Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, sounds like a recipe for deliciousness. So far the only Oatmeal Stout I've had was an Aussie brewer from years back who had a nice looking bottle but I can't for the life of me remember who it was (I drank too many beers over the years) anyway I've got this in front of me now so rather than my failed attempt at a reminisce let's get stuck into this fine drop.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.
A: The (semi) hard pour was a big mistake - now I have an even body to head distribution, yikes. Colour is a pleasing rich obsidian, cloudy no doubt, with a very large and slowly dissipating khaki head.
S: Aroma is rich and bold with: coffee, sweet malts, cocoa and earthy hops. The earthiness of this brew gives it a very pleasing organic scent which promises a rich taste.
T: And it delivers that expected rich flavour: coffee, sweet malts, cocoa, earthy hops, with an added touch of smoke as well. Very smooth and heavy stout, delightful flavours that are robust and well balanced. It is slightly on the sweet side, if you're used to your stouts being primarily dry then there may be a surprise in store for you.
M: Mid to heavy body, light carbonation, some resin hop oils in there with a smoothness that is characteristic to this type of brew and makes me wonder why other ales aren't brewed with oats. [note: apparently it is quite laborious and expensive to brew with oats, oh well]
D: An all round winner of a beer! The oats give real dimension to what would otherwise be a regular, i.e. boring, stout. I think I may be in love with this style. Shame they aren't readily available in Australia... oh yeah and the price will break the bank at $8 per bottle.
Food match: Cigars and after-dinner mints.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 09:27:01 | More by doktorhops
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