drowland (6673) - Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/15/14. 22oz bottle from 5 Points. BA Amber ale FFS? Oh well, here goes. Amber red pour with a small khaki head (even with a strong pour) that fades and laces a touch. Mild aroma, just hints of bourbon, a nice oak and vanilla aspect, surprisingly, lots of caramel, and an aspect that reminds me of granola or oatmeal in a way. Sweet-ish flavor, lightly nutty, blends surprisingly well with the barrel, which adds mild oak and vanilla on top of caramel and doughiness from the beer. I’m surprised I didn’t hate this. Not saying it’s amazeballs or anything, but I was ready to hate.
rosenbergh (8294) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. From the brewery in Boonville, CA.
Clear amber colour with a mid-size foamy light tan head.
Sweetness, whiskey, berries, mild bitterness, malt and
The flavour is sweetness, whiskey, sweet malt, vanilla, mild bitterness and mild berries.
Smooth and sweet. Barrel ageing gives the amber ale nice smoothness and roundness.
HippieFee (121) - - MAY 10, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large Format - Definitely an amber color ale on this one. Lots of bourbon notes on the nose, some oak as well. Mostly a bourbon flavor in the pallet as well, no malt and very little hops bitterness wen tasting. Dry and crisp flavor to it.
PotjeBier (1940) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
154 tap @ Beer Temple, sample size. Amber to red color, slightly hazy. Dense, stiff, light beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma:s red fruit, vanilla, wet wood. Retronasal: sweet, vanilla, red fruit, tannines. Flavor is moderate sweet, woody, light bitter. Light to medium bodied, good actually for 6%. Finishes with wood, tannines, mildly bitter. Bourbon barrel aging is still better with RIS & BW’s but this isn’t bad at all!
ej (927) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Hazy amber body with 2 fingers of an impressive looking light tanned head. Aroma is complex. Wood, bourbon, caramel, grains and leather. Taste is also pretty dominated by the barrel aging. Cocoanibs, vanilla and oak. Fairly balanced. Mouthfeel is slightly watery tho and it’s abit soft on the co2.
capecod (18) - - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
alteregoo (241) - POLAND - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
matbli (115) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rzymol (117) - - FEB 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
radagast83 (5423) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
WABeerFiend (305) - - JAN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.