Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
The tap handle reads "Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale", though I don’t know who "Winter" is...
Caramel brown body, with a thickish, though short-lived head.
Nose is sweet, caramel, mixed with vanilla, a bit of bourbon, but vanilla is king, here.
Taste is short and sweet, slick wih the caramel and toffee, a hint of the vanilla and honey, but then it’s off the palate until next sip... Very light in the finish, medium at best in the body....
Had at the Nomad World Pub, tonight...the manager, and the bartender, were both apologetic about this selection. Not a beer I would order with any confidence, or enjoy with any thoroughness...not bad, mind you, but...eh...at least they’re trying... 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. 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 Killian’s. 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. thedm (6319) - 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! JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 With a the name "Winters Bourbon Cask Ale" I’m 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.
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. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 On tap today at Beef O’Bradys. Well.....this didn’t suck. Like previous raters have said, this ain’t nothing special, but let’s consider from where it was spawned. It’s better than just about any AB product I’ve 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 isn’t offensive, it’s just that what is there isn’t enough. Too thinned out for my liking...but like I said it’s better than any of the other crap on tap at the moment. 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. Lindy’s, on tap, Foggy Bottom, Washington DC. jhliesen (836) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Tap at Meg O Malleys--Had to try it, so now I’m 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 didn’t 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? Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
On tap at Ray’s 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 Ray’s have casks of anything!? Ok, let’s 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 Killian’s - then caramel and adjunct sweetness, maybe a hint of Jack Daniel’s flavor. This gets worse as it warms up - drink it quick so that you only taste the coldness.