Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZagZagg:
4.41/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can into a pint glass
A: Two finger head that looks like it belongs on a mug root beer. Seems to have some decent retention. Nice deep black color, not too much lacing as the head begins to subside. After the initial pour it appeared to have a nice level of carbonation, but that receded with the head I suppose (it was a bit of an aggressive pour).
S: The smell is really lovely, mellow, and sweet. Picking up some caramel or toffee. The sweetness could be attributable to a blend of dark and milk chocolate. Not picking up any hop or bitter character.
T: Sweet coffee mocha as an initial taste. Dark chocolate melds with an oat woodiness, which cascades along with the mouth feel as it resides on the tongue. Agitating it around the mouth a bit reveals a faint hoppiness. There is some level of roasted maltiness, but it seems somewhat subdued in my opinion, possibly by caramel-maple syrupiness. The experience on the whole is pretty sweet.
M: Smooth and soft. Very faint carbonation dances on the tongue. The body seems slightly to the left of medium, and transitions into a light cream. Not an overwhelming after taste, but it reflects the elements of the beer.
O: This was damn tasty, with a sweetness that was at the pinnacle of the inverted parabola. I could hardly keep it around long enough to tease out its flavor. Admittedly, I probably poured this brew at warmer temperature than I typically would. Never had Stout from a can so I’m interested to see how/if that affected the flavor. In any event, I highly recommend.
Serving type: can
01-04-2014 01:15:05 | More by ZagZagg
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Starts off with a finger-thick dark cream-colored head. It's very persistent and foamy. Aggressive carbonation surges upward through the black liquid. The creamy head is a beautiful contrast to the dark beer beneath it.
Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal and is very grain heavy with a cream-like aroma. The dark roasted malt is a heavy presence as well.
Sweet malts initially hit the palate, but they're accompanied by a dry bitterness. There's a thick oatmeal flavor, hints of vanilla tossed in and the finish is a big dose of baker's chocolate. I eventually get a taste of dark coffee as well.
I feel the body is on the lighter side of medium and could be thicker. Yet, the creamy quality redeems this aspect a bit.
This beer is good and pretty refreshing. I can drink this out of the can in the park or slowly sip it. Very well done.
Serving type: can
04-09-2014 22:57:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.01/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A: Thin head when pored into a tulip glass. Same small layer of head remains after a short time. The stout is a nice coffee black.
S: Malts and coffee. Slight caramel scents. The coffee is most pronounced.
T: Deep coffee flavor. Some hint of bitter chocolate but the coffee dominates throughout.
M: Slightly more carbonation than I expected. This cut down a little on what would have been a smoother stout.
O: The carbonation feel is the biggest ding against a pretty solid stout. If you like coffee I think this will be a hit. It is drinkable and repeatable.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 01:54:27 | More by fscottkey
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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