Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017 tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, I could say a lot about this beer, but I’ll just say this: it’s a well-made knock-off of a vanilla coca-cola.
From Nov 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle a clear ruby red with a medium sized head of foam that shrunk fairly slowly leaving a solid layer.
The smell is on the light side but I can definitely sense some vanilla notes.
The taste up front is pretty huge on vanilla and after a few more sips, I don't notice any other flavours moving in. Pretty one dimensional judging from this one bottle I've consumed. Maybe another bottle closer to room temp will change my opinion. Also.. there is a bit of harshness on the tongue that I'm noticing at the finish which is knocking down the drinkability factor. Not good.
Bottom line: I was hoping for something reasonably respectable from this brew and I didn't get it. I'll not buy this again.
BeerRenter76 (1054) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
I was skeptical because it is an AB product, but it was actually not terrible. Aroma of vanilla, spice and malts. Flavors of vanilla, caramel malts and some nuts. It was o.k. and worth a try but i dont know if i would buy this year. Originally rated on 11/12/08. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2015
This was a pretty good brew even though it was made by Michelob. It had a light watery feel to it. The taste was pretty good. Great vanilla taste with a hint of bourbon. I am not sure that they even make this anymore. I would not mind getting my hands on some more. kingofthemtn (56) - - JUL 1, 2015
from notes 1-12-2011. I don’t think this beer is made anymore, but I wish it was. I bought a single bottle because I was intrigued by the vanilla while buying a ton of single bottles at Beers of the World in Rochester. Dark amber color, very little head, tasty malt flavor, smooth with slight vanilla. I think this fall I’ll try to homebrew a porter with bourbon soaked vanilla beans and maybe perle hops.
FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 28, 2014
Look: pours a dark Amber. Off white head. Very cloudy.
Smell: sweet caramel. Very light bourbon. Vanilla.
Taste: bananas. Very fruity.
Feel: slight dryness. Odd bitterness on the back.
Overall: not a very good beer. Not what I'm looking for. Could be due to the 2007 "vintage"
First drank: 12/28/14 home. slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"not nearly as bad as i was expecting (i bought it as a joke), but after the half way point of a pint, the vanilla was beginning to be a little too much...and there’s not much else there ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Hints of vanilla, but nothing else redeeming about this weak, cloying attempt at a beer. rollsrace (86) - - AUG 9, 2014
For the price this is a good beer. Picked up a 6 pack for $8.49. semi sweet with a hint of bourbon flavor. Looks like a Red ale. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
On top it has a light tan and somewhat fizzy, fast fading head. Its head fades out to nothing quickly and leaves no lacing behind. There is some visible carbonation inside of the rich dark amber colored body with good clarity. The aroma is very sweet with deep candy like malt character with a soft touch of vanilla. The flavor has a thin malty character with some candy like sweetness and mild caramel notes as well as a soft touch of vanilla throughout. The finish dries a bit and brings some light woody oak notes. The texture is a little bit on the thin side and the body is fairly light as well. The carbonation comes off very fizzy.