Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Michelob Winters Bourbon Cask Ale

Here's how Michelob describes it: "During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winter's 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."
I'd say it was more of a standard Budweiser product with a little more caramel color, a bit more artificial malted and vanilla taste, no real mouthfeel, no head, and really nothing special about it. As usual, Anheuser-Busch has taken a good idea and diluted it down in an attempt to get mass appeal. Am I the only one who thinks that's a silly thing to do with a small batch (relatively speaking), seasonal beer?
Now, if they dropped the words "Cask" and "Ale" from the name, maybe...

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