douglas88 (6611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Barley and Hops. Pours a ruddy brown color with a medium beige head. A sweet malty nose. A smooth rich malty flavor, very light vanilla, no bourbon really. Caramel. OK.
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe because it is so cold outside, maybe because of the snowman on the label... but I like this one. Sure, it doesn’t really taste like beer (the vanilla is a bit strong) but for what it is, it’s yummy... like a cookie. In fact, I think this might almost be better warmed up.
damzz (298) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin off white head; color is a pleasingly translucent orange brown; aroma has hints of malt and vanilla. Taste is malty sweet with a lusicious overtone of vanilla and a hint of the bourbon cask. Aftertaste is appropriately bitter. Who cares who makes it? Enjoy!
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is better than some are giving it credit for. I know Inbev makes it, but every once in a while a dog finds a bone. I
did have this on tap....maybe thats the difference. The beer has good weight in your mouth and a smooth creamy vanilla bean taste. Not much bouquet or finish otherise I would have scored higher.
weitz15 (383) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light white head. Spicy aroma, with a flavor that matches. The hop content here is minimal, with a crisp, big-red like finish.
queenholly (3066) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Deep amber with almost no head. Light malt aroma and a hint of egg. Weak malt flavor with a hint of spice. I don’t get any bourbon/oak at all. Thin, watery mouth feel. Overall weak, pretty much what I expected from a large scale producer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of sweet malt, light vanilla, and a hint of caramel. There is a hint of bile/vomit in the aroma too. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized, loose, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, nuts, slight vanilla, slight caramel, fake Bourbon, and some noxious flavors. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, vanilla, nut, and fake Bourbon finish is lightly dry. Ew.
Block (1597) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a small off white head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is a little unusual. Burnt malts with spice. Dry finish of vanilla. Not great but much better than the comparable Michalob Amber Bock.
McGarnigle (570) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mmmm, cream soda! From a growler it gets a great head atop a clear amber bod. Light aroma, kind of thin mouthfeel. It’s sweet at first with definite vanilla. Neither bourbon nor oak, and not a lot of heft. The back end has enough hops to pull back on the sweetness, but still, it’s not that good, and not warming.
vikingguy (864) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber color with fragrant caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malt and lots of vanilla. Vanilla is definitely forefront and really so much so that it’s hard to pick up on anything else; kind of distracting. That being said the vanilla tastes pretty decent and this is definitely drinkable; probably wouldn’t want to have more than one per session though. Rather thin body. I won’t buy it again, but it isn’t terrible.