Bahl Hornin' Imperial Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -9%
16oz glass at, yup, you guessed it, Beer Rev's Anderson Valley tap takeover.
This beer appears a clear, glassy, dark bronzed amber hue, with nary a cap of indescribable (due to its non-existence) 'head', which surprisingly leaves a bit of stringy lace in places around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, a touch of toffee, some wet dark breadiness, mild leafy, citrusy, and piney hops, and a suggestion of warming alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, simmering toffee pudding, concentrated apple and pear compote, more tame orange citrus and leafy pine hop notes, and boozy florals.
The carbonation is pretty understated, barely registering a blip on the froth-o-meter, the body medium-heavy in weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops not possessing the chutzpah to meddle here. It finishes on the sweet side, the fairly complex malt starting to see less and less of the bitter side of the still fruity hops.
When you 'imperialize' a regular ale, usually that means more hops and more ABV, even for amber ales. Not here - Imperial Boont is just a larger dose of malt sweetness, enough hops to barely keep things honest, and yes, a large-ish amount of alcohol. Not an overly interesting prospect, and equally banal in its delivery. Give me the Lagunitas or Green Flash version over this one any day.
03-28-2014 03:07:14 | More by biboergosum
3.71/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.
Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that lives up to its imperial name with a fairly strong alcohol presence.
04-12-2013 00:57:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Ducks Ballyntine. Cloudy orange/amber pour, finger of off white head.
Aroma, malty, nutty, some leafy hops and tea.
Malty caramel, brown sugar up front. There's some tropical fruit in there that doesn't work so well for me. Brown sugar and the fruit carries through the finish. There is a muddling dose if herbal hops here as well.
Medium bodied and coats nice. Drinks pretty well, other than the heavier body it could pass for the regular amber drinking wise. After reading the reviews was just expecting a bit more of a malt bomb.
11-15-2011 02:39:08 | More by Bung
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a one finger mocha colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was honestly concerned about this one as I have had a few bad experiences in the past with Anderson Valley. However, this one came across as a pretty tasty brew. All of the characteristics in this one flowed quite nicely and complimented each other well. I think it could have done without the earthy note in the flavor as it really didn't add anything to the brew overall in my opinion. Worth trying if you see it around.
11-07-2011 17:34:21 | More by thagr81us
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
On tap at Birch & Barley in DC.
Pours a clear amber-brown color with a thin light tan head.
The aroma is pretty nice, with caramel, roast, and molasses with slight hop and a little alcohol.
The flavor is decently tasty. Caramel malt base with slight nuttiness, molasses, and toast.
Medium-bodied with average carbonation and slight booziness.
Pretty good overall, like a stronger version of Boont Amber really.
08-26-2011 20:48:50 | More by nickd717
3.53/5 rDev -9%
A "doubled" recipe from the original and classic Boont Amber Ale. Though twice the malt, twice the hops don't translate to the same balanced flavor as the Boont, the Imperial version delivers an intense malty attitude for lovers of strong and sweet ales.
Pouring a deep amber-bronze color, the beer carries a medium haze and creamy carbonation that carry a lot of visual weight. A very dense and thick foam stance tops the beer with persistant and stubborn fashion, with low lace.
Caramel, toffee, sweet breads, and bread crust frame the nose with a decidedly sweet and malty aroma. Only a mild herbal and piney presence offer any rebuttal from hops. Alcohol tingles the nose and prepares the tastebuds for the strong beverage.
Toffee, caramel, and bread all hit the mouth, but with more power than suggested by the nose. Succulent and sweet, the caramel rich taste is rounded by true malt flavors of yeast and dough. Honey, tea-like herbs, with a light woody, pine, and somewhat minty hop taste that culminate in a taste that reminds me of freshly cut tobacco. The sweetness and herbal notes morph into a malty-rich yet medium bitter finish from seemingly English-style hops.
Robust malt textures accompany the caramel sweetness to start; the beer retains its structure until very late in the taste, just before a sweeter and stickier finish that only becomes semi-dry or malty-dry late as the bitterness gives a lasting impression in aftertaste. Alcohol warmth accents the dryish character and keeps the beer from cloying in the finish
Because I don't mind sweeter beers, so this one fares well with me. But the one-dimensional caramel flavor with only a timid hop presence and strong alcohol taste doesn't give the depth, roundness, or complexity that stronger, sweeter beers as these so badly need. I don't mind the simplicity of the original Boont Amber becuase of the ease in drinkability; but as a sipping Imperial version, I need a bit more. Similar to Avery's Kaiser in flavor and feel.
08-01-2011 16:19:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
A very malty beer. I would almost put this into the Barley Wine ale category.
A-Not of your typical amber color. Almost colored like a porter when served into a pint.
S-Sweet smelling, though not enough to elude to the high malty-ness.
T-DAMN FRICKEN' GOOD!
M-Very smooth on the mouth. Very thick feeling.
D-Easy to drink, and not too bitter.
I am traditionally a "Hop Head" but recently I am switching to the more malty beers. Currently I am trying to replicate this in my home brew recipes. Any input?
02-14-2011 19:16:16 | More by WoodenEye
Bahl Hornin' Imperial Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.