocked, too. Iíd strongly recommend buying one and stashing it for several years.


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