Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Boont ESB Extra Special Beer

Today I'm drinking Boont ESB Extra Special Beer brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, California. The label depicts a bear with elk horns sipping water from a stream with some mountain scenery behind it. They brag the ingredient "pristine Boonville mineral water," but I just hope there's no connection between the water and this mythical animal.

The label also has a Gold Medal Winner badge and states "Consistently judged one of the World's Finest Breweries." They then take it even up a notch further with, "Boont ESB is one of the finest examples of the Craft Brewer's art." Under the cap, "Ask the man for Boont." It's either getting a little deep or this beer should be spectacular. Hold on! I gotta hurry up and drink between the recommended 45-52 degrees F.

Sweet caramel and bread aroma layered with some bitter grapefruit citrus. Juicy fruit and sweet caramel beginning. Those flavors are immediately challenged by some aggressive hoppy citrus grapefruit and pine, to the point of completely washing away any sense of sweetness. Grassy, spicy, zesty flavors all sparring with my palate, and then the high level of carbonation heightened those tenfold. The 6.8% alcohol made for a dry finish and warmed me up a little bit. The aftertaste was a little "alcy" and medicinal, but overall this was a totally solid beer. Not balanced but rather the promised bitter (w/o being an asshole, of course)! Check it out!

Bahl Gorms in Boont (Good Eating in Boonville)

San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, 33.81-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

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