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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 90
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thickish and boldly roasted stout. Fine to share at end of meal, but was too much for earlier in the day or even with anything but dessert. Coffee in there. A tad sourish. Very dark. Bittersweet chocolate and nutty. Smooth but some grain on tongue.Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:18:39 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-18-2012 14:51:31 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some coffee bean and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout and one of my favorite Anderson Valley beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:01:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-23-2012 01:03:37 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Anderson Valley August 2009.

Pours a dark black with a bit of a bit of a dark tan head. Nose brings forward a good amount of roasted malt, a tad bit of smoke, molasses, and hints of coffee. The roast really stands out in the taste, which is really enhanced by the really nice and creamy mouthfeel this brings forward. Drinks really well and is one of the best American versions of the style that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 12:04:23 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impenetrable mahogany topped with a light milk chocolate brown head that is both solid and stubborn. I'll have to wait before doing a lace check since the head is giving no quarter. When it finally does relent, the glass is surprisingly clean. The two major components of the nose are hops and chocolate, which suits me just fine.

This is a soft, moderately sweet, approachable, easy drinking stout that appears to have benefitted from the use of oats. It's as if the folks at Anderson Valley resolved all questions during the creation process with the question 'what would improve drinkability the most?'

The roasted maltiness doesn't venture into burnt or bitter, the sweetness is understated and doesn't impact drinkability, and the level of hoppiness is just enough to satisfy the hop lovers among us, but isn't so much that newbies will be turned off. The body is closer to medium than to full, is smooth as the day is long and is somewhat creamy.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a polished, well-rounded stout that, as far as I'm concerned, gives Samuel Smith's version a run for its money. It isn't quite flavorful enough or distinctive enough to be considered truly great, but it disappeared with frightening ease. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 00:00:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. The beer poured with a finger high head that died down very slowly.
S: There are aromas of semisweet chocolate morsels in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking stout because it’s relatively light-bodied for the style and doesn’t have that much alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 03:35:15 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color with a massive beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

Smell: Mocha aromas with a touch of brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge

Taste: Starts with a rich mocha and chocolate flavor; mid-palate, the brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge arrives; after the swallow, a hoppy/coffee bitterness with a touch of acidity blends to make for a satisfyingly complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth as silk from the oatmeal addition

Drinkability: If there is a more drinkable outmeal stout, one would be hard-pressed to find it

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 00:19:12 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-31-2013 15:38:29 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/black, thick and opaque, no light getting through on this one. A nice one inch head faded somewhat quickly to leave a nice quarter inch layer of lace on the top. Very nice streaking down the glass at first, but as it warmed this ceased. Smell was very sweet. First hints are of roasted coffee, rich and very full. Nice aromas of sugar, caramle and the slightest bit of chocolate are up next.The taste was wonderful, albeit a little thin for a stout, but still the flavors themseleves were great. Coffee the biggest flavor here, followed by caramel and chocolate rounding the corners off, maybe even a touch of a smoked scent in there, very nice. Good carbonation, however looses a couple points for the thin feel. Very nice smooth finish, not dry at all. This one definatly asks you back for another try. This is very sessionable, goes down almost too easy, could drink it in a gulp almost, good call IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 23:54:33 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate with some light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also a well balance mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some nice black chocolate notes. Creamy texture is really enjoyable with some good carbonation. Very well done and well balance while still being easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 15:37:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-10-2013 15:15:04 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ummm, Ummm, ummm. Tasty! This has all of the appearances to rate it 4.5 - 5.0. It looks nerly perfect in its black color, dense lasting head, and low carbonation. nlocks aromas of sweet cocoa, roasted, toasted grains, dark rich fruit, mild lactic tartness, and moderate coffee aromas. Tastes even better. Silky smooth chocolate and roasted malt. Just enough coffe flavors to give it some testicles. The oats really milds the flavors and texture. This has a big rich body, just short of putting it into a Imperial Stout category. Nice nutty flavors along with slight cherries woven into the alcohol. Finishes long, sweet, and modestly bitter. I beleive I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 21:17:47 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is almost black with a thin tan colored head.

S: The nose is plenty roasted with some notes of coffee, sweet chocolate, and smoke.

T: The flavor is very roasty as well with a slight smokiness and lots of coffee. There is some bitter chocolate and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel on the tongue.

D: A solid oatmeal stout with good flavors and aromas that go down easy. Another good Anderson Valley beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 04:48:23 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-11-2012 22:37:53 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown instant coffee appearance crowned with a head resembling chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Mostly mild coffee in the nose coupled with a bit of chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookie sweetness.

Taste: All the classic flavors are present: sweet malts, good coffee, earthen roastiness, and a bit of smoke. All flavors are nicely layered with a rich milkiness. Also, there's a gentle hoppiness that emerges near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation. A good soothing beer.

Drinkability: The unaggressive nature, and overall smoothness of the oatmeal stout style certainly lends to an ease in drinkability. Do I "love" the beer? No, probably not. I do like it a great deal, though, as well as recommend it to others. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 02:37:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-12-2012 00:05:56 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 13:46:25 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-19-2013 01:54:24 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-17-2013 05:51:26 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 19:38:42 | More by oberon
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured out as a deep brownish black color. The head was fluffy and tan. The lacing was decent for most of the time drinking this beer. The smell of the beer has some really nice roasted malt aromas blended with some interesting oats on the nose. The taste of the been is smooth and had a nice earthy roasted flavor to it. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. Overall this beer was pretty good. I can't say I'd go out of my way to have it again but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:40:32 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this beer to see how my perception of it has changed (if at all). It pours a seemingly straight onyx topped by over a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, light roasted malts, toffee, toasted oats, and a few sprinkles of cocoa for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa playing a stronger role, the roast darkening, and some light coffee coming into the mix as well. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. It seems a bit light and thin, but the creaminess (present in every AV beer I've had thus far) makes up for it, and then some. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout. The thinness holds it back some, but it remains an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:46:22 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a bubbly, foamy, caramel-colored head that left sticky rings of soapy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oatmeal and dark roasted coffee. Then I began to pick up notes of caramel, sweet chocolate and some light floral notes.

T - Great taste of bitter and sweet. Bitter coffee, oatmeal and chocolate notes complimented by sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slight sharp bite. A medium bodied beer.

D - A great oatmeal stout. Very easy drinking with no bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:37:35 | More by zeff80
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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