Anderson Valley’s Brother David’s Double is one of my favorite beers. When I visited one of my favorite local craft beer carryouts, I found Anderson Valley’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. I’m glad I did. It may well be one of the best stouts out there.
I had it from the bottle, so I can’t comment on color, head, clarity, or aroma.
Flavor, on the other hand, I can describe in detail. It starts far more mellow than a typical stout, but gives way to the usual grainy, smoky bitterness for which stouts are known. Where some stouts can be heavy-handed, syrupy thick, and a bit much to drink, this one isn’t. It’s not syrupy at all, but has all the flavor you’d expect for a stout. There are elements of chocolate, a good hops and malt balance, and a slightly bitter finish.
The folks at RateBeer give it a 96 overall and a 97 for the stout style. Beer Advocate readers give it a 91/100 and “The Bros” give it a 100/100. This level of consistently high praise is impressive. My proverbial hat is off to the Anderson Valley brewmasters for their excellent work on both Barney Flats and Brother David’s Double.
I believe this is available at Kenny Road Market or The Andersons General Store.
My Rating: 10/10