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Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

April 30, 2012

Anderson Valley is one of those breweries that I simply can’t understand how I don’t drink them more often. They’re an older, steadily growing, brewery from out in California that for some reason has never seemed to make a push into the eastern markets. This is of course to the detriment of us on the east coast who must go without their consistently delicious beers. Of course, perhaps it is that extra surprise of a beer being from Anderson Valley that makes it taste all the “sweeter,” but that is a discussion for another day.

The Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout pours an inky black with a fluffy mocha head that dissipates very quickly. There are scents of cream, chocolate, and roasted malt that intermingle to create that always good stout nose. Like any good oatmeal stout, the Barney Flats is creamy while still maintaining a light body that is easy to drink. The beer has that wonderful rich taste of roasted malt and chocolate, with a lacing of cream running throughout. Overall, this beer would just be a delicious oatmeal stout with nothing in particular to make it stand out if not for the taste that lingers at the end of the beer.

A nice hoppy padding, since this is a West Coast beer after all, is what marks this beer’s finish. The hoppiness was the thing I worried about most when I ordered this beer, since poorly balanced hops in a stout is how you end up with a Coffee IPA instead of a Coffee Stout with hop hints. The hop hints in this case are fruity with a somewhat citrus predominance. It’s this little bit that makes the Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout stand out from its fellow delicious oatmeal stout interpretations.

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One Comment
  1. Greetings! I’m the Steinber Kimmie from Anderson Valley and we wanted to thank you for your review, we’re glad you enjoyed it! Barney Flats is one of my personal favorites! Cheers and Bahl Hornin’ to you…

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