fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Beautiful amber color. Some malt aroma. Strong lager, a bit malty, smooth enouth, with a light Bourbon vanilla flavor, more artificial than from the wood. Not bad. Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
To this point, a festival special for the GABF but they envisioned marketing it this coming Christmas, so we’ll see. Dull amber colour. Light vanilla and caramel aroma with a hint of booziness. The flavour is very sweet and really heavy on the vanilla. Combine with a rather thick body and it’s practically ice cream. Light caramel and oak background thankfully keep things on the beery side. It’s a bit simple overall, though, and I’m not a huge fan of vanilla in beer so that doesn’t help win me over either. Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a small, diminishing amber head. Aromas of vanilla, carmel, brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla and a hint of wood with a warming, lingering sweet finish. Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate vanilla and nuts aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet vanilla flavor with a sweet short finish. Not my style. 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.
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks Eric!). Poured a darker copper color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of burnt vanilla beans, oak, acorns, and a little buttery. Tastes of lighter vanilla, oak, caramel and nuts. Cloyingly sweet. When I saw this was from AB and read vanilla, I expected an artificial and overpowering vanilla quality but was pleasantly surprised that the vanilla portion was done nicely. Gotta love that screw top... slowrunner77 (12895) - 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." Sammy (12769) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Bourbon and alcohol in the smell. Also over-the-top vanilla aroma and taste. Significant white head on lagerish body. Lagerish below medium body and sweet sugary finish. Little carbonation. The kids liked it. A bit much but interesting coming from Michelob.
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Better than the chocolate, but not all that great. Too much to ask for a brewer of this size to make something like this taste great. Just too sweet and not well balanced. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
This one starts out OK. The pour is hazy ruby copper with aroma of grainy pale malt, some caramel, big vanilla. The taste is sweet, with a lot of caramel malt, heavy vanilla, some oaky bourbony hints. It gets hotter and loses complexity toward the end. Not bad, but not worth the high price.