While on our annual St. Patrick's Day pub-crawl we came across a new brew at Murphy's bar downtown. Although new to us, Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale has been around the area for a short time. Winter's is part of Anheuser-Busch's seasonal program. Along with Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, Spring Heat Spiced Wheat and Bare Knuckle Stout. First of all, don't let the name scare you off. If you hate the taste of bourbon you will most likely like this beer, because there is no "Whiskey" taste what-so-ever. There are however huge vanilla notes with a moderate malty backbone. It's not a bad beer, It tastes more like a Marzen and would probably go well with ginger snaps or a nice poultry dish.
A Bourbon cask ale that tastes like vanilla not Bourbon. Hmmm. If I didn't know better I'd say the LDS Church commissioned this one. If Michelob actually aged this stuff in bourbon casks that contained actual bourbon whiskey, I would be very surprised.