jbruner (5121) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Aw look, Budweiser is trying to make a bourbon barrel beer. Pours a clear golden brown from the bottle with minimal head or lace, probably because it has some age on it. It definitely has some vanilla to it, not sure I would call it bourbon, but I'll give it to them. They are at least trying to be relevant. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Amber to bronze in color. Taller off-white head. Some lace. Aromas of light oak and vanilla, atop a bit of pale malt. Very light bourbon adrift on a mild amber brew. Caramel and beer nuts. Reminds me of mopping the bar after a busy weekend night. Beer, whiskey, ash, etc. 11/12
blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle. Clockwork saved this gem for me as a going away present at my last tasting at his house. I promised I’d save the rating for a milestone rating, so here it is, 7K. Pours gold with a white head. Standard pale lager base, with mild vanilla, cardboard, and spent grains. Relatively clean on the finish, I suppose. All these fancy flavors mask the freedom that you can usually taste in normal Bud. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Thanks to Bobby. Shared with Blipp on his last tasting at my house. Pours gold white head. Nose/taste of vanilla, bourbon, oaky malt and old malt - medium body vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Wtf. Golden pour with white head. Awful, vanilla maybe, wet malt cardboard aromas. Flavors are malty, oxidation, perhaps a touch of vanilla.
Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden amber with a white head. Aroma of grains and vanilla. Flavor was weak & thin with vanilla, grains and faint bourbon. thedm (6306) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2014
This Project Twelve Second Edition bottled brew from a bottle shop with a gold label marked batch 23185 Vanilla Bourbon cask poured a head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a very good lacing. The mild aroma was vanilla. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow mild malty aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of mildly bitter mild nut vanilla hops and malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12oz bottle -
Just about what you’d expect from Budweiser that apparently uses bourbon barrel staves and vanilla. What you wind up with is something that seems to be a blend of sweet tea and Desitin (diaper rash ointment for those who don’t have children). No wood character, no vanilla/vanillin character, nothing even remote fake in it. Lots of seemingly crystal malts with little residual sweetness and no soul. rollsrace (81) - - AUG 30, 2014
Light amber color. Reminds me of micolobe’s winter bourbon cask. But it’s lighter. sweet with a slight bourbon flavor. This is also lighter than Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. Tasted on 12/7/2013. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-1-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a nice golden amber color with a big and billowy white head of ~ 2 fingers. The head has a decent level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a light lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of sweet caramel and vanilla with notes of a breadiness. Some lighter toffee like aromas as well as a light bourbon smell complement the other quite well producing a not too overpowering but balanced and sweeter aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with caramel and malt with hints of vanilla mixed within. The caramel flavor grow stronger more toward the middle and are joined by a light bourbon taste. From there the caramel starts to fade, but is replaced by more vanilla and toffee sweetness with a increase in the bourbon flavors and a very light oaky taste. In the end a very pleasant sweet vanilla and oaky bourbon taste are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to just below average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. It is actually quite a nice feel for the sweeter flavors of vanilla and make it quite drinkable and enjoyable.
Overall- Now this is what Budweiser should have gone with. It is quite flavorful, not overly sweet and has great flavor transitions and a good feel. Too bad this one is temporary as it is an affordable domestic that competes with may good crafts in terms of flavor and enjoyment.