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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brew Masters’ 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Golden liquid with a diminished off white head. Another european strong lager aroma brew. Heavy malt, corn, light herbal flowers, and touch of higher alcohols. Sadly, perhaps even a malt liquor aroma. OMG this is malt liquor. Flowery hops spring in with light malt flavors. Marketing at its finest. Place a brew into a 1 quart 14.5 fl. oz flip top bottle (charge $12) that would fit nicely into a 40 oz. twist off cap bottle and sell for $1.39 at the corner mart. I have disliked A-B since 1982 ( Ok I’m still bitter about the Brewers losing to the Cards) and have just lately thought twice about it verses the other macros, but this drops them down to last status again. What a bunch of Cr@p!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
A very different offering from Bud. Pours a golden copper with a decent fluffy white head. Aroma reminds me of cornbread & biscuits. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a sticky sweetness in the background. Sticky, somewhat oily mouthfeel with a throat clinging aftertaste. Cudos to the A-B guys for an intriguing offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours a medium gold color, white head. OK lacing. Nose is sweet, floral, somewhat grainy. Sweet, somewhat syrupy malt taste, some bitter in the finish. Poured this with a standard Bud for comparison. WAY better than it’s commoner brother. Not outstanding, mind you, but still head and shoulders above all other AB offerings.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2005
750ml bottle - pours golden with a fluffy white head that stays briefly. Aroma is sweet biscuits and floral hops. Flavor is a strange mix of floral hops and biscuit malt. Heavier than budweiser but not much better. Palate is medium bodied not overly carbonated but an oddly heavy mouthfeel for not that heavy of a beer. Not very great but for the brewer it was a good try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wxman (1474) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Swing top bottle. Bright gold color with a thin, short-lived Budweiser type head. Has a strange sweet floral aroma. Has a mouthcoating feel to it with a sweet malt and floral hop taste that has medicinal qualities. Really warms on its way down. Not bad, but too quirky for me. Don’t think I’d be passing this out to friends each year as they advertise, though. It’s several notches above others, but you know what this stuff is? Malt Liquor plain and simple. At $11 per 47 ounce bottle, you’d be better off getting yourself a $1.99 Forty. P.S. 11/29/05. I did some research since my rating that applies here. The facts: this beer is 23 cents/ounce, Carlsberg Elephant (a fairly decent malt liquor) is 11 cents/ounce, and Miller’s Steel Reserve (a nasty, high-test malt liquor) is 4 cents/ounce. Nuff said; save your money.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 2-3-6-4-4-14 This 1 quart 14.5 oz bottled brew with a flippy top and a nice foil label poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated orange colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was very mild and almost non-existent except for a mild malt note. The mouth feel was tingly and vinous right from the start with a mellowing in the finish with a mild lingering vinous corn aftertaste. The flavor was vinous with malt and hop notes that was very different from any other Bud product. At least they are trying to make something new and different. It is sure to give the average Bud drinker a buzz. 2007 version 6-4-7-4-16 This years version was much better. This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent very softly carbonated light orange brown colored body and thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was vinous and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of vinous and mild brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4274) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Bottle. Poured a large white fizzy head that mostly diminished, fine-large sized bubbles, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a yellow golden hue. Malty, some hops and yeasty nose. Flavor was malt, hops and somewhat vinuous tasting but not overly so even at 8.5%. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. 2007 flip-top bottle with a born on date of 09Oct07. Rating: 6-4-7-3-13. Medium sized semi-fizzy head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, transparent, very little carbonation observed, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, caramel, semi-sweet, and some hoppiness. Flavor was semi-sweet, malty, caramel, vinuous, and a dry finish. Semi-smooth, slightly tingly and dry mouthfeel. Medium in body. Decent brew by AB if I must so say myself. Too bad they don’t do this on a consistent basis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Pours yellow/gold, with a white head. Aromas are malt, yeast, grain, hops, and a touch of flowers. Flavors are sweet malt, yeats, hops, and grain. Body is medium to full. Not a lot going on, but for a Bud product, not too bad.

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