Boont Barl Amber

California
United States
Boont Barl Amber
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

What began with their flagship Boont Amber Ale and a passion for experimentation has become a unique addition to the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Barl Series. The six month aging process in third-use Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels imparts flavors of coconut and vanilla and subtle bourbon aromas that are enhanced by a noticeable oak character in the finish. A great accompaniment to fine meals or to be enjoyed on its own, Boont Barl is a truly sessionable barrel-aged beer with finesse.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
16
Served at: 
50 - 55˚ F
Hops: 
Columbus, Bravo, Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood
Malts: 
Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L & 80L)
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Convoluted aromas of dry wood, treacle, caramel candy, earthy hops, brown sugar, vanilla and allspice emerge from this dark amber, slightly hazy ale. Caramel malt flavors blend with dry, vanilla, oxidative whisky tones from barrel-aging, while favoring hops manage to peek through the barrel character. This provides a subtle setting for a balance between the malt profi le and barrel character. Barrel-aging does produce a slightly dry and tannin-like finish, with malt flavors fading rapidly. The six percent ABV American amber may seem a bit thin to qualify as an ideal candidate for barrel-aging, but this example comes across as intriguing with an appealing oak character.