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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,876 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 89
Gots: 98 | 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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Novabrewer

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-11-2013 00:54:51 | More by Novabrewer
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-21-2012 03:03:50 | More by tmars13
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-18-2012 14:51:31 | More by t0rin0
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-09-2013 23:54:50 | More by Alex5
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-01-2013 21:22:30 | More by Mark5252
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golfchance

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.3%

05-23-2013 02:06:53 | More by golfchance
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traviswhillier

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-21-2013 20:25:45 | More by traviswhillier
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-21-2013 21:19:53 | More by chasmandocharles
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:38:11 | More by jman892
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gkatsoris


3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 05:37:37 | More by gkatsoris
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sleazo

New York

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 05:44:49 | More by sleazo
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BigB415

California

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 05:14:26 | More by BigB415
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beveritt

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:02:09 | More by beveritt
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:48:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:08:11 | More by biglite351
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 23:45:11 | More by MuddyFeet
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 17:06:06 | More by taylor714914
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 00:47:35 | More by Frozensoul327
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GClarkage

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 17:32:37 | More by GClarkage
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claytong

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:20:10 | More by claytong
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ikantspel

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:22:27 | More by ikantspel
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bennicorp

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minor head, off-white; dark in color but not pitch black.

S: Diacetyl in nose; Slightly malty.

T: First you taste the grains, then the malt - here it almost tastes like a weak doppelbock, then lastly the diacetyl...the diacetyl is pretty strong in this beer - too strong, in our opinion at least.

M: Watery, yet malty; these tastes separate.

D: Other than the diacetyl - very drinkable.

Overall, it's weak in terms of taste and the diacetyl overwhelms the true oatmeal stout characteristics that could be there. Easy drinkability but not my favorite oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:30:34 | More by bennicorp
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark near black blocks out direct light, good head no real lace.

S-Very roasted, rich chocolate notes of vinilla.

T&M-The issue I seem to be having with all anderson valley beers is their lack of complexity in the flavor, light nots of all the nose come through in the flavor but the melt away into a very thin watery middle and finish overall not bad just nothing that stands out for the price of the beer.

D-Too expensive for what I've been getting so far its ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:03:31 | More by SpecialK088
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A dark dark brown beer that poured thick like an oatmeal stout should. The head is creamy, and mixed large and small bubbles gives great head.

S- A coffee smell is there, its not strong. The oatmeal thickness can be smelled mixing with the roasted malts. I'm getting a slightly sweet chocolate taste in this beer as well.

T- This is kinda flat in terms of flavor. There is lots of coffee taste, but very dry in taste as well. There is slight chocolate taste, but its kinda not hitting the spot.

M- Thickish, but not enough carbination to help the thickness.

D- Its ok. I haven't been too thrilled on the taste of some of the Anderson Valley beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:15:42 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My expectations were high as I waited to try this stout last in a flight of 5 5 oz. tastes. Maybe I was hoping for too much but I was not disappointed. Fantastic sensations of flavors in the mouth and rather easy to drink (although not all evening). Appeared not as dark as some traditional stouts. Hints of chocolate and caramel more noticeable in the smell than in the overall taste. Enjoyed it but would like to compare to other oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2004 19:03:19 | More by Backer2004
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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