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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winterís Bourbon Cask Ale. Full of rich aromas that you find in the winter months, hints of vanilla and flavorful hops, this is a beer that is great for pouring into a large tulip glass and enjoying with friends around a fireplace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate chestnut brown with an off white head. Smells of excess spice and the tiniest bit of bourbon. Taste brings forward a lot of spice with some backing sweetness and hints of caramel and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and overly spiced. Drinks not nearly as poorly as I thought it would, but is still undesirable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-08-2010

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle from helping a friend clear out beers from a Super Bowl party. I never purchase Michelob, but Iíll always try a new beer, so I decided to give this a shot. Pours a clear, auburn body with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells like Raisinets. A sweet, malt heavy beer that lacks a noticable hop flavor. A flat, unenjoyable, heavy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4197) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Vanilla dominates the beer, but the thickness and background of bourbon in it makes a rather good winter ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jkwood04 (4317) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with a light head. Aroma bad, like bad bread. Flavor average, with a little oak. Not a lot of flavorful hops like they say. Wonít drink this again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brokensail (12002) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
A: The pour is a clear copper color with almost no head--just a bit of off-white foam popping up as I pour the beer into the glass. S: Quite the aroma we have here. Lots of metal/iron is noticeable immediately. I also get cough syrup and maraschino cherries along with some fake vanilla flavor. Seems to be some bug spray and tomato vines, too. T: Just as delicious as it smells. Plenty of metallic tinge, fake vanilla, cough syrup, vegetables, and a strong bitterness. There is a slight bread flavor, which was sort of surprising, I must say. M: The body is thin and slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation. D: Overall quite bad. Not the worst beer Iíve ever had, but certainly near the bottom rung.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2891) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Aroma of vanilla, alcohol and nuts. Pours Dark orange with a thin white head. The beer has the bourbon oak barrel taste. Thin, metallic finishing with some abrasive copper notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Well, at least it smelled and looked like beer. They are getting closer.... Dreadful followthrough.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1368) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 One of the Christmas 2010 beers. The color was a deep clear amber. There was no head and not much aroma. There is a lack of malt taste and an undetermined spice. This is a weak winter Ale. Michelob should taste some others Winter Ales to set the standard.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2011
I poured this into my large tulip glass, too bad I donít have any friends or a fireplace. Clear pale reddish color, thin head fades. Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Taste is weak sauce. A very mild beer, an attempt but a fail. I pretty much knew that when I bought a six pack, but I thought I should give it a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elderbeerman (7) - Rockton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010 does not count
This poured into my wine glass, effervescent, and came up with a good inch of light brown head. A strong hint of vanilla on the nose, color brown, and clear, and the first sip hits with a strong vanilla, to slight banana flavor, that gives way to a hint of bourbon... medium sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation, and long finish, with the vanilla being the dominant flavor that lingers. Overall? I like this. I would not like this all the time. But as a change of pace, and a nice Christmas/Winter time treat, with some strong cheese, perhaps - I think it goes well with some hot buttered popcorn - I enjoy it and will have some again, after this six is gone!

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