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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its 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 its a great beer.

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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7591) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and wood, light note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Easily the best of the three in this series so far. I mean, yeah, its still grainy and silly (the vanilla) and poorly made, but compared to the other two atrocities, this is actually drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AxelRipper (12) - Cowlesville, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Interesting at first. My first "barrel aged" lager. Definitely good as far as lagers go, with a lot of flavor. Still tastes a bit like normal Bud, but with a more big-boy-beer character. Not bad at all.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Rich golden color. Small white head. First impression is a full good tasting beer. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Great trainer for the uninitiated. The taste has lots of nice fruity, sweet, apple and corn syrup notes.The all malt is there for sure. All malt and sugar and no hops. The vanilla? Sounds good for marketing. Everybody likes vanilla. No wait. Maybe chocolate would have been better. Mouthfeel is a little gummy. Too bad. I really wanted to like this beer. Corporate marketing just has their hooks sank too deep to let anyone do anything good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a medium orange-amber color, presenting the carbonation and head characteristics of any other Budweiser. The "vanilla aroma" certainly isnt easy to discern, and IMHO the macro-malt character is more predominate. If you close your eyes and concentrate really hard, you do get a little bit of vanilla (bourbon? no ...) in the flavor. Otherwise, in a flash this just comes across as another Bud. (#4849, 12/8/2012)

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Light sweet grainy malt and vanilla aroma. Clear honey gold with a large ivory head. Grainy malt flavor. I know its supposed to be in there, but I just cant taste any vanilla or oak. Just another lager.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 4, 2012 (purchased the 12-pack for $12.99 at the 7/11 near Allied Gardens (San Diego) on Dec. 4, 2012. Caramel amber with 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head that dissipated at a very quick rate. Very little retention on the top, only slightly better on the sides (wetness). Smelled vanilla, oak, sweet black cherry and toffee. Good smell overall. Taste was like a watered down version of the smell. Got that vanilla and oak, but nothing that made me say, wow. Also got a slight taste of sour cherries. Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Not a bad beer overall, better than the St. Louis batch that I just tried. Would have it again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stellaaaa (270) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with a medium, white head. It has a corny, sweet aroma. The taste is of cornmeal but rather than sweet it has a dry hop (Willamette?) aftertaste. In the end, its still a rather dull adjunct lager, but its better than any of the other Project 12 beers.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jandd1983 (4146) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was of wet wood. The taste was of smokey caramel malt along with a little hint of vanilla. Nice try.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (6209) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. OK.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (2034) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Out of the three Project 12 beers Batch 23185 I had the most hope in A-B brewing a formidable beer. Reading the label is where the confusion started, A-B brewed a Light Amber with bourbon staves and vanilla beans. Why not brew a full bodied Amber? The label does say Budweiser so my guess it can be anything as long as it is light. Aroma of vanilla, and bourbon evident, pours a strong foamed golden yellow. Good looking beer, drinkable, decent, just think it could of been more.


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