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

Brown on top of brown. Fluffy tan head that flattens out to some pond scum after a brief hoorah. Scattered projections of lacing ensue. Smells of chocolate, cream, and ash. Taste is bitter chocolate and milky. I taste a smoke presence that adds some depth and a bit of dark fruitiness develops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. More than sturdy enough to support the flavors. Drinkability is good. This is a solid beer. It really improves as the glass gains some warmth and the flavors come out.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came outa nowhere! Excellente! An almost black pour with a foamy tan head that laced the entire time. Nice chocolaty malts in the aroma and taste, although it did remind me a little of a dry stout. Good hints of coffee, a rich and creamy beaut!

Have some; any season (would be good by the fire watching football).

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

A black color with hints of an amber hue, tannish head with minimal lacing, and impossible to see carb action.

Has a molasses, chocolate, and coffee malt smell with some orange hops aroma.

Lightly sweet and bitter, moderately acidic, almost burnt molasses and coffee, and hints of chocolate in the malt taste with an orange hops flavor and hints of pine and grapefruit.

Full bodied, dry somewhat creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth lightly astringent and somewhat alcoholic finish.

Definitely a good stout at 5.7 abv. and a very drinkable Oatmeal Stout, a variety I'll have to keep an eye on, for now this is a good version.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ummm, Ummm, ummm. Tasty! This has all of the appearances to rate it 4.5 - 5.0. It looks nerly perfect in its black color, dense lasting head, and low carbonation. nlocks aromas of sweet cocoa, roasted, toasted grains, dark rich fruit, mild lactic tartness, and moderate coffee aromas. Tastes even better. Silky smooth chocolate and roasted malt. Just enough coffe flavors to give it some testicles. The oats really milds the flavors and texture. This has a big rich body, just short of putting it into a Imperial Stout category. Nice nutty flavors along with slight cherries woven into the alcohol. Finishes long, sweet, and modestly bitter. I beleive I'll have another.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours to an inpenetrable black with a thin chocolate head, which recedes to a ring around the glass soon after pouring.

The smell is very sweet and chocolatey. The taste is rich and creamy chocolate with a bit of a smokey bitter bite in the finish. Very smooth with a hint of vanilla up front. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not exactly thick and chewy as I would like.

This is a good drinkable stout. Recommended if you can't get an even more drinkable stout for the price, such as Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of woemad
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at The Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane for $2. No freshness date to be found. I was somewhat surprised to discover I hadn't reviewed it yet.

Poured a viscous, crude oil black, with a smallish tan head that vanished quickly. Slight lace. When held up to the light, all one sees is darkness.

Smell is glorious! There's a brandyish smell that makes one think this is more potent than it actually is. Dark fruit scents come to the fore, along with chocolate and coffee smells. Smells almost like an imperial stout, really.

Like the smell, this tastes like a treat! Much more flavorful than Sammy Smith's version. Roasty, coffee & dark cherry flavors vie with sweet chocolatey flavors. There's also a very slight hoppy bite. An absolutely yummy stout.

This is one thick-ass full-bodied beer. Practically a meal in a glass. Very little carbonation in this one, just enough to keep it from tasting flat.

If one likes big, flavorful stouts, this is very drinkable. It might be a tad filling for repeated pints however. Nevertheless it is a tasty treat. Probably ideal for a dessert beer, as it's bitter aspects are perfectly matched by sweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of ZAP
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And another re-rate in 2005-

What an awesome aroma to this...sweet, roasty..nutty (hazelnuts) and a bit of vanilla...THE best smelling stout I have had...

This is damn near a 5.0 in my book for the style....taste is real close to a 5.0 but I'll leave it at 4.5...Perhaps my favorite stout of all-time....what a drinker...great flavors that mimick the nose...creamy texture...lbody is on the lighter side of medium....great, great stuff...
Re-rate 2003 I think this was one of my first reviews on this site...let me add a little more...this is an excellent Oatmeal stout..has a bit of an espresso taste to it but also a nice sweet stout flavor....I had it a 5.0 and am lowering it slightly..
-Perfect Oatmeal stout...thick, rich, creamy and sweet...a unique taste I can't identify(maybe the oats?)

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Photo of JMazzic
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, using a Newcastle pint glass.

Appearance - Poured thick and black. Stiff, tan 2" head, slowly vanishes, thin lacing. It just looks delicious

Smell - Definite chocolate and coffee upfront. Slight hop bite.

Taste - Nutty and chocolatey. Not too sweet, pretty earthy. Bit of coffee bitterness. Well balanced oatmeal stout.

Mouthful - Thick almost like milk. Nice creamy texture.

Drinkability - Very smooth. A pretty solid stout. I like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout a little bit more, but I would drink this one again.

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

Served at celler temp. (72 deg. F in July in Indiana).

In bright sunlight this pours very dark brown (almost black) with hints of amber around the edges; with a thick carmel tan head of fine bubbles that fades to a thin ring with lacing around the rim after a couple of minutes.

First taste is SMOOTH sweet malt, simple and clean, no harshness here! The first taste fades to well balanced subtle hops and roasted barley.

This seems like a very straightforward stout, an enjoyable easy drinker.

Thanks to my wife who knows that I love stouts, she saw this one at the store, and didn't remember that I had ever had it around so she picked up a sixer for me. I think I will rate her BETTER than Good !

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Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is jet black with a huge dark tan head that disappeared almost instantly. It leaves a small ring around the outside of your glass and laces nicely.

Aroma is of oatmeal and chocolate.

The flavor is a wonderful match to the aroma, chocolate and oatmeal.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side of the medium bodied spectrum and is nicely carbonated.

A highly drinkable stout. Give it a try.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a big, roasty stout, yet very smooth and drinkable. Had it on tap at the new Hop Devil Grill. As it warmed the roasty flavors made themselves known, and there was a lot of hops to balance out the malt roastiness. Finishes smoothly, with roasted malt aftertaste. Maybe the best oatmeal stout I have tried yet.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with a huge caramel head. The head really stuck around and was impressive, very dark and rich. There was some good lacing too, very nice to look at. Malty aroma with sweet, date like qualities too it. Pleasant, but not outstanding. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Lots of milk and toasty flavors. Mocha and toffee come out as well. I didn't get a lot of hop flavoring here, but that's fine. Very smooth, tasty, drinkable stout.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sharp citric hop note with a slightly soapy (ivory to be exact) edge.

Appearance: 3 fingered head of leather on a pitch black glass. The clumpy head left little islands of lace.

Flavor: Solid oatmeal stout characteristics, but an American Stout to me, very hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich texture, to style for the oatmeal

Overall Impression: Mmm… hoppy oatmeal. Easy to drink, but not earthshaking. A good quencher. Thanks to Pegasus for sharing the bottle.

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

Appearance: Pours massive dark tan head, with incredible persistence and an abundance of scattered, patchy lacing. The body is deep mahogany, nearly black in color.

Aroma: Rich toasted oats dominate the aroma, as well as chocolate, coffee, and lesser earth and citrus hops, and a faint note of Ivory soap.

Taste: Roasted oats, coffee, and chocolate dominate the taste. There is a toasty, earthy note characteristic throughout, and a fairly strong citrus hop note, though is lesser to the roasted flavors. Overall, it was quite pleasant.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, soft, no sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing oatmeal stout, holds up well in comparison to English examples.

Thanks to Sebastian for hand carrying this from California.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with no light penetration, and a thick brown head that retains nicely, you can tell this one's gonna be good. Smell is thick and ripe, big coffee, chocolate and roasted malt overtones with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Taste matches the aroma well, big coffee, dark chocolate and roasted flavors come through with a dark currant background and a light molasses flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and very smooth, a nice oatmeal stout for sure, the finish is slightly sweet and lingering. The drinkablilty is pretty high despite this being an oatmeal stout because of the extremely smooth mouthfeel.

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

Pours opaque midnight brown - almost black with a healthy beige head that descends to a thin layer with semi-lumpy patches.

Smells like tootsie rolls right off the bat. As I swirl and smell again and process deeper, scents of Mackinac Island walnut & chocolate fudge envelope my nostrils. Malted milk soon follows with a sweet yet faint smokiness also. Nutty nougat and dark chocolate are pronounced as well.

The flavor that follows is well represented by it's vast scents...bitter dark baking chocolate and lush roasted malts balanced by a leafy herbal hops that are neither bitter or dry, just a well placed equalizer to even things out. Mild coffee notes preclude this earthy herbalness I keep detecting. Faint leather component in the long and lush finish.

Mouthfeel is well constructed with just enough carbonation to keep this medium-full bodied stout interesting.

Drinkability is very nice seeing this oatmeal stout isn't overly sweet or cloying. No alcohol detected.

Overall a solid American representation of this style. Absolutely one of the freshest and appetizing scents of any bottled stout I've had to date. Very well constructed and sturdy from one of the cornerstone micro's out west. Hats off to another fine ale from AVBC!

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

Had on tap at Toronado (many, many times)

Served in a tall AV mug, Barney Flats pours espresso black with a milk chocolate brown head. Laces all the way down and maintains a bit of head until the finish.

The smell is exceptional. I love the smell of oatmeal stout, but this one is above average. Rich oatmeal smells with coffee and a wet smokiness invade the nose, but the hop presence makes itself known as well.

The taste is bittersweet. There is a great play going on here between the strong roasted bitterness and the hop bitterness. On the malt side there is a strong espresso bitterness with dark chocolate notes all over a bowl of oatmeal. On the other side, Barney Flats has a much stronger hop profile than most oat stouts. Its west coast heritage is in effect with the bittering hops which add a spicy floral quality. Goes down rich and indulgent and finishes dry.

This is the best oatmeal stout I have had, and I have had quite a few. While this is not as smooth as many, it has such a pronounced flavor while still maintaining the silky smoothness indicative of the style. For a hophead this is also a satisfying oat stout. Killer beer, I can session these all night long and feel decadent as hell.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Your typical oatmeal stout. Nothing special here, but a pretty good representation of the style. Poured out to dark brown coffee like color with a caramel colored head. Odors of coffee, malt and a touch of sugar, all very light. Flavor is that of cocoa, oats and an overall roasted tone to the taste. Finished slightly sweet, and quite thick. Not bad, but I would go with Samuel Smith. Worth a try.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very black color but certainly not the "pitch black" you find in some stouts. Decent head that quickly receedes. Low aroma-some roasted malt and what I can only assume is a copious amount of oats. Almost cookie like. Nice roasted flavor with a slight bitterness. Some coffee flavor. Velvety smooth though just a tad thin. A fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night, with a good head on it's shoulders (although it diminishes quickly. Smell is good, some buttery aromas are there, but it's mostly sweet chocolate aroma. Taste it full, mostly chocolate malt, some butterscotch as well. Nice, thick and just the right level of carbonation in my book. This one is a solid beer.

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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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