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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 119
Gots: 154 | FT: 3
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:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass somewhere between cellar and fridge temperature.

Barney Flats is a deep brown color with redish highlights and smooth off-white head. It settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor is a really nice blend of caramel/chocolate sweetness combined with a rich roasty coffee. A bit of smoke rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. The balance is spot on.

Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. This beer reminds me that I need to try more six-pack beers instead of focusing on bombers and special releases. This one is just as special.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, 1/30/2012.

Barney Flats Oatmeal stout, fresh can, poured into a Snake River pint glass.

A: Pours surprisingly dark, black & opaque...a hard produced a large brown head that sticks around awhile.

S: Roast, sweetness, lots of chocolate, hints of toasted caramel. The sweetness almost has that lactose sugar quality.

T: Light roast, hints of a nutty/peanut butter quality, milk chocolate, oats, light bitterness on the finish to cut the sweetness...faint dark dried fruit, carob & bitter bakers chocolate.

MF: Medium-to-light , wet mouthfeel.

O: Really drinkable...overall a great offering for a can.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dansmcd
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black body with some light sneaking through around the edges, brown head with no retention, brief lace rings.

S - Ash, coffee, dark chocolate, oats, bran, golden syrup. A bit dusty.

T - Follows the nose with the coffee and chocolate, oats, roasted nuts, wood and smoke.

M - Fairly high carbonation for an oatmeal stout, smooth medium body, Id prefer a fuller, thicker body.

O - Really good stuff, and affordable too. Id take a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout over this, but this is a cracker all the same.

Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mixed 12-pack

A- Dark black, very little brownish-white head.

S- Kind of a complex smell between dark fruits, raisins, red wine, chocolate, malts, etc..

T- Slightly chocolaty, malts, dark fruits, raisins.

M- Medium bodied. Slightly above average carbonation for a stout. Well balanced.

O- This beer was a little bit more unique then most oatmeal stouts I've had. At first I was expecting a little bit different taste/smell and I didn't care for it that much, but the more I drank of it the more it grew on me. Kind of complex, sort of a mix between a stout and a barleywine. Not bad but probably not one of my favorite oatmeal stouts in terms of flavor, interesting to try.

*Upadate- Tasted a sample from a can at a tasting at my local liquor store last night that came fresh straight from the brewery. Definitely tasted significantly sweeter and a lot different. I definitely liked the taste from the can a lot better, definitely more of what they were going for. I increased my tasting rating because of this. Bottle was more of a leathry wine taste, where as the can had sweeter, caramel taste. Definitely get it from the can if you can.

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cheers405
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of weerezboy
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
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

Photo of TheBMan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Purchase price: $12.99

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep, deep brown (OK, let's call it black). Totally opaque. A foamy, one finger, beige colored head on the initial pour that fades to a ragged head during the sampling. Tons of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass after finishing.

S - This is the only part of the beer that didn't overwhelm me. A faint bitter chocolate aroma, with some hops.

T - The taste is fantastic! A very creamy beer. A great mix of bitter chocolate with just the right amount of sweetness to tone down the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The beer really shines after warming up a bit.

M - A beer that has a medium consistacy but coats your mouth like a heavier, creamer stout would.

O - A top-notch stout. This is my first beer from Anderson Valley and I was pleasantly rewarded with a great beer. This is a beer, with its lower ABV, that could easily be sessionable, in my opinion. A definite repeat buy is in order. Highly recommended!


Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a pint glass...

P: Beautifully pitch black with no translucence to been seen even in the light. A full finger of airy mocha head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a swirl of bubbles along the top.

S: Deep sweet roasted malts with a banana nut bread backdrop. Dark breads, with semi funky yeast and figs. A small dose of hops that compliment the quaker oats apple and cinnamon taste.

T/M: Playful and luscious flowing with sweet dark breads, grains and a molasses bite. Small amounts of bubbles tingle the tongue. Once the brew warms a bitter dark chocolate and heavy cream flavor emerges from the depths of this pitch black bath of greatness.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet yet smooth earthy mix of great flavors. The sweet doesn't overpower and the hint of bitterness is just right. Defiantly recommend.

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GarrettMD
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, completely opaque, but still not as dark as can be. Was a dark ruby color when pouring. One finger of light tan head, great head retention.

S - Light roasted malts with a heavy dose of chocolate all backed by oats. The chocolate aroma does wonders for this, works in very nicely and gives more than most oatmeal stouts that just have that oat/roasted malt combo going on.

T & M - Wow, extremely creamy... Taste is mostly chocolate and oatmeal. Vanilla works it's way in as well. In the background, sweet caramel, roasted malts, coffee are all working in unison. Still though, I can't get over how creamy this is. Obscenely smooth all the way through. Finish is sweet and lingering with flavors of chocolate and coffee.

O - I pass by this beer every time I go to the local store. I finally decided to pick one up in a mix-6 pack and only because of the cap (I was looking for caps I didn't have yet). This is going to be a new regular purchase of mine.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-very dark brown with no light getting through with about a 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing as it fades slowly to a small cap

S-some chocolate, carmel, dark roast coffee just what you are looking for in a stout and a little pine hops

T-just like the smel, everything you want to find in a stout, chocolate, roasted coffee, some carmel with a little pine

M-a little thinner than I would like but still medium bodied with some good carbonation

O-solid all around I got this in a trade so not sure of the price but better than average so would be worth a little more than average I guess

Photo of jb413
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a solid black with almost three fingers of frothy mocha head, which retained well before shrinking to a permanent ring. Great lacing.

S - Split almost evenly between slightly dark chocolate and coffee/mocha and a general roastiness.

T - Chocolate in the front from the malt profile and a mildly sweet and smooth middle with a roasty complimentary bitterness in the finish that grew in character as the beer warmed. Hops are there. Nice bittersweet note lingers on the finish.

MF - Smooth feel from the oats and definitely drinkable. This was somewhere past medium-bodied on the dial. Carbonation was high but not detracting.

O - Only my second Oatmeal, but it seems in-line with the style. Nice pour and lacing, tasty, roasty/chocolate character and smoothness. Overall, good

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.