BrewBoxer (1989) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Walmart. Light golden/amber in color. Somewhat sweet grainy nose. Light flavors of grain and vanilla. Drinkable but lacking in flavor.
Tmoney99 (10596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
AxelRipper (12) - Cowlesville, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
kidmartinek (3640) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Braudog (5699) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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)
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Light sweet grainy malt and vanilla aroma. Clear honey gold with a large ivory head. Grainy malt flavor. I know it’s supposed to be in there, but I just can’t taste any vanilla or oak. Just another lager.
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 4, 2012 (purchased the 12-pack for $12.99 at the 7/11 near Allied Gardens (San Diego) on Dec. 4, 2012. Caramel amber with 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head that dissipated at a very quick rate. Very little retention on the top, only slightly better on the sides (wetness).
Smelled vanilla, oak, sweet black cherry and toffee. Good smell overall.
Taste was like a watered down version of the smell. Got that vanilla and oak, but nothing that made me say, “wow.” Also got a slight taste of sour cherries.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Not a bad beer overall, better than the St. Louis batch that I just tried. Would have it again.
Stellaaaa (253) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear yellow with a medium, white head. It has a corny, sweet aroma. The taste is of cornmeal but rather than sweet it has a dry hop (Willamette?) aftertaste. In the end, it’s still a rather dull adjunct lager, but it’s better than any of the other Project 12 beers.