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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.

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

12 oz bottle from Shoreline poured into a chalice. The body is dark black - as it should be. Chunky, tawny head with delicate lace.

To the nose, roasted coffee sweetness with a little sour kick in the back. Very substantial aroma.

In the mouth, this stuff is big - smooth with layers and layers of maltiness from the roasted grains. The oats are heavily present - but are partnered well with a juicy hop character.

It is very rich and satisfying. A chewiness on the tounge helps it go down so easily. The finish is dry grains, ver organic and earthy. Very nice.

Musings: This is a great oatmeal. It's a little on the expensive side - but is substantial and filling. The taste is the thing here. You will be rewarded.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/12/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color. Maybe a tiny bit of light creeps through. 1/2 inch off white head at first which truns into maybe a slight rim at most over the next minute. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Super dark and malty for sure. Scents of roasted malt with a side of coffee beans.

Taste- As the scent would predict....dark, dark and darker. Almost a burnt charcoal like flavor. Not really any sweetness to be had. Touch of coffee at best. Mid range bitter hop texture.

Mouthfeel- Soda like (fizzy), carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not liking this one as much as I thought. Much better oatmeal stouts out there in the market IMO.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense opague black with a lovely one inch creamy mocha head. Easily rivals any Rogue stout in appearance.

Rich chocolate malts all in the nose. Sweetness.

Tastes incredibly smooth, rich, and creamy. Very balanced and even. Slightly roasted/burnt finsh.

Mouthfeel is the lowest point, but is still better than many stouts. There is a somewhat watery feel in the middle, where it seems that there should be some more flavor or body.

A very drinkable stout. Dare I even say this is "mild"? Could possibly have a big crossover potential for Guinness fans.

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Photo of descartes
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 Fluid Ounce bottle.

Apperance: Black body with brownish red head which quickly dissipates.
Smell: Toasted grain, chocolate and slight carmel reminds on of the Chimay blue.
Taste:Heavy roasted front with strong hops aftertaste.
Drinkability: More more more!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley- Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark black. Pitch black with a billowy tan head. The head doesn't disappate and laces nicely.
Smell- roasted coffee and chocolate. Slight toasted grain bread aroma.
Taste- strong roast coffee meets a multi-grain roll. Toasted sesame seeds.
Mouthfeel- warm but not as smooth as I was hoping slight bitterness up front with alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall- A very robust Oatmeal Stout. This 1 has some balls to it. Very good- just wished it could of been a tad smoother.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomba from half time

dark mahogany-tinged beer.. mocha colored ring around the edge. continental haze patterns on the surface. as i stare, i notice a dirty malt smell coming from the stout. earthy with unwashed, still-on-the-vine hops and balanced somewhat something creamy and nutty in the nose. taste is borderline excessive in its hoppiness and less creamy than i usually care for in an OS. although, the body is light and bubbly which is a decent compromise. weak coffee flavor and off botanical sourness in the finish. overall wish this was a fuller beer. not my favorite but still rather clean and flavorful. probably wont revisit.

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Photo of Jredner
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild chocolate, but it has some depth. Deep black. Pours nice, but the head fades too soon. Flavor is pretty big. Some tobacco in the fore followed by bitter baker’s chocolate and medium roastiness throughout. Never gets around to being sweet really. Definitely more in the Foreign Stout side of a Sweet.

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

Pours an opaque black with a brief light brown head which leaves a very slight lace. Sweet malt and heavy burnt aromas in the nose. The flavor features a robust roasted profile: burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, etc., plus sweet grain, caramel and more of the burnt coffee flavor in the lingering finish. A fairly thick mouthfeel with very mild carbonation.

Tasty and very drinkable; not only a great example of the style but probably Anderson Valley’s best brew (of the ones that I’ve tried anyway). Highly Recommended.

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Photo of baiser
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. Pours a dark, black stout with frothy tan head, good lacing. Rich, smooth, creamy and full bodied. Has some coffee and chocolate flavour. The oats give it a nice fluffiness. A mocha sweetness coats the tongue, and it finishes with tonnes of roastedness. A beer that drinks like a meal. Tasty.

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Photo of delicious
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foamy coffee colored head and a black cherrie body.
It smells like a breakfast cereal with nuts.
There's a burnt coffee taste that turns into dark chocolate and burt toast.
The mouthfeel is small and very smooth.
This beer has an interesting assortment of flavors, but there's more burntness than I like.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is stout the way I like it. It's rich and malty first, with a roasty-toasty backbone. The hopping level is restrained as it should be. It is bit of a surprise, though, how it can be so very, very dark without overtly bitter roast character. I have had this beer several times over the years and right now, it's not coming off as dry and sharp as I remember. This is not a bad thing, mind you. Comparing Barney Flats to the classic stout, Guinness, this is more malty, nowhere near as dry, less roasty-bitter and more fun to drink, nitrogen slow-pour be damned. That's simply not necessary here. I'd recommend it to stout drinkers anywhere.

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

Appearance: Extra dark opaque black. Brown lacy head

Smell: Coffee and chocolate. Hints of sweet milky flavors

Taste: Rich. More roasted tastes than expected at least up front. Roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Some sweet lactose tastes right before the finish. Finish is smokey and roasted and then leaves some hoppy residue behind. Medium to full body. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

Overall, a fairly drinkable stout. It seems a little less "oatmeal stout" than I was perhaps expecting and more "imperial" or just "stouty". Still a very fine beer and definately recommended.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

December 05
Mmmmm oatmeal stout. Black, brown milky head that sticks decently. Good retention. Nicely aromatic, sweet and soft. Caramel, molasses, a bit of fruit and a hint of spice in there. Very pleasant in smell and taste. Nicely balanced. Taste is a mix of bitter hoppy and sweet roasted malts. Very well rounded but still robust. Perfect medium-low carbonation for this stout. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. This is also one of the most drinkable stouts I've had. That fact that its so pleasant has a lot to do with this I think.

A very friendly and satisfying stout. I like it a lot, its got all the right stuff.

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Photo of ODBRIP
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark beautiful oatmeal stout color. smell is amazing..chocolatey, malty...smells like you've just entered 'flavor country.'
the description on the side of the bottle is very apt, so if you read it in the store you can believe it. complex chocolate malty flavor, nice smooth finish, slighlty sweet...but also dry and a nice dose of hops.

kick ass!

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Photo of dciskey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, deep black with a dark tan head of about an inch. Smell is heavy with coffee and a touch of smoke and unsweetened chocolate. On tasting there's the tiniest bit of hops with the big roasted taste and the coffee and smoke. Chocolate is hard to find but it's there; I do notice something that tastes like soy sauce; it's very slight and not offensive at all. Taste is dry throughout. A little bit of lacing clings to the glass but most of it doesn't last. As the beer warms the soy or maybe oat becomes apparent in the smell. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and carbonation is low; the beer coats the tongue and that's just fine.

I really like this beer. It reminds me of a less sweet, slightly smoother Kalamazoo Stout. If we're talking about the first bottle, this beer is extremely drinkable--the flavor pulls you back until you're looking at the bottom of the glass. At a slower pace I could drink this all evening. Although the brewers suggest it, I find it a bit dry for dessert; I'd use it to replace your after-dinner coffee instead.

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

Pours almost black but not quite. More like a super dark brown that only lets a shade of light in. The head was very dark but it fell very quickly. Smells like a sweet barley wine that has been roasted dark along with a slight brown ale sourness. Tastes of dry caramel, coffee, and chocolate. The overall flavor is dominated by the dryness. Mouth feel is dense and a bit lingering with a medium carbonation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown instant coffee appearance crowned with a head resembling chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Mostly mild coffee in the nose coupled with a bit of chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookie sweetness.

Taste: All the classic flavors are present: sweet malts, good coffee, earthen roastiness, and a bit of smoke. All flavors are nicely layered with a rich milkiness. Also, there's a gentle hoppiness that emerges near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation. A good soothing beer.

Drinkability: The unaggressive nature, and overall smoothness of the oatmeal stout style certainly lends to an ease in drinkability. Do I "love" the beer? No, probably not. I do like it a great deal, though, as well as recommend it to others. Enjoy!

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally found it, so I grabbed a 22oz. Bomber.

Poured pure black into my glass, had a thick brown foamy head.

I could smell the roasted malts, tons of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Milky smooth, almost chewy texture. I tasted lots of chcolate and caramel. Nice bitter espresso like finish. Very balanced and highly drinkable. I'm gonna go back and get another.

Awesome oatmeal stout!


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Photo of nickss
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a large 1" creamy redish khaki head. Looks like black coffee (with an added head). Quite nice.

Smells of musty grains and oats. Malt and coffee. I guess its the mustiness of this one that really strikes me as unique... it smells like opening a cereal box, only thicker.... very unique... I love it.

Mmm... coffee, caramel, and chocolate. A definite oat-y taste on the back end.... doesnt taste quite as strong as I would have liked, but not bad by any means.

The mouthfeel is my major complaint with this beer. How many times have a said it STOUTS SHOULD NOT BE WATERY AND THIN!!!!.... sigh.... while this by no means ruins this beer for me... it takes it from being exceptional to just... eh... good.

All in all, mouthfeel aside.... quite a good brew... maybe the thinness adds to the drinkability? I dunno... but I could see myself purchasing this many many times in the future.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch Black, absolutely no light through this glass. Wonderful tan creamy head. Receeds to a creamy lace on top of glass.
S: The worst part of this wonderful beer. Very mild caramel smell. Gets a little better as the beer warms.
T: Incredible sweet, creamy malt, with a touch of bitterness on the back end. Rich and smooth. Lovely aftertaste. This is the type of beer that makes you smile.
M: Really sets this apart from other stouts. Rich, smooth, thick and creamy. Kind of a nice sweet milk feel.
D: More of a nightcap than a session beer.

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

This beer doesn't let any light through. It poured with a thick head. It had four finger potential but I was ill prepared and had to quickly sip some of it away. The smell is of roasted grain.. It also has a fairly bitter taste. It left lots of lacing. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes dark beer. This would have to rank second in the Oatmeal Stout category for me. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with rich, brown highlights. The head reduces to a thin lace of fine bubbles quite quickly, leaving delicate lacing behind. Nice combination of roasted and chocolate in the nose, and there's a little bit of oat character as well. Malty sweet flavour with low bitterness, but a bit of hop flavour that creeps through at the mid-point. Dryish finish with some chocolate malt sweetness and some lingering acidity. Moderate carbonation and body that's a little on the thin side, but not watery, and a little bit slick. A tasty oatmeal stout, easily drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a bottle courtesy of watermelonman. The bottle is room temp and I am pouring into a snifter.
The beer pours an opaque brown color with a creamy yet fluffy tan head foaming up 3 cm easily. The head leaves a very fine film of latticework as it fades.
Aroma is chalky cocoa powder, some roasted malt and a bit of grainy oats too.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with fine carbonation that does tingle a bit on my palate.
The flavor is roasted malt with some espresso notes and a soft grainy cheerio like oat flavor. Some light cocoa notes and general light sweetness too. The beer finishes with a bit of a drying espresso bitter. I get some grassy hops on the burps too.
Very smooth throughout and tasty.
The beer is incredibly easy to drink and quite flavorful. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a full color label bordered in gold foil. there's a landscape in the background with the AV logo in the front with the bear with antlers drinking. gold medal winner is displayed. there is an explanation of this stout by AV on the back with a little valley language at the end. no abv or freshness date.

appearance: pours a dark brown/black with dark brown/red highlights into a snifter glass. formed a tan 1 inch head that dropped quickly to a thin cap. decent lacing and sticking.

smell: sweet chocolatey coffee. light woody aroma and some alcohol.

taste: roasty burnt wood and coffee. roastiness dominates. very light bitterness. some chocolate and pecans as it warms. complex malty flavors. bittersweet finish with a roasty bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: leaves a bit of a residue, but super-smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body. silky swallow. great carbonation as well.

drinkability: very drinkable stout. alcohol is very well masked. finish and aftertaste keeps you drinking.

overall: excellent oatmeal stout. i prefer this over samuel smith's version. tonsa flavors and complexities.

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Photo of OldSock
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. Three inches of creamy light brown head sits atop a black beer. The head stays for awhile, but is eventually reduced to almost nothing. Lacing is solid.

Smell – I definitely smell the oats, much more so than most oatmeal stouts. There is also a brown sugar aroma as well with just a touch of alcohol, a very nice smell indeed.

Taste – Right off the bat there is a severe coffee and chocolate deliciousness. It is nicely balanced, not too much bitter from the grains like in some stouts and yet not overly sweet. The taste is pretty complex, hints of vanilla and just a bit of citrusy hops. This is a winner.

Mouthfeel – It’s actually pretty watery, but the oatmeal and low carbonation gives it a wonderful smoothness.

Drinkability and Notes – This is a new favorite oatmeal stout for me, really solid in everything but the mouthfeel. If this was just a bit thicker I think it would be a true topnotch beer particularly for the price.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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