fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful amber color. Some malt aroma. Strong lager, a bit malty, smooth enouth, with a light Bourbon vanilla flavor, more artificial than from the wood. Not bad.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Bottle, from backlog…sampled in 2006) Pours a hazy amber body with small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, and some plastic. Flavor of caramel, vanilla extract, bourbon, and brown sugar. A cloying, sticky mess.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
To this point, a festival special for the GABF but they envisioned marketing it this coming Christmas, so we’ll see. Dull amber colour. Light vanilla and caramel aroma with a hint of booziness. The flavour is very sweet and really heavy on the vanilla. Combine with a rather thick body and it’s practically ice cream. Light caramel and oak background thankfully keep things on the beery side. It’s a bit simple overall, though, and I’m not a huge fan of vanilla in beer so that doesn’t help win me over either.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Michelob Celebrate Vanilla
Source: Tasting, Bend Brewing
muddy amber, whispy beige head, bits of drippy lace, huge sweet vanilla aroma along with some sweet fruity malt, sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla character, oak shows up in the finish and adds a bitter edge, gets tiresome quickly
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Tmoney99 (9585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate vanilla and nuts aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet vanilla flavor with a sweet short finish. Not my style.
Ratman197 (8470) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a small, diminishing amber head. Aromas of vanilla, carmel, brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla and a hint of wood with a warming, lingering sweet finish.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks Eric!). Poured a darker copper color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of burnt vanilla beans, oak, acorns, and a little buttery. Tastes of lighter vanilla, oak, caramel and nuts. Cloyingly sweet. When I saw this was from AB and read vanilla, I expected an artificial and overpowering vanilla quality but was pleasantly surprised that the vanilla portion was done nicely. Gotta love that screw top...
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Better than the chocolate, but not all that great. Too much to ask for a brewer of this size to make something like this taste great. Just too sweet and not well balanced.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bourbon and alcohol in the smell. Also over-the-top vanilla aroma and taste. Significant white head on lagerish body. Lagerish below medium body and sweet sugary finish. Little carbonation. The kids liked it. A bit much but interesting coming from Michelob.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Comes in a tiny, twist-off 7floz bottle. Marked as Michelob Celebrate Oak-Aged Dark Vanilla at 10%. I really can’t find anything bad about this beer (other than the small bottle size and the twist-off). Pours an opaque brown color with no real head to speak of. Some alcohol legs run down the sides of the glass. Aroma is of banana, vanilla, figs, oak, sugar and chocolate. Has a smell that I could best describe as a mix between an Eisbock and a Belgian Quad. Taste is of vanilla, chocolate and banana, and is very upfront and bold with all three (a bit unrefined). Oak comes on in the finish. Goes down creamy smooth (as expected from a 10%). Bubbles are very soft. Alcohol isn’t well hidden. Pretty good beer overall, I wish A-B would make more stuff of this quality.