Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev -31.7%
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.
01-31-2009 18:48:44 | More by DIM
2.83/5 rDev -30.5%
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
01-24-2012 13:50:55 | More by hopfacebrew
2.85/5 rDev -30%
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.
09-12-2012 04:18:12 | More by fourthaxis
2.88/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
08-30-2011 19:10:40 | More by stcules
2.9/5 rDev -28.7%
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.)
08-02-2009 08:57:14 | More by GRG1313
2.9/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
02-12-2004 03:54:50 | More by BeefyMee
2.95/5 rDev -27.5%
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.
10-09-2002 06:53:57 | More by RBorsato
2.98/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
07-16-2011 06:41:05 | More by nsabo
3/5 rDev -26.3%
I may have gotten a different bottle of this than most people, as I wasnt 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.
04-25-2007 02:31:25 | More by kimcgolf
3/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
02-04-2011 17:57:07 | More by Brunite
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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