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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,976 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 103
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Thomas_562, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried bottles on both coasts and both times there was something sour I didn't like.

a: Looks good, a very dark brown with no highlights. It pours with a thick, light brown head, decent retention.

s: I got roasty, cocoa malts and some grainy sweetness. There is a little something sour underneath though.

t: That sourness is more pronounced here. All the elements of a good oatmeal stout are here, but I can't get past that sourdough bread/cheap coffee flavor. It just doesn't work for me in this one.

m: Feels right, smooth silky body and gentle but active carbonation.

d: I've tried these 3,000 miles and 6 months apart. Not for me.

DIM, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of hopfacebrew
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this on a whim. Poured from an undated bottle to a pint glass.

A - Poured from undated 12oz brown bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark black color with a dark brown mahogany edge. A nice 1 finger dark tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S - The first thing I notice is a dominant raisin character, which I didn't expect. A medium roast character also present with a hint of light earthy hop character. But a lot of raisin.

T - Just like the nose the raisin flavor dominates from the get go enveloping the palette with a thick syrupy character that lasts through the finish. A mild bitterness with the earthy hops. Though the roast malt takes a back seat to the sweet raisin flavor. Disappointing.

M - Despite the raisin-dominated flavor the mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O - Never had a stout like this. As Oatmeal Stouts are one of my favorites I was really looking forward to this but supremely disappointed. I am not a fan of raisins and don't get the flavor. Based on the ratings I suppose this bottle could be mishandled or old. I would give it another shot but this one was weak sauce.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-31-2011 02:04:30

hopfacebrew, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of fourthaxis
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got a bad batch of this stout! Or that's how it's suppose to be, but it had the overpowering taste of carbonated / seltzer water. At the least, it was bad enough I had to leave myself a note. Otherwise, it may have been a decent beer as it's other characteristics were OK.

fourthaxis, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost black in color, with a light brown head, one finger. Ok.
A bit strange smell, with light metallic notes. Under that, some toasted notes, light, and oat, creamy.
A bit better taste, malty notes, toasted. Again a hint of metallic, cereals.
Not completely satysfating, even in the aftertaste.

stcules, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, almost black with a nice tan head.

Very light, sweet creamed coffee nose. Simple and elegant and not real assertive.

Very thin mouthfeel, very watery and with little character.

Flavors were light coffee; simple coffee if not watered down coffee. This beer had almost no character; almost no flavor and was simply very weak and unimpressive.

I tried it twice and the foregoing was consistent both times. (Perhaps I was poured from a bad keg. I don't know. I do know that this beer was less than impressive.)

GRG1313, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BeefyMee
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

BeefyMee, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Have to start by saying this is a very complex beer ... not really sure if it is an oatmeal stout, a sweet stout or an imperial stout.

Color was Black w a thick brown head that lasted fairly well. Aroma was VERY hoppy at first before dissipating only slightly (don't get me wrong, I love hops, but not really to style hence lower rating). Hints of chocolate and mouthfeel was oily as an oatmeal stout should be. Beer was smooth at first but turned very bitter at the finish.... Also noticed alcohol as it sat and warmed a bit (like an Imperial Stout).

As they say on the bottle "recommend as a nightcap." I could prob drink a few but certainly not a session beer as I like in most oatmeal stouts.

RBorsato, Oct 09, 2002
Photo of nsabo
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grassy hops, dry oats, and a tiny dab of chocolate that rounds off with a light - almost empty - sweet, soymilk foam finish. The creamy finish seems like it’s trying to make up for its thinner, porter-esque mouthfeel. Too much hops for my liking. I prefer a maltier, more burnt stout.

nsabo, Jul 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

ALZ, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

schavuytje, Mar 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Acforster2, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Dcunicelli, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

bbluemzbeer, May 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

kurt5316, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

irthesteve, Jul 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

stumac, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

eet_fuk, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

mportnoy, Mar 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

jaidenjb, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a different bottle of this than most people, as I wasn’t very impressed. Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left oaky lacing. I had to work to get much aroma, which was faintly malty chocolate-toffee. The taste was also a fairly sweet, but faint, chocolate, and was undone by the watery mouthfeel of this thin-bodied beer. The finish was also highly influenced by the thin body, and was short, watery and a little stale.

Not as good of a beer as I expected.

kimcgolf, Apr 25, 2007
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

meb3476, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Brunite
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall: A bit disappointed given the ranking this receives. Not objectionable. Just not a standout. Very middle of the road on all counts in my book. Smell and taste were just lacking. Decent enough but not something I will likely search out or add to my list of regulars.

Brunite, Feb 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.