jhliesen (719) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Tap at Meg O Malleys--Had to try it, so now I’m done. Nothing special, but still a nice change from regular ol’ Bud. The color was simliar to dark maple syrup and the brew had a small head with lacing that didn’t last. Definite vanilla taste with caramel finishing up, bit too watery. I had the funny feeling that I was drinking the pumpkin ale with vanilla instead of nutmeg?
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Ray’s in Kent, 12/21/2005. Kyle asks if I want to try the "new winter bourbon barrel cask budweiser thing" Oh yeah, sure, since when does Ray’s have casks of anything!? Ok, let’s see here, amber/copper body, very clear, no head - the color is very nice. Aroma is sweet sugar with a dash of caramel/vanilla. Taste starts out with an abundance of prickly carbonation - reminded me of that evil Killian’s - then caramel and adjunct sweetness, maybe a hint of Jack Daniel’s flavor. This gets worse as it warms up - drink it quick so that you only taste the coldness.
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Good for something from one of the big 3 beer boys. One or two glasses at the most, it got old after a few swallows....nothing really "special" to it.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Served too cold, so I let it warm up for a while. The body was medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma was light and corny with bourbon and vanilla. Actually, this was a pleasant smelling beer. There is also a nice oak note. The taste is vanilla and peaches. There is also some white Karo syrup. This is way too sweet for my taste.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Draught: I’m glad that I didn’t find out this was an AB product until I sat down to type in the review. Knowing it was an A-B product may have unknowingly rated it lower than I should. Anyway, this one pours a clear, dark amber color. There was about no head and no lacing at all. The nose was a bit weak, but still pleasant. Whiffs of toffee, caramel and vanilla. The taste ws a bit more substantial, with notes of the toffee, slight oakiness, and it was slightly sweet. It was fairly silky and smooth going down also. This was actually not bad. It is NOT a cask ale, and I really didn’t detect any bourbon flavors in it also.
Re-rate 1-19-2006: Boy, is this different from last year. The vanilla is now overpowering. There is a bit of a dry, metallic aftertaste that comes with a hint of bitterness. What happened????
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2005
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sampled from a AB test batch bottle. Poured an amber sort of color. Plain Jane macro nose with just a hint of vanilla. This beer tastes like a typical AB product at first but has an unpleasantly cheap tasting vanilla cream soda finish and a bit of oak at the end. Tastes like they were scared to really try something different. Apparently this will be realized far and wide on draught fairly soon. I have no desire to drink this again.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This wasn’t that bad for an AB product but as a "cask" ale it was served in a cold mug. Mouthfeel is very thin but it wasn’t too bad. Give it a try to change from the everyday macro beer.
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2005 does not count
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
i had this beer on tap at the beer hunter and it is amazingly bad. "aww.. how cute, the snowman, lets try it".. i’m sure is what they want people to say when ordering. the bar is sending the keg back, just like the jacks pumpkin spice. AB, please stop. your weak ass brews are horrid. cheers!
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at my neighborhood pub under a jaunty snowman tap, I had to look at the tiny tiny print on the coaster to discover this was A/B (it surely says on the bottle but I saw the coaster a week before the pub had the beer in). Rich copper color, aroma of vanilla and malt, a vanilla-spicy flavor that suggests bourbon but really has more nutmeg and a very subtle winey dried-fruit on the finish. Smooth and sweetish, In Iowa this can’t be all that warming but for a macro-brewed beer, this had a nice if understated (read: mass appeal) flavor.