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Boont ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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melagnus

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Coming in at the darker end of the color spectrum (Medium-to-Deep Amber [SRM 14]), this beer produces a luscious off-white two-finger thick head that fizzles out fairly quickly and leaves some lacing, though not a lot, as the glass was priorly rinsed with cold water, which cuts down on the possibility of this occurring. Chill haze, or unfiltered? The beer has a somewhat murky look to it, though it must be from chill haze, as the beer has good clarity, though not brilliant, with time.

S - The label states that four different hop varieties were used in making this fine brew and one can tell upon first whiff. One's senses are instantly consumed with a toasty/caramel malt profile that balances with a floral bouquet of English hops. I tend to think the minerally-aspect of the water is allowed to come through, which is not uncommon to this style and even the label states "Brewed from...pristine Boonville mineral water." Lacing comes by means of letting the glass and beer warm up. The malty aspects of the beer also comes through with warmth and creates an intoxicating note. I seem to pick up esters of raisin and possibly some other dried dark fruit.

T/M - Wow! Talk about bittering to the tongue. The sweet caramel hits the tongue at first with some breadiness on the mouth, which turns stingingly bitter and mouth numbing soon there after. The finish is dry, which could be due to the water. Some slight alcohol does come through in sweetness along with the caramel, but at 6.8%, this is not surprising. Sryupy moist coating comes via warmth to the beer, though still dry and bitter in the finish. The finish isn't really clean, like that of a Pilsner, but quite enjoyable and to-style.

D/C - Well, there's no doubt I'm loving this beer and wanting another, but at 6.8% I couldn't imagine having more than two over the course of an hour and feeling fit to drive. It definitely takes a west coast approach to the style with the level of alcohol and almost verges onto IPA territory, were it not for the malty balance of course. The level of both definitely keeps it far from any Pale Ale, so definitely a wonderfully brewed beer. Amazing job Anderson Valley!

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:47:25 | More by melagnus
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Boont ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.