johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep golden color with a good sized meringue heads that shows great retention and leaves a fair amount of lace. Smells of vanilla up front on top of very faint wood and a sweet grainy honey maltiness. Extremely light spicy hop aroma. The flavor is malty sweet with a rich almost caramel flavor atop some grain and honey. The vanilla and oak are quite subtle in the flavor but you can catch fleeting glimpses here and there. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a creamy bubbly mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, in fact this might be my favorite mega brewery beer yet. I’d still buy something else before I picked this up again.
Stldsf1 (613) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Again. Nice beer. Don't be prejudice against the AB. Wintertime light amber. Nice. V
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n64kps (4) - Irvine, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden color, a little light for an amber, albeit a light amber. Subtle hints of vanilla and oakiness add to the flavor but still somewhat bland.
dlihcsnatas (196) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Its dark gold, clear, little head, and it ain’t no where as good as Winter Bourbon Cask Ale! What a waste of time this one is. Anheuser-Bush once had my all time favorite winter beer. They no longer make it and instead decided to take the bourbon cask and vanilla idea and dump Budweiser in it. Come on this is not as thick or nearly as vanilla flavored and is actually not very good. Instead of waisting time on this Anheuser-Bush should consider bringing back Winter Bourbon Cask Ale.
Headbanger (2730) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle 11/13/12 12pk (Dominicks)-44° in Lager Glass-Pours a medium golden with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of malt and vanilla. Taste of vanilla, oak, malt, and slight bourbon. This medium bodied brew is by far the best of the three but I wish they would of made it a bit stronger.
fidelis83 (1727) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 Amber pour with a 3 finger, frothy off white head. Aroma of vanilla, corny cereal and a light metallic note. Some vanilla in the flavor, corn cereal, sweet corn light vegetal notes. Light body with a creamy entry, slick finish and moderate carbonation. Better than I expected, but still not very good.
sawbuck (221) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Heavy sweet vanilla aroma a little too synthetic. Nice amber color....very clean in the glass. Very light body, sweet malt flavors, with oak and vanilla notes that intensify with finish. Finishes with mild bitter end. Left desiring a little more complexity but not bad.
SudsMcDuff (5321) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from 12pk mixer .. . damn, basic is the word .. . really good foam .. . hardly any complexities here- almost no barrel/vanilla at all .. . expected a lot more but not at all surprised .. an annoying beer .. . .
The crisis? Charlie Bludorn’s birthday. The solution? A snappy banner. Out comes the phone, in flies Bobby Towne, and six drafts later, I had myself a party.
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SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a golden color with a golden to light copper color with a fast dissipating white head. Aroma is buttery and bubblegum. Taste is a watery malt with not much to it.
poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. Pours clear copper with a diminishing off-white head. Aroma consists of faint wood, faint vanilla. Taste is very vanilla, savory with a dry finish. It’s watery, like all three beers in the pack. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is thin, and the carbonation is average. This is by far the most out-there and interesting beer of the three, and by far the best. It tastes good, but how much better would it have been with a bigger body?