savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thereís something sickly sweet - like over-ripe vanilla beans or mashed strawberries - in the taste of this beer.
It looks fine and smells appealing, but what could have been roasted, peated maltiness is ruined by some very obvious non-beer-related flavors.
Another one of those efforts by AB here in the US to pull the wool over the eyes of real beer drinkers and steal market share from Sam Adams amongst the less beer inclined.
badwhale (322) - 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 (1047) - 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 (746) - 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 (550) - 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 (6403) - 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 (2034) - 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 (740) - 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 (382) - 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.
bowlnman1990 (78) - 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.