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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 955
Hads: 2,448
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 152
Gots: 317 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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.
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Reviews: 955 | Hads: 2,448
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured black as tar with a huge brown head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, and oatmeal. The flavor is slightly sweet chocolate and coffee. The body is medium full and the finish is dry coffee and more chocolate. The flavors are very nice in this beer and the drinkabilty is definitely good.

I wished for a little more oatmeal flavor and texture to the beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of caramel colored head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty with caramel and toffee. Just a hint of coffee aroma as well. The taste is fairly sweet with coffee and chocolate. There is also some toffee to the taste, and a tiny bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, but super smooth. The drinkability is also very nice. A darn good oatmeal stout!

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick with pitch black color and small tan head. A very faint hoppy aroma is detected. Taste is dark chocolate malts and hops. It seems that there is someting missing, and I think it's sweetness to balance the hops. Overall the flavor, like the aroma, is weak. It's kind of like a hybrid between sam smith's oatmeal and rogue shakespeare, but not nearly as good as either. The mouthfeel is like liquid silk, and drinkability is pretty stellar as well. It's got potential but needs a more interesting and complex flavor.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completly black, even to the light, with a huge dark brown head topping it off. Smells great with a nice roasted malt scent. Very smooth feel, with some roasted malts dominating the scene. Nice hop balance, pretty subtle. Nice amount of lacing here. This is a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a big, tan, cratered, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells weakly of dark malt, coffee, and a hint of licorice. The taste is very smooth. You get the dark barley/malt and coffee up front with a nice creamy sweet oatmeal/hop finish at the back. Not a bad brew, but definitely not worth the 8-9 dollar a six price. Thank God for singles.

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Photo of Mustard
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date; no ABV %; purchased as a stray single for $1.17 from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Completely opaque, even when held directly to a light; fat, beautiful, chocolate-colored head; good to very good lacing; adequate head retention.

Aroma: Weakly of roast and, oddly, not too much else.

Taste: Largely dry with only a hint of residual sweetness; primary flavor characteristic is of bittersweet chocolate; burnt, bitter finish; hints of grain and woody type hops; ever so faint sour twang; full bodied with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Growing on me.

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Photo of grynder33
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black, showed very little head retention,aroma was much weaker than I expected,but then it hit me, a strong thick chocolate and roasted malt taste, the second taste was equally glorious,with a wonderful, wonderful aftertaste. Top notch, will be permanently stocked

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

i poured an opaque black with a tan sandy head. nice retention, but very little lace, they were there but drifted on down back to the head, it was cool so no points off (could i give it a 4.3?). i noted very vibrant scents. very floral and rosey hop scent that goes very well with the 'darker' scents of this beer. the darker scents are complex for me and i'll describe them as slightly bready and with a great oat smell, some nuttiness and a hint of leather. also i'd like to sight some orange and grape in there somewhere. i smelled this beer for a long time but it never did anything but bewitch me. on the flavor i'll have to say it's straight ahead and top flight! a very nice black coffee and cocoa with a nice dry toastiness. the finish is electric tasting and there is only a bit of sweet on the end. the mouthfeel was sturdy but also light (yes). i can't describe how many of these i'm looking forward to drinking, i'll say it's going to be a new staple of mine but for who knows how long, with a beer like this i may just retire right now. the amazing thing for me when i was considering drinkability was the great balance this beer has. i'll be back!

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

Pours a rich, dark brown, with an appetizing light brown head. Smells of sweet, oaty, malts, figs, and a little alcohol--not too aromatic. Taste is semi-sweet buttery malts, with an increasing chocolatey roastiness, and a slightly bitter finish. Very smooth. A good session stout!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tar black that was solid, 8-ball black. Had a thin cappuccino colored head that faded to near nothing and left no lace.
Smell was muted, mainly of burned malt and a bit of dark fruit and caramel.
Taste was bittersweet, leaning more toward the bitter than the sweet. Tasted primarily of burned, sludgy coffee with a mild hops kick at the end and a lingering bitter taste on the back of the tongue.
Feel was rich, full-bodied and smooth.
Overall, not too bad but going off too far toward a burnt taste that was off-putting. Not one I'll hurry back to.

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Egad..I think I'm becoming a stout fan (especially good stout like this one). Almost black appearance with an ample creamy head. Great aromas of malt, coffee and smoke followed by a full-bodied smooth taste....coffee, with a hint of tang from the roasted malt. Good mouthfeel....smooth and full. Very drinkable. Stout lovers...definitely try this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok on trip to organic store bought four beers from this company..I just closed my eyes and picked this first for review.
Wow this is a really BLACK stout, I can make out no other colours..even held to the light..massive coffee n' creme coloured head that lingers till the end of the beer.
Nice enough roasted/toasted malt aroma..but not the best i have smelt in this category.
Taste is very nice stareting with a small smooth maltiness..then the oats show through..then some well defined bitter chocolate tastes nice.
Very smooth and creamy on the palate.
A nice drinkable Oatmeal stout..will buy again.

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Photo of nomad
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poure a black color with an enormous tightly-packed bubbly foam head that was pretty slow to decrease and extremely tan. Had some staining and clumpy but appropriate looking lace.

Smelled of dark chocolate, oats, floral hops. Opened to highly noticeable pine scent dripping with citric tones. A little different scents from expected for an oatmeal, but laudable. Taste at first was sweet and bright fruity hops, surprisingly not that bitter, and then a quiet dark middle, barely sweet, then a definite but nice espresso finish from the hops mixed with some roasted notes -tough to distinguish between them. Moderate length finish was roasty, fruity, and dark, with a nice smooth mouthfeel, not yet thick which I expect.

Highly drinkable with interesting combination of flavors, kudos to Anderson Valley for holding back the hop bitterness which is probably hard for them. So easy to drink which is surprising from a company that typically uses strong hop flavors.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black beer with a brown quickly dissipating head. Quite a roasted aroma to it, coffee and notes of biscuits. Quite smooth, finishes with a hint of acidity. A very smooth roast character, the brewer left out the astringency that can often be found in roasted beers. Not as thick bodied as some examples but still quite nice. As this beer warms up it develops some malty complexity.

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Photo of clvand0
2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark color with a moderately fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a burned malt and coffee smell. The flavor has a very unnecessary hop character with the most prominent flavor being the roasted malts and coffee. I really did not enjoy this beer because it reminded me more of a porter than it did a sweet stout. The hops gave it a bite where it should have been smooth and easy to drink.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.