Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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
Ranking:
#5,619
Reviews:
1,007
Ratings:
2,615
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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Photo of CollinaTiger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boy how long have I been waiting to taste this! Now here I am after having backed down a couple tonight and still going for it because it is still just too interesting to leave it untouched. Well, I have never had an oatmeal stout before.
And then boom. It isn't pitch black but like charcoal brown. It looks almost like a porter and the smell that hits you when pouring is awesome! Sweet like an imperial stout! Let's smell it from close: yes, it is definitely sweeter but like a compot, like a thin fruity syrup. Fascinating!
And then it comes. The amazing taste that just leaves you with an awe, wondering how on earth could they do such a great and delicious stout! Because I hate stouts... and this is like an imperial stout without the "double", without the booze or that sticky sweetness. This is just mildly sweet. Almost like a Pepsi light. But then it runs into a cold brew coffee bean bitterness in the end. Funny how it changes. It is definitely an experience. Although might not be the greatest beer ever on the planet but it gives you a good time while drinking because it is so bionic. And this is something I can't tell about stouts since they are flat or rather dead to me. But this is cool. How does oatmeal come into the picture? Doesn't matter.
It is good. Simple as that. I am all for it. Long live AVBC!

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Photo of Dourrieu
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of the can . A solid beer way to carbonated would love to try it on tap. Nice head good taste great aroma.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winco. Dark brown / near black body, small fluffy beige head, fades but not all the way. gentle roast grain aroma, mildly sweet. Some burnt toast and coffee. Taste is also mild, flavor from the roast grains, some sweetness and texture from the oats. Not overly roasty, minor lingering bitterness.

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Photo of kitekid
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Decervecitas. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Avernum 3. No foam. Not bad, but has some acidness and veggie notes that dont seem right. Bought on Feb 2017. Probably became too old. Has no bbf date

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Photo of Stephen85
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DodgerLove
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdm9465
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black no light and no ruby notes around the edges, just black. Finger and a half of thick light brown head sinking into the beer to create some more drinkable yummy.

Smells like stone fruits, figs and cherries, stirred into a cup of coffee.

Taste is just like the nose. Really picking up some dried cherries and that background of roasted coffee.

Mouth feel is medium with a slick wet finish.

Overall a very nice stout. The oatmeal does not add any real sweetness just more of a thickness to the mouthfeel. The roasting on the malts seems to bring out a nice coffee note and there is that stone fruit component that comes out in a lot of stouts. Really tastes and feels like a much bigger beer than the 5.8% ABV. So if you want a bigger stout but don't want that 8% and up ABV this would be really nice still a good somewhat thicker sipper that would be great on a cool evening on the patio. Enjoy!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of insouciantx
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Djoneil
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pint on nitro at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore

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Photo of trdtercel92
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giangio
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter

Dark brown liquid , one finger brown foam cap quickly settles to a layer of foam

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, espresso

Taste of roast malts, gentle coffee, roast coffee taste lingers

Good sudsing, light mouthfeel

Nice beer

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chirdning
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vaulmas
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,615 ratings