Import Craft Beers – Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

 

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

From a solar powered brewery in Boonville, CA comes Anderson Valleys Brewing’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (5.8%, poured from a bottle at home)

Aroma and Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a bit of foam and the aroma is dominated by smokey oats.

Flavour: Starts with a smokey and creamy coffee flavour with the distinctive oatmeal stout texture and as you drink the earthy molasses, toffees and raisins start to appear.

Overall Impression: This is a good one, nice quality oatmeal stout with some surprise flavour that arises from the malts, but not enough for me to crave it again immediately.

Rating: I would rate about 7/10, very good but not on my buy again now list. Nothing wrong with it, would order a pint if it was on tap to revisit.

Food Pairing: I paired it with smoked gouda and to be honest, this mellowed, smoothed and balanced the beer into a higher category and it highlighted the smoke in the cheese nicely. Great pairing for sure!

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