Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout
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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is very nice. It has a lot of nice roast with a tad of coffee beans and a healthy mixture of raisins, currants, plums, and figs.

Appearance is spot on, it's dark dark brown, when held to the light there is a lighter brown hue that takes over the color. The head is a nice frothy tan with attractive lacing.

Whoa! The taste on Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is incredible! The bitterness isn't harsh at all, it's very smooth. Light roast flavors dominate here, like toasted biscotti dunked in coffee.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel as well, lower carbonation levels allowed me to enjoy the beer for what it was, and the lighter body was also surprising. I love this beer overall.

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3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours black with ruby edges and nice big off-white head and nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of expresso. The flavors match the nose, just a bit underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are still bold enough. Lots of roasty characteristics and more milk chocolate. Bittersweet. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, very very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's extremely easy to drink.

It kind of reminded me of Guinness on steroids. I know this isn't an Irish Dry Stout, but at times it really reminded me of one. Either way, this is a pretty enjoyable stout.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yay craft cans!

Pours a smaller fluffy head that starts growing and eventually reaches a good finger, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over jet black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose has typical oatmeal stout, a bit of flaked oats, creamy malts, light roasty, hint cocoa, a generous amount of caramel, and very slight hints of hops.

Taste is also similar, nice malts with plenty of caramel as well, slightly sweet, with a hint of roast, coffee, and cocoa. Creamy malts as well, with a bit of a toasty malty taste, hint biscuit. Oats are dominant, with a clear oatmeal like taste and big creamy oatmeal mouth. A faint clean but slightly floral hop add a slight bitterness in the background. Finishes slightly drier but a bit sticky, a bit more chocolate, oats, caramel, and a bit more bitterness.

Mouth is lush, fairly full bodied, creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nothing wrong, but doesn't really stand out much from other typical oatmeal stouts. Very drinkable, done well, tasty, I could easily drink a bunch of these in the cooler "winter" nights or Saturday afternoon.

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

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some coffee bean and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout and one of my favorite Anderson Valley beers.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours pretty dark. Some light does manage to seep through, but not much. Head is pretty large and tan in color. Head also retains quite well and leaves some thick lacing patches along the glass.

S-Nose is quite chocolatey. Also, this beer is roasty for days. The oat comes out in the nose too. Plenty smooth in the nose. Lighter notes of cocoa powder, some nuts, and light yeast.

T-I actually enjoy the actual flavor more than the nose. The same components that make up the nose are here on the palate, but they go together better via the sip as opposed to the sniff. Smooth chocolate, lighter roast, yeast, and unflavored oatmeal. Overall, just a smooth stout with likeable flavors.

M-Light in the body especially for the style. Still not watery, but light for the style. Mellow carbonation. This bomber will go down easily.

O/D-This bomber was a great price at $4.25. Not a crazy brew but a solid Oatmeal Stout. Worth the price of admission. Could see myself buying this again.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large lasting tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, cocoa, espresso, oatmeal, roasted malt and liquorice.
Similarly roasty and appetizing flavours. Big cocoa and roasted coffee notes along with some oatmeal. Pretty dry.
Could use more carbonation. And a thicker body.

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a near black with ruby shining along the edges. Dark tan puckered thick one finger width head. Head settles to a patchy lace layer across the entire glass. Nice sticky lace remains. Good looks.

Brew smells of huge cocoa, creamy oatmeal and nutty malts. Sweet smelling malts and cocoa really shine here. Wow mouth watering nose. Great nose.

Brew is very creamy upfront; cocoa, nutty, coffee, oatmeal. Some spicy hops as well in the middle and end. Big robust full bodied brew here. Lots of chocolate and coffee are left behind in the dry finish. Great stuff here.

Wow, tremendous balance here. Full flavors and extremely easy drinking. Top notch stout here.... would be even better if the ABV was a bit higher. Great though none the less.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz, poured into a pint glass.

I just had and reviewed one of the most horrid beers I’ve ever tasted; I’m hoping against hope that this beer will make me forget that experience, or at least bring me somewhere in the same area code as my happy place. If not, at least the Knicks won their sixth game in a row. And we’re off…

A: For starters, it looks like a stout should look. It’s a very nice dark brown in color, with a 2 cm caramel-colored head produced as the result of an aggressive pour. The head lasts about a minute or so, leaving no residue on the side. I can’t help it – my hopes are up a bit.

S: Okay, now my hopes are up a lot. Oh, yes, I’m picking up coffee, caramel, something sweet and pulled, roasted malt, and some citrus, orangey and grapefruity to me. This beer could be somebody, it could be a contender, I’m hoping we don’t end up in Palookaville.

T: It’s not high-powered, but it’s tasty nonetheless. The coffee and caramel tastes really come through nicely, and there’s that other type of sweetness that I can’t quite put my finger (or nose) on. The hops are balanced nicely as well, and there’s a nice grapefruit taste that’s not overdone. It’s quite nice.

M: Very good, almost excellent; a little more ABV would probably garner a higher rating here. It’s medium-bodied, well-carbonated, washes nicely over the palate, leaving a slightly hoppy finish. It burps very well, too.

O: It makes me happy to drink and enjoy a good beer, and this one certainly fits the bill. It’s well-balanced, with an ABV that allows you to enjoy a few of these bad boys, as Guy Fieri might say. I’m ready for another, but I only bought one; lesson learned.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84% out of 100 with 2,583 ratings
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