Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

2,577 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of hreb
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in pint glass, chilled but not cold. Beer pours a deep, dark brown, opaque as it enters the glass, with a medium thick brown head. Pretty good roasty aroma with a hint of mocha.

Flavor is bigger on coffee notes, with a heavy but not syrupy mouthfeel, a very light bitterness, and moderate carbonation. I tried this earlier at a cooler temp and found the carbonation way too heavy for the style, so serving closer to cellar temperature seems to be a clear win for me on this beer.

Overall: a really nice mid-ABV oatmeal stout. Extremely drinkable when not over chilled.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Dylanjf
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bohemian Cafe. Pour was near black; left lots of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

Allowed to warm for about 10 minutes, but still had a relatively light aroma; featured medium and dark roosted malts with dark chocolate.

Taste: also not strong; more like an Irish stout in intensity than expected. Slight smoke but no burnt notes: just as I prefer. Marginal hops mainly keep the sweet/bitter balance spot on.

M: A tad light overall, with a very light finish; very smooth; ~ perfect carbonation.

O: Not the world's best oatmeal stout, but certainly excellent: Can serve as a gold standard in this category, being a virtually flawless rendition of a straightforward version.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown…awesome cascade action leaving nice, thick khaki colored head…long lasting and very inviting…(3.75/5)

Smell: Oatmeal right off the bat…I’m gettin’ chocolate, lots of chocolate and some coffee…creaminess to this as well…nice...(3.5/5)

Taste: Chocolaty with mild coffee and cream flavors…a nice roasted malt and oatmeal base with toffee and caramel flavor accenting everything nicely…a very nice vanilla hint…what ever hops is in there is very subtle, not much bitterness to speak of…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium feel, medium carbonation…it is a bit watery…(2.5/5)

Overall: The taste is good, but it’s a bit watery for a stout…the smell is nice and the look is great, but it definitely is missing that something that would make it more desirable…it’s drinkable but not outstanding in it’s field…middle of the pack…(3/5)

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Fullers snifter.

Pours an extremely dark brown/black colour, with a nice tan head.

Smells of very dark malts.

Tastes of those dark and burnt notes, with hints of vanilla as well as a subtle general overriding sweetness. Bitter hop finish.

Overall It's quite a good beer, not as sweet or full textured as I'd like though.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange, CA.

Again, another great reviewed beer but Raul just isn't feelin it!

Too much carbonation, a bit too sweet, and just nothing special. I mean, Raul can definitely drink it and chill hard with tha homies, but he ain't gonna sip it over El Torro Bravo with the old lady and try to get nasty after.

Edit: as it warms up, I am getting more textures of flavor. Also, there is a more prounoinced presence in the nose.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,577 ratings.
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