Review: Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

I saw this in the store the other day and when I saw that it was from A-B I figured I'd skip it until I saw a review or talked to someone that had it. Tonight, an elf brought me some after work so I had a chance to try it.

The label says it an "ale aged on bourbon barrel oak and vanilla beans". I took a whiff before trying it and the vanilla extract smell stood out. At first taste, I was surprised since it had both a woody taste as well as vanilla. I thought the vanilla was a bit strong but after another sip it didn't stand out as much. I should have stopped there. Instead, I decided to finish the bottle. By the end of it, all I could taste was wood.

I wouldn't really recommend this other than if you were going to have just one. Beer Advocate shows it at a 3.1 out of 5. I agree with their "worth a try" rating.



One thought on “Review: Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale

  1. I have to admit, I don’t really get into A-B products and try to stay strictly in the true “microbrew” arena, but seeing this one locally, I had to pick up a bottle to try for “kicks”.

    I agree with you about the vanilla, but it was suspiciously strong to me, almost like they were trying to hide something behind the vanilla aroma. The beer itself didn’t do anything for me really and the vanilla flavor seemed artifically induced almost like a syrup additive? Anyway at least A-B has recognized and is trying to appeal to the microbrew market.

    Maybe I’ll try it again next winter and review on Microbrew Review. Who knows, maybe A-B will come out with something for summer to appeal to the micro crowd? Cheers!

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