Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is chocolate, toffee, and cake icing. The appearance is pitch black with a moderate beige head. The flavor is bittersweet with a heavy dose of chocolate and toffee. This is a very well balanced sweet stout indeed. This style typically bends itself too sweet but this beer avoids that. I am very impressed. Go Barney! Go Barney!
motelpogo (6131) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. coffee aroma. flavour reminded me of grandfather´s salted porridge. quite dry and pleasant
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black color with a full and creamy brown head. Head diminished, but it retained a fine layer and some sticky lace. Aroma is light: malt, roasted grains and a hop background. Flavor has a sweet start and a hop finish. Roasted flavors come out later: interesting and subtle, not a complex taste, but interesting. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected: light to medium bodied with some effervescence and a dry finish.
IMHO: A much better balanced stout than I expected. Not an over-the-top-hop experience.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily black pour, small coffee colored head. Good malty aroma with appropriate coffee-ish, chocolatey and roasty nuances. Oily medium body, low carbonation level. Well developped roasty character, good expressive flavors and not as sweet as I expected fortunately. Good take on the style and my favorite from Anderson Valley for now.
screigh (423) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a large brown head. Didn’t stay huge long but it did last the entire beer. Mild lacing. Real light chocolate and chemical smell. Very slight chocolate taste and almost a vinegar aftertaste. I am not impressed with this.
DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet chocolately, slightly metallic nose. Opaque black with an ENORMOUS tan head. Thankfully, the bottom of the bottlecap reads "Smooth and volumptuous, Boont Maber aims to please". This is their oatmeal stout, so I digress..Quite sweet chocolate stout with a small hint of roastiness. I personally think this is quite thin and lacking body. This is really quite one dimensional and rather boring. Tasty, but boring.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown with a dark tan frothy head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nice coffee and hop aroma. A slightly burnt coffee and bitter chocolate flavor is wonderfully combined with a noticeable hop bite all blended with a destinctive oatmeal stout smoothness. Sweet, but not sugary. Good palate and mouthfeel.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second Anderson Valley. Boont was very good. This one also is a very nice stout. Big chocolate flavor with a little bitter kick. Coffee and Hop/malt flavors. Smooth and drinkable for a stout. California sure makes some fine brews. Glad I’m heading out there next month. Watch out because quality micro’s from Cali are the quarry I’ll be hunting on my safari.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Anderson Valley is a brewer that really overachieves given that they are a brewer that does not get a whole lot of attention. This one was another excellent example of their craft. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this brew poured thick and black with a small dark brown head. The aroma was fairly strong and had elements of sweet malt and hops. The palate was thick. The flavor was full, rich, malty and sweet with a nice hop undertone. I could detect a hint of bakers chocolate on the finish. Very well done.
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Buffalo Brewfest: Pour was black with a dark tan frothy head. All subtle flavors. Sweet, Creamy and Delicious. A great oatmeal stout.