coldbrewky (1487) - 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 (4901) - 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 (1435) - 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 (333) - 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.
Capa (2202) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is what you buy on Christmas Day when you are in a no mans land of good beer and the only thing open is a gas station. Clear, light copper with a small and quickly dissipating head. Sweet malty aroma, light chocolate, and caramel, too. Flavor is malty. Light chocolate malts, and a bit of molasses. FInish has a bit of bready malt and sweetness. I’m surprised at how not terrible it is. I have had worse beers from better breweries.... Still, not a lot going on and mostly just sweet malts. Eh.
Onslow (1239) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear amber brew with off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, vanilla, a little toffee and a little burnt odor like charcoal or ash. Taste is sweet malt with vanilla at the start, a little dry hops in the finish. Something a little misplaced about the hops that gives it a somewhat off putting bitterness at the end. A lingering sweetness after the swallow. High quality brew like most AB products, enjoyable and a little different from the standard lager.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Has some trashy vanilla notes, super light golden color. Taste is some watered down corn, not much vanilla and no bourbon.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 The aroma is a tad grainy with some sweet caramel and bread. The hops are herbal. The appearance is deep gold with a slight soda appearance but does not seem very dark or amber. The taste is like the aroma with an off putting mineral quality. The palate is thin. Overall not much to like here. Thanks to Palidor for the rating anyway!
Palidor19 (3034) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A light flavor, with a slight background of vanilla. Focus on the light crisp flavor instead of rich ale flavors. Still it's very drinkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
seymour (1588) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted from 12oz twist-off bottle into a Willibecher glass. It poured a light orangish-amber color with chill haze and some fluffy, lasting foam. Aromas of candy, grains, grass, faint green apple and even fainter flowery hops, all very synthetic and metallic. Same goes for the taste, a familiar mass-produced Budweiser plus some vague caramel, vanilla, and woody tannins. Light body, high carbonation, unpleasant residual sweetness, it worsened as it warmed. I’d gladly report a good beer from this brewery, but even with their special releases, they can’t seem to keep from making crap.