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Anderson Valley Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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What began with our flagship Boont Amber Ale and a passion for experimentation has become a unique addition to our Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Barl Series. The six month aging process in third-use Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels imparts flavors of coconut and vanilla and subtle bourbon aromas that are enhanced by a noticeable oak character in the finish. A great accompaniment to fine meals or to be enjoyed on its own, Boont Barl is a truly sessionable barrel-aged beer with finesse. MALTS: Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L & 80L) HOPS: Columbus, Bravo, Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
capecod (13) - - MAR 5, 2015
Bomber. Dark amber with off white head that remains lacy on the glass all the way thru. Aroma is of grass and some wood. Taste is a quick progression of cereal, pleasant bitterness....hops and something more...tannins? Then sweetness from the oak...vanilla notes. Good effort.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (149) - POLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Piwo pite na Poznańskich Targach Piwnych 2014 z kranu na stoisku SzałuPiw. Dość sesyjne piwo, bardzo poprawny ALE, słodowo-owocowo-przyprawowy z ledwo zaznaczoną dębową wanilią w tle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matbli (78) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 8, 2015
tap, clear amber color with almost no head. Only a small lacing remains, that sticks quite nice to the glass. Great aroma of coconut oil or coconut milk with some additional notes of vanilla. After warming up the aroma changes extremly. The coconut remains but moves to the background. Some new, stronger, aromas like red currant, red wine and cherry brandy with a lot of tannin appear. It has avery delicate and light body with a slightly buttery bourbon taste, that is perfectly composed with the delicate malt sweetness and light bitterness. It does’t dominate the taste, but still it’s warming up. Very good drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rzymol (113) - - FEB 8, 2015
Tap. Pours murky copper with small, not impressive white head. Some lacing though. Very interesting aroma that develops while the drink heats up. Firstly, cocconut milk is being drowned in bourbon but after some time dry red wine scents become more evident to finally give a sherry-like note. Taste is also multi-faceted with the barrel up-front but evident base beer on the back. As a result there?s lots of wood (oak), bourbonish notes with a light bitter finish and dry feeling on the tongue (must be that barrel giving these extra, red wine-like, experience). At first, an alcohol is not perceptible but after a while gives a pleasant warming feeling down the throat, very bourbon-like. At the same time the beer has a light body, perfect for Amber Ale and giving it a high drinkability. I admit I was very sceptical as to the idea of Amber Ale being barrel-aged and at the end I become very satisfied. I?m not a fan of regular Amber Ale from AV (nothing exceptional) but this barrel makes it totally different story. The barrel itself is very intruiqing as it does not enrich the beer with only one note but becomes present in many different ways thourout drinking experience. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5300) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Drank an entire 22 oz of this. Poured a clear amber color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was some woody vanilla notes. Plenty of oak. Light sweet malts. Flavor was light vanilla and oak. Light caramel and toffee. Alcohol content is lower than many barrel aged beers, so the base beer is lost a bit in this. I liked the heavy wood notes, but I think it could have been a bit more balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.12.14. A: 2 1/2 finger head that retains well. Cloudy red/amber body. S: Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee. T: Follows the nose. M: Creamy. It is less watery than the regular Boont. O: The vanilla and caramel were strong, but I didn’t get any flower like what is in the regular Boont. Aging in the barrels must have muted the hops. This is a good BBA amber, but I would choose a BBA stout over it. There is also not much of a flavor difference over the regular Boont, aside from subtle vanilla added by the barrels.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Macegan75 (730) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
2013 Bottle from my cellar purchased at Capone’s. Pours light brown with slight head that lingers. Aroma is fruity aldehydes and fruit flavored bourbon. First sip is pale malt, brown malt and not much else reminds me of very good home brew. Finish is mild coconut and vanilla.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Murky copper amber with a thin short lived head. Nose has that weird oaky wang I get from too much chips/cubes. Earthy/rustic toasty graham cracker malt notes in the aroma and flavor. Light bodied and tannic.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (219) - - NOV 21, 2014
On tap. Cloudy, amber bronze brown, nice lacing beige head on the top. Mild aroma. Some sweetness, alcohol, wood, a mild roasted hint in the back. Mild but nice. Tastes lots more than it smells like. Sweetish and malty. Subtle hints of vanilla, oak and chocolate milk in the background. Soft and gentle on the carbonation and it’s nice and light oily in the mouth. Ends with thinned down red berries and hints of zest. Easy to drink, but definitely not a huge flavor bomb in any way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkomar (207) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Nice, pleasant aroma of caramel, some grassy hops in there, a bit of bourbon. Not the strongest aroma. Pours amber, lightly hazy with medium sized head. Taste is great. Medium bitterness, dry beer. You might think it’s a simple beer, but it has quite a complex flavour. As it warms up bourbon aroma is working great with maltiness also leaving very pleasant aftertaste. In addition, it’s very drinkable. Proper beer.


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