Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In aroma getting same sour hay and green apple scent that's found in other macro brews also getting faint hint of vanilla and bread
Pours a brilliantly clear gold with quickly disappearing head
Lots of vanilla flavor up front and all the way to the end. Really mellow vanilla though. Also some bready malts and spicy hops
Medium bodied with medium co2 clean quick malty finish
Aroma not so great but beer looks appetizing and the vanilla in the flavor is really smooth and enjoyable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of my friend Noel - thanks! Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and light vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, light grains and faint vanilla. Body is light-medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, grains and light vanilla.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was my second favorite of the 3 special buds that i had. Nice dark color but it was very thin with not mych head or retention. Taste was slight vanilla, not really oak.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
caramel, coffee, roasty, vanilla, clear, light sweetness, average carbonation, medium body, much better than anticipated
Lemke10 (771) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This pours a clear, medium amber color with a fast diminishing head. There is a slight grain and bourbon scent. The taste is smooth with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Just something new from Anheuser-Busch that really isn’t all that new.
cheap (4015) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK, as an engineer, I like punching in a number to search for this stuff, every beer should have anumber on the label to search by. Decent pour and whoever, said this was a dark lager is so funny, ignorantly funny. Yes quite smooth out of the botlle. Nice thin creamy head makes it fairly attractive. Good over all taste impressions, smooth and goes down easy. Reminds me of bud poured right out of the tap into a styrofoam cup, yep has that arome, clean and crisp, no ill olfactory. You would not know this is over 5%, hides the alky well. Yes, smooth easy and well behaved, has manners and it will be easy for any lager lover to drink. Good overall beer drinken experience. A little more sharp than the 91406, heheh, but just as mannered. Theser are slight variations on the same style. CO2 is present and much appreciated. Finish almost has a hint of banana in it. Does come across as mild as many wheat beers.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle via Ralf and Andrea. Its so cute that they are naming the beers in this series after the zip codes of their breweries. Way to make yourself unique guys. Again in the commercial description they are telling you everything you need to know without tasting it. An old dog attempting to get hip. No bourbon nose or hint of taste. I am guessing that they used one barrel stave per fermenter. I’ll give em decent color, but that’s it. When they say a "Hint" of vanilla bean, does that mean they actually threw one on the recipe sheet and not in the batch? This was total crap dressed up as something "special" I wonder if these guys have ever had the Goose island bourbon stout from their own company. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson...."You tried your best and you failed miserably....the lesson is...never try."
nuplastikk (4345) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
American dark lager? The bottle says it is a light amber lager, which it is. Whatever. Filtered, terrifying internal carbonation, steady head. A little too bubbly, but pretty decent too. The more I sip on it, the more I think Cream Ale. Vanilla, some unoffensive corn, caramel. Never outright sugary or sticky, a little too thin, something other beers could benefit from, but not this one. Tastes like vanilla Michelob. Really lacks depth.
ronaldtheriot (1227) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Budweiser Batch No. 23185 has a thick, foamy, off-white head, lots of splotchy lacing left on the glass, and a clear, yellow appearance, with red highlights. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up some spicy, white bread and sweetness. Flavor is of white bread, fruit, vanilla, wood, and there is a slight hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Batch No. 23185 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this an interesting beer, and I think one should check it out. RJT
Maltser85 (256) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 This beer pours a nice amber color with a robust white head that quickly dissipates. The nose on this one also smells of grain with a hint of dms? although it is slightly sweeter with a trace of vanilla. The taste on this beer has the faintest taste of bourbon and more of vanilla. There is a nice caramel taste to this beer. Ultimately though, it tastes like a lager. Just more of an amber lager. UPDATE: Second version is similar to the first. This one though had too much vanilla and its more in the form of extract or vanilla bean rather than a note picked up from the barrel staves. Ends up being sickly vanilla sweet. Do this one right.....just use barrels.