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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.


Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
September 20, 2013, 3:51 pm
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Pour: Light brown, frothy head. Very dark brown body.

Nose: Creamy nuts, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, even milk and cream as it warms. Very inviting and robust nose.

Palate: Chocolate, malty, roasted coffee, sweet, full-bodied and robust, yet very light and smooth at the end, butter taste. Very light on the palate at the end, which is surprising for its style. Sense of carbonation.

Fantastic. Ranks up there with one of the best stouts. Very tasty and approachable. The most distinctive aspect of this beer is how it is rich and creamy on the nose and palate, yet resolves itself into a very light and dry aftertaste. It takes a lot of skill and craft to make such a complex and interesting beer.