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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,753 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1753
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%


Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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rosmhuire

New York

2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark brown coloring, fairly subtle tan-colored head.

S: Actually, not much here. I'm getting a slight roasted malt / coffee smell, but that's about it.

T: Shockingly bland. I'm getting a slight roasted malt flavor profile, but that's about it. Perhaps the bottle is old?

M: Very thin and watery.

D: This is shickingly bland and light - not at all what I expected. That being said, I rated drinkability higher than most other metrics as one could session this beer if one wanted to.

This was not good, which shocked me. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, as the vast majority of reviews of this beer are very high. I have one bottle remaining, but that could be old as well. Guess I'll have to wait and see if I ever get my hands on a fresh sample and then see what I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:47:12 | More by rosmhuire
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark color with a moderately fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a burned malt and coffee smell. The flavor has a very unnecessary hop character with the most prominent flavor being the roasted malts and coffee. I really did not enjoy this beer because it reminded me more of a porter than it did a sweet stout. The hops gave it a bite where it should have been smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2003 19:03:10 | More by clvand0
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BeerManDan

California

2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After one taste, (maybe two), I poured the other two bottles down the drain. For sure I promise not to rate any Anderson Valley Beers. Because I'll never buy another one of there beers again. Five tasted and not one rated above 2 (average).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 18:24:40 | More by BeerManDan
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Medium brown head. Low retention. decent stick.

Smell - thin. Faint soy sauce. Not promising.

Taste - Oatmeal. Thin. Some alcohol. Stale coffee. Some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Some effervescence but pretty mild.

Overall Drinkability - Very plain. Characters are very mild and almost imperceptible. No off characters though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 22:59:42 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Dubber55

New York

2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a viscous dark brown with 1 and half fingers of head. I smell grains and wet cardboard. Smells dusty and metallic. Taste started off metallic at first. I then get a light flavor of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Finish is mostly coffee with a little bit of hops. Not that bitter. The flavor seems pretty fleeting. The mouthfeel is solidly medium. A little silky, not quite creamy. Not too impressed here. I know this beer is only 5.7% but the flavors aren't really strong enough to keep me interested

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:07:57 | More by Dubber55
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vikingloki

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass, nice inch and a half of foam. Beer is dark, dark deep brown almost black color, and smells like roasted coffee.

Has a nice full mouthfeel on first taste, good strong roasted malt with very strong coffee notes, nice but not aggressive hop finish which fades pretty quickly. Carbonation is fine, as it warms a little more flavors come into play, but the dominant one is the slight coffee taste.

Overall, it's actually kind of bland, I think, as much as I want to like it, I find myself wishing for a Russian Imperial stout. I have a case and I probably wouldn't buy it again. It's not offensive in any way, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 16:36:55 | More by vikingloki
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried bottles on both coasts and both times there was something sour I didn't like.

a: Looks good, a very dark brown with no highlights. It pours with a thick, light brown head, decent retention.

s: I got roasty, cocoa malts and some grainy sweetness. There is a little something sour underneath though.

t: That sourness is more pronounced here. All the elements of a good oatmeal stout are here, but I can't get past that sourdough bread/cheap coffee flavor. It just doesn't work for me in this one.

m: Feels right, smooth silky body and gentle but active carbonation.

d: I've tried these 3,000 miles and 6 months apart. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 18:48:44 | More by DIM
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this on a whim. Poured from an undated bottle to a pint glass.

A - Poured from undated 12oz brown bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark black color with a dark brown mahogany edge. A nice 1 finger dark tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S - The first thing I notice is a dominant raisin character, which I didn't expect. A medium roast character also present with a hint of light earthy hop character. But a lot of raisin.

T - Just like the nose the raisin flavor dominates from the get go enveloping the palette with a thick syrupy character that lasts through the finish. A mild bitterness with the earthy hops. Though the roast malt takes a back seat to the sweet raisin flavor. Disappointing.

M - Despite the raisin-dominated flavor the mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O - Never had a stout like this. As Oatmeal Stouts are one of my favorites I was really looking forward to this but supremely disappointed. I am not a fan of raisins and don't get the flavor. Based on the ratings I suppose this bottle could be mishandled or old. I would give it another shot but this one was weak sauce.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-31-2011 02:04:30

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 13:50:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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fourthaxis

California

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got a bad batch of this stout! Or that's how it's suppose to be, but it had the overpowering taste of carbonated / seltzer water. At the least, it was bad enough I had to leave myself a note. Otherwise, it may have been a decent beer as it's other characteristics were OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:18:12 | More by fourthaxis
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stcules

Italy

2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost black in color, with a light brown head, one finger. Ok.
A bit strange smell, with light metallic notes. Under that, some toasted notes, light, and oat, creamy.
A bit better taste, malty notes, toasted. Again a hint of metallic, cereals.
Not completely satysfating, even in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 19:10:40 | More by stcules
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black and a dark creamy head.

Smell: Almost too much going on here. Dark chocolate comes across backed up by a good dose of hops and then there's a distinct smokiness.

Taste: Way too smokey and not in the way that I like. Smoke is about the only thing I can taste for a good while, way into the aftertaste, until the bittersweet chocolate pulls through. I usually don't like this chocolate flavor either, but in this case I welcome it.

Mouthfeel: Great. Thick and rich but also nice and tingly.

Drinkability: I can finish it but I couldn't stomach another.

Beef Notes: I'd say this is a good example of a bad use of smoke flavor in beer. If it wasn't for that, this would probably be a fine beer. Since it is for that, I will not be drinking this beer again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 03:54:50 | More by BeefyMee
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GRG1313

California

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, almost black with a nice tan head.

Very light, sweet creamed coffee nose. Simple and elegant and not real assertive.

Very thin mouthfeel, very watery and with little character.

Flavors were light coffee; simple coffee if not watered down coffee. This beer had almost no character; almost no flavor and was simply very weak and unimpressive.

I tried it twice and the foregoing was consistent both times. (Perhaps I was poured from a bad keg. I don't know. I do know that this beer was less than impressive.)

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 08:57:14 | More by GRG1313
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Have to start by saying this is a very complex beer ... not really sure if it is an oatmeal stout, a sweet stout or an imperial stout.

Color was Black w a thick brown head that lasted fairly well. Aroma was VERY hoppy at first before dissipating only slightly (don't get me wrong, I love hops, but not really to style hence lower rating). Hints of chocolate and mouthfeel was oily as an oatmeal stout should be. Beer was smooth at first but turned very bitter at the finish.... Also noticed alcohol as it sat and warmed a bit (like an Imperial Stout).

As they say on the bottle "recommend as a nightcap." I could prob drink a few but certainly not a session beer as I like in most oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 06:53:57 | More by RBorsato
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nsabo

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grassy hops, dry oats, and a tiny dab of chocolate that rounds off with a light - almost empty - sweet, soymilk foam finish. The creamy finish seems like it’s trying to make up for its thinner, porter-esque mouthfeel. Too much hops for my liking. I prefer a maltier, more burnt stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 06:41:05 | More by nsabo
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a different bottle of this than most people, as I wasn’t very impressed. Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left oaky lacing. I had to work to get much aroma, which was faintly malty chocolate-toffee. The taste was also a fairly sweet, but faint, chocolate, and was undone by the watery mouthfeel of this thin-bodied beer. The finish was also highly influenced by the thin body, and was short, watery and a little stale.

Not as good of a beer as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 02:31:25 | More by kimcgolf
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Brunite

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall: A bit disappointed given the ranking this receives. Not objectionable. Just not a standout. Very middle of the road on all counts in my book. Smell and taste were just lacking. Decent enough but not something I will likely search out or add to my list of regulars.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:57:07 | More by Brunite
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gkatsoris


3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Brown w/ light brown head. The head was 3/4 inches and was a okay lace.

S: Very alcoholy and a little pine too. Also a little oaky as well.

T: Creamy and bitter.

M: Thick and tended to foam up once sipped.

D: Not too bad. Served better chilled than room temp.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 05:37:37 | More by gkatsoris
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sleazo

New York

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a dark cola looking liquid. Actually resembles coca cola down to the large bubbled carbonation in the glass.

S_Sweet coffee laced chocolate aroma. Minor alcohol notes

T_Coffee dominates at first followed by a nicely roasted grain note. Not overly complicated but it gets down to the correct stout notes one would expect.

M_Rather light bodied and overly carbonated. No oatmeal silk at all. The look turned out to be indicative of the feel.

D_A decent beer, but as an Oatmeal it just doesn't stand out. The thicker mouthfeel is absent and the overall complexity is lacking. A shame as I have enjoyed other beers from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 05:44:49 | More by sleazo
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a solid black with a nice 1 finger tan head. No highlights

S - Roasted malts, some vamilla, not picking up on a lot

T - Hoppier than expected. Some of the same vanilla from the smell. There is a bit of ash or smokiness detected also

M - Highly carbonated, fairly thin bodied. A bit less than a typical oatmeal stout

O - Not a huge amount of complexity to this one, nothing really stands out. Overall pretty average

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:38:11 | More by jman892
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BigB415

California

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never had Anderson Valley before and thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a shot since I don't have much experience with oatmeal stouts and wanted to try another one(only had probably 1 other) and I'm not that impressed. It's ok, sometimes I think I'm drinking a guinness which is fine since I like Guinness but I was looking for more flavor. I was expecting a huge oatmeal push like Founders Breakfast Stout but I shouldn't be comparing this to founders BS. I guess Oatmeal Stouts aren't my kind of style, maybe I should try more oatmeal stouts before I make any judgments but now I'll stick with my imperial and russian stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 05:14:26 | More by BigB415
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beveritt

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label an idyllic mountain valley with a bear drinking from a stream. And he has moose antlers. Back label has a description of the area pictured and of the beer. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, 4 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, yet complete coating, leaving behind no lacing. Some lacing does appear as I drink the pint. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, essentially black. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet, marshmallow with hints of chocolate and a slight sourness in the finish.

Taste: Some sweet lactose flavor with an underlying, mild roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nothing too impressive here. Overall, very bland and watery. And I was really looking forward to a proper stout this evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:02:09 | More by beveritt
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - quite dark with some red around the edges. Tight medium tan head.

S - normal oatmeal stout scent, nothing special.

T - like the scent it id am average oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about.

M - thinner than I would have liked, no ti.fled or anything.

D - frankly boring, but nothing actually bad about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:08:11 | More by biglite351
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown color headed by beige froth leaving a thin crown on top. Caramel & roasted malt aromas, hints of oats & forest fruit to the nose. Creamy upfront. Resiny, bitter, slight acidic flavors follow. As well as some chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as dense as expected from oat flakes. Dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:48:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Cactus Grill during my recent trip to Boston. Typed up from notes.

Poured a dark, almost black color. Thick and foamy head that was a bit tan. Lots of lace. Nose was hiding from me. Just some hoppy bitterness. No softness.

Where were the oats? Made me think more of a baltic porter with coffee and a touch of sourness. Dark, botter chocolate too. Minty hops more than anything else. Not smooth or rich. Not soft. Mostly biting. No real lingering flavors. Boring and disappointing because I have enoyed most of the other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 23:45:11 | More by MuddyFeet
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pored a semi dark black with a thin cap of foam. Smells of a hint of black malt and nothing else.

Taste is upfront with dark patent malt, raw oatmeal, and some light grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall not sure what all the hype is about. Mediocre at best.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 17:06:06 | More by taylor714914
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,753 ratings.