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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The beer is brewed by Daniel Westmoreland from the Williamsburg, Va. brewery and was developed in collaboration with brewmasters Mike Anderson in Jacksonville, Fla. and Dan Kahn in Cartersville, Ga. “We took staves from fresh bourbon barrels and we aged the beer on those staves and spiced it with a hint of vanilla,” said Westmoreland, who has been a Budweiser brewmaster for more than 30 years. “It’s an all-malt brew, and it has a perfect color that is similar to the color of bourbon itself. Batch No. 23185 has a nice vanilla aroma with a little oakiness on the end – it’s a great beer.”

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Lager glass. Clear gold with minimal head. Strong odor of alcohol with a thin dough smell. The alcohol content isn’t that high but it had a slight burning top the taste, also a bit of a dough taste. Thin mouth feel. Finishes clean. I actually prefer regular Budweiser to this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4497) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Doughy, sweet, slightly molasses aroma. Bright, pinky-red-gold. Clear. Standard, twist-off 12 oz. longneck. Purely functional label. Tangy, lightly astringent, a faint candied-ness, a little tannic maybe. Slippery mouthfeel, crisp carbo, medium body. Finishes off with German hops and faint vanilla. Decent. As with its mixpack brethren, this is a good BBQ/food/ingredeient beer. ABC, Bull Run.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Dark gold color with a fizzy, off white head. I actually picked up some very faint aromas of bourbon and vanilla that cover up the grainy corn. Initial flavor is skunky, macro swill but it does mellow out with a soft malt and oak-ish finish. Well carbonated with a somewhat dry texture. Nothing worth seeking out, but easily the best of the sampler pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2255) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly dark brown color with thin head that fades quickly/ Smell and taste is slightly sweet and bready but pretty watered down for the masses. Decent for Bud.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle from Walmart. Light golden/amber in color. Somewhat sweet grainy nose. Light flavors of grain and vanilla. Drinkable but lacking in flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11350) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark amber with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted grainy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6484) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and wood, light note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Easily the best of the three in this series so far. I mean, yeah, it’s still grainy and silly (the vanilla) and poorly made, but compared to the other two atrocities, this is actually drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AxelRipper (12) - Cowlesville, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Interesting at first. My first "barrel aged" lager. Definitely good as far as lagers go, with a lot of flavor. Still tastes a bit like normal Bud, but with a more big-boy-beer character. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Rich golden color. Small white head. First impression is a full good tasting beer. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Great trainer for the uninitiated. The taste has lots of nice fruity, sweet, apple and corn syrup notes.The all malt is there for sure. All malt and sugar and no hops. The vanilla? Sounds good for marketing. Everybody likes vanilla. No wait. Maybe chocolate would have been better. Mouthfeel is a little gummy. Too bad. I really wanted to like this beer. Corporate marketing just has their hooks sank too deep to let anyone do anything good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a medium orange-amber color, presenting the carbonation and head characteristics of any other Budweiser. The "vanilla aroma" certainly isn’t easy to discern, and IMHO the macro-malt character is more predominate. If you close your eyes and concentrate really hard, you do get a little bit of vanilla (bourbon? no ...) in the flavor. Otherwise, in a flash this just comes across as another Bud. (#4849, 12/8/2012)

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