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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern Snellville on May 17th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a solid black with a light surface cover and a light tan lacing. Not much else to observe, it truly is solid black, so little activity can be seen on the inside. Solid appearance overall. 4

(Smell) Aromas of oatmeal, chocolate, lactose and cream make up the most of the nose. It is very potent, sweet and appealing. No hop presence but a fantastic smelling beer overall. There's very little I would change about the smell aside from bringing in some bitter qualities or toning down the sweetness, which is such a minor point that it truly needs little interference. 4.5

(Taste) Very sweet oatmeal malt front plus a bitter chocolate tone that continues to a chalky bitter finish. For oatmeal stouts, it's one of the best I've ever had based on a distinct sweet and bitter phase that are both pleasing in an oatmeal stout. The flavor is great and the beer highly drinkable. 5

(Mouthfeel) Texture begins a little fizzy and continues an airy transition to the finish, leaving a significant tingle on the tongue. I think the carbonation may be a bit overdone here, and a creamier mouthfeel would compliment it well. Alcohol presence is low. Body is medium. A bit too active for a good pairing with the flavors, certainly not indicative of an oatmeal stout. 2.5

(Overall) Fantastic beer flavor offset a bit by an overdone carbonation level which really is a bit too fizzy to do it much good. Flavors are excellent for an oatmeal stout and there's tons of flavor to savor, so regardless of the minor tweaks needed, I'd recommend this to anybody, and am looking forward to other beers by Anderson Valley in the immediate future. 4

Anderson Valley Brewing Company's
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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Photo of mschind
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

A- Huge creamy mocha colored head that lasts and lasts. Very dark reddish brown, slightly translucent. Good lacing on the way down.

S- Roasted malt, cinnamon, faint hops in the background.

T- MIld malt sweetness up front with some mocha elements giving way to a slightly dry finish.

M- Silky smooth and rich. Full bodied but not heavy.

O- Once I let it warm up a bit above 60 degrees, the flavor really came through. Tried it with some Belgian dark chocolate from Trader Joes which is a good match. It has the richness and body of an imperial stout without the alcohol kick. I'll definitely have this again especially at 7.99 a six here in N CA.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nevery
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. 3/4" head.

Is something wrong here? I expected a world-class brew, but I feel like it's average for a micro, to be honest.

A: Black, medium-low lace, and mocha head settles to thin.

S: More hoppy than it tastes, chocolate and malt prevalent. Lot's of barley/malt-smell

T: Mild hoppiness, lots of caramel, chocolate, and malt. I taste barley, strange enough. A lot more ABV present than a 5.7% should present of this 'caliber.'

M: Mid-thick, finishes wet. Not bad at all.

O: I held onto this for a week, expecting it to be phenomenal, however I'm not SUPER impressed, to be honest. Others love it, so maybe it's just not my thing, although I was positive it was based on the label and reviews. I wanted thick and sweet and chocolatey and hoppy. What I taste is malt-ey and caramel.

To each his own, lol.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mug. Pours a dark, dark brown with a thick mocha head that reduces to a foamy, bubbly lid with moderate lacing on the sides.

Coffee, cream and oaty malt combine for a rich aroma. Hints of dark chocolate nibs and hazelnut are also present.

Creamy oat malt makes this a supremely drinkable brew. Coffee and chocolate notes combine for a rounder flavor, with low bitterness to finish.

This has a soft mouthfeel, with hints of black coffee bitter to dry the tongue.

A very easy drinking stout, this tastes very good regardless if the beer is a cooler temp or a warmer one.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice inky black color, with a chocolate milk colored head of about 2.5 fingers. Nice bits of webby lace and pretty good retention.

S- There's a light creamy chocolate note, with some roasted malts, oats.

T- First, there's a nice creamy chocolate note, sweet roasted malts, slight dark fruits, nutty sweetness and a hint of molasses.

M- Wonderful use of the oats. It's got a very velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium in body, but it's still substantial.

O- Definitely one of the more solid oatmeal stouts out there. I'd keep this around if available to me.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a pint glass at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12.

A - dark black; giant brown, dense, thick head; great retention

S - rich roasted malts, faint coffee

T - coffee, roasted malts, faintly bitter, a bit creamy

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, little if any carbonation

This is a great beer. It has good body, good flavor, and great drinkability. It's definitely worth checking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a local restaurant with some mexican good. My mouth was running hot, and I felt like this beer would do a good job of cooling it off.

I also picked up this specific beer in my pursuit of the 100 beers of fame. It is not on there right now, but I am hedging that it will show up on the list before I finish my goal of the top 100. I would hate to get close to 100, and then I can't get a late seasonal to finally finish.

This is a good, light oatmeal stout. I liked the smell of the coffee and malt coming of the top. The head retained pretty well, enough to leave some decent lacing.

The flavor is really good. I liked coffee flavor; the roast comes through really well.

I don't have a lot of experience with this brewery. They make a pretty good IPA, and I have had the Mendocino line that they brew. I recommend the Anderson Valley stuff, not so much the Mendocino line.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,610 ratings