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Beer #123 – May 5, 2010: Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

July 5, 2010

Beer: Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, California

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $12.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.7% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Somewhat rich without being heavy, a really tasty and satisfying brew

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep, dark, almost black with a big, frothy, tan head and some lacing on the sides of my glass

Aroma: A roasted aroma dominates, with slight  notes of espresso

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly syrupy, with tiny, fizzy bubbles of carbonation

Taste: This take on an oatmeal stout starts sweet and creamy, with a middle of moderately roasted coffee, nuts and granola (yes, you can taste those oats).  The fizz builds in the finish melding with a slight char and snappy quinine mineral notes.

Pairing: Could go nicely with all three courses of a meal: start with smoked salmon with dill on pumpernickel squares (not lox, but a true smoked salmon),  then a main dish of seared scallops (the buttery brown sear melds nicely with the roasted notes), and finally a dark chocolate mousse for dessert (a roasty beer like this trumps coffee with dessert any day).

Trivia: Anderson Valley is home to the town of Boonville where Boontling is spoken.  An esoteric language spoken only in this town of 700 residents, words and phrases in Boontling are sometimes used in the names of beers from the brewery.

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