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:
2,576
Reviews:
1,000
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
376
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thickish and boldly roasted stout. Fine to share at end of meal, but was too much for earlier in the day or even with anything but dessert. Coffee in there. A tad sourish. Very dark. Bittersweet chocolate and nutty. Smooth but some grain on tongue.Dry finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GRG1313
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, almost black with a nice tan head.

Very light, sweet creamed coffee nose. Simple and elegant and not real assertive.

Very thin mouthfeel, very watery and with little character.

Flavors were light coffee; simple coffee if not watered down coffee. This beer had almost no character; almost no flavor and was simply very weak and unimpressive.

I tried it twice and the foregoing was consistent both times. (Perhaps I was poured from a bad keg. I don't know. I do know that this beer was less than impressive.)

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some coffee bean and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout and one of my favorite Anderson Valley beers.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have a soft spot for this one, its one of the beers that got me into the style, and one i always go back to when comparing and thinking hard about an oatmeal stout. maybe its not the best one out there, in fact, it definitely isnt, but i think its one of the truest to style around thats regularly available, and its a darn fine glass of ale, a good measuring stick. slick black look, and slick roasty viscous going down. medium sized coffee colored head, with cream lighter than coffee, but rich brown and big bubbles and lasting pretty well. sweet nose, almost like a milk stout. thank the oats for that. the flavor is rich with grain character, but the oat sweetness balances bitter roasted barley and specialty dark malts and the harmony is gorgeous and continuing long into the finish. there is even a mild yeast flavor to this, which is uncommon i think is most darker, maltier american beers. its bready and unifying, clean but noticeable. full bodied but i could still happily drink a sixer, in fact i have many times. this beer really made the style for me as a younger beer drinker, and its always a fond experience enjoying one now. emotionally important for me, foundational to my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured out as a deep brownish black color. The head was fluffy and tan. The lacing was decent for most of the time drinking this beer. The smell of the beer has some really nice roasted malt aromas blended with some interesting oats on the nose. The taste of the been is smooth and had a nice earthy roasted flavor to it. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. Overall this beer was pretty good. I can't say I'd go out of my way to have it again but I did enjoy it.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. The beer poured with a finger high head that died down very slowly.
S: There are aromas of semisweet chocolate morsels in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking stout because it’s relatively light-bodied for the style and doesn’t have that much alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ummm, Ummm, ummm. Tasty! This has all of the appearances to rate it 4.5 - 5.0. It looks nerly perfect in its black color, dense lasting head, and low carbonation. nlocks aromas of sweet cocoa, roasted, toasted grains, dark rich fruit, mild lactic tartness, and moderate coffee aromas. Tastes even better. Silky smooth chocolate and roasted malt. Just enough coffe flavors to give it some testicles. The oats really milds the flavors and texture. This has a big rich body, just short of putting it into a Imperial Stout category. Nice nutty flavors along with slight cherries woven into the alcohol. Finishes long, sweet, and modestly bitter. I beleive I'll have another.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz American pint at Humpy's on the beach in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.

This beer appears a very dark, almost black, cola-edged brown hue, with one flabby finger of densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some randomly skewed webbed lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, medium dark chocolate, anise, raisin, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted, kind of bready caramel malt, bitter cocoa, a lactic sourness, some indistinct earthy sweetness, further black licorice, and mild leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather silky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the grainy, chocolate-lite malt, and lingering, ethereal sour milk essence.

A fairly pleasant oatmeal stout, the roundness of the body more than capable of talking me into another. The little extra sourness adds touches of a more traditional porter, deftly tempering the potential sweetness. Worthy of seeking out, this one is.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of cans for $9.99 in Los Angeles. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, but I have had it before.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels (my go-to pairing food).

A: Pours a four finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV (at least five minutes). Body colour is a solid jet black. Nontransparent; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Surprisingly tangy. Maybe even some orange zest. Out of place floral hops. Malty sweetness. Oats. A hint of roast (which should be far stronger). Biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Smooth with heavy caramel. Some cigar-esque roasty notes. The oats smoothen it. A surprisingly present floral hop character, though it's nicely disguised by the roast and caramel. I'm not getting chocolate or coffee. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, dark malts. Creamy. Very well balanced. This is one tasty beverage. The orange zest from the aroma is nowhere to be found; maybe it was just the hops. I quite fancy it. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth from the rolled oats. Wet. Never too light. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness.

Dr: A very drinkable oatmeal stout. Hides its ABV very well. I'm really enjoying this and will have no trouble finishing it. I'd recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked up a six pack. Not as complex or subtle as a great beer in the style could be, but very solid and nicely balanced. I'd like to try this on nitro.

B

Pairs well with pretzels.

Probably not a good beer to age.

Serve cold, actually. It's fine, really. You don't need to wait for room temperature on this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color with a massive beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

Smell: Mocha aromas with a touch of brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge

Taste: Starts with a rich mocha and chocolate flavor; mid-palate, the brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge arrives; after the swallow, a hoppy/coffee bitterness with a touch of acidity blends to make for a satisfyingly complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth as silk from the oatmeal addition

Drinkability: If there is a more drinkable outmeal stout, one would be hard-pressed to find it

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours dark brown to black with no light coming through. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Smooth and roasty here. I'm getting some dark fruit and dark chocolate notes as well. Just enough sweetness.

Taste: This is a very smooth tasting stout with just enough roast. I'm getting some dark chocolate with dark fruit and there might be a hint of vanilla in the background. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with full, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really easy to drink stout. Nice roast flavors, but it still manages to be very smooth. I would have more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate with some light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also a well balance mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some nice black chocolate notes. Creamy texture is really enjoyable with some good carbonation. Very well done and well balance while still being easily drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Appearance: Black with amber highlights. Pours with a moderate head, which settles into a ring.

Smell: Roasty, grainy, a bit of milk, a bit of black coffee.

Taste: A bit sweet and chocolatey at first, with a mild roasty bitterness coming out more toward the finish. Slightly mineral; mild floral hops. Finishes with a balance of sweet and bitter notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and easy on the palate.

Notes: A great session stout. Not exceptionally complex, but nicely balanced and very flavorful.

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