Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber AleBoont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #755
Ranked #41,868
3.57 | pDev: 14.57%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber AleBoont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 124
Photo of rand
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens San Diego, poured into a goblet.

A: Red-mahogany in color, almost no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Caramelly malts at the forefront of the bouquet, slightly bourbon-y with notes of cherries. Some grassy, grainy notes toward the edges, overall subdued nose.

T/M: More interesting on the palate, oaky and sweet and bourbony. Marichi cherries and sweetbread give the brew it's characteristic features, while bittering hops add balance toward the finish. A light mouthfeel ushers in a short finish with cola-like risiduals be sips.

Never had a barrel-aged amber...not sure there is much comparable data out there, but this is a pretty tasty beverage in itself.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark red with a thin, white head. A nice sweet malt smell with a candied fruit. Slight bourbon. This amber ale's taste is sweetened with the bourbon aging. A slight burn due to the bourbon. Vanilla notes and caramel notes sneaking in. A medium body experience.

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Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly aged, expecting this now from Anderson Valley, another masterful presentation. Bourbon barrel adds another dimension to this already fine amber ale. Woody and smoky, smooth and delicious.

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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a lightly hazed, darkish amber body with a slim, off-white head. Light lacing.

Smell: A less than energetic aroma, smelling lightly of toasted bread, blonde caramel and brown sugar edged by fruity tones and some woodsy barrel notes.

Taste: Toasted malts rounded with some brown sugar notes, though there's only a bare, minimal amount of sweetness present. Subtly fruity. Barrel accents remain light with some vanilla showing on the swift, thin finish. All in all, it's pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Light carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, though perhaps not a beer to really benefit from barrel aging.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 3, 2015.

Reddish brown pour with a long lasting cream colored head.

Aroma is rather weak with some Bourbon notes for sure but not a lot else. Sweetness.

Thin body though.

The taste has a slight malt presence with the Bourbon barrel aging coming forth but nothing that makes me think of this as a brown ale otherwise.

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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mid clarity head. Off white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Pencil shaving oak, bourbon, and nuttyness. Medium+ tannin levels on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, some present booze.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a chill-hazed orange/copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Faint leafy hops, caramel & bourbon notes

T: Leafy hops, a little bit of caramel & figs, faint dryness up front. More leafy hops, figs & a whisper of Bourbon as this warms. Finishes dry, with leafy hops & a little booze bite ( not really helping though )

MF: Lively carbonation, light/medium bodied, warming

Not a horrible beer, but not one I would buy again or recommend. Everything isn't better with barrel aging. Getting more misses than hits from these new beers. Pull it together A Valley! A bit better warm, still not impressed

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Has a bourbon over malt nose.
Pours hazy brown under a 1” finely bubbled off-white very finely bubbled foam cap.
Malt and bourbon dominate the palate with some caramel and vanilla notes that linger long into the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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 BB amber, but I would choose a BB stout over it. There is also not much of a flavor difference over the regular Boont, aside from vanilla added by the barrels.

Rating: B, 85/100.

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Photo of scotorum
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apparently this has only been out for a few months. Bought recently. No bottling date info visible.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Translucent dark amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt with a hint of bourbon.

t: Very tingly from carbonation at first, followed by a good hop bite and mild bourbon flavor over a medium malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Medium and smooth, with a distractingly huge amount of carbonation tingle.

o; Tasty enough, rather mild on the bourbon but then it shares the spotlight with some hop bite, maltiness and high carbonation. Low ABV but somehow a little goes a long way.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark copper-red body sporting a thick, creamy, soft white head (4.0). Caramel and bourbon booziness in the nose (3.75). Vanilla and tart cherry-like tones; brown sugar; boozy (4.0). Medium body, leaning towards full-bodied; slick and smooth (4.0).

A very interesting and tasty bourbon barreled age offering. Smoothness is the defining word here with flavors and aromas all blended in an enticing, delicious manner. A must-try for whiskey barrel-aged brew lovers.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours amber colored with a small white head on top. Not much to the aroma here, some light fruity malts and no sign of barrel treatment. Flavor follows with light fruity malts, stale hops, and very little of anything from the barrel. Maaaybe a hint of vanilla on the finish. Body is smooth, medium lowish carbonation, and medium mouthfeel. Overall there was nothing wrong with this and I'd drink it again if someone popped a bottle, but hardly any influence from a barrel. Slightly malty, very light flavored amber ale. Unexciting but decent.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood 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 with a bourbon presence that is more noticeable in the taste to me.

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Photo of Jree261
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Red to copper with an off white to white foam out of the bottle

Smell-Wheaty yeast and red fruit.

Taste-Subtle on the whiskey from the barrel aging, stronger with the yellow yeasty flavors and strawberries and raspberries on the front.

Mouthfeel-Good finish, not overly heavy.

Overall-Not bad. Nothing terribly special. Mouthfeel is my favorite part. I would've like more of the barrel notes to come through.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We crack a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a ruddy amber coloring, holding a sparkling tan colored head for surprisingly long. The nose is rather unremarkable, with typical amber and brown malts, heavy metals, vanilla bean, Graham cracker sweetness, and very little Wild Turkey or heat of booze. The flavor doesn’t really do much more until the end and after, where toffee, honey, hollow bourbon, syrupy cloying vanilla flavoring, and brown and chocolate maltiness, cut through the heavy rice, adjuncts, white flour, and coiny metallics. The feel is on the watery side, and the carbonation is on the flatter, duller side. The mouth is lightly dried with tannic astringency, but is otherwise left cool and calm. The abv is easy, especially for a barrel beer, and it drinks back easily.

Overall, this isn’t a terrible beer, but perhaps their base amber just doesn’t hold enough grit and substance to it to hold up to the robust barreling process. We consumed this while watching the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes where California Chrome missed the Triple Crown, so hopefully that disappointment didn’t tarnish our view of this beer too much, but we felt a little let down here, too. The Wild Turkey barrels just didn’t do much to spruce up the base. They came to play a bit more towards the end, but do add a subtle warmth, diacetyls, and vanilla coolness to an otherwise bland flavoring. We didn’t expect Boont Barl to blow us out of the water, but it just doesn’t add up to the quality, strength, and cleanliness of barreling in many of its competing breweries.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Hazy dark honey colored. Nice swath of off white head. Lacing is thick but doesn't stick around long.
smell: Nice enough malty aroma. Not getting much from the barrel treatment except a nice vanilla.
taste: much like the nose though not getting that vanilla. Just not getting any barrel characteristics.
overall: According to AV, they aged for 6 months in 3rd use Wild Turkey barrels. They tout this as, "a truly sessionable barrel-aged beer with finesse." True enough. Maybe a little too much finesse for me. I appreciate the subtlety but just not getting those flavors typical of a bourbon barrel treatment even in a muted way. Nice beer though.

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Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 124 ratings