Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

2,578 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.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try this one, as i have enjoyed several other beers from this brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass; looks inky black with a thick and creamy off white head of foam, almost like a nitro pour. Smells nice and roasty, exactly what i like in a stout. Taste is much the same, and the mouthfeel is pretty thick and smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. Nothing here that knocks my socks off, but definitely not a thing wrong with it either. A really nice solid tastey "sessionable" stout. I can't wait to crack a few more on the golf course tomorrow. I can see this possibly becoming a go to beer for me.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with several fingers of foamy mocha head. Pretty foamy pour here overall. This settles down into a rigid near finger of creamy froth, which drenches the sides of the glass with patchy lacing. The aroma smells of oatmeal, dry roast, cocoa, and green citrus. This pretty smooth and flavorful in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a sweet mix of flaked oats, cocoa, green citrus and leafy bitterness, which leads into a dry roasted finish that lingers with some leftover bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft bubbly creaminess which firms up a bit more as you swallow.

Nothing wrong with this, as it’s quite a flavorful and easy drinking example of an Oatmeal Stout. Count me as impressed and it's nice to this one in cans now.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of shiningwizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of lumpy1126
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of edwardkersh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of StevieDavie
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-16 in Columbia, PA and again on 2013-12-13 (minor revisions to review)

A - Opaque dark brown with a short-lived 1-finger head from an aggressive pour. Very light lacing.

S - Mostly chocolate malt with some medium roasted grain and a very light touch of anise. Not real strong.

T - Medium roasted/burnt grain, milk and dark chocolate, oatmeal, dried dark/tart cherries, mild tannin and some hop bitterness. Not real sweet and dries nicely. Finishes with a touch of tart sour cherry and burnt grain. Decent but not at the top of the heap for my taste preferences.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Not substantial and not watery - somewhere in-between but thinner than I'd prefer.

O - Pretty decent for a lowish ABV stout. Given my druthers, and without regard for the ABV, I'd rather have a Founders Breakfast Stout. I like this brew but not enough to put a case of it into regular rotation.

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Photo of SeriousALEment
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color with some brown highlights. Produced a giant head of tan froth. Great retention behind it and tons of lacing.

(S)- A nice combo of roasted components, raisin, baked bread, and coffee.

(T)- A far lighter flavor profile than the smell led me to believe. Very subtle roasted qualities. Plenty of cocoa and raisin.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A much thinner feel and body than I was expecting, however the flavor is nice and smooth because of it, which I think fits the style well anyways.

(D)- A pretty solid stout. Easy drinking and a lighter example overall due to its thinner mouthfeel and mellow body.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ujsplace
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a deep motor-oil colored brew that boasts a two finger tan head that fades fairly quickly but does leave some descent lacing behind.

Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted caramel.

Tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate and a nice dose of hop bitters. This brew is very smooth and creamy with lots of nice roasted flavors.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel.

An excellent oatmeal stout. Really digging this right now.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, pours near black with a tall, foamy light brown head, good retention and lacing. Aromas are milk chocolate, roasted malt, and oats. Tastes are chocolate, oat, char, cream, finishes somewhat dry and slightly roasted bitterness with faint pine in the background from the hops. Mouth-feel is super creamy and smooth, but could be a tad fuller. Overall, great take on the style!

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Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,578 ratings.
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