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Bahl Hornin' Imperial Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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37 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Offa on 09-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,592
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
37
pDev:
8.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JohnF51
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nineworldseries
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of trocketsauced
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Bahl Hornin' Imperial Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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