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

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Offa on 09-01-2010

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 17
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of MLucky
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This strikes me as an excellent ale for malt lovers.

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass, it has a lovely (yes) amber body and creamy tan head. Good retention, nice lacing.

The nose pretty much tells the tale: lots of bready malt and fruity esters, not much hops.

Very drinkable. Caramel malt flavors, fairly strong alcohol, but somehow it blends nicely into the malt. Only a very slight hop presence in the finish.

I like this. Even if my ideal amber ale might have more hop presence, this is delicious, and I could see myself recommending this to friends who are interested in craft beer but overwhelmed by the hoppiness of many BA favorites. I'll definitely buy this again.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of nickd717
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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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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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 emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Twisted Spoke, served in a tulip glass.

Murky russet color, sticky tan foam. Visible carbonation around the edges. Nearly opaque, with a muddy appearance. Retention was fairly good, only spotty lacing.

Mellow malty caramel aroma, some fruity sweetness, pleasant but not pungent. The hops were present but not dominant. Smelled like an old Double IPA, where the hops have faded and the malt tips the balance.

Cantaloupe and melon, toffee, caramel, some earthy bitterness. Sweet up front, segueing into savory rich maltiness for the majority of the time, with a slightly resinous herbal bitterness in the back. The fruity notes are hard to pinpoint, likely from the hop varietal and not the yeast strain. Full feeling with rich malty fortitude. Very smooth body. At 8.8%, one was enough, and I enjoyed it over the course of half an hour. Their anniversary DIPA may be my personal preference, but this will satisfy devotees of malt and hops alike.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bbb099
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Woodstock's. Served on a pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a thin layer of white foamy head.

S - Faint aroma of caramel malt.

T - Great combination of thick nutty malt flavor and moderate amount of citrusy hops on the finish. I was a little disappointed however that it tastes like a hoppier version of regular boont. I was expecting a much different taste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - High drinkability. Creamy and goes down smooth. Pretty much what you could expect from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Phelps
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear dark amber, shadowy, with a tiny half-finger head of furry khaki foam that quickly becomes a large oil slick top layer and a persistent ring.

Smell: very sweet. Grapes, raisins, Belgian candy sugar, a tiny bit of citrusy orange and caramel.

Taste: malty throughout. Begins mostly dry, with flavors of toasted bread and almonds. Mid-palate the beer opens up into sweeter, sugary flavors of honey, light grape juice, Dr. Pepper, orange peel and cinnamon. Finishes just on the sweet side with light vanilla, vodka and a lingering acrid toastiness.

Feel: noticeable heat travels down the throat like heartburn. Medium-light in body with a fizzy, expansive medium carbonation.

Drink: this one's odd. There were a lot of competing malt and fruit flavors here that never really seemed to coalesce. I never really got what was going on with this beer, and even after I had finished the pint I was left with little cartoon question marks over my head.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 11/10/10 at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a stemmed tumbler.

A - Deep brown just barely cloudy pour with a rich two finger head that fades to roughly half an inch that hangs around throughout. Some really nice heavy, clumpy side lacing too.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits and a light almost floral aroma. Some light citrus too.

T - Big fruits and carmel. Not really dark fruits, but more of a grape type flavour along with nice earthy tones. Light, light hops on the back end. Not picking up any typical malty flavours, just a really solid flavor profile.

M - Light carbonation but not heavy or syrupy. Not really what I would call crisp but it just feels refreshing.

D - Super flavours and mouthfeel combine with really stellar aroma. Really wish I could buy a bomber of this!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Velvet brown with soft 1-finger nearly white head with good retention but scant lacing.

S: Mostly malty plum aromas with some boozy tones. Hops are mostly floral and herbal.

T: Plummy alcohol flavors are really all I get from this brew, even with warming. Even then, the solvent characteristics of the alcohol come through subtly. Floral hops are around but are not enough to cover the heavy booze tone.

M: Medium-to-full body, relatively crisp feel for the ABV, carbonation is pretty low.

D: Definitely my least favorite AV brew of all time. Stick with the original version unless you like one-dimensional booze-infused malt bombs.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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