Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale

Every time I pulled a bottle of this out to drink, I had to keep reminding myself: “It’s not Budweiser, it’s not Budweiser.” Luckily, it bears no resemblance to other Anheuser-Busch offerings I may have partaken of in my misguided younger years.
Despite my misgivings about its macro heritage, this is not too shabby.
The head didn’t last at all, reminded me of soda the way it quickly disappeared. The aroma was, as the bottle would indicate, vanilla, maybe a touch of caramel.
I was originally put off a bit by the vanilla taste. At first sip, it tasted artificial to me, but subsequent tastings have mellowed. There’s just a hint of the bourbon mixing with a bit of bitterness in the end. It finishes clean and leaves the mouth waiting for the next sip.
This beer is better than I expected, but still, it could have been more.
Overall rating: 3.5