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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 123
Gots: 211 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle in Itaewon, Seoul.

APPEARANCE: It's a stout, as black as you like. Small, non creamy beige head.

SMELL: Ordinary stout smell. Not strong.

TASTE: A plain but sound stout flavour with nice hopping. Not rich but not weak. Ever so slightly sweet. A tiny hint of coffee beans. Nice lively mouthfeel, not creamy. It's a quaffer alright. Aftertaste way too short lived and soft.

OVERALL: Nice upfront flavours and although it wasn't weak, it wasn't nearly rich enough, and there was something synthetic in the way that the aftertaste vanished after a couple of minutes. I like a stout to keep busy in my mouth long after finishing the drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a coincidence - I had read fantastic things about this beer and then there it was at the bar unexpectedly that night. It was a bit of a letdown. I think it's a well done beer, very balanced, but it felt restrained almost in that English way of not wanting to be too much of anything. In a way I give it points for English restraint despite its American pedigree, but in another way I really wanted it to open up and give me more. It was also less silky than I was expecting from an oatmeal. I'd certainly drink it again but would pass it over for something with more oomph.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. This bottle is from sometime around Christmas, forgot about it in the back of fridge and the GF pulled it out for me.

A: Pours a solid black body with no light penetrating through. A one finger khaki colored head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin film and a nice thick collar.

S: Oat and pale malts dominate the smell in the forefront with some dark chocolate malt and some light roasted coffee been popping up midway through. Smells very solid.

T: Pale and oaty malts are present up front with a surprisingly light hop profile. I figured 3 months in the fridge would have eradicated all green presence, but there is a night subtle pine flavor that compliments the chocolate malts and toasted oats on the finish.

M: Interestingly refreshing, the body is medium and the carbonation is medium as well. A little silky in texture. A nice roastiness is left on the palate.

O: A very solid oa meal stout. Nice toasted oats and dark chocolate made for a refreshing treat.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark black, monster 3+ inch head and tons of thick lacing. About perfect for a stout.

Smell - Oatmeal, malts, Chocolate, coffee, some spices, cocoa, some hops.

Taste - Bakers chocolate? Malts, roasted/nutty. Cocoa and some dark fruits also. Oatmeal flavor also, which is grainy and smooth. Not overly sweet, nor bitter, very very balanced. Chocolate comes in near the end to give it a complete flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thick beer, but light and smooth on tounge, lots of malts, some light fruits and a little sweet chocolate. Palette gets remaining malts and chocolates with some cocoa. Aftertaste is mild, smooth, malty and cocoa.

Overall - Excellent, so drinkiable and enjoyable. Perfect balance of sweet, bitter and roasted. The price is insane affordable, which only adds to it. World class, must find more!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of oats, roasted malts. Taste is good, coffee, smoke, oats, malts, no real sweetness present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I've had this in the bottle, and I am a big Anderson Valley fan. In the can it is clean and crisp. It has nice hoppiness in every sip. It is a stronger tasting stout without being rude in any way. It does not have too much sweetness like some full flavored stouts.

It seems to be leaving a nice lace on the side of my hotel plastic cup. This is a decent stout in a can and I would buy it again. I am glad that I have one more of these on my road trip.

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3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 2 finger mocha head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, and raisins.

Tastes like dark roasted malt, small amount of cocoa, oatmeal, raisins, and bitter hops. A nicely balanced Oatmeal Stout which has sweetness balanced by bitter hops and dark roasted malt. Not as good as my favorite Oatmeal Stouts, but still good.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a bittersweet aftertaste. Not as smooth as I would expect an Oatmeal Stout to be. Overall a pretty good beer, but there are better Oatmeal Stouts in my opinion.

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

Pours an opaque black body beneath the one-inch mocha colored head that patiently dissolves to leave a thin, yet sticky lacing that lasts for the duration of the beer.

Aromas consist of a wealth of roasted malts, earthy hops, and a hint of creamy milk chocolate.

The flavor is very roasted, with oat and espresso, and an underlying sweet milk chocolate finish that coats the palate. Roasted coffee bean and earthy hop flavors linger long after the beer is finished.

This beer is medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel that is lighter than one may expect for the style with a sticky coating that resides on the palate.

A nice Oatmeal stout overall that is rich and roasty with plenty of character to treat the senses.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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