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
Ratings:
2,574
Reviews:
1,000
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
376
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown/black body with a slightly creamy looking/tan head - slightly concaves a bit and leaves some nice lacing. The smell had oatmeal up front, roasty coffee, slightly sweet burnt malt, dark chocolate. The taste had an oatmeal flavoring and has a nice balance between sweet roasty/slightly burnt chocolate, I’m liking this, roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium, sessionable, carbonation seems spot on. Overall, I tend to like stouts, but this one as an oatmeal stout is very good.

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Photo of Nosquatch
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

It's damn good. Not too sweet, nothing that overpowers the stouty goodness. If you think you don't like stouts, give it a try. If you still don't like it, then you probably really don't like stouts. And I've wasted your time and money. Sorry about that. It's still beer and that's not the worst waste of time and money going. I mean pretty much any of the Transformers movies are bigger wastes of time and money. Especially that 2nd one.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a 12-oz tulip glass. This pours a dark brown with a small, light tan head that disappears quickly. It smells rich, like oak with faint hints of dark chocolate. The taste reminds me of a bourbon barrel, but without some of the sweetness and harshness. That is to say, it keeps much of the oak flavor but adds to it some fruity notes of mulberry and strawberry as it warms. The mouthfeel is pretty weak, much more watery than many beers of its kind.

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Photo of migleskun
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

An almost perfect beer...exceptionally smooth with a mix of dark fruits and chocolate...I would recommend giving this a shot..you won't regret it!!!!!

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

Photo of jglaw1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavidLuger
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weeee. My taste buds are happy. Very pleasant happy buzz. Should there be a category for buzz rating?
It is like dessert for dinner, but not too sweet.

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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 bshefftz
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro at Tip Tap Room. So smooth. So good.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwt
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zanico
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jacknyr08
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of odinofasgard
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Rdc67
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 LoudRed
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Jodio
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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