mantis7 (4) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have never tasted a better beer, let alone a better stout. Thick clean tasting with a good head. The only possible way to get a better beer (if you like stouts) than this is to go there in person to Booneville, CA and have one from a keg....Bottom Line: If you love stout beer - you will love this. I would also recomend this beer for someone who is just starting to enjoy different kinds of beers. I gave one of these to my girlfriend who is 23 and "doesn’t like beer" and she loved it!
BTW anderson valley brewery has won many awards including "top 10 brewerys in the US" and this beer (Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout) has won numerous gold / silver bronze medals world wide against WORLD CLASS stouts. It truly is one of the best stouts in the world. And its my favorite!
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this stout, and have been drinking it for several years. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head. malty sweetness but not syrupy feeling. A bit hoppier and drier in the finish with a slight hop bitterness not usually seen in sweet stouts.
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black, with an average size light-brown head. Aroma of hops, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Flavour follows the aroma but is a little tame, it needs more chocolate and/or coffee -- the hops are a nice touch though. Medium bodied and creamy. Very enjoyable, I’ve been impressed with all of the Anderson Valley beers I’ve had so far.
Tmoney99 (13330) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with an average off-white head that was lasting. Full aroma of toasted chocolate and caramel. Medium to full body witha creamy texture. Moderate complex sweet flavor with a long finish. Very good brew.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 From Bottle
Pours very dark, big white creamy head. Sweet aroma, Full Flavor, and full body. Very creamy and very easy to drink. Taste of chocolate and slight coffee taste. As it warmed it was a tad bitter but not overpowering. I can’t believe I passed this up 4 times at the bottleshop before I bought it.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 The best oatmeal stout I’ve had yet. I was left wanting more. Full body, full flavor, with hints of chocolate. So dark that people thought I was drinking cola. Probably the best beer that I’ve had yet.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inviting appearance — dark body, thick tan head. Big malt aroma — roast, chocolate, syrup. Flavor tips toward the sweet side — chocolate with notes of caramel and toast. Medium to heavy body, but certainly not syrupy. Very easy sipping. Slight bitter aftertaste to balance the sweet malts.
threethreads (5) - topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle.quick head but nice while it lasts.dark and almost creamy.nice bitterness.what do get get when you cross a stout and an IPA?
pineypower (3048) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a nice dark brown color with a large fading head. The aroma is sweet and roasty. Taste is very nice with a decent balance and a sweet and somewhat hoppy finish
Aurelius (5030) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry, musty, creosote stout aroma. Cool cap, cool label - very west-coast micro. A hearty but balanced flavor - moderate sweetness, hazelnut, roast, chocolate in a very drinkable blend. Lingering coffee bitterness with creamy cocoa. Moderately viscous mouthfeel. Quite good - certainly deserving of its high ranking. Picked this one up in Phoenix.