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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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Photo of bewley
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a medium-bodied stout, which tastes of caramel and burnt coffee.

It's also a bit hoppy and slightly bitter.

Definitely drinkable, but it doesn't really stand out in any particular way.

It does have a nice label. It has a moose on it an' stuff.

I don't know. If you haven't tried this, it's definitely worth a chance.

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Photo of abents
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Good lacing and slight carbonation.
Smell: Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and some hoppy notes as well.

Taste: Chocolate, some bitter coffee and a good ammount of hops. Pretty good tasting beer. NOthing too spectacular, but a nice oatmeal nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice coating in the mouth. Leaves you tasting the beer for awhile.

Drinkabillity: Pretty good beer, nice to drink good job.

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Photo of necoadam
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a black color with a little carbonation. Smell consisted of coffee, some hops and a little bit of alcohol. Taste was a little too hoppy I thought for an oatmeal stout. There's nice roasted flavors in this beer, but there wasn't enough of sweetness to this beer. It's almost like a mini-imperial stout. But all in all, not a bad stout, but I'll take a Sammy Smith oatmeal stout any day.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be the first beer I've actually smelled the alcohol in. Or maybe my nose and palate are becoming more refined ;) Beer is an inky black/brown, completely opaque in my glass, which for me is the first sign of a good beer. However, for a stout, I found this one to be just a little too hoppy (not bitter, mind you, just hop-flavored) for my taste in a stout. Head was little to non-existant, but I'm not good at pouring beer, so I try not to hold that against any brew. Overall, I'd buy this one again for variety, but it's not on my top favorites list.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours luminous black with a short head that resembles chocolate milk with straw-blown bubbles.

Smell is a toasty chocolate and espresso bitterness. The tail end of the nose is sweeter than the front, leaning toward the chocolate. Nice, full nose here.

Taste opens with a pleasant bitterness that sails out into sweeter notes of black coffee and caramel. Aftertaste is a beautifully restrained bitterness with a background of rich, roasted caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy and coats my palate like a firm handshake.

Talk about balance -- this beer has it down.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color with a full and creamy brown head. Head diminished, but it retained a fine layer and some sticky lace. Aroma is light: malt, roasted grains and a hop background. Flavor has a sweet start and a hop finish. Roasted flavors come out later: interesting and subtle, not a complex taste, but interesting. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected: light to medium bodied with some effervescence and a dry finish.

IMHO: A much better balanced stout than I expected. Not an over-the-top-hop experience.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a nice tan colored head. Some lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of malt and smokiness. The flavor followed suit as the roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, oatmeal, and hops were nicely balanced and had a mellow hint of smoked flavor to it. This was definitely different from other oatmeal stouts.

The mouthfeel was smooth. The roasted malts and oatmeal lasted on the tongue for 20 seconds after swallowing. This is a medium bodied stout as it it slightly thinner than others but has a great flavor. Nicely drinkable and you won't get bored with this.

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful burnt-sienna brown, that finishes so black you can see anything around it. A nice dark tan head that stands 1 1/2 fingers high and comes equipped with some nice lacings.

Smells of nice flowery hops, a pinch of caramel and a dab of chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, only much more expressive. The floweriness brings you into the land of chocolate and caramel and then sets you down gently into a nice bitter finish with a tad of sweetness laying next to you. A nice flow that you can relive many times over.

This beer is described as being full-bodied, but I'd step it down a notch, just about medium-bodied. Quite smooth and refreshing, I could easily drink a few of these in a night. I really enjoyed this beer as it stands out in front of many other stouts that lack the complexity that should be present. Makes the front page in my stout list.

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Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Opaque black beer. Impervious to the laser and the 500 watt bulb.

Smell is just chocolate and smoke, slight sweet smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and chocolate. Remarkably clean tasting for a stout. The taste isn't complex though.

Mouthfeel is light for the beer type.

Very drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense, creamy brown head. Great lace. Aromas of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and an almost piney nuance.
Earthy bittersweet flavors of roasted/charred malt, lots of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee and caramel. Finishes sweet and tangy with a bit of licorice and mildly resinous hops.
Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and great carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect black with a finger sized head of foam to complement it. The smell is excellent, roasty oats all the way.

The roast carried over directly to the flavour, with a tad of hops and malt to go along for good measure. Though the mouthfeel was good and thick the flavour was more mild that I'm used to for a stout, which I partially attribute to the low alcohol content while the drinkability was solid all the way.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on this particular pour--fades to swirling, spotty, khaki residue with a tiny collar that leaves a bit of an oozy cling and faint lace. (Disclaimer--I have, with previous servings, encountered rich, billowing heads on this beer that really make for a handsome sight.) Color is near opaque black, but the tiniest of ebony highlights are in fact there. And then--chocolate syrup and malted milk flood the nose! with a nosefeel of light, frothy cream--Milk Duds! Somehow, it doesn't cross the line into cloying, because halfway through, these aromas turn raisiny as delicate bitternesses of hops and roast coffee come to weigh in against the extravagant chocolate and malt. More chocolate-covered raisin flavors up front become a bit smokier and more bitter at point of swallow, with a bit more hop in the aftertaste, softly. Where's the oatmeal, you ask? Patience... for with time and warmth, the flavors almost... "settle" into oat, dark bread, even a bit of peanut. Quite a smooth transition between these elements. Mouthfeel is lightly milky with a good deal of carbonation, but less chewy/mealy than some other Oatmeal Stouts. This is quenchy rather than coating, with a less residual character. However, this boosts the drinkability. I can (and did) spend the first bottle exploring and the next five bottles quaffing! A superior brew all around, I would highly recommend this to newcomers to the style.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was a dark brown, with a foamy beige head. The smell was a very slight oatmeal. The taste was a nice, smooth, oatmeal malt slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly thick. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have quite a few.

This is one I've been meaning to review for a while, and fortunately got my chance. A good oatmeal stout, and if not my favorite in the style, is still up there, and one I'd have again.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy Lord, this is one kick arse stout! I was simply amazed with the smell and taste, as well as everything else. The only prob with it, is that it's a little on the heavy side, so it fills you up rather quickly, but then again, isn't that what a Oatmeal Stout is all about? Hell Yeah! When I drink stuff like this, I just want to lock myself up in the house and drink it all day long. That probably wouldn't be too healthy, but oh well, you only live once. The appearance was super dark, with a tan head that stayed around the whole beer. The smell and taste had caramel and chocolate hints to them, which matched up perfectly. The alcohol was barely present in the taste, which made it even more enjoyable. This was really smooth and coated your throat like whiskey and honey. If you have a shot at this stuff, don't let it get away!!!

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Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one well crafted oatmeal stout. The texture was very silky and creamy. The flavors were balanced and no one flavor was overbearing. Espresso was probably dominant but chocolate and oatmeal were both there as well as some earthy flavors in the background. This was also slightly roasted which provided a nice added element to the beer. Simply world class quality brewing.

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost pitch black/brown color; no light penetrated the glass that I could see except on the pour. The head that was produced was a light to medium brown color, that was pretty dense and thick. You could stick your finger in it and have a small peak present. It was sticky and full, as well as the lace that was formed, when dried on the sides it had to be scrapped off the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were of roasted and sweet malt, oatmeal and oat grain, black coffee, toffee and chocolate. The taste that was dancing across my tongue were of roasted malts and coffees, light hops (which I swear were toasted) were on the bitter side, sweet chocolates, oat grains, and it ended with a combination of sugar coffee (black), some cocoa, and more roasted flavors which was dry in the finish. The aftertaste was mostly of a roasted grain and coffee. The body was on the heavy side, and very enjoyable. The mix of sweetness, roastiness and dryness was very pleasing. It was creamy on the tongue and quite smooth and easy going down. I like the way they combined the coffee, the chocolate flavors and the light oatmeal flavors to create this enjoyable beer. Very drinkable for the season.

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Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the darker side. A good tan head stays in control, but isn't too small. Really tight bubbles. The aroma is surprisingly dominated by lemon zest hops under which lurks dark malt aromas. The flavor is dry, fairly light and while some roast is apparent up front, in the back a mild hop bitterenes lingers with a pale malt flavor.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stout! Beer poured opaque with a brown head, which didn't hold long. Creamy, thick mouthfeel with tastes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Great dessert beer, probably too rich for many more than one. If you like stouts, you will not be disappointed with this one!

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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assuredly, this is one of the best stouts I have had in awhile. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a creamy, meringue-like tan head. Looks very inviting. The aroma is full and well rounded with the sweetness of chocolate, ripe raisins and caramel among other things. Complex and very appealing. Makes me want to take a sip, so here goes…

The flavor is very smooth and chocolaty and layered with the pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts. The body is velvety and light to medium in texture. Not as chocolaty as Rogue’s CS, this one is more mellow. Overall, this is a beautiful looking and great tasting stout. Not too sweet or dry or overbearing in any way. It’s just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark leathery brown, settles opaque black, medium cocoa brown head fluffs up from a vigorous pour and subsides some to a thin haze and a fluffy sponged collar on top, lace in inkblots. Smell is quite mild and subdued of light chocolatey sweetness with a bit of roastyness and oat tangy sweetening. Taste is very mild with a persistant chocolatey sweetness that sets the overall tone with small notes of oats and roasted malts and faint touches of coffee. Finishes with a bit of drying roastyness and cocoa and a clean milding crispness. Feel is a solid medium body with no real characteristics of sweetness lingering or standing out any where, overall just a smooth somewhat creamy, chocolatey pensive quality. The chocolate tones are very nice; its a fine drinker, quite smooth and easy with a nice chocolateyness. Right up there with Black Widow.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark beauty, full, rich and with a tight cropped tan head. smells of sweet malts, toffees/caramels and the lightest hop presence rise up out of the pour. roasted malts come through on a sweet note of toffee and cocoa. a light coffee bitterness along with a mild hoppiness all ending on that smooth textbook "oatmeal" finish. silky smooth and pretty crisp (for a stout). a top notch beer fo sho.

paid $3.49 for a bomber.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine looking stout that is rich tasting and has a great aroma. The very dark body is crowned by a voluminous beige head that lasts very well and creates some nice lacing. The nose is full of fine chocolate aroma gives a very rich sense. The flavor is very heavily dark chocolate with subtle roasting notes and a very fine bittering added to the sweetness from the rich malt base. The feel is just a bit thin but very appropriate to the style. This is one fine oatmeal stout with good drinkability.

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Photo of Elemental
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sweet stout. Its very dark in color with a large foamy head that doesn't really dissapate very quickly. There is a nice bitter sweet smell which complements the taste nicesly. Nice and thick body with a good bitter aftertaste but the initial taste is sweet moving toward tart and then ending bitter. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby edges when held up to light. Thick creamy dense head that diminishes quickly but lingers. Has a nice cookie dough aroma with roasted malt. Body is smooth and medium to full. Flavor is a bit weak with roasted malt in the foreground. Has slight bitterness and finishes dry. Not as sweet as I'd like it to be. Overall a quality beer though.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.