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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black brew with brown hints, a tan head leaving some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling coffee, soy sauce, ashes.

Tasting burned bread crust, sweet dark dry fruits, some forest berries. Some yeast.

Medium low carbonation, soft, medium body, a somewhat dry finish.

A bit wobbly, no real strengths, but not bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

Dark chocolate pour with a large head which quickly shrinks to one finger.

Lemon-chocolate smell, with nice carbonation.

The finish is a bit unusual: lemony chocolate coffee and different than stouts with similar flavors.

This stout is refreshingly different.

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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a shade of brown so dark that you might mistake this beer as completely black if looked at in a dimly lit room. Brown, oatmeal colored head (ironically enough) sits on top for a while but leaves very little and somewhat spotty patches of lace on the way down. Aroma is sweet, just like an oatmeal stout should be. Sweet, roasted malts, almost reaching the bitter threshold, with hints of coffee. Not picking up a ton of chocolate, mostly just roasted malt and even a bit of creaminess from the oats. Doesn't pack as but of a punch as expected.

Across the palate, this beer is medium bodied with a very nice creamy and smooth texture - something that is imperative to the style and is execute well here. Roasted malts jump out to the front with some heavy coffee bean and oat/grain flavors. Sweetness hangs in the balance, coming off a bit like "cream & sugar", althought maybe not quite that sweet. The malts flirt with the "so heavily roasted it's bitter" line, throwing in maybe just a touch of bitterness to counter the sweetness. Hop flavors aren't very relevant, but they add a bit more ashy bitterness to help with any offset. The aftertaste actually contains a big nuttiness and a little woody note that I can't quite put my finger on. A little strange, not because it's bad, just slightly unexpected, since it wasn't around in the aroma.

Very good oatmeal stout, although I think it may be slightly overrated. Easily drinkable, but there are more flavorable options out there, though this one certainly isn't a bad choice by any means. Worth a shot if you like the style.

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4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/3 at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

A – Pours thick and black, 1 ½ finger frothy light brown head.

S – Dark chocolate, caramel, coffee + cream, Mexican Flan, and just sweet goodness.

T – Tastes of Robust and bitter coffee, little bit of hoppy bitterness and loads of burnt sugar.

M – Great carbonation with a medium-full body. It coats the palate with flavors but finished crisp thanks to the carbonation.

O – Super delicious beer, the aromas make it appear much sweeter than it really is which is a great contrast in my opinion. The body is very velvety and at 5.7% it’s a quite sessionable beer.


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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- DARK!!!! A very tar black color, I even took the liberty to hold an LED flashlight up to the glass and no light made it through. A nice chocolaty finger head sat on top and held some decent retention. The head settled into a nice cap. No lacing.

S- Judging by the appearance I was hoping for a strong robust aroma, but there was little nose. I did assume maybe it would open up more, but it did remain the same. Next time I will try a tulip. Definitely oats and chocolaty roasted malt. Nothing extraordinary for a stout.

T- Great flavor. Roasted malts, some chocolate and oatmeal oats, toffee/caramel. A little bit of dry hop. As the stout opened up there was a tiny bit of alcohol in the finish, but you really had to dig for it underneath the roasted flavor.

MF- Medium body, smooth and semi-creamy. light carbonation. A little warming finish as it settles, but not too noticeable.

O- A decent stout. If it is at a fair price, this is a fairly good beer to try. I would definitely want more Anderson Valley in the future. As far as stouts go, I would want just a tiny bit more out of this one. Still, not bad at all.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got a bad batch of this stout! Or that's how it's suppose to be, but it had the overpowering taste of carbonated / seltzer water. At the least, it was bad enough I had to leave myself a note. Otherwise, it may have been a decent beer as it's other characteristics were OK.

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