RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winters 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2005
On tap, Dwyers Pub. They sure hid the fact it was AB pretty well. Copper colored beer with a frothy beige head. Milder aroma, vanilla, some malt, towards the sweeter end of things. Flavor seems a touch watered down, the flavors that were there were pleasant, vanilla, apricot, tiny bit of hops. Body was lighter, but pretty smooth. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 On tap at Busch Gardens Tampa. Aroma is incredibly sweet and rich, with hints of vanilla. Pours a reddish brown similar to a Killians. Flavor is surprisingly complex for an AB brew. Vanilla and hops present, still an above average amount of fizz though. Re-rate: Tastes to much like syrupy extracts and metal. I was just starting to get into craft beer when I first rated this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5978) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2005
This draft brew from the Bowlland bowling alley in North Fort Myers Fla poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly diminishing light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild brown malt. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering tingly palate. Its flavor contained mild nutty brown malt hop notes and was there was something else in the flavor that was hard to place. Wood? Nuts? Bourbon? What is it? A winter ale note?. Strange brew indeed!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (2023) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 With a the name "Winters Bourbon Cask Ale" Im thinking this beer would be over the top with hearty flavor. However, knowing its brewed by A-B my expectations were scaled back. The beer was right where I thought it would be, just a hint of caramel, oak and vanilla. It makes me wonder if A-B brewed an excellent beer then blended it with a pale lager. It has a watered down taste to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Clear amber with a frothy stable off white head. Mild yeasty, earthy, toffee aroma. Flavors of crystal malt and boubon with hints of vanilla and toasted cookie. Thin body. Finishes with some astringency. Not horrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 On tap today at Beef OBradys. Well.....this didnt suck. Like previous raters have said, this aint nothing special, but lets consider from where it was spawned. Its better than just about any AB product Ive ever tried. Served way too cold to start with so it had to sit for a while. Looks just like Amber Bock, but maybe a bit lighter in color but not much. Very small whitish head. Nose is sweet malt, a strong vanilla scent. Thin malts, some vanilla in the flavor too with the slightest hint of a bourbony flavor. Hey, this isnt offensive, its just that what is there isnt enough. Too thinned out for my liking...but like I said its better than any of the other crap on tap at the moment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Excellent rich hearty beer. Surprised a big company made this. Taste imbued all over the place, without tasting too hoppy or heavy. Well done. Lindys, on tap, Foggy Bottom, Washington DC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Tap at Meg O Malleys--Had to try it, so now Im done. Nothing special, but still a nice change from regular ol Bud. The color was simliar to dark maple syrup and the brew had a small head with lacing that didnt last. Definite vanilla taste with caramel finishing up, bit too watery. I had the funny feeling that I was drinking the pumpkin ale with vanilla instead of nutmeg?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
On tap at Rays in Kent, 12/21/2005. Kyle asks if I want to try the "new winter bourbon barrel cask budweiser thing" Oh yeah, sure, since when does Rays have casks of anything!? Ok, lets see here, amber/copper body, very clear, no head - the color is very nice. Aroma is sweet sugar with a dash of caramel/vanilla. Taste starts out with an abundance of prickly carbonation - reminded me of that evil Killians - then caramel and adjunct sweetness, maybe a hint of Jack Daniels flavor. This gets worse as it warms up - drink it quick so that you only taste the coldness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Good for something from one of the big 3 beer boys. One or two glasses at the most, it got old after a few swallows....nothing really "special" to it.

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