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 soulfly967
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Harmony Inn in historic Harmony, PA. Very dark beer, wint some reddish color around the edges. Had a nice brown head, that fell after a few minutes and left minimal lacing. The smell was of chocolate, coffee beans and roasted malts. The taste was of dark coffee and some chocolate. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, and very drinkable. This is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't remember where the hell I got this. It's not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very dark beer. Almost black except around the extreme edges where the light revealed a deep ruby hue. A brown, two-finger head rose up and sunk back into the beer at an average pace. There was no lacing

Smell: Cocoa and rich cream dominated the smell right after the pour. After the head had settled down, the aroma became sharper, adding coffee and smoke to the mix. A light hoppiness was stirred up when the glass was agitated.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy on the tip of the tongue. The carbonation became apparent as the beer roughened up in the back of the mouth. The smoothness up front is great.

Taste: Strong, heavily-roasted malt and black, bitter coffee dominated the flavor. The finish became smokey and charred and dried out somewhat. There were very light hints of hops in the aftertaste

Not very complex, but damn good. Overall, a very dark and burnt tasting stout. Good stuff.

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

great dark black with minimal head that actually snaps, crackles and pops (at least from a 12 oz bottle), minimal lace at best

heavy chocolate coffee tones without big malt sweetness, more towards bitter choc on the sniff. BIG nose on this brew from maple syrup to coffee malt.

a bit light for stout but as in other Anderson Valley beers there is a nice kick of hops (subdued here compared to their outstanding ESB and IPA - which is good for this style). It tastes on the back end like syrup without that weight on the tongue, very drinkable.

you wont be dissapointed by this beer, big flavor if not "full feeling" enough compared to others of this style, but a very tasty brew anyway you cut it.

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

Appearance: Dark black and very dark head. Looks like a great stout.
Smell: Fresh malt and roasted notes in the nose.
Taste: Great bitter-sweat stout with hints of oatmeal. Very good, but maybe too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.
Drinkability: I could handle a couple of these in one sitting.

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

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

Poured a black as night color but has a dissapointing head. Nose is of traces of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very solid, starts with a creamy chocolate coffee flavor and it finishes with a chocolate coffee dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel is good for it's style, creamy smooth and reasonably full. Drinkability is near perfect for it's style. I can enjoy a few more of these but unfortunately I am out. Will have to try this again!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a midnight black with a tiny brown collar of a head. Smells very fresh and bobust. Nice malted notes shining through predominately. Tastes like caramel and chocolate made love and this is their love child. Great. Smooth and clean and robust. Strong and ass-kickingly delicious this is not a beer for the meek. Once again Anderson Valley has represented a style very well. A very dark, very heavy, and very profound tasting beer. This will put you in your place and teach you a thing or two before the glass is finished. And thats good.

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

Great presentation. This beer poured an opaque, used-motor-oil black with a light brown head (the color of brown sugar) that disolved until present just around the edge. With only a few ounces left, you could see a dark mahogony with glimpses of ruby.

A nice roast aroma is the first sensation, followed (especially as the beer warms) by malt -- some caramel -- and hops.

A very nice balance of roasty chocolate malts, hop bitterness, and sweetness. Very smooth, probably thanks to the oatmeal. Finally, that bittersweet aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ink black with a supple khaki head.
Mocha nose, pure, simple, and delicious.
Roasty upstart, but not as aggressively so as many a US version. Settles into dark chocolate and an organic, earthy, burnt bark notion. Then it turns as authentically "oatmeal" as anything stout I've tasted that bears it name. The mellow, oatmeal creaminess lingers as does the seared earthen tones on through a downplayed floral hop conclusion. The hops do their job, and dry this out, but are surprising tame from a West Coaster. Not a criticism...just an observation. Actually, the balance is wonderful.
This pushes full bodied, but the carbonation is a touch too hectic for something so otherwise laid-back.
A fantastic stout, especially for sessions.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch-black looks sparsely covered with tan haze. Nose was very weak and never really developed into much, some light caramel and maaaybe a hint of smokiness. Taste had alot of sweetness and reminded me of the coffee-flavored caramel Nips, which continued into the aftertaste. Pretty significant hop background mixing in with the aftertaste.

A bit on the thin side I thought for an oatmeal stout, but developed to have some tenuous body. Something tangy and not too together.

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

poured black with a very little head that didn’t last long so no lacing. aroma, molasses, chocolate, malts, alcohol,hints of coffee. flavor malts, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cherry hints a caramel and honey. not like other oatmeals I have had not bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impenetrable mahogany topped with a light milk chocolate brown head that is both solid and stubborn. I'll have to wait before doing a lace check since the head is giving no quarter. When it finally does relent, the glass is surprisingly clean. The two major components of the nose are hops and chocolate, which suits me just fine.

This is a soft, moderately sweet, approachable, easy drinking stout that appears to have benefitted from the use of oats. It's as if the folks at Anderson Valley resolved all questions during the creation process with the question 'what would improve drinkability the most?'

The roasted maltiness doesn't venture into burnt or bitter, the sweetness is understated and doesn't impact drinkability, and the level of hoppiness is just enough to satisfy the hop lovers among us, but isn't so much that newbies will be turned off. The body is closer to medium than to full, is smooth as the day is long and is somewhat creamy.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a polished, well-rounded stout that, as far as I'm concerned, gives Samuel Smith's version a run for its money. It isn't quite flavorful enough or distinctive enough to be considered truly great, but it disappeared with frightening ease. Good stuff.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice toasted scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It is sweet smelling with a touch of hops. The taste is good also. It has a dry dark malt flavor that is slightly sweet and has a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The oats add a bit of texture to the flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine oatmeal stout. It has excellent taste and aroma; good drinker.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My expectations were high as I waited to try this stout last in a flight of 5 5 oz. tastes. Maybe I was hoping for too much but I was not disappointed. Fantastic sensations of flavors in the mouth and rather easy to drink (although not all evening). Appeared not as dark as some traditional stouts. Hints of chocolate and caramel more noticeable in the smell than in the overall taste. Enjoyed it but would like to compare to other oatmeal stouts.

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

Pours a deepest brown color with a thick, light brown colored head. Lacing is minimal. Aromas of chocolate and black patent malts, rolled oats, semi-sweet dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of meadowy hops. Roasty assault up-front, followed with a mellow malt smoothness that's enriched with clean flavors of oat and finishes off with the combination of drying hop bitterness and the bitterness of scorched malts. Mainly sweet, overall, but dry enough in the finish that it makes it drinkable. Oat seems used in this beer not as a flavor profile, moreso an agent to mellow and smooth out the whole experience which would come across as just a hoppy stout. Well done.

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

this is one tasty treat of an oatmeal sout. it was my first sampling of an anderson valley brew and now certainly not to be my last. let's hope all their brews are up to these standards. it pours an awesome near black colour with a hearty, though mid-sized, head on top. the smell is mainly sweet (oat, chocolate, caramel) anlong with some roasted noted here and there. very well done and nicely balanced as well. the flavour is fairly close to the smell, though i think the roasted malt may come out a bit more here. it is still predominantly a sweet tasting brew, with creamy chocolate and caramel throughout. the finish is of the slightly dry earth kind. very tasty. the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than many of the oatmeal stouts that i have sampled in the past, but still nothing to scoff at and still well done, just worth noting. yum.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with an opaque black body and a dark tan smallish head. The head quickly died leaving little lace in its wake. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate fill the nose. Taste is similar with a bitter dark chocolate flavor backed by a slight grainy taste and some caramel. The finish is bitter with a roasted hoppy flavor that is dry. The body is medium to full with a slick mouthfeel. This went down fairly easy with a very filling quality about it that would discourage me from having another in the same session but I would definitely pick this one up again. Its a good oatmeal stout but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of ken3c
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with a hint of red at the corners. Thin head. Wisps of foam remain and leave only a little lacing.

Very little smell but a slight flowery hop sense.

Sweet creamy chocolate. Extra bitterness.

Very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation. Heavy.

Very drinkable for such a heavy brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly solid black liquid with a thin and creamy brown head. Roasted barley and hop aroma. Smells of coffee, smoke, and touch of hops. Some oatmeal stouts have a notable oat smell. Although that quality is present here, it is very subdued. The beer is grainy and rough-edged. Roasted barley flavors follow-through. Oat sensation, again, is muted. Chocolate and grain are prominent. Moderately bitter, with a lingering finish. The beer is full, with considerable heft and richness. Medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable, solidly good stout.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful onyx in it's color capped with about a finger of beige head. The smell was of roasted almonds, coffee and hints of chocolate. The taste was fantastic. Deep chocolate, vague hints of malt and coffee with a gracious settling of hops - very little. Slick creamy and chewy this had a nice way of coating with residue. Extremely dinkable, I can't wait to pair this in the winter with a nice roast or steak.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic stout!

Appearance: pours deep brown/black with a brown foamy head. Little carbonation bubbles cascading up the glass.

Smell: smells sweet with hints of grain, brown sugar, and oats. Also a malty aroma bellows out of the glass

Taste: Big and bold. Hints of malt, oats, and a sweet finish make this a very tasty and drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light. The combination of sweetness and carbonation make this stout beer very light on the palate

Drinkability: More, more, more! Big and bad like a stout but the sweet finish could easily make this a session for me.

Overall: outstanding oatmeal stout. A must try for this style and for stout lovers all over the planet!!

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque ebony body, with an attractive tan head that has ruby highlights on the fringe. Very nice pattern of patch and sheet lacing as the glass is slowly drained.

Aroma begins with a soft, bittersweet chocolate note, with the smell of Enlgish walnuts freshly cracked from the shell. Some fruity aromas of apples and cherries appear toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, with an ideal level of carbonation.

Taste begins with a soft, chocolate maltiness, that lingers on the palate all the way to the finish. The walnut nuttiness dances into the picture early on, then fades away toward the finish, as bittersweet floral hops and a hint of roasted Kona coffee take over. This seems to thin out a bit at the end, with a mild note of green apples.

A very tasty, robust stout. The oatmeal is barely noticed except for contributing a pleasantly smooth drinkability. One of the better American stouts that I've enjoyed.

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Photo of CSquared
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Beer pours a dark brown/black with a hugh brown head. Light isn't getting through this beer. The head dissapated fast though, with moderate lacing remaining.

Aroma: Light aroma of dark roasted malts present. Little to no hop aroma present.

Taste: Light bitterness at start turns quickly to malty sweetness and finishes with a slightly lingering bitterness. Wonderful chocolate notes and roasted barley present.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. So so smooooth and creamy. Pefect amount of carbonation for an oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: This is a great oatmeal stout and very drinkable for a beer of this style

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Photo of IceAce
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Jet black body topped with a two-plus inch collar of foam which leaves behind substancial lacing on a beer-clean straight-sided Libbey pint glass. Head is comprised of large bubbles and has an extremely rocky top.

Aroma: Nice nose comprised of chocolate, coffee, and subtle hop notes.

Taste: Taste mimicks the nose as the chocolate and coffee taste hits first followed by a quick finish resulting from the floral hops. The taste is fine, but no component stands out in which to deem it outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Initial mouthfeel is fair, but about 2/3 the way through the beer a strange coating seemed to appear in this tasters mouth.

Drinkability: I love this style...but the more I drank of this bottle (and the warmer it got), the less I liked it. serve it cold...and keep it cold!

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a small light brown head that doesn't ever fully leave. Sweet smelling with a touch of coffee. Earthy flavors up front. I even get a hint of alcohol. Coco, dirt and oats start our smooth then turn bitter leaving me with a coffee like after taste. Oatmeal stout like mouthfeel, nice and chewy. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of bewley
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a medium-bodied stout, which tastes of caramel and burnt coffee.

It's also a bit hoppy and slightly bitter.

Definitely drinkable, but it doesn't really stand out in any particular way.

It does have a nice label. It has a moose on it an' stuff.

I don't know. If you haven't tried this, it's definitely worth a chance.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,566 ratings.
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