RedSox2004 (1873) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Hazy amber brown with a small white head that disappeared quickly and left little lace. Aromas of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and spice. Caramel sweetness is pretty heavy, with strong vanilla and oak notes and a whisper of bourbon. Thin and watery, minimal carbonaiton, and a short sweet finish. Ok, but I probably drank it too cold. scooterbub (1064) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 1, 2012
From memory and notes. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown-amber with a large off white head that fades. Taste is of bourbon, wood, malt, caramel, vanilla and some hops. Similar aroma. Decent body with some warming alcohol. Good beer, wish I could find it again. rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
Surprisingly good . A Michelob product as well. Pours nice colour and good vanilla aroma and taste. I would buy again. j12601 (11055) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle as an extra from a trade a while back. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a medium to large yellowed beige head that deflates a good amount, but remains intact. A bit of paper on the nose followed by a healthy amount of bourbon and candied stone fruits. Medium bodied, sweet and woody, bourbon, caramel. Empties out a bit, but the bourbon does still come through. Wouldn’t peg this as a Michelob beer, so well done on that. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit more toasted wood and bourbon. A touch too sweet on the finish, and overall a bit empty, but decent enough. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
From a bunch of old notes I found. Pours a dark amber with almost no head. Aroma of sweet vanilla extract and a nice bit of oaky bourbon. Taste is the same. Lots of vanilla and a little bourbon. Light-medium bodied with a thin texture. Soft carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not that bad. I can’t hate it that much because it was one of my introductions to craft beer.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. YUCK. Pours amber with a thin, white head. Aroma/flavor is all vanilla extract. No bourbon. No spices. No bitterness. GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle: pours a nice coppery red color. With no head to speak of. It has a sweet aroma with a hint of raisins in it. It tastes almost overwhelmingly of vanilla, but the bourbon is present in the background for sure. As long as I ignore the fact that I am drinking a michelob, this is a very drinkable beer. TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Brown colored ale with a beige head that fades to a slight skim on the surface. I don’t notice much carbonation but that may be due to the dark color of the beer. The aroma has plum, raisin, and cinnamon spices attributed to a holiday spice cake over an impressive malt base. It smell sugary. The malt base makes for a sweet bread taste with the molasses and fruit. Despite the name, I can’t discern a bourbon flavor but I do notice a vanilla bean which must be a pricey ingredient. I did not find hops in the taste profile. I would call it a tasty beer and will rate it as such. I think these specialty beers from Anheuser suffer from small brewer snobbery. bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at home, rated against my interpretation of BJCP 2008 guidelines. Aroma: sweet, slightly floral, not overpowering. Appearance: dark amber, almost no head. Taste: very oaky, sweet, hint of alcohol. Palate: seems a little thin, slightly creamy, medium carbonation. Overall: started out ok, gets old quickly, not a huge fan. Raterhater (4) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2011 does not count
well..... I liked it. love the vanilla and bourbon notes. I look for it yearly.