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Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
December 27, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Pour: Modest one-finger head with numerous bubbles that dissolve quickly to reveal the pitch-black body.

Nose: Typical roasted malt, chocolate, cream. Less sense of coffee though.

Palate: Slight carbonation. Understated sweetness and toasty with an almost medicinal, herbal, slightly astringent undertone. Medium but crisp. Strangely muted creaminess and coffee tones.

This does not taste like a conventional rich stout that hammers home the toast, coffee and cream. Instead, this polished brew is strangely herbal in character. I find it hard to put a finger on it, which makes it intriguing and inviting, always urging me to take another sip to unravel its mystery. A very unique stout that challenges my expectations. After the previous big-bodied, creamy, chocolatey and intense coffee stouts, this brew stands right out.

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