jbruner (5470) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
2007 bottle shared at RBWG 2015! Pours a clear copper with no real head or lacing. Aroma and taste are heavy on oxidized caramel. This seems to me the bet they use as the base before watering it down to make everything else, meh. Homer321 (5250) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Whalezbro bottle at the RBWG GT. Nose is purely raisin and cardboard. All oxidized. Holy oxidized mess. Total paper and water. Very bad. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"for Budweiser, this is liquid gold...but in reality, when stacked up against many other good beers, it’s just ok. it does actually taste like they used hops generously, malt, etc...not urine, so that’s a plus. never thought i’d rate a bud close to a 3, but for the price, i want a 4+. Patrickctenchi (6812) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle: 2005 Vintage
Deep, clear, bubbly golden-amber with a yellow-white head.
Aroma is strong hay, wood, syrupy fruit, butter.
Taste is a bit oxidized after 9 years of aging, but still remarkably carbonated.
Sweet hay, grass, caramel taste.
Feels darker than it is...not bad for such an old-timer. shrubber85 (11710) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Molasses and buttery barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head - surprisingly lively carbonation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and hay flavor. Not bad - a pretty mild doppelbock though.
seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 2007 Vintage aged 4 years. Poured from swing-top bottle into tulip glass. Very dark but transparent reddish-brown color with thick persistent beige head. Good lacing. Intense malt sweetness with hints of toasted black bread, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted marshmallows, black licorice, plums and currants. Rich bready aftertaste. High alcohol percentage is smooth and warming. Balanced bitterness, but no apparent aroma hops (especially at this advanced age.) Despite the dark, heavy recipe, a clean lager finish remains. I’ve read plenty of mediocre reviews of Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve. I’ll admit a bias against the monolithic AB-Inbev, but I must also admit this particular bottle was one of the most sophisticated, enjoyable beers I’ve ever had. I was shocked, too. I’d strongly recommend buying one and stashing it for several years. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(12oz bottle) clear deep copper, ring of white bubbles. Nose of light metal, rich caramel and dark fruits. Taste is toasty, grain, caramel, light oxidation, soft carbonation, a bit of an old linger but actually good overall! BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
2006 Vintage bottle. Pours with a hazed golden body and a somewhat slow to fade white head. Aroma is straight unfermented wort, tons of crystal malt, raisins and apples. Smells very sweet, but tastes even sweeter...cloying infact. Toasty, sweet and raisins. Lots of oxidation. Did they forget to add yeast, or are there just WAY too many unfermentables in the grain bill? Lively bubbles. BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2010
46.5oz swingtop botte from ’07, courtesy of my parents, who had been given the bottle by myself for Christmas back in ’07. What goes around, comes around. Sampled on Father’s Day 2010. Poured a deep, dark clear (later cloudy) amber body with tan head that lasted a bit, but didn’t leave much lacing. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, caramel and bready malt sweetness. Flavor was bready malt, medium sweetness, figgy, slightly vegetal and some alcohol. Active carbonation and a fizzy, full mouthfeel. After 2 1/2 years, this is still a solid beer. I liked it when it was fresh and I like it now. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2010
46.5 oz, swing top bottle...2007 bottling, sampled May 2010: pours auburn with copper hues. Thick, taupe colored head that shrinks pretty quickly into a thin cream. Strong, caramel and bready aroma with lightly toasted oats and honey. Very mild flavour with overripe fruits, vegetal notes, and toasted grains. Very solid dark lager with nice carbonation and decent depth. The darker notes bring a robustness to the mild flavour...gosh, I hate to say this, but I am impressed...an incredible solid, 3 year old lager. By the way, the picture is bunk...this is not a blond lager. Enjoy.