Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Package: 12 oz. Nice descriptive back label. I like it when the brewery gives you a good idea of what they are trying to accomplish. No ABV or dates listed.
Cost: $7.99 6-Pack
Presentation: Pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: This pours nicely, with a decent head for a non-nitro or draught stout. The brown-black color is virtually opaque. Head resolves down to a decently thick ring of foam.
Smell: This is one of the better smelling oatmeal stouts. The caramel, chocolate and semi-burnt aromas come out. There is also a hint of chicory-flavored New Orleans coffee.
Taste: The taste delivers most of what the nose promises. Malt presence was good with a good balance of hops. Sweetness is subdued, with hints of caramel, nutmeg, almonds, pecans, and cinnamon. I wish the chocolate notes were a bit stronger. Stout sourness is well-modulated. It has a medium finish, without the heaviness of some killer stouts.
Mouthfeel: As usual, Anderson Valley does a good job with the carbonation, which lasts throughout the glass. Body is medium for an oatmeal stout, but not unpleasantly so. This is not a killer, but everything comes together well: alcohol, flavors, carbonation, and body.
Drinkability: This is definitely one of the more easy-drinking stouts. Not quite as filling as some oatmeal stouts, nor watered-down either. Alcohol is barely present.
This is by far my favorite Anderson Valley Brewing product and a representative of one of my favorite categories. It delivers what it promises without pushing the envelope too much. Sometimes, this kind of stout is just the ticket. I can see drinking a couple or three of these without a problem, where I might only be able to drink one Samuel Smiths.
Backwash: Barney Flats is not my favorite oatmeal stout, ranking below Samuel Smith’s, McAuslan-St. Ambroise, Maclay’s Oatmalt, and Young’s on draught; but it is a very good effort. I think it is probably the equal of Young’s in the nitro-can, although on tap the Young’s is sublime (which this might be as well). Definitely worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2003 17:57:21 | More by Dantes
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