Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

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Brewed by Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

St. Louis, MO, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

6% Alcohol by Volume

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Winter’s wonderland is getting cozier this season with Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, a rich, full-bodied seasonal draught hand-crafted by Anheuser-Busch brewmasters. This new beer is sure to thaw bone-chilling nights while tantalizing the taste buds with its smooth, robust taste and warm, tawny color. Brewed with dark roasted caramel malts and all-imported hops and aged on toasted bourbon oak casks and whole Madagascar vanilla beans, this winter brew is the second to be launched in a series of specialty seasonal drafts. Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale treats beer lovers to an exceptional drinking experience, full of rich aromas, hints of vanilla, and flavorful hops. Its uniqueness and complexity will appeal to adults who have a passion for beer. “Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale was carefully crafted to appeal to adults who are looking for a new drinking experience this season,” said Florian Kuplent, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch Inc. “It’s a great complement to an evening out with friends and family and is perfect for enjoying over storytelling, taking refuge from the stresses of the day, and escaping the blustery weather outdoors.”

ID: 20196 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank39876
Overall Percentile15.7
Style Rank1021 of 1213
Style Percentile15.8
Lowest Score1.1
Highest Score4.4
Average Score2.947
Weighted Score2.951
Standard Deviation0.701

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  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 1.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 2 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 2

    This beer was a sweet and sugary mess. I hated this nasty beer. It certainly sounded interesting and I am a huge fan of bourbon cask brews, however, this resembled a cask beer about as much as a Budweiser resembles a Westy 12. It sucked.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    A 6% beer from Anheuser-Busch? That's not a malt liquor? I'm floored. A medium brown pour with a white head...the aroma is malty with a few spices thrown in, some vanilla, and a weak hint of bourbon. The flavour is very sweet and a complete turn-off.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I keep flipping back and forth over this one. Has potential to be one of their winners, but I'm not so sure that it is. I saw it on the shelf right before New Year's and it was the last 6-pack, so figured could be a popular "hot" beer and decided to grab it while it was still there. I like some of the other new Michs, especially their Pale Ale and Jack's Pumpkin Spice (for the price that is)....so decided to try this out. Basically, it is what it is. The flavors overall work for me, but the balance it not the greatest. At the end when all the sweet spices & vanilla, when all the oak goes away, you can taste some mild hops there. It really isn't a bad beer, I would say a slightly below average seasonal. Worth the try, just don't think I'd get again.

  • ACKMAN 157 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 10

    Wickedly tasty, and a great drink. The head is thin, and there is some lacing, but not much. A Christmas beer through and through. I recommend this to anyone who likes seasonal beers as much as I do.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 1.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    WOw picked this up by mistake. and it was a MISTAKE. Aroma was tons of vanilla the fake kind. Flavor NOT GOOD. Fake vanilla with a nasty aftertaste to it. Mouthfeel was watered down thin just chemically all bad was a big mistake.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: 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. Smell: The aroma is very sweet with deep candy like malt character with a soft touch of vanilla. Taste/Mouth feel: 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. Notes: With this beer I was just not really impressed and I would not recommend it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    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.

  • CHEDDERROB 286 reviews
    rated 2.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Pours off-white head that fades instantly leaving no lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Vanilla nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet, smooth vanilla and some hops, kind of like a vanilla coke without the fizz but with hops. Not like any cask ale I have tasted.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I really like this beer and was surprised to find out it is a Busch product. Pours a dark, brown color. There was a little tan head and a tad bit of lacing. Aroma was of malt and vanilla. Taste was vanilla with some malt and caramel. very good!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Okay, I was drawn to the labeling. Cute wintery, polar bear labeling. And so I popped open one. The color is a clear amber. The head is moderately robust and whitish-brown froth. It has no hang time settling into a soapy ring. A lot of carbonation as bubbles continuously rise ro the top. The aroma is unique in the defintely stated tones of vanilla. The body is creamy, kinda like drinking a cream soda. The taste is cream, vanilla, and subtle spices that enhance the sweetness of the malt. Not the most robust spice ale I’ve had. It doesn’t stand out with character, but it isn’t a bad drink.

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