Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 117
Gots: 160 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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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

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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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed both Russian Imperial and American Stouts, but recently, I have developed an affinity for Oatmeal Stouts. With this in mind, I ventured to a local bottle shop and picked up the Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
This stout pours an oil black opaqueness with no observable highlighting. Due to the possibility of this bottle being old (picked it up from a make-your-own-sixer), I wasn't surprised when the head dissipated almost immediately after I had completed the pour.
The aroma for this stout contained no real smellable oatmeal notes. However, dark chocolate and roasted malt combined to make the aroma quite pleasant.
The taste profile was very balanced with dark chocolate and oatmeal washing over the palate during the initial phase of the taste. A very nice hop bitterness completes the taste leaving a subtle hop character on the back part of the palate.
Before seeing the beer, I thought this stout would have a creamy, silky consistency, however, the mouthfeel was more aqueous than I anticipated. With that being said, the viscousness and light carbonation combined to create a medium-bodied brew.
At 5.7% ABV, the Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is as close as a stout can get to being sessionable and I could see myself enjoying multiple pints throughout a cold winter night. This a good beer, and if love stouts like myself, definitely give this one a chance.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer!
I randomly stumbled across this beer 3 years ago in a small "primitive" town in SE Ohio. They sure had good taste! I later moved to Northern California and was astonished by the sight of AV Barney Flatt's Oatmeal Stout. We crossed paths once again and with no disappointment.

This beer has become one of my favorites!

The appearance is extremely Opaque... almost no light is visible even in the very edges.

The smell is chocolatey and mildly sweet; reminds me of sticking my nose in an 80lb bag of Chocolate malt. Oh how do I love it!

Taste! It's taste is also chocolatey, a little sweetness, and hops are very noticeable. It finishes with a nice bitterness but not too much that it over powers the sweetness.

Mouth feel is very smooth and silky, not overly carbonated.

Overall I love it! this is what I consider a "World Class" Oatmeal Stout... way to represent Anderson Valley!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

Notes from yesterday
*12oz to pint glass

A: Pours a super dark stout that is impervious to light. Not even around the edges really. A light brown sugar colored finger cap with great staying power and some wavy lace.

S: Smells rich, sweet, and chocolaty with some highly kilned grain aromas. Touch of coffee bean there. Quite nice.

T: Taste is rich dark chocolates and high roast grains. Oats are noticeable and a nice addition. Slight sweet with a great bitter sting towards the end. This is quite hoppy actually. Really good overall. Very balanced with lots of chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is great. Medium body that is slightly viscous but in no way syrupy. Incredibly smooth and creamy on account of the Oat additions. Gives a great light frothy texture on the palate.

D: I found this to be a super tasty Oat Stout with lots of Chocolate flavors on a light frothy body. Makes it super quaffable. Would definitely be looking for this one again.

Probably the best brew I have had from Anderson Valley as I generally have not been a big fan.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,130 ratings.