Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak

RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak features distinct vanilla, caramel and aged oak flavors for a full-bodied, well-balanced taste and warm aroma. Celebrate Vanilla Oak is brewed using two-row barley, caramel malts, carapils malts as well as imported hops. It is aged on whole vanilla beans and bourbon barrel oak. Ideally served with dessert or as an after-dinner drink, Celebrate Vanilla Oak is also enjoyed in a snifter, allowing the beers aromas to be intensified.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2009
7 oz Bottle (2005?). Strong vanilla aroma, sweet like frosting. Cloudy, murky brown with no head. Tastes like vanilla-flavored water, intensely vanilla with no sense of balance. Sugary, sort of disgusting. Nearly uncarbonated, thin and offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
9er (91) - Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
This shit is good. it pours cloudy and murky, but the flavor is mildly sweet and not offensive. I appreciate the simplified flavor that actually is quite pleasant. The head leaves after a few minutes and long legs lace the glass as you imbibe. Recommended.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Sweet and artificial, tastes like cheap French oak staves microfilitered through the tank. Sweet vanilla, cotton candy, saltwater taffy and a graham cracker maltiness. Not very good at all. Tastes way too artificial and fake all the way through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Purchased a 750 for Christmas two years back. Smells of vanilla and caramel. Tastes very much the same, with a decent oak flavor to it. Of all the Michelob products I’ve had, this is on the top. I hope that they bring it back at some point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Verbatim: Small white head, fair retention +spotty lace. Gold with a copper hue. Lotsa cotton candy, peach, sugars, marshmallow, candy corn. Sweet finish. You was right Brian. Thanks Robert!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle shared by Robert at SL via sloth, a big thanks to both of them. The pour was copper to amber. Aroma had lots of candy, vanilla, marshmallows (Bert nailed that one), corn grains. The flavor was toasted marshmallows, cotton candy, caramel, vanilla, bubble gum, and fruits. Body was barely carbonated, a bit sticky, but not too thick. Drinkable, but not something I’d return to. Many thanks to both Robert and Bert on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 30, 2008
24 oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy caramel with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla and cough syrup. Taste is dominated by a caramel toffee, cough syrupy flavor. Hints of vanilla detected. Not drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Ive had multiple chances to consume this beer and have skipped it either on purpose or by chance each time. So now the beer finds its way to our tasting and while its not horrible, its nothing to shout about either.

The beer pours out a clear, orangeish/amber color with a one-finger thick head. Aroma is vanilla-extract like. Cheap vanilla-extract to be specific. A bit of buttered bread, and grains and caramel also show up in the background, but the vanilla is so over the top...not in a good way. Mouthfeel is watery. Flavors are vanilla, waffle-cones, and alcohol. Now theres good ways to use vanilla beans (see Schooners VBOS) and bad ways. This is the bad way. Ew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
beerguy101 brought this to the NorCal tasting as a joke. Thats about the only use I can think of for this beer. Or maybe somehow get the vanilla extract out and use it to bake a cake. Really synthetic nose and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7919) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Comes in a tiny, twist-off 7floz bottle. Marked as Michelob Celebrate Oak-Aged Dark Vanilla at 10%. I really cant find anything bad about this beer (other than the small bottle size and the twist-off). Pours an opaque brown color with no real head to speak of. Some alcohol legs run down the sides of the glass. Aroma is of banana, vanilla, figs, oak, sugar and chocolate. Has a smell that I could best describe as a mix between an Eisbock and a Belgian Quad. Taste is of vanilla, chocolate and banana, and is very upfront and bold with all three (a bit unrefined). Oak comes on in the finish. Goes down creamy smooth (as expected from a 10%). Bubbles are very soft. Alcohol isnt well hidden. Pretty good beer overall, I wish A-B would make more stuff of this quality.

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