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
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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:
2,575
Reviews:
1,000
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
376
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ptricky
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a nice, silky sweet one with roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of sugar. Not bad!

Pours night black in my pint glass...with a decent, dark brown head.

The taste really is quite tame and smooth. Certainly have the roasted malt notes here, nowhere near burnt however. Chocolate notes there as well...a bit chewy, perhaps owing to the oatmeal. No real bitterness at all is perceptible...only real aftertaste that appears is a little roast, but it's fairly clean all in all.

What it comes down to is that this is a pretty delicious, albeit tame, stout. I really did enjoy it.

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Photo of BrandonCBeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Naterobsnyk4
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near black with a cola brown edging. Thick, creamy cocoa powder head with great retention, leaving behind a lace that's thick and sticky.

Smell - Notes of chocolate and roasted cocoa beans.

Taste - Follows the nose. Cocoa chocolate and a subtle coffee roast. A faint smokey undertone. hops are present, but hard to quantify. Finishes with said smoke and a milk chocolate quality.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall - A fairly light stout, but it has it's positives. Decent smokey character. Not a personal top 10 stout, but one I wouldn't mind drinking a few more times.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Yards love stout glass. Pours opague black with a tremendous two fingered light brown heading. Lacing is left all over the place after every sip.

Good aroma's of coffee , chocolate , smoke , and just an all around roastiness of malt.

Nice rich mocha flavoring. Brown sugar, earthy hops with a milky chocolate finish.

Full bodied for a lower ABV, good carbonation and a bit on the thicker side of balance.

This is solid from begining to end, not a complex beer just done right. Very good.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-black with a thick tan head

S-slightly roasted malts, creamy with a hint of oatmeal. This has an extremely tasty scent! 

T-comes in with a great taste of burnt malts similar to a chocolate covered espresso bean. It's a such a creamy and smooth taste. This is awesome! Great roasted after-taste. 

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-this is an amazing oatmeal stout. It's so creamy and it's so completely drinkable. The flavors are just awesome too. 

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mlhenson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black brown with 2 fingers tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Mild scent over all, hints of coffee, deeply toasted wheat and bitter sweet coco.

T: Initial flavour of toasted malts followed with some astringent coffee and just a hint of dark cherries.

M: Rather light and watery for an oatmeal stout, very low carbonation.

O: Because of the mild scent, straight forward flavour and thin mouthfeel this stout is not as memorable as other oatmeal stouts I've had. It's easy to drink and nice to have as an aperitif, I just would find it lost if paired with a hardy stew or grilled meats.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of poopandabear
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TheDinger
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to a pint glass. A decent, dark brown looking OS with a nice mocca head 1+ finger and a little staying power. Smell was a nice blend of chocolate, dark malts, figs and distant grains. A very nice surprise and plesant. Taste was not as pronounced and had more of the sweet, chocolate hit on the front. Again the oatmeal was burried and I wanted that to come through. Some hops on the end, but subtle. Feel was thin and a bit weak. Not a thick stout feel, but more of a brown. Decent carbonation. Overall- A nice take on the style and pretty good. Very sessionable stout which was a bonus. A little off on the oatmeal/malt taste but a solid effort. A definite must try and I will look for another-

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Photo of Arno
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark brown/black with a mocca colored foam head. Foam was gone pretty quick though.

smell: Sour malts and hops mainly. A bit of Coffee / Dark chocolat, but faint.

taste: Better then the smell suggests. Good balance of sweetness, bitter and a bit of sour. Quite easy going for a stout. Creamy, yet fresh. Coffee, dark chocolate, figs an sort of a bitter licorice. All well balanced. Nothing really sticks out. Has a surprisingly light finish.

Moutfeel: Quite thin for a stout. Medium carbonation (for a stout). Doesn't have that sirupy feel like most stouts do.

overall: This is a very tastefull and nicely balanced stout. Actually one of the best i've had from a bottle. It's not as strongly defined like a Guiness, but more subtle in flavors and not as thick. Good combo of sweetness and bitters. Not as sweet and overpowering as a Fuller's. Quite a fresh and easy going stout. Well done!

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Photo of socon67
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a high frothy brown foam. Slight lacing, and no visible carbonation.

S - Robust smell of chocolate malt, toffee, and roasted coffee.

T - Kind of a downer. The smell does not translate to the taste. The flavor of coca powder and fresh oats is there, but just felt real distant. I was expecting it to be slightly more pronounced to match the scent.

M - Good light drinking stout. Had a similar vobe like Guiness. Thin but not watery.

O - Just didn't find this as a top tier stout. Maybe the canned version loses a little bit.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,575 ratings.
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