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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 102
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.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

turdadactyl, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

laymansbeerfan, Mar 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jaybirdsbeer, Feb 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Novabrewer, Jul 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Alex5, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

psmith161, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Mark5252, Nov 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

golfchance, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

traviswhillier, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

chasmandocharles, Jul 21, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A - Pours a solid black with a nice 1 finger tan head. No highlights

S - Roasted malts, some vamilla, not picking up on a lot

T - Hoppier than expected. Some of the same vanilla from the smell. There is a bit of ash or smokiness detected also

M - Highly carbonated, fairly thin bodied. A bit less than a typical oatmeal stout

O - Not a huge amount of complexity to this one, nothing really stands out. Overall pretty average

jman892, Jul 08, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A: Dark Brown w/ light brown head. The head was 3/4 inches and was a okay lace.

S: Very alcoholy and a little pine too. Also a little oaky as well.

T: Creamy and bitter.

M: Thick and tended to foam up once sipped.

D: Not too bad. Served better chilled than room temp.

gkatsoris, Nov 25, 2007
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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A_Pours a dark cola looking liquid. Actually resembles coca cola down to the large bubbled carbonation in the glass.

S_Sweet coffee laced chocolate aroma. Minor alcohol notes

T_Coffee dominates at first followed by a nicely roasted grain note. Not overly complicated but it gets down to the correct stout notes one would expect.

M_Rather light bodied and overly carbonated. No oatmeal silk at all. The look turned out to be indicative of the feel.

D_A decent beer, but as an Oatmeal it just doesn't stand out. The thicker mouthfeel is absent and the overall complexity is lacking. A shame as I have enjoyed other beers from the brewery.

sleazo, Nov 09, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

I have never had Anderson Valley before and thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a shot since I don't have much experience with oatmeal stouts and wanted to try another one(only had probably 1 other) and I'm not that impressed. It's ok, sometimes I think I'm drinking a guinness which is fine since I like Guinness but I was looking for more flavor. I was expecting a huge oatmeal push like Founders Breakfast Stout but I shouldn't be comparing this to founders BS. I guess Oatmeal Stouts aren't my kind of style, maybe I should try more oatmeal stouts before I make any judgments but now I'll stick with my imperial and russian stouts.

BigB415, Mar 29, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label an idyllic mountain valley with a bear drinking from a stream. And he has moose antlers. Back label has a description of the area pictured and of the beer. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, 4 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, yet complete coating, leaving behind no lacing. Some lacing does appear as I drink the pint. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, essentially black. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet, marshmallow with hints of chocolate and a slight sourness in the finish.

Taste: Some sweet lactose flavor with an underlying, mild roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nothing too impressive here. Overall, very bland and watery. And I was really looking forward to a proper stout this evening.

beveritt, Mar 31, 2009
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown color headed by beige froth leaving a thin crown on top. Caramel & roasted malt aromas, hints of oats & forest fruit to the nose. Creamy upfront. Resiny, bitter, slight acidic flavors follow. As well as some chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as dense as expected from oat flakes. Dry bitter finish.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 09, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

A - quite dark with some red around the edges. Tight medium tan head.

S - normal oatmeal stout scent, nothing special.

T - like the scent it id am average oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about.

M - thinner than I would have liked, no ti.fled or anything.

D - frankly boring, but nothing actually bad about it.

biglite351, May 01, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -23.1%

Drank on-tap at Cactus Grill during my recent trip to Boston. Typed up from notes.

Poured a dark, almost black color. Thick and foamy head that was a bit tan. Lots of lace. Nose was hiding from me. Just some hoppy bitterness. No softness.

Where were the oats? Made me think more of a baltic porter with coffee and a touch of sourness. Dark, botter chocolate too. Minty hops more than anything else. Not smooth or rich. Not soft. Mostly biting. No real lingering flavors. Boring and disappointing because I have enoyed most of the other offerings from this brewery.

MuddyFeet, Dec 23, 2006
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3.14/5  rDev -22.9%

Pored a semi dark black with a thin cap of foam. Smells of a hint of black malt and nothing else.

Taste is upfront with dark patent malt, raw oatmeal, and some light grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall not sure what all the hype is about. Mediocre at best.

taylor714914, Nov 27, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

Your typical oatmeal stout. Nothing special here, but a pretty good representation of the style. Poured out to dark brown coffee like color with a caramel colored head. Odors of coffee, malt and a touch of sugar, all very light. Flavor is that of cocoa, oats and an overall roasted tone to the taste. Finished slightly sweet, and quite thick. Not bad, but I would go with Samuel Smith. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jun 02, 2005
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

02/12/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color. Maybe a tiny bit of light creeps through. 1/2 inch off white head at first which truns into maybe a slight rim at most over the next minute. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Super dark and malty for sure. Scents of roasted malt with a side of coffee beans.

Taste- As the scent would predict....dark, dark and darker. Almost a burnt charcoal like flavor. Not really any sweetness to be had. Touch of coffee at best. Mid range bitter hop texture.

Mouthfeel- Soda like (fizzy), carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not liking this one as much as I thought. Much better oatmeal stouts out there in the market IMO.

GClarkage, Feb 14, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

This fell in between the crabtree and breckenridge on side by side. It had a little more going on than the breckenridge. light bitter nut taste (if you like that i think youll enjoy this beer). sweet toasty oatmeal registers strong. not as big bodied as i would like an oatmeal stout. this couldnt be the only thing youre having for breakfast.

claytong, May 03, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

22oz bottle into a large mug

Pours a coffee brown with a frothy head. These bubbles are stuck on stupid.

Coffee, espresso, oatmeal, and nuts in the nose

Coffee again with cream and some chicory.

Robust, full bodied, and pretty Damn smooth. We have a winner

ikantspel, Dec 04, 2011
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.