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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale. Full of rich aromas that you find in the winter months, hints of vanilla and flavorful hops, this is a beer that is great for pouring into a large tulip glass and enjoying with friends around a fireplace.

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1.8
JDBaker11058 (2133) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Appearance: clear ruddy, amberish copper with a creamy off-white head and spectacular shimmering lace curtains. Aroma: huge notes of caramel, cream, and vanilla, with some boozy, rummy raisins too; like an unhopped barleywine. Taste: UGH. Extremely sweet, with vanilla almost overpowering notes of crème brulee, brown sugar and caramel. Finish: short, cloying yet watery, and a little woody. Notes: Looked beautiful. Smelled promising, if a little oversweet. Flavors were hugely disappointing--the vanilla sweetness tasted very fake (like extract) and there was no balance to be had. The palate was extremely watery and way too lively for the flavors they were going for. I was really struggling to figure out what was going on with this beer, then I read one of the ratings below, where someone likened it to diet cream soda. Spot on. Really disappointing.

1.9
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Aroma of a bock beer: pecans and bourbon. Appears red in color. Tastes unpleasant with a greenbean hint. The vanilla lingers which is nice. I’m never doing this again.

0.5
crossovert (12642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
t tastes like diet cream soda, how people consider this gack craft beer is beyond me.

2.2
DuffMan (10270) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle. Deep orange amber, medium golden head that retains poorly. Aroma is weak but nice enough: caramel, vanilla, and a toasted coconut note. Palate is incredibly thin and watery, as though someone secretly took my glass and cut it with water by half. Flavours are weak vanilla caramel. Finish is non-existent. Does Michelob think that people are afraid of flavour? A missed opportunity here.

2.6
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate chestnut brown with an off white head. Smells of excess spice and the tiniest bit of bourbon. Taste brings forward a lot of spice with some backing sweetness and hints of caramel and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and overly spiced. Drinks not nearly as poorly as I thought it would, but is still undesirable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-08-2010

1.2
joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle from helping a friend clear out beers from a Super Bowl party. I never purchase Michelob, but I’ll always try a new beer, so I decided to give this a shot. Pours a clear, auburn body with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells like Raisinets. A sweet, malt heavy beer that lacks a noticable hop flavor. A flat, unenjoyable, heavy beer.

3.4
wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Vanilla dominates the beer, but the thickness and background of bourbon in it makes a rather good winter ale.

2.1
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with a light head. Aroma bad, like bad bread. Flavor average, with a little oak. Not a lot of flavorful hops like they say. Won’t drink this again.

1.7
brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
A: The pour is a clear copper color with almost no head--just a bit of off-white foam popping up as I pour the beer into the glass. S: Quite the aroma we have here. Lots of metal/iron is noticeable immediately. I also get cough syrup and maraschino cherries along with some fake vanilla flavor. Seems to be some bug spray and tomato vines, too. T: Just as delicious as it smells. Plenty of metallic tinge, fake vanilla, cough syrup, vegetables, and a strong bitterness. There is a slight bread flavor, which was sort of surprising, I must say. M: The body is thin and slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation. D: Overall quite bad. Not the worst beer I’ve ever had, but certainly near the bottom rung.

3.2
jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Aroma of vanilla, alcohol and nuts. Pours Dark orange with a thin white head. The beer has the bourbon oak barrel taste. Thin, metallic finishing with some abrasive copper notes.


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