DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It reflects more on me than A-B, I think, that I rather like this. It is thin, yes, it doesnít have a fulfilling aroma, itís pretty narrow in taste range, it has no hoppy taste, and the aftertaste is similar to that after sucking on a sugar cube. But the vanilla taste is really VERY nice, not synthetic (to me, at least, and I am good at noting such things), very mellow, and pleasant. Itís not an "ale" taste, more of a vanilla taste, but itís so mellow as to be unoffensive. If you want a sweet ale that will remind you (far too much) of an alcoholic cream soda, this is for you. I wasnít expecting that, and I happen to LOVE cream soda, so it was a pleasant surprise. I just wouldnít expect much malt or hops taste is all. Itís a candy ale--which, by the way, gives almost no hint of its "bourbon" origins. For that, stick with J.W. Lee. Iíd say this is a great ale for Christmas Eve.
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On top it has a light tan and somewhat fizzy, fast fading head. Its head fades out to nothing quickly and leaves no lacing behind. There is some visible carbonation inside of the rich dark amber colored body with good clarity. The aroma is very sweet with deep candy like malt character with a soft touch of vanilla. The flavor has a thin malty character with some candy like sweetness and mild caramel notes as well as a soft touch of vanilla throughout. The finish dries a bit and brings some light woody oak notes. The texture is a little bit on the thin side and the body is fairly light as well. The carbonation comes off very fizzy.
badwhale (347) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle to a glass mug. Pours a dark amber color, with a faint yellow head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor pretty much the same. Real sweet and malty, and tastes like caramel. Not that whippy.
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy amber brown with a small white head that disappeared quickly and left little lace. Aromas of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and spice. Caramel sweetness is pretty heavy, with strong vanilla and oak notes and a whisper of bourbon. Thin and watery, minimal carbonaiton, and a short sweet finish. Ok, but I probably drank it too cold.
scooterbub (814) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From memory and notes. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown-amber with a large off white head that fades. Taste is of bourbon, wood, malt, caramel, vanilla and some hops. Similar aroma. Decent body with some warming alcohol. Good beer, wish I could find it again.
rob6239 (615) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly good . A Michelob product as well. Pours nice colour and good vanilla aroma and taste. I would buy again.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as an extra from a trade a while back. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a medium to large yellowed beige head that deflates a good amount, but remains intact. A bit of paper on the nose followed by a healthy amount of bourbon and candied stone fruits. Medium bodied, sweet and woody, bourbon, caramel. Empties out a bit, but the bourbon does still come through. Wouldnít peg this as a Michelob beer, so well done on that. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit more toasted wood and bourbon. A touch too sweet on the finish, and overall a bit empty, but decent enough.
jmagnus87 (2376) - 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 canít 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 (554) - 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 donít 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 canít 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.