jmagnus87 (2742) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bunch of old notes I found. Pours a dark amber with almost no head. Aroma of sweet vanilla extract and a nice bit of oaky bourbon. Taste is the same. Lots of vanilla and a little bourbon. Light-medium bodied with a thin texture. Soft carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not that bad. I can’t hate it that much because it was one of my introductions to craft beer.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. YUCK. Pours amber with a thin, white head. Aroma/flavor is all vanilla extract. No bourbon. No spices. No bitterness.
ADesenberg (662) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: pours a nice coppery red color. With no head to speak of. It has a sweet aroma with a hint of raisins in it. It tastes almost overwhelmingly of vanilla, but the bourbon is present in the background for sure. As long as I ignore the fact that I am drinking a michelob, this is a very drinkable beer.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colored ale with a beige head that fades to a slight skim on the surface. I don’t notice much carbonation but that may be due to the dark color of the beer. The aroma has plum, raisin, and cinnamon spices attributed to a holiday spice cake over an impressive malt base. It smell sugary. The malt base makes for a sweet bread taste with the molasses and fruit. Despite the name, I can’t discern a bourbon flavor but I do notice a vanilla bean which must be a pricey ingredient. I did not find hops in the taste profile. I would call it a tasty beer and will rate it as such. I think these specialty beers from Anheuser suffer from small brewer snobbery.
bowlnman1990 (87) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle at home, rated against my interpretation of BJCP 2008 guidelines. Aroma: sweet, slightly floral, not overpowering. Appearance: dark amber, almost no head. Taste: very oaky, sweet, hint of alcohol. Palate: seems a little thin, slightly creamy, medium carbonation. Overall: started out ok, gets old quickly, not a huge fan.
Raterhater (4) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
well..... I liked it. love the vanilla and bourbon notes. I look for it yearly.
JDBaker11058 (1388) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance: clear ruddy, amberish copper with a creamy off-white head and spectacular shimmering lace curtains. Aroma: huge notes of caramel, cream, and vanilla, with some boozy, rummy raisins too; like an unhopped barleywine. Taste: UGH. Extremely sweet, with vanilla almost overpowering notes of crème brulee, brown sugar and caramel. Finish: short, cloying yet watery, and a little woody. Notes: Looked beautiful. Smelled promising, if a little oversweet. Flavors were hugely disappointing--the vanilla sweetness tasted very fake (like extract) and there was no balance to be had. The palate was extremely watery and way too lively for the flavors they were going for. I was really struggling to figure out what was going on with this beer, then I read one of the ratings below, where someone likened it to diet cream soda. Spot on. Really disappointing.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2011
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma of a bock beer: pecans and bourbon. Appears red in color. Tastes unpleasant with a greenbean hint. The vanilla lingers which is nice. I’m never doing this again.
crossovert (8197) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
t tastes like diet cream soda, how people consider this gack craft beer is beyond me.
DuffMan (7140) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Deep orange amber, medium golden head that retains poorly. Aroma is weak but nice enough: caramel, vanilla, and a toasted coconut note. Palate is incredibly thin and watery, as though someone secretly took my glass and cut it with water by half. Flavours are weak vanilla caramel. Finish is non-existent. Does Michelob think that people are afraid of flavour? A missed opportunity here.