Saturday, October 30, 2010

Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

This afternoon I'm drinking Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale brewed by Michelob Brewing Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Unique shaped bottle, nice presentation. This is a winter ale aged on bourbon oak casks and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. Cool snowman with shades is toasting with a pint of beer.

Good aroma, malty caramel and a hint nutty. Ummm. Herbal tea syrupy to start, weird sweet. You can taste a hint of the bourbon and wood, and you will be overwhelmed by the vanilla dose you are given. I mean, next time just take it intravenously. More sweet medicinal plastic manufactured flavors and thin beer texture. Nice idea, piss-poor mass execution. I didn't drink more than half of this blech. If you can put up with the flavors, which I'm not suggesting even for my worst enemies, the 6% alcohol would give you a cheap buzz. I'm a bit embarrassed that this was sitting on the shelves next to some of my favorites. I prefer Bud Select 55 or Busch Lite every single day of the year; well, those or something good. Repeat!!! Do not be sucked in by the cute snowman on the label.

Before I started drinking this beer, knowing it's a macro that beer snobs everywhere surely love to bash, I turned to its review on Beer Advocate. You see, I had very high hopes for it. Yep, over 300 reviewers there gave this a solid C average review. I was hoping this beer was so good that I could put out some challenge to a blind taste test to prove not all macros are bad. You know what happened though? Yeah, the BA crew actually missed the grade on the "too good" end. This beer is way, way, way below C.

My glass was even pissed off that I poured this beer in it and demanded an immediate double-wash after I dumped the rest of the bottle! The end. Thank you as always for reading.

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Mike LaMonica said...

After reading your review, all I can say is nice bottle, beautiful glass.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Mike. Michelob has no shortage of cash to make a beautiful presentation. But this beer was horrible. The glass is by Mikasa, which I got as a set purchased with a gift card on Amazon. "The More You Know"

Lost said...

For what it's worth, I actually REALLY liked this beer. Solid B.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

No way, Lost! Were you mixing it with Bourbon or something?

Anyway, there are always dissenters, and I'm glad you took to time to defend these guys. But my mind is not changed. :)

Talk to you later.

Lost said...

Not trying to change your mind. Just throwing in my two cents.

I always say this is what I love about beer. Such differing tastes.


Neil said...

I felt kinda bad when I first started reading your post about this beer because I really like it. When I got to the line about you prefering Bud Select 55 & Busch Lite, it all made sense. You have no taste for beer. Why don't you just drink mop water? It's cheaper and at least has *some* taste! haha

Also, they should have called this beer Shady Snowman.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Neil.

Shady Snowman would have been a great name, but I'm pretty sure they didn't want to invest that much thought into such a terrible beer.

Enjoy it now because I've also heard this one wont be back next year. I guess there's just not enough people that like it because the price is certainly right.

Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

We have snowman on draft now at my golf club and it is fairly popular. I like it. I also like porters and stouts more than american canoe beers like bush lite etc.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Anonymous. You should have your golf club bring in a good porter or stout and put that on draft. That would be really popular.

Alisha Anderson said...

I Loooove this beer even 4 years later!!! I look forward to it every winter. Don't take his word for it. Everyone has different taste buds, and a different preference of beer. Go try it for yourself. ....