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<strong>The Disgruntled Chemist</strong>

1/06/2007

Beer Blogging - Boont Amber Ale

Beer blogging returns! This afternoon, while I watch the first quarter of the Chiefs - Colts playoff game (prediction: Chiefs 24 - Colts 21), I'll be drinking Boont Amber Ale from the Anderson Valley Brewing Company up in Mendocino (a small city that makes a lot of excellent beers):



When I poured it into a pint glass, this beer looked like the ideal amber ale: nice dark golden color, big fluffy head, and some signs of carbonation. The head took a couple of minutes to disappear, and when it did a very pleasant odor took up residence at the top of the glass. It's hoppy, but not too hoppy, and you can smell a nice amount of toasted malt there as well.

Upon tasting, there's a lot of toasted biscuit flavor right out front, which explains the aroma. The hops aren't doing much at all in this beer, which ordinarily would be bad for an amber ale. I'm not really minding it in this one, though, since the malt is so mellow and toasted. The aftertaste is has some light floral hops, and another taste that reminds me a lot of the olives at the end of a martini; if that sounds disgusting in a beer, I assure you that it's a very nice aftertaste for this beer. Overall, the flavor is rich but mellow, which I think is just right in a beer that doesn't have a strong hop character.

Rating: 8/10. Recommended for people who like Belgian ales.

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