Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Nov 2006
Poured from 24oz bottle(room temp) an amber gold with a small head of foam that shrank to just a fine ring clinging to the edge of the glass.
The smell is of vanilla and alcohol.
The taste is very strong on the vanilla, perhaps too strong even for a lager that uses vanilla in the name; I can taste no other flavours..oh wait, I'm getting some fruitness now. Sour cherries. Hmm, that helps a bit when it comes to complexity but the alcohol is starting to make its presence known both in the taste and the warming and that's really hurting the drinkability. Still, at least it does have some substance to it so I'm liking it a lot more than the Chocolate Beer that came with it.
Bottom line: It's worth a try. slowrunner77 (12810) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"similar to fine cognac???? are you freakin kidding me?! not as bad as i thought it may be, but definitely not worth the $$$. Vanilla anyone? that’s about all you can taste here. if you like creamy it’s not terrible. otherwise avoid." drowland (9067) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
11/26/10. Big 40-ish bottle with a screw on top. Huge thanks to Ian for popping this bottle on Tim’s birthday! I honestly didn’t even know this beer existed! Huge vanilla and bourbon aroma with sticky sweet honey and wood tannins. Sweet overwhelming vanilla flavor again with bourbon and honey and a hint of burn. scooterbub (1067) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 12, 2010
24 ounce bottle from 2005. Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a thin tan head that fades. Taste is of oak, vanilla, malt, caramel, fruit, molasses and bourbon. There is a hint of warming alcohol in the finish. Similar aroma. Has a creamy, full body. Easy to drink, smooth and rather enjoyable. I wouldn’t mind having a fresher bottle to rate, but this kept quite well. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
(Bottle, from backlog…sampled in 2006) Pours a hazy amber body with small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, and some plastic. Flavor of caramel, vanilla extract, bourbon, and brown sugar. A cloying, sticky mess.
fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle, pours hazy amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla and oak. Flavor is overly sweet with lots of heat. Strong vanilla extract flavor with some spicing and a strong burn in the finish. BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
05 drank in 09, shoulda held on to this one. I imagine at first it was an over carbonated, oak powered Michelob abortion. 4 years later: smooth oak, vanilla balance with caramel some cherry, very pleasant! Not worth $10+, mine was free, but if it came back out I’d get another one for $6-8 pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 20, 2009
bottle.. got this one as a gift along with the chocolate one... yuck again... nothing to like about this one kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
2005 bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small white head. Strong bourbon and oak aroma, with some vanilla highlights. Aroma is very enticing. Flavor is toffee, vanilla and fig at first, but is quickly overtaken and dominated by oak, bourbon and alcohol. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Oak lingers for a long finish. The aroma got my hopes up, but ultimately this beer disappointed. jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Nice amber coloured body with a huge ruby coloured tint. Aroma of strong oak, bad funky malt and strong vanilla. Medium-bodied; Strong bad taste of malt, alcohol, vanilla and vomit. Aftertaste is that bad throw-up flavour with some vanilla, strong sweetness and some malt. Overall, this beer was absolutely horrible. I can’t believe I spent nearly $10 on this piece of crap, but I guess its all worth trying. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 04-January-2006.