Another week down. Only 2 weeks until Vegas. I’m thoroughly stoked. Today is another lazy Saturday. Not much to say, so I’m turning things over to Silvio for his review of Boont Amber…
This was a bit of a strange week for me. Wednesday was my last day at my old job, but I don’t start my new one until Monday, so after the requisite getting-hammered, going-away happy hour, I had two full days of doing nothing. No work and no thinking about future projects, but lots of snow outside. Nothing to do except play a lot of Wii, set up my new computer, play with my dog in the snow, sleep in….and drink some beer!
One of my favorite former coworkers,@nspayne, surprised me with a going-away gift of Boont Amber Ale from the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. This brewery is located in Mendocino County, California, and since I love Cali brews, I was already interested. I loved this beer even more when I saw their cap, which says the brewery is powered by solar energy. The only caveat to her gift was that I had to review it this week – Nancy, consider your mission accomplished.
This is a very well-balanced beer. The color is a dark, clear copper (it almost looks like an Irish Red) and it pours a rich head, at least two fingers tall. I took a whiff, and got tons of malty caramel smells. The smell was actually a bit overly sweet, and I was a bit concerned this would be one of those beers that are too sweet and thick to enjoy.
Fortunately, the taste exceeded expectations. Malts are definitely the dominant flavor for this beer, but it’s a nice roasted caramel flavor, and nowhere near too sweet to enjoy. The malts mellow a bit but carry through the middle, and transitions into a crisp, dry and piney hop flavor toward the end. The hops taste is fleeting and leaves behind a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but not the long bitter note I’ve come to expect from California beers.
Overall, this is a good beer and an even better going-away present. It’s relatively light in flavor, really well balanced between hops and malts, and with a modest 5.8% ABV, I could definitely put a few of these away at one time.