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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 942
Hads: 2,377
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 139
Gots: 282 | 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:
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: 942 | Hads: 2,377
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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Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a nice well-retained head. Aroma is very chocolatey with a bit of roasted quality. Taste is very sweet. Chocolate stands out the most. Slight floral hop taste in the finish, but overall a very sweet brew. There aren't many oatmeal stouts out there, but this one rivals even the most well known of them.

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

A very solid oatmeal stout. This pours a dark, black colour with a tan head. The aromas are heavily roasted malts, background hops, and other roasted goodness. The taste is very roasty, heavy, and sweet all at once, with a bitter, oily, malty and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and the drinkability is great.


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Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black color, decent size light brown lasting head, chocalate and burnt coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate- burnt coffee flavors, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, starts sweet and ends with a nice bitter roasty finish with a noticable hop bite, good stuff here.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle
An excellent stout. I turn to stouts now and again and I find I am purchasing more of this particular stout.

It pours a deep dark brown. When held up to the light it absorbs it. No visibility through the glass. A great tan head that holds up well. Lacing until the end. The scent is chocolate with some oatmeal sneaking through.

It starts sweet but gains bitterness and a tart quality. The flavors are roasted coffee and floral. The floral does not make it too sweet though. Chocolate and oats come through in the malts as well.

It drinks well. It is not overpowering with the flavor or the mouthfeel. A decent amount of carbonation though. It finishes smooth with a chocolate resonance.

A very well crafted and thoughtout stout.

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

Sampled on draft at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

Poured a dark, dark blackish-brown with a small beige head that left great lacing through out.

Aromas of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, and slightly sweetened espresso.

Increadibly rich, creamy, and smooth with a slightly light body for a stout, but great non the less. Tastes of sweet malt, bitter coffee, and hops. Finishes slightly dry and bitter and goes down very smooth.

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

Oh, Barney Flats, he was a good man....oh wait, that's Barney Fife, anyways on to the beer. Pours out into a nice black stout with cappucino colored head standing about 1/4" thick. Roasted malts and chocolate dominate, but I also pick up scents of the oatmeal and coffee. Pick up scents? What am I a trail man? Concentrate, dang me. Nice, smooth, and boy there are some hops to be tasted at the end. Initially, the caramel and chocolate malts are all I taste but as the brew works back, the coffee undertones chime in nicely, and then, out of nowhere a little hop bite at the end. A good combination. A smooth beer, not outstanding, but good. The sweet chocolate, creamy feeling comes crawling in after a feel sips, now I am hell bent on Dairy Queen. Ah, beer and ice cream, I wish there was a planet of thee just for me.

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

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. I'm glad to know that according to the label, "[i]t's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer!" (If you'd like to know what the hell that means, you'll just have to go buy some and find out!)

Appearance: Nearly opaque in color. Light can be seen around the edges, but just barely. Not as dark and sinister as other stouts I've sampled. A coffee-colored head greets me upon pouring and yields a very nice amount of thick, sticky lace on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Deep, dark chocolates. Coffee. Chocolate-chip & oatmeal cookies. Dessert in my glass!

Taste: Very good. A hefty chocolate-coffee burst, followed by soft toffee notes, with a mildly dry and bitter aftertaste. Right at the very end a slight smoky flavor skirts across the flavor profile. Nothing lingers on the palate for too long.

Mouthfeel: I think I may have expected a "thicker" mouthfeel. However, I really liked this one. Not as watery as other stouts I've had. A little more carbonation that I cared for, but still very nice. Good creamy coating of the lips and palate.

Drinkability: Excellent finish. Not a heavyweight in the alcohol department, so you can have more than one. As the bottle states, perfect for dessert (who says you can't drink dessert?) or a nightcap. Quite tasty.

Note: 3 cheers to fellow BA PhantomVoDoo (he know about the whole "VoDoo" thing already...) for this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

First things first. Uh, folks, do *NOT* pour this beer vigorously!!! Follow-up question to that statement - How do you measure head size when you run out of fingers?!?!. Opaque black, but this will take some time to pour the rest into the glass. Ridiculously large head, if you didn't get that by now, easily the biggest I've seen on a stout.

Aroma - smells 'stouty' enough with the roasted malts, coffee notes, etc., but there seems to be a fruity, sugary smell, like PEZ candy.

Taste - this is one unique stout. Very carbonated, not near as thick as I'd have thought. Fine roasted coffee flavor. I think the hops are trying to make their presence known. The dark malts, the roastiness, they repress the bitterness, but not the fruitiness that I picked up on the nose. This stout has a significant floral taste to it, very out of the ordinary. Finishes with charcoal, espresso, and then a dry hoppy aftertaste, but still not very bitter. More alcohol vapor taste in the mouth as it warms, mixes well with the smoky charcoal taste..

Mouthfeel - not within style, I'm not sure why. There's plenty of flavor here, I'd think the oatmeal would make this thicker, but it doesn't. It's smooth, but I want more body. This could be a Top Beer in my book if it had more weight to it.

Drinkability - It's only 5.7%, and until the novelty wears off, I'd drink the hell out of it. This beer represents, in a bottle, why I like to try new beers. I like to find the ones that are not necessarily the front runner of the style, but are certainly the most unique.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium head. Slight caramel aroma. Deeply roasted malts, slight chocolate and coffee flavor, not very oaty. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Lighter bodied Oatmeal Stout. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a pitch black with an evaporating head, excellent lacing. Some chocolate and coffee beans aroma are present here. Initial taste of some chocolate, chicory, light coffee taste are delicious. Some dark roasted malts are noted, towards the end some carbonation is detected, but does not take anything away from the quality. A pleasant dry and charcoal like finish make this an appetizing oatmeal stout.

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Photo of zerk
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Aroama of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of vinegar. Vinegar? That can't be right... no, it's vinegar. The flavors are the same, but the sour acidity is stronger in the flavor than in the aroma. It's not undrinkable, but not desireable either. I have to think this beer was infected. I have had two bottles, each from a different source, and both had this problem.

Luckily, the sourness dimishes as the beer warms, and it becomes much more drinkable.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, big flavor in this one. Pours jet black with a wispy tan head. Mild, sweet coffee aroma with some chocolate. Taste is both tangy and sweet. Roasted flavor with hops. Finish is tangy. This stuff is brutal. Definitely good for a nightcap, but there's no way you can pound down any more than two of these (if that). Still, this is good stuff.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The prodigious, creamy, dark tan head sits upon a beer which is utterly black in color. It’s one of those heads where you can tell, just by looking at it, that it’s not going anywhere – it’ll lace your glass all the way down to the bottom. The aroma is coffee-like, with the standard roasty malt notes, and a somewhat bready scent. The flavor is smooth, hearty and dominated by a roasty graininess. An extremely pleasant chocolate sweetness develops mid-palate, but is more than balanced by a coffee-like roastiness, and a bittersweet, dryish finish. A wonderfully balanced beer, and eminently drinkable.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.