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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,850 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 85
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is a very nice looking brew; the color of black coffee topped with a huge long-lived mocha head that looms large but surprisingly only deposits minor lace.

S - Big fudge and graham cracker notes leap from the glass from start to finish. It is almost reminiscent of s'mores, without the sweetness of the marshmallow... but the fudge, graham cracker and campfire are all there. While the aroma is not terribly complex, it is immensely enjoyable.

T - The promise of the nose is fulfilled in the taste. It is pleasantly roasted, with a tea-like hoppiness and lots of chocolate on the finish. The hoppiness is really the only newcomer to the flavor party, and it is a sublime addition. The roasted chocolate graham cracker flavor deftly straddles the line between sweet and savory, tending toward the latter. Again, this is a tremendously enjoyable brew.

M - Smooth, deliciously rich, and very nicely effervescent.

D - Very nice stuff here; easy-drinking, substantial, complementary with cuisine; what more could you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 22:16:44 | More by ktrillionaire
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.