Anderson Valley – Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale

Published On August 6, 2015 | By Stephen Rubke | Anything Beer, Beer Reviews

Anderson Valley in Boonville, California (look that one up on a map) is an established name in the craft beer world; most famously known for their exceptionally smooth Amber Ale. Over the past couple of years, they’ve been aging beers in old Wild Turkey barrels. On the surface, the concept seems great: I like beer and I like bourbon. We SHOULD combine these things.

As with many great craft beer concepts, the execution is the real challenge. Many amazing efforts have been realized with disappointing results.
This beer, bizarrely, seems to have emerged from the barrels resembling a sour ale. Sour beers have a loyal following and my own wife is among them. She agreed that this beer was “almost sour” but still off target. Good concept and effort, but the execution is off. 2.5/5 Try it if you’re intrigued, but it’s probably not what you’re hoping for.

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Stephen Rubke
i, I'm Stephen. I'm an airline pilot and reformed beer drinker. Born and raised in southern California and lived the last half of my life in the SF Bay Area. I like sports cars with clutch pedals, airplanes, and both college and pro football. I spent most of my 20's drinking High Life and Rolling Rock, but was shamed into beer snobbery by the woman who would become my wife. Currently I enjoy travelling around the country and searching out the local beers. Cheers!

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