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 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, oat tartness, woody, a bit of cherry. The smell 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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 46 degrees.

Look : tall head, almost too tall, and has an almond color. Body is dark brown, no transparency.

Smell : the chocolate and oatmeal are right there at the door to greet you. With agitation even more cocoa comes out, with a trailing note of plum behind it.

Taste : um. Wow. This is possibly the best oatmeal stout ive had. Tons of chocolate, baked cocoa, malts, oats. Its wonderfully balanced with a nice pine stab at the end. Boom.

Feel is on point. mildly creamy, low carb, nice milky swallow.

Best oatmeal stout in the world. Looking back at this review now that it's 2017, it's easily the best Oatmeal Stout ever - when it's drank within its reasonable canning date.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep used-oil, black with a two finger fluffy khaki head that lingers.

S: Huge notes of dried cherries, figs, and toffee fills the nose.

T: Same pitted fruit notes from the nose, just muted. Toffee and semi sweet chocolate take up the body. Light coffee and a slight iron-metallic taste take up the dry finish.

M: Medium velvety mouthfeel. Fits the dry, roast finish that resembles a good cup of joe.

O: Another awesome beer from Anderson Valley. Buy it, if you even semi like Oatmeal Stouts this will knock your socks off.

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

Service: Can

Pours pitch black with two fingers of airy tan head that quickly drops to a film/ring. OK retention; lots of sticky lacing. (3.75)

Smooth, creamy malt sweetness. Roasty malts, coffee, toasted nuts. (3.75)

Similar to the flavor with general creamy roast character, bread, toasted sugar, and a slightly mineraly finish. (4)

Medium bodied, velvety feel with medium carbonation and a slow, roasty finish. (4.25)

Really nice Oatmeal stout.
It is pretty aggressive and pretty restrained at the same time, if that makes any sense. The aroma and the flavor are both very roasty, but both toe the line that separates roasty from bitter, while staying on the nuttier, sweeter side. The body is nice and although it could be a little richer for my tastes, it is plenty velvety, rich, filling, and smooth. She's got a little more stout to her than some, but is still very smooth and drinkable. Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a monstrous head, tan in color. Thick and foamy. The head just sits there.

Aroma: huge oat aroma, roasted malt, toffee.

Flavor: roasted, oats, faint chocolate

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours deep dark ebony with a small but thick mahogany head
S- Roasted malts, bread, cherries, dark chocolate
T- Roasted malts again, slightly smoky, finish is a little bitter, sweetness from dark chocolate and cherries.
M- Full-bodied, creamy, finishes dry
O-Robust and flavorful, this is a nice complex stout, very well done.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating as an Oatmeal Stout, this is a near perfect classic example of just that. Roasty, creamy, and so easily drinkable, with no fluff around it. Just a well crafted Oatmeal Stout. Cheers!

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,552 ratings.
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