Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark brown, but looks pitch black in the glass. The head was a frothy tan. It dies down a bit, but a tan ring always remains, leaving rings of sticky tan lacing.
The nose offers roasted barley, cracked burnt grains, toasted brown bread, milk chocolate, cacao nib, earthy hops, and a bit of gingerbread and almond milk.
The palate offers big amounts of toasted pumpernickel and gingerbread upfront. Coarse, grainy, toasty, and slightly sweet. It transitions to milk chocolate, a more bitter cacao nib, black coffee, and vanilla. You get a little bit of dried cherry and raisin. It finishes on a strong chocolate note, with a lightly bitter coffee note, with grainy oats shining all the way through.
The mouthfeel is rich, full, and creamy, thanks to the generous amounts of oats. It's pretty well carbonated, though, so it doesn't stick or drag too long on the palate, but moves smoothly but swiftly along.

This is a quintessential oatmeal stout. Highly enjoyable in every aspect of the style.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with an aroma of malt,coffee,caramel/vanilla. It had a creamy feel with medium carbonation. Taste was exactly like it smelled,coffee,malt,vanilla,and perhaps a bit of dried fruit. I thought it was a solid stout and really enjoyed it after dinner with dessert.can definitely recommend it

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Photo of matcris
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, a little ruby around the edges, with a fast dissipating head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet, overall. Cocoa Puffs cereal, & coffee. In the flavor, Cocoa, a Pumpernickel-like bread crust, and a berry-like jam presence, too. Smooth, dry, medium bodied, and above average in carbonation.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass, enjoyed with hunks of fudge.

Black as you please. Thin head, small bubbles, fair lacing.
Smells like malty chocolate, dark fruits, oatmeal.
Taste is groovy. Cherry-tinged chocolate and oat-bound espresso. Approaching medium crispness and hop presence, any more would, I imagine, disrupt the harmony.
I have found that an Oatmeal Stout needs some Jazz, and this well-balanced brew provides it!

Overall we would be eager to try an Imperial version of this brew!!

A number of my learned colleagues have mentioned Vanilla, I suppose accurately, yet until recently I lacked the vocabulary to claim it's calming presence out of the otherwise catchy chorus, or to associate it with Beer in general. A refined pallet requires patience, Grasshopper ...

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Photo of akirakcat
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick black color with a small light-brown head. Smells strongly of vanilla with some oats, although my first impression was coke. Roasted malt taste with a spicy kick and a chocolate finish. Nice smoothness from the oats but not enough body for my liking. Disappointed with this one given the price tag and high rating.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another brewer that I believe I am trying one of the first of their offerings...Decent enough...

I was impressed with the look of the beer, dark, reddish highlights and a tan head. I was surprised to see how fast it dissipated leaving no possibility of lacing. Though I tried, I couldn't really pull out any scent other than the advertised vanilla, and even so, it was weak. The feel was somewhat carbonated but with a hint of spiciness over the tongue. The flavor was definitely vanilla, roasted malts, but nothing I found out of the ordinary (or impressive for that matter.) It was a decent beer, I was surprised to see the website's rating, but I supposed that tells you everyone has their own like tastes.

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Photo of deg
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I am just unlucky. My beer is flat. I poured the beer into a glass. The color looks good, but there was hardly any head. It disappeared quickly. I can smell something which I can't identify. I took a taste. The taste is good except for the beer being near flat. I see the excellent reviews, so maybe I'll give this beer another try.

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Photo of Zet
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with an unimpressive layer of foam. Smell of chocolate and roasted malts. Roasted malts (coffee) are also the main theme in the taste, together with mild hops, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. I love the intensity of flavours they managed to get in a 5.8 abv beer. Mouth feel is excellent: medium-bodied and smooth. Keep 'em coming, beers like this one!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a thin head. The beer smells of roasted malts and a nice dark chocolate. There is also a sweetness of vanilla and milk. The beer has a sweet taste of vanilla to it followed by the richness or oats and roasted malts. The beer is very smooth and has hints of chocolate in it as well.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a teku glass from Zymology Craft Beer Store.

Oatmeal Stout, style 16B from BJCP.

A: The body is fully opaque, dark. The head stands between a beige and a clear brown. There's not much retention. And no lacing.
S: The first thing you can feel is the aroma of cereals that are present in the beer. This case, oat. Right after, there's a bit of sweetness coming from, I guess, lactose and coffee. And I think there's a clear distinction here between coffee and roasted malts. Both are present, but the roastiness of malts is one level "deeper".
T: The taste begins with a clearly sweet tone of oat and coffee that once the liquid goes to the back of mouth transforms itself into a malty and bitter profiles. I guess some nutty tones are present as well. No hop flavor, nor fruity tones.
M: Body is medium-low to medium, carbonation is reasonable but it's not silky as supposed. I believe this particular beer should be a lot more velvety but it's probably due to conditioning of the bottle throughout the time. Which is sad.
O: My first Anderson Valley beer. I was indeed expecting a bit more from this beer but it's probably due to the conditioning of the bottle. The taste is great but the mouthfeel is far from perfect. Will try it again but more fresh probably.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 1/19/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

Dark tan head; strong lace.

Creamy coffee & hearty oats in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Coffee bean & cream flavors up front; hearty oats on the finish. Mild but flavorful enough to enjoy; a nice, sessionable take on the style.

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Photo of Beerma
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shocked again by the reviews! Don't know if maybe it has changed since it was first reviewed 15 years ago by the brothers or maybe there are just so many great beers out there now.. I did not like this one that much and really don't know how it is a 90!

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Photo of Dakin
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pitch dark caramel with a dark creamy head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing left on the glass. Redish amber tinges on the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts, smoked meats, dark fruits.

Taste: Hops up front, followed by dark fruits and a fairly smooth finish.

Feel: Decent mid to heavy mouth feel on this one.

Overall: Average oatmeal stout. A bit too heavy on the dark fruits for me here to be a classic oatmeal stout. Not terrible though. Won't be a go-to oatmeal stout for me. 6/10.

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Photo of craigmorris74
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a smooth, silky oatmeal stout. This stout has a smooth yet complex malt forward flavor. The oatmeal gives a nice mouthfeel. This beer would make a great nightcap treat!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours black with glittering red edges and half a finger of brown head that leaves peaked whipped topping lace as it recedes.

Smells of cocoa powder, drizzled caramel squares, toasted brown sugar, sultana raisins and soft smoke.

Tastes of more bittersweet cocoa, toasted caramel malt, more raisiny fruitiness, char, and mild leafy hops.

Feels soft and airy. Medium-light bodied with supple carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Very solid.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, julian date of 6/18/16. Pours brownish black with a larger sized light khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, oats, indistinct coffee, molasses, and subtle cocoa. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, oats, dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, and coffee. Light bitterness and dryness. Above average carbonation and somewhat thin body for the style. Overall, this has a nice roasted malt and oat profile, but could use less dark fruit and more body.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, code 16137 6270 71... poured into a nonic)

L: very dark brown liquid... glass is clean, but the medium-dark brown suds sparkle down to nothing - not sure how old this bottle is... no lace

S: dry dark chocolate powder, mild dark coffee... perhaps a bit of cool mint, and a nip of molasses in the back... hint of dried dark fruit... no real booze or hop stands out... overall potency strong...

T: dominant flavor of dark, roasty, bitter-acidic grain - roasted barley front and center... dry, malty middle, heavy on the darker, roastier grain flavor... bitterness in flavor seems to be mostly roast-derived

F: light-medium bodied, dense, but on the lighter side... lightly-slick, glassy smoothness underneath a subtle charcoal-y grit... could use a touch more dextrin-y underbelly

O: American-style stout flavors for sure... rich, bold, and dry... nobody is buying this at the joint where I found this - could be an old bottle, but I've had this often enough to know it's real good, and better than what I'm tasting here

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Photo of anon
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty well black, with a deep brown tinge. small tan coloured head, minimal retention and lace.

As this warms a bit, the sweetness opens up the aroma with soft notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and wood.

Taste has some flavours of caramel candy, toffee, fresh coffee, toasted oats and malt, light hop bitterness, corn, wood, ash.

Body is on the lighter side but finishes smooth and slightly dry. This one needs to be taken at face value, a straightforward oatmeal stout that sets out to be just that. You'd be hard pressed to find another beer of this style, at this price, with this quality.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is malt driven and matches the taste, excellent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Jet black color, half finger brown head, no visible carbonation.

S: Oatmeal, sweet, coffee, fig.

T: Sweet ashtray... A bit malty on the back end.

F: Feels pretty smooth on the palate.

O: I was very disappointed from this beer. Aroma was spectacular but tasted like sweet ashtray. If you are a smoker maybe it's a good thing but for a non smoker like me it was pretty off-puttiing.

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Photo of lbloom
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing.

S: Not a super pungent beer, but still enough here to talk about. Roasted malts dominate. Some coffee notes. Bits of dark chocolate. Somewhat earthy. Smells fresh.

T: Chocolate and dark malts hit first. Then coffee notes start to kick in. Some cherry if you dig for it. Maybe a tiny bit of vanilla as well. The finish is mostly malt and caramel, with a tinge of dark coffee bitterness. Almost no hop presence at all. Flavors are actually pretty subdued compared to most stouts these days. Fairly light on chocolate notes.

M: Very light for a stout. Somewhat creamy from the oatmeal, but not quite as much as Samuel Smith's or Founders Breakfast. None of the stickiness I hope to find. Kind of comparable to the consistency of coke, but with less of a syrupy feel. Not bad, but a bit too light for my taste these days. Carbonation is ample, and probably tends towards the heavier side of things when viewed against other stouts.

O: This was one of the first dark beers I really loved. Coming back to it years later, I'm not sure it stands up quite as well as I'd like. The nostalgia is definitely there, but this has been overshadowed by more complex and strong entries from other breweries. Don't get me wrong, this is still a solid beer. It is light as fairly sessionable compared to other stouts. The creamy oatmeal makes this a very easy drink to put away. I like it better than Samuel Smith's, but if I have my choice between this and Founders (or really any imperial), I'd probably stay away. Still, a great gateway beer for those who are not sold on stouts quite yet and need to find something un-intimidating to ease their way in with.

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Photo of dgkelly
2.21/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not quite sure how this beer got such a high rating. I found it to be unexpectedly sour as if it had turned. Thankfully, it was part of a beer exchange and I only have one left. I'll use it in the smoker to add moisture.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad bottle?
Look: Dark Brown. Medium brown head. Not much lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and malty.
Taste: Not a ton happening - flavors seem muted and watered down.
Feel - light, light carbonation.
Overall - would not purchase again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into glass

opaque black in color, white head. roasty aroma - chocolate, coffee. taste is well balanced, and to style. medium bodied.

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Photo of cmurkar
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Smell is roasted chocolate malt. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, nut, and toffee. Faint tones of coffee. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with slight carbonation.

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