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 beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label an idyllic mountain valley with a bear drinking from a stream. And he has moose antlers. Back label has a description of the area pictured and of the beer. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, 4 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, yet complete coating, leaving behind no lacing. Some lacing does appear as I drink the pint. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, essentially black. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet, marshmallow with hints of chocolate and a slight sourness in the finish.

Taste: Some sweet lactose flavor with an underlying, mild roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nothing too impressive here. Overall, very bland and watery. And I was really looking forward to a proper stout this evening.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a large mug

Pours a coffee brown with a frothy head. These bubbles are stuck on stupid.

Coffee, espresso, oatmeal, and nuts in the nose

Coffee again with cream and some chicory.

Robust, full bodied, and pretty Damn smooth. We have a winner

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Photo of kevinlater
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber into small snifter. "109 G 1751 2014" on the bottom of the bottle. opened on march 19, 2015, paired with a strip loin steak

a: black w/ a finger of light brown head

s: prune, raisin, milk chocolate, cocoa, light roasted malt

t: charred wood, prunes, and raisins up front. quickly leads into toasted bread, burnt brown sugar, some dark chocolate notes, and bitter black coffee flavours

m: medium-minus body with medium-minus carbonation

o: didn't enjoy this beer, though there's nothing offensive about it. not liking the dominance of the dark fruits and the lack of chocolatey flavours. the roast presence borders burnt, too. not sure how to decipher the code, but since it is "2014", maybe a fresher bottle would be better?

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3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown color headed by beige froth leaving a thin crown on top. Caramel & roasted malt aromas, hints of oats & forest fruit to the nose. Creamy upfront. Resiny, bitter, slight acidic flavors follow. As well as some chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as dense as expected from oat flakes. Dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Moose90
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can with no visible date poured into 20 oz Becher

A — Pours a deep ruby brown into the glass, translucent and clear around the edges. There is a creamy off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is grainy, chewy, toasted, semi-sweet, oat focused, really quite grainy and richly toasted in aroma. No real aromas of chocolate or coffee.

T — Taste is like the nose with a real resounding dry bitter oat and grain profile, really just grain and malt accentuated with a little bit of a smoothing oat note. Fairly thin and mild.

M — Light-Medium bodied, a little bit of a watery grainy finish.

O — OK overall, doesn't have the body or depth of flavors that others in this category possess.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Cactus Grill during my recent trip to Boston. Typed up from notes.

Poured a dark, almost black color. Thick and foamy head that was a bit tan. Lots of lace. Nose was hiding from me. Just some hoppy bitterness. No softness.

Where were the oats? Made me think more of a baltic porter with coffee and a touch of sourness. Dark, botter chocolate too. Minty hops more than anything else. Not smooth or rich. Not soft. Mostly biting. No real lingering flavors. Boring and disappointing because I have enoyed most of the other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of biglite351
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - quite dark with some red around the edges. Tight medium tan head.

S - normal oatmeal stout scent, nothing special.

T - like the scent it id am average oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about.

M - thinner than I would have liked, no ti.fled or anything.

D - frankly boring, but nothing actually bad about it.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pored a semi dark black with a thin cap of foam. Smells of a hint of black malt and nothing else.

Taste is upfront with dark patent malt, raw oatmeal, and some light grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall not sure what all the hype is about. Mediocre at best.

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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 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 claytong
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This fell in between the crabtree and breckenridge on side by side. It had a little more going on than the breckenridge. light bitter nut taste (if you like that i think youll enjoy this beer). sweet toasty oatmeal registers strong. not as big bodied as i would like an oatmeal stout. this couldnt be the only thing youre having for breakfast.

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Photo of bennicorp
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minor head, off-white; dark in color but not pitch black.

S: Diacetyl in nose; Slightly malty.

T: First you taste the grains, then the malt - here it almost tastes like a weak doppelbock, then lastly the diacetyl...the diacetyl is pretty strong in this beer - too strong, in our opinion at least.

M: Watery, yet malty; these tastes separate.

D: Other than the diacetyl - very drinkable.

Overall, it's weak in terms of taste and the diacetyl overwhelms the true oatmeal stout characteristics that could be there. Easy drinkability but not my favorite oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tar black that was solid, 8-ball black. Had a thin cappuccino colored head that faded to near nothing and left no lace.
Smell was muted, mainly of burned malt and a bit of dark fruit and caramel.
Taste was bittersweet, leaning more toward the bitter than the sweet. Tasted primarily of burned, sludgy coffee with a mild hops kick at the end and a lingering bitter taste on the back of the tongue.
Feel was rich, full-bodied and smooth.
Overall, not too bad but going off too far toward a burnt taste that was off-putting. Not one I'll hurry back to.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured out of a 12oz bottle from fridge. nice black color with pale tan head of about 1 finger. aroma was ok, a bit of roast a bit of oats, kinda grassy with the oats and roast growing as it warmed. mouthfeel was a bit on the light side of what i think of in an oatmeal stout chilled, as it warmed it felt thicker with an acceptable feel at about 55f. cold it was kinda meh, not much there in the way of oats, just a good stout. as it warmed the oily viscosity and taste from the oat appeared, but alas they clashed with the roastyness. i think the roast was a little strong and it clashed from my thoughts on an oatmeal stout it was a bit rough around the edges and not a creamy rich beer i would want to drink over and over again on a cold night. perhaps a sample on tap would provide a more positive read on the actuality of this beer.

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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 SpecialK088
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark near black blocks out direct light, good head no real lace.

S-Very roasted, rich chocolate notes of vinilla.

T&M-The issue I seem to be having with all anderson valley beers is their lack of complexity in the flavor, light nots of all the nose come through in the flavor but the melt away into a very thin watery middle and finish overall not bad just nothing that stands out for the price of the beer.

D-Too expensive for what I've been getting so far its ok.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A dark dark brown beer that poured thick like an oatmeal stout should. The head is creamy, and mixed large and small bubbles gives great head.

S- A coffee smell is there, its not strong. The oatmeal thickness can be smelled mixing with the roasted malts. I'm getting a slightly sweet chocolate taste in this beer as well.

T- This is kinda flat in terms of flavor. There is lots of coffee taste, but very dry in taste as well. There is slight chocolate taste, but its kinda not hitting the spot.

M- Thickish, but not enough carbination to help the thickness.

D- Its ok. I haven't been too thrilled on the taste of some of the Anderson Valley beers.

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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 beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium head. Slight caramel aroma. Deeply roasted malts, slight chocolate and coffee flavor, not very oaty. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Lighter bodied Oatmeal Stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Jet black color, half finger brown head, no visible carbonation.

S: Oatmeal, sweet, coffee, fig.

T: Sweet ashtray... A bit malty on the back end.

F: Feels pretty smooth on the palate.

O: I was very disappointed from this beer. Aroma was spectacular but tasted like sweet ashtray. If you are a smoker maybe it's a good thing but for a non smoker like me it was pretty off-puttiing.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I'm missing something or had a bad can, but this was watery and nearly aromaless.. Taste wants to be robust, but it's just too thin.. Not great.

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Photo of ssam
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

opened a bomber of this with dinner. note: the bottle cap (which will be added to my collection) says 'Solar Powered Brewery'; i think that is reallly cool.

A- a very dark beer. not as black as night, but almost. it poured with a majestic light brown head with excellent retention.

S- there is a light dark chocolate tone in the scent, but it has a somewhat metallic smell.

T- good sweetness. dark chocolate malt and coffee malt is recognizable. there is a roasted barley aftertaste. not enough oatmeal taste in my opinion-- its drowned by the darker malts.

M- it was quite overly carbonated for my ideal oatmeal stout. it didnt get the smooth mouthfeel, characteristic of the oatmeal.

D- im glad i was sharing the 22oz bomber because it wasnt good enough to me to finish. but it was somewhat pleasant.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Black with 2 fingers of brown head. Good retention and hardly any light penetration.

Roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa nib and coffee.

Raisin, overripe plum and touches of concord grape. Semi-sweet chocolate and caramelized sugar. Some Cola and roasted barley. Touches of earthy, roasted bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and almost silky.

Unfortunately not as much chocolate and coffee as the nose lets on. The mouthfeel is a tad thing, but overall a decent Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

A: Very black and silky looking. Not a lot of head and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Very roasted with chocolate and coffee notes.

T: The taste was a little thin for an oatmeal stout. It had great flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavors with a very smooth finish; just thin.

Overall this is a great tasting beer, it just lacks the body I'm looking for in an oatmeal stout. Everything else receives great marks in my book. I am very willing to try other beers from this brewery. Great Beer Anderson Valley Brewing!!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another brewer that I believe I am trying one of the first of their offerings...Decent enough...

I was impressed with the look of the beer, dark, reddish highlights and a tan head. I was surprised to see how fast it dissipated leaving no possibility of lacing. Though I tried, I couldn't really pull out any scent other than the advertised vanilla, and even so, it was weak. The feel was somewhat carbonated but with a hint of spiciness over the tongue. The flavor was definitely vanilla, roasted malts, but nothing I found out of the ordinary (or impressive for that matter.) It was a decent beer, I was surprised to see the website's rating, but I supposed that tells you everyone has their own like tastes.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,563 ratings.
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