RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The beer is brewed by Daniel Westmoreland from the Williamsburg, Va. brewery and was developed in collaboration with brewmasters Mike Anderson in Jacksonville, Fla. and Dan Kahn in Cartersville, Ga. “We took staves from fresh bourbon barrels and we aged the beer on those staves and spiced it with a hint of vanilla,” said Westmoreland, who has been a Budweiser brewmaster for more than 30 years. “It’s an all-malt brew, and it has a perfect color that is similar to the color of bourbon itself. Batch No. 23185 has a nice vanilla aroma with a little oakiness on the end – it’s a great beer.”

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unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2012
12oz twist-off bottle, mixed 12pk. Dark Blue Label. Pours clear, amber color, white foam. Sweet fruity aroma, pale malts, some florals, mostly malt. Wooded character. Sweet malt taste, some vanilla wood. Earthy honey malt, with corn cob bitterness. Finishes acidic and sweet. Overall, it tastes like a Budweiser that was run through oak staves instead of their more common beechwood. Its a bourbon filter job. Boo, thumbs down. (3508)

wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours a dark clear golden color with an OK white head. Has a wet wood aroma. Taste is kind of a smoky caramel malt along with a little funky vanilla. Tongue-coating character. Not bad, but wouldn’t buy again.

madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle tasted semi-blind - Pours light clear amber with a thin white head. Lots of cooked vegetables on the nose, sour grain, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, but it has some sharpness to it. More cooked vegetables and lots of grain. Limp and lightly carbonated with a medium body. Terrible.

BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Malty with a collar of spice, this Budweiser vehicle is the best out of the brewing company’s contrived "batch" series of beers. Thin without being too entirely boring, this lager is moderately creamy with satisfactory mouthfeel. Pretty good herbal nose, too.

Patrickctenchi (6808) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours clear amber with a tall, off-white/yellowish head. Scent is malt, slightly woody. Taste is mildly vanilla, just a hint of barrel... Malty, sweet. Very mild and light, slight hoppy bitter. A fairly decent little beer.

CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2012
The pretty much nailed the color on the label, it’s a light amber b eer with a big frothy yellowish whiteish head that fizzes out but never so much goes away.

The aroma is pretty muted, kind of tinny, a bit malty, but not really distinct in either an off putting or enjoyable way.

The flavor isn’t too bad really, a little tart... some well defined oakiness but very mild in the way of either bourbon or vanilla. It’s a sweeter beer for sure, but it’s not cloying. The malt character is fairly well matched with the treatment and is lightly toasty.

Well I sort of enjoyed this.

SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep gold/amber, clear, with white head. Not much aroma happening here, hints of vanilla. Flavor isn’t much different, very light malt, getting a slight corny note, just a hint of vanilla with the lightest trace of wood and bourbon, off-dry. Light, watery mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, not sure why I was expecting a solid brew, at least it’s tastier then a Bud. Not nasty by any means but not much flavor. Just taste like a slightly amped up Bud....whats the deal?

drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
BOURBON BARREL VANILLA BEER FROM A-B! THIS IS GOING TO BE A 4.9 FOR SURE!!! 10/30/12. 12oz bottle from Five points, from the mix 12-pack. I actually poured this into a glass for my wife and her first quote was, "This doesn’t even have much of a smell... it smells like corn." Upon investigation, she’s right. Compared to the plain dark lager, it looks basically the same - very clear light amber with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. It’s just a touch darker than the other one. The aroma is much like the other two - slightly sweet, grainy, with hints of corn and apples, with a hint of unidentifiable spiciness. The flavor again matches the other two... lightly sweet, caramel, some corn chip aspects, and touches of apple peel. There’s maybe, MAYBE a lingering sense of a certain bourbon aspect, but I’m starting to think it’s the power of suggestion. If this beer was given to me side by side with the plain dark lager, I don’t know I’d be able to tell you what the difference is - especially not bourbon and vanilla. Eh.

Sledutah (7977) - Utah, USA - OCT 29, 2012
GABF 2012
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white head
Aroma and flavors of sweet malts, vanilla and honey
Tastes like a slightly bigger Budweiser, no thanks

douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Drank at GABF 2012. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of grains and some yeast. Very light flavor: certainly little bourbon beyond some oak and vanilla, crisp, earthy. Decent.

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