Holdwine (1239) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Well, at least it smelled and looked like beer. They are getting closer.... Dreadful followthrough. Foxbush (2120) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 One of the Christmas 2010 beers. The color was a deep clear amber. There was no head and not much aroma. There is a lack of malt taste and an undetermined spice. This is a weak winter Ale. Michelob should taste some others Winter Ales to set the standard. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2011
I poured this into my large tulip glass, too bad I don’t have any friends or a fireplace. Clear pale reddish color, thin head fades. Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Taste is weak sauce. A very mild beer, an attempt but a fail. I pretty much knew that when I bought a six pack, but I thought I should give it a shot. Elderbeerman (7) - Rockton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010 does not count
This poured into my wine glass, effervescent, and came up with a good inch of light brown head. A strong hint of vanilla on the nose, color brown, and clear, and the first sip hits with a strong vanilla, to slight banana flavor, that gives way to a hint of bourbon... medium sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation, and long finish, with the vanilla being the dominant flavor that lingers. Overall? I like this. I would not like this all the time. But as a change of pace, and a nice Christmas/Winter time treat, with some strong cheese, perhaps - I think it goes well with some hot buttered popcorn - I enjoy it and will have some again, after this six is gone! douglas88 (9721) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at Barley and Hops. Pours a ruddy brown color with a medium beige head. A sweet malty nose. A smooth rich malty flavor, very light vanilla, no bourbon really. Caramel. OK.
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Maybe because it is so cold outside, maybe because of the snowman on the label... but I like this one. Sure, it doesn’t really taste like beer (the vanilla is a bit strong) but for what it is, it’s yummy... like a cookie. In fact, I think this might almost be better warmed up. damzz (522) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Thin off white head; color is a pleasingly translucent orange brown; aroma has hints of malt and vanilla. Taste is malty sweet with a lusicious overtone of vanilla and a hint of the bourbon cask. Aftertaste is appropriately bitter. Who cares who makes it? Enjoy! jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
This beer is better than some are giving it credit for. I know Inbev makes it, but every once in a while a dog finds a bone. I weitz15 (601) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2010
did have this on tap....maybe thats the difference. The beer has good weight in your mouth and a smooth creamy vanilla bean taste. Not much bouquet or finish otherise I would have scored higher.
Light white head. Spicy aroma, with a flavor that matches. The hop content here is minimal, with a crisp, big-red like finish. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber with almost no head. Light malt aroma and a hint of egg. Weak malt flavor with a hint of spice. I don’t get any bourbon/oak at all. Thin, watery mouth feel. Overall weak, pretty much what I expected from a large scale producer.