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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
2,539
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
360
For Trade:
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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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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark brown color. Smells of dark chocolate. Upfront tastes of roasted chocolate and coffee, followed by a nice, tart aftertaste like cherries. Well carbonated, bubbly and refreshing, while still being quite full. Overall, an excellent stout.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque dark brown beer with nice 2-finger tan head,
Smell -porridge, roasted, chocolate.
Taste - porridge, milky, roasted, chocolate.
Medium body and carbonation. The beer with very strong porridge pronounce, not for everyone.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of the can it poured a very dark brown color that looks nearly black in the glass. Thumbnail size tan head recedes and leaves a ringlike, on the rim, and patchy sudsy lace that retains and sticks to the glass.
The aroma is sweet, like milky chocolate, roasted malt and lighter tones of coffee.
I found this to be mostly sweet in the mouth but well balanced. The sweetness comes from a moderately roasted milky chocolate malt. There is also a tangy fruity feel, from the cherries. In the finish, I detect the slightest of buttering from the coffee feel as well as a tiny hint of hops. The mouthfeel is delightful; it is medium bodied and lighter for a stout. The oatmeal makes for an ultra smooth and creamy feel.
This is a delightful stout that at only 5.8% ABV is highly drinkable. I will certainly get it again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roasty, nutty, lactose tartness, woody, a bit of cherry. The taste is a bit less impressive than the taste. It might be a bit overly carbonated. Very drinkable and refreshing stuff. Light in body for a stout

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly black, dark, thick pour. Solid 1" of tan head on it. Aroma had some roast, a little bit of anise type of stuff.

Taste is a bunch of roasted malt tempered by the oats. Relative dry finish. This is a no frills oatmeal stout that does exactly what it sets out to do. Its been around for almost 3 decades I believe, so in a world of barrel aging and adjuncts, it is a throwback to the olden days for sure. Well hopped.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep dark brown that is almost black and creates a 1/2" think dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring and layer of foam. Sipping creates a partial arch of foam and lots of scattered patches of foam, some of which are small enough they soon slide back down to the liquid. By mid-way through the beer there's still a small ring but only an irregular thin island of foam.

The aromas include some dark roasted malt, a bit of chocolate or cocoa, with a hint of oatmeal from the oats mixed into the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the addition of a touch of sweetness. There's the roasted malt, some chocolate or cocoa, and that bit of oatmeal in the background. There's also a slight bit of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is the full side of medium bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is light and contributes to the almost creamy mouthfeel. The finish begins about mid-way through as the sweetness recedes a bit allowing the cocoa and roasted malt to dominate, but still hangs around to soften the malt and chocolate flavors. Eventually there's just a touch of dry bitterness at the end to invite the next sip.

This is an enjoyable beer that I plan on having again. It's well made as I'd expect from Anderson Valley and could well become a favorite.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.17/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Disclaimer: I had this beer immediately after an IPA; maybe my taste buds are screwed up?

My server poured it in a pint glass and it has no head at all; maybe how she poured it. Accordingly it looks flat and thin. And perfect black. The smell is sweet and has a smell of fermenting fruits. The taste is just bizarre to me: there is a taste of almost vinegar on the back of the tongue. It's different for sure. Maybe it's some kind of a Belgian style? Definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, no canning or freshness information present. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - A dark black pour, nearly opaque, with some hues of reddish-brown showing through when held to the light. One finger of frothy tan head.

S - Aroma of barley malt, chocolate, cream, oats.

T - Good flavor: roasty & creamy, with notes of cherry, cola, spice. Subtle barley malt / roast / chocolate / bitterness. The oatmeal adds a smooth creamy element to the beer.

M - Again, the oatmeal adds a smooth creamy texture. Smooth, creamy, silk, with good lingering flavors of roast.

Overall, a decent oatmeal stout offering, but not one I'm likely to try again, or to buy six packs of, considering the wide variety in this genre.

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout -----3.5/5

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