Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. I'm glad to know that according to the label, "[i]t's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer!" (If you'd like to know what the hell that means, you'll just have to go buy some and find out!)
Appearance: Nearly opaque in color. Light can be seen around the edges, but just barely. Not as dark and sinister as other stouts I've sampled. A coffee-colored head greets me upon pouring and yields a very nice amount of thick, sticky lace on the sides of my glass.
Smell: Deep, dark chocolates. Coffee. Chocolate-chip & oatmeal cookies. Dessert in my glass!
Taste: Very good. A hefty chocolate-coffee burst, followed by soft toffee notes, with a mildly dry and bitter aftertaste. Right at the very end a slight smoky flavor skirts across the flavor profile. Nothing lingers on the palate for too long.
Mouthfeel: I think I may have expected a "thicker" mouthfeel. However, I really liked this one. Not as watery as other stouts I've had. A little more carbonation that I cared for, but still very nice. Good creamy coating of the lips and palate.
Drinkability: Excellent finish. Not a heavyweight in the alcohol department, so you can have more than one. As the bottle states, perfect for dessert (who says you can't drink dessert?) or a nightcap. Quite tasty.
Note: 3 cheers to fellow BA PhantomVoDoo (he know about the whole "VoDoo" thing already...) for this one.
06-28-2003 18:50:12 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
This is one of the better sweeter stouts I have had in a quite awhile,pours a deep brown not quite black with a nice looking almond colored head.Aroma is very earthy and of bitter chocolatetaiste is lightly sweet but not overpowering by any means with some nice earthiness and french roast coffee.A real nice brew on a cooler day like today,very nice.
09-02-2003 19:38:42 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours a shade of brown so dark that you might mistake this beer as completely black if looked at in a dimly lit room. Brown, oatmeal colored head (ironically enough) sits on top for a while but leaves very little and somewhat spotty patches of lace on the way down. Aroma is sweet, just like an oatmeal stout should be. Sweet, roasted malts, almost reaching the bitter threshold, with hints of coffee. Not picking up a ton of chocolate, mostly just roasted malt and even a bit of creaminess from the oats. Doesn't pack as but of a punch as expected.
Across the palate, this beer is medium bodied with a very nice creamy and smooth texture - something that is imperative to the style and is execute well here. Roasted malts jump out to the front with some heavy coffee bean and oat/grain flavors. Sweetness hangs in the balance, coming off a bit like "cream & sugar", althought maybe not quite that sweet. The malts flirt with the "so heavily roasted it's bitter" line, throwing in maybe just a touch of bitterness to counter the sweetness. Hop flavors aren't very relevant, but they add a bit more ashy bitterness to help with any offset. The aftertaste actually contains a big nuttiness and a little woody note that I can't quite put my finger on. A little strange, not because it's bad, just slightly unexpected, since it wasn't around in the aroma.
Very good oatmeal stout, although I think it may be slightly overrated. Easily drinkable, but there are more flavorable options out there, though this one certainly isn't a bad choice by any means. Worth a shot if you like the style.
09-17-2012 01:09:32 | More by tectactoe
3.45/5 rDev -15%
I don't get the reviews for this one. I'm not too thrilled with this stout. I've had way better. Black with a small light brown head that doesn't ever fully leave. Sweet smelling with a touch of coffee. Earthy flavors up front.
I never really get a hint of alcohol. Coco, dirt and oats start our smooth then turn bitter leaving me with a coffee like after taste. I felt the mouthfeel was too thin. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself seeking it out in the future.
07-23-2012 22:24:09 | More by ExtraStout
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
This beer poured pitch black dark with an inch or two of light chocolate head. I was disappointed in the aroma- I wasn't getting much but a light, malty odor. The taste proved to be much more impressive, as strong bursts of chocolate and caramel flavor were prevalent. It has a hoppy, bitter taste that is not overpowering, but holds to the tongue. This is not a dry stout, but has a milky mouthfeel without any heaviness that slows down drinkability. I imagine this as a nice sitting-around-at-home beer.
06-03-2007 02:06:06 | More by StoutHearted
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
A: This poured a dark brown with thin tan lacing, that is often associated with Stouts.
S: This had coffee, chocolate, and malt on the nose. I could also pick up hints of rasins as well.
T: This was very smooth and balanced. No one flavor seemed over-powering. I have had other Stouts where they seem too malty, or the bitter aftertaste of dark or semi-sweet chocolate dominates.
M: Not as heavy as others of this style, slightly carbonated, just coats the mouth long enough to pick up the main components of the beer.
D: Because it is an Oatmeal Stout that is mellow and balanced, the cream is light enough to have more than one in a session. At 3.99 a bomber it is also reasonably priced. I see more of these in my future.
03-09-2008 20:48:06 | More by SmokingmeX
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Black pour with a thick and creamy head that
S: Great oat and malt aromas with nice chocolate
and coffee undertones. There are also notes
of nuttiness and toasted malt. The alcohol
is barely a detectable amongst all of these
great aromas. The best thing about this beer
is the aroma that acts as the brew's ingredu-
T: The taste is a perfect translation of the
smells. The oatiness and chocolate notes
are robust while the coffee and malt accents
don't over whelm. There is a little hop at
the end of the sip but otherwise smooth and
creamy without much bite.
M: I was a little disappointed withe mouthfeel.
This brew seemed to be a thin and a little
undercarbonated. This category seemed to be
the only real weak spot in this brew.
D: This is a highly drinkable stout that went
very well with dinner and held up nicely by
itself after my dinner was done. Again, the
only downside to this beer is that it does
lack the heartiness that one may have come
to expect in a craft oatmeal stout.
Note: I should mention that the bar manager
where I sampled this brew did apologize
for not being able to offer this brew via
nitro. Apparently those who sample this
brew through a nitro tap experience quite
a nice mouthfeel with a little more depth
than the one that I experienced.
06-22-2009 12:26:01 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
From Vancer in 2MBBif...thanks...
Nice black brew. Light chocolate head, 1/2" initially, thin layer with intermitten bubble pockets after reducing.
Aroma is a bit light. Dark toasted malts, dark chocolate and toffee prevail though.
Dark toasted malts prevail again, coming on with a bit of char. Dark chocolate once again. Taste is much more upfront than the aroma and very similar overall. Mild bitterness from the toasted malts finish this one out.
Mouthfeel approaches full bodied. Coats the cheeks well and really lingers. Relatively low carbonation.
Really good drinkability; strong flavor that I look for in a stout and sits light on the stomach while still having a solid feel going down.
06-09-2006 04:10:10 | More by blitz134
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Dense opague black with a lovely one inch creamy mocha head. Easily rivals any Rogue stout in appearance.
Rich chocolate malts all in the nose. Sweetness.
Tastes incredibly smooth, rich, and creamy. Very balanced and even. Slightly roasted/burnt finsh.
Mouthfeel is the lowest point, but is still better than many stouts. There is a somewhat watery feel in the middle, where it seems that there should be some more flavor or body.
A very drinkable stout. Dare I even say this is "mild"? Could possibly have a big crossover potential for Guinness fans.
02-10-2006 00:15:12 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Great head, pitch black, nice stout smell. I found this beer to be a touch watery compared to other oatmeal stouts (specifically B.O.R.I.S.), but overall a nice stout that convinced me to try other beers from Anderson Valley Brewery.
09-11-2011 19:59:14 | More by paylay32
4.75/5 rDev +17%
I thoroughly enjoyed this oatmeal stout. Very robust, complex, extremely flavourful and textured. In a market of wimpy and nitro'd stouts, this one stands out. However, the $9.99 a 6-pak price tag stood out the most. As much as I liked it, I would not drop that kind of money a second time.
08-06-2001 10:39:26 | More by Todd
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured almost black, showed very little head retention,aroma was much weaker than I expected,but then it hit me, a strong thick chocolate and roasted malt taste, the second taste was equally glorious,with a wonderful, wonderful aftertaste. Top notch, will be permanently stocked
10-01-2003 23:43:42 | More by grynder33
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head that goes to a ring that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet chocolate and lactose and some earthy grains.
The flavor is slightly sweet chocolate and strong roastiness followed by some acidic, bitter hoppiness. I got some sour notes towards the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low on carbonation.
Overall, a decent stout. More bitter and roasty than I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. This is a good beer, but nothing too special and a bit overpriced.
08-09-2006 04:49:34 | More by Beaver13
4.49/5 rDev +10.6%
It's Stout, Porter, and Barleywine Season!!!! I love this beer.
Pours a midnight black, not allowing any light to peak through, with a tremendous frothy, light brown head that lingers on and keeps you company throughout the life of the beer. Tremendous lacing. A beauty of a beer to behold!
Smells of rich chocolate, very nutty, malty sweetness, and roastiness. Amazing.
Taste is, again, very nutty, rich and chocolately, coffee tones, sweetness from the oatmeal and dark malts, some toffeeish and caramel undetones. A slight hop bitterness comes in towards the middle/end and ends of dry. Pure bliss!
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.
Drinkable? ABSOLUTELY! I could easily take down an entire sixer of these babies in the cold winter by a nice warm fire. Despite, it's heaviness, the drinkability is outstanding. It's so damn tasty, you don't want to stop drinking them. Absolute stunner right here. Anderson Valley are masters of their craft.
10-26-2006 22:27:55 | More by Doomcifer
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.
Appearance: Stout black with a wispy light brown lace.
Smell: Sweet and tangy with a mild coffee and chicory aroma.
Taste: Rich, smooth and textured. A fight between the roasted flavour and hop oil … hop oil finally gives up. Hops give a good fight with a flowery bitterness and leave a short trail of flavour. Roasted flavour keeps on pushing on, full bodied and a bit of sweetness come through. The finish is of a faded tangy roasted ending.
Notes: Seriously hearty stout, very full bodied and pretty much no holds bared on your taste buds. This is what you call a beefed up stout … where is my cigar?
Hard to lay down $9-10 for this one though it is worth it. This is a kick ass stout with a long roasted finish.
01-25-2002 15:24:36 | More by Jason
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours an opaque ebony body, with an attractive tan head that has ruby highlights on the fringe. Very nice pattern of patch and sheet lacing as the glass is slowly drained.
Aroma begins with a soft, bittersweet chocolate note, with the smell of Enlgish walnuts freshly cracked from the shell. Some fruity aromas of apples and cherries appear toward the finish.
Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, with an ideal level of carbonation.
Taste begins with a soft, chocolate maltiness, that lingers on the palate all the way to the finish. The walnut nuttiness dances into the picture early on, then fades away toward the finish, as bittersweet floral hops and a hint of roasted Kona coffee take over. This seems to thin out a bit at the end, with a mild note of green apples.
A very tasty, robust stout. The oatmeal is barely noticed except for contributing a pleasantly smooth drinkability. One of the better American stouts that I've enjoyed.
06-11-2004 11:45:50 | More by merlin48
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
12 ouncer sampled, looks like a stout, just a glint of light on the edges, tan head, moderate lacing sliding down the sides of the glass. Nose is malt and burnt malt. Nice roasted flavors, slick oily mouthfeel. Drying hoppy finish with more burnt notes, decent OS, good sessioner for stout lovers.
12-17-2004 01:56:55 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
The Beers of California
Freshness Date: None
A: The color of midnight with a cocoa brown head the width of a finger. The head levels out to islands of foam and also leaves behind nice lacing on the glass.
S: Chocolate oatmeal which brings to mind childhood memories of Nesquik mixed in with my Quaker oatmeal.
T: Silky smooth with cocoa nibs and a slight char edge, espresso and raisin notes which are smoothed out by the oat presence. Bready in the middle with earthy bitterness which culminates to a warm finish.
M: Bigger than expected and extremely smooth with moderate carbonation which is just the right amount.
O: A well balanced stout with nice oat presence. The flavors intertwine perfectly being interesting but not overwhelming making for a highly drinkable and sessionable stout. One of my cold weather staples.
02-23-2013 03:39:45 | More by ElSid
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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