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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Good lacing and slight carbonation.
Smell: Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and some hoppy notes as well.

Taste: Chocolate, some bitter coffee and a good ammount of hops. Pretty good tasting beer. NOthing too spectacular, but a nice oatmeal nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice coating in the mouth. Leaves you tasting the beer for awhile.

Drinkabillity: Pretty good beer, nice to drink good job.

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Photo of necoadam
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a black color with a little carbonation. Smell consisted of coffee, some hops and a little bit of alcohol. Taste was a little too hoppy I thought for an oatmeal stout. There's nice roasted flavors in this beer, but there wasn't enough of sweetness to this beer. It's almost like a mini-imperial stout. But all in all, not a bad stout, but I'll take a Sammy Smith oatmeal stout any day.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be the first beer I've actually smelled the alcohol in. Or maybe my nose and palate are becoming more refined ;) Beer is an inky black/brown, completely opaque in my glass, which for me is the first sign of a good beer. However, for a stout, I found this one to be just a little too hoppy (not bitter, mind you, just hop-flavored) for my taste in a stout. Head was little to non-existant, but I'm not good at pouring beer, so I try not to hold that against any brew. Overall, I'd buy this one again for variety, but it's not on my top favorites list.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours luminous black with a short head that resembles chocolate milk with straw-blown bubbles.

Smell is a toasty chocolate and espresso bitterness. The tail end of the nose is sweeter than the front, leaning toward the chocolate. Nice, full nose here.

Taste opens with a pleasant bitterness that sails out into sweeter notes of black coffee and caramel. Aftertaste is a beautifully restrained bitterness with a background of rich, roasted caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy and coats my palate like a firm handshake.

Talk about balance -- this beer has it down.

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

Pours an opaque black color with a full and creamy brown head. Head diminished, but it retained a fine layer and some sticky lace. Aroma is light: malt, roasted grains and a hop background. Flavor has a sweet start and a hop finish. Roasted flavors come out later: interesting and subtle, not a complex taste, but interesting. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected: light to medium bodied with some effervescence and a dry finish.

IMHO: A much better balanced stout than I expected. Not an over-the-top-hop experience.

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

Pours a deep black color with a nice tan colored head. Some lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of malt and smokiness. The flavor followed suit as the roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, oatmeal, and hops were nicely balanced and had a mellow hint of smoked flavor to it. This was definitely different from other oatmeal stouts.

The mouthfeel was smooth. The roasted malts and oatmeal lasted on the tongue for 20 seconds after swallowing. This is a medium bodied stout as it it slightly thinner than others but has a great flavor. Nicely drinkable and you won't get bored with this.

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

Pours out a beautiful burnt-sienna brown, that finishes so black you can see anything around it. A nice dark tan head that stands 1 1/2 fingers high and comes equipped with some nice lacings.

Smells of nice flowery hops, a pinch of caramel and a dab of chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, only much more expressive. The floweriness brings you into the land of chocolate and caramel and then sets you down gently into a nice bitter finish with a tad of sweetness laying next to you. A nice flow that you can relive many times over.

This beer is described as being full-bodied, but I'd step it down a notch, just about medium-bodied. Quite smooth and refreshing, I could easily drink a few of these in a night. I really enjoyed this beer as it stands out in front of many other stouts that lack the complexity that should be present. Makes the front page in my stout list.

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Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Opaque black beer. Impervious to the laser and the 500 watt bulb.

Smell is just chocolate and smoke, slight sweet smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and chocolate. Remarkably clean tasting for a stout. The taste isn't complex though.

Mouthfeel is light for the beer type.

Very drinkable for a stout.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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