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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Reviews: 988 | Ratings: 2,548
Photo of RyV
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer sounded great on the menu, looked great on the pour, and smelled great in the glass. But, the taste fell flat. I was expecting a rich tasting oatmeal stout and what I got was a bit disappointing. The taste was stout but almost like it was water down or missing some complexity. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin tan head is there, then it's not. Gun metal black in color all the way through.

To the nose big ass sweet malts and surprising notes of overly ripe dark fruit portend latent cloying to the tongue, but I will hold off final judgment. Some caramel, slight coffee notes, grapes and dried figs also rise from the blackness.

Tastes sweet and fruity; verging on cloying, but not quite there, and not bad at all. Mild milk chocolate, a little grain, sugar and hops round it out.

Medium to heavy mouth-feel and creamy as expected, but drier toward the end.

This one is different, with the fruits taking on a life of their own, which creates balance issues, but that's just my opion, so take it for what it is worth.

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Photo of beersarang
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Actually, I rank this somewhat lower than most...

I love oatmeal stout, Sam Smith is my favorite, but this seems to lack distinction.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Aroma is very mild with hinds of toasty something or other.

Flavors, typical coffee, chocolate, roastedness expected from the style.

Lacked the body I was searching for, and the carbonation seemed slightly off. It is good, but I was unfortunately unimpressed. This beer lacked something that would make you say "ah!" which is what I think really matters.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice solid brown head that leaves marginal lacing, overall this is average to below average for the style.

Toasted characteristics, alot of the bitterness comes from a charred wood type presence, a bit acidic at times. Chocolate, woody, metallic, Hops are everpresent but more in the mouthfeel than the taste to me.

Notes: I don't know man, this was just OK to me. I love a good stout and this one to me seems run of the mill. Pretty rich bodied, kinda milky yet the hops sharpen it up in the end west coast style. ehhh decent but for the style fairly forgettable.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown…awesome cascade action leaving nice, thick khaki colored head…long lasting and very inviting…(3.75/5)

Smell: Oatmeal right off the bat…I’m gettin’ chocolate, lots of chocolate and some coffee…creaminess to this as well…nice...(3.5/5)

Taste: Chocolaty with mild coffee and cream flavors…a nice roasted malt and oatmeal base with toffee and caramel flavor accenting everything nicely…a very nice vanilla hint…what ever hops is in there is very subtle, not much bitterness to speak of…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium feel, medium carbonation…it is a bit watery…(2.5/5)

Overall: The taste is good, but it’s a bit watery for a stout…the smell is nice and the look is great, but it definitely is missing that something that would make it more desirable…it’s drinkable but not outstanding in it’s field…middle of the pack…(3/5)

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Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color with some brown highlights. Produced a giant head of tan froth. Great retention behind it and tons of lacing.

(S)- A nice combo of roasted components, raisin, baked bread, and coffee.

(T)- A far lighter flavor profile than the smell led me to believe. Very subtle roasted qualities. Plenty of cocoa and raisin.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A much thinner feel and body than I was expecting, however the flavor is nice and smooth because of it, which I think fits the style well anyways.

(D)- A pretty solid stout. Easy drinking and a lighter example overall due to its thinner mouthfeel and mellow body.

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Photo of JamesS
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice opaque color with good (if a bit fizzy) head and decent lacing. Had a nice coffee/oatmeal scent, but a little weak. What was there was nice, but it wasn't as full as it could be. Good taste, nothing great, but it is a decent stout with a nice oatmeal taste, just a bit timid. Goes down fine, a little fizzy, but nice. Not the best oatmeal stout, but I would still get it any day, considering their green methods of brewing.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 2 finger mocha head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, and raisins.

Tastes like dark roasted malt, small amount of cocoa, oatmeal, raisins, and bitter hops. A nicely balanced Oatmeal Stout which has sweetness balanced by bitter hops and dark roasted malt. Not as good as my favorite Oatmeal Stouts, but still good.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a bittersweet aftertaste. Not as smooth as I would expect an Oatmeal Stout to be. Overall a pretty good beer, but there are better Oatmeal Stouts in my opinion.

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

A nice black ichor color. A very large head that was slow to recede on its own. Faster once touched.

The aroma was very weak. Just a hint of roasted chocolate.

It tasted good, but thin. You could swish it in your mouth without carbonation problems or change in body. The flavors of smoke and chocolate were pleasing at first, but seemed to fade by the end of the glass.

I would expect more flavor for a beer this dark.

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Photo of alephilmac
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, rich beer, almost black, with a bit of light-brown head.
Pleasant aroma, but it wasn't overwhelming
The taste was a bit underwhelming, while chocolate and even some coffee was present, it was a bit light on overall flavor
MF was average for a stout; smooth and thick
Overall it was a bit less than expected, the appearance was terrific, but belied the beer's actual taste

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

Pours deep brown, turns jets black in the snifter, with a 3 finger head, and leaves some thin lacing. A rather generic as expected oatmeal stout here. Nothing impressive.

chocolate malt and crystal malt aromas. there is almost a bit of butter in here. Oats, coffee, chocolate are completely missing.

oatmeal here is where the buttery like flavors come from. There are light american citrus hops.

Well carbonated, light body, and rather creamy. I always find these types of beers hard to review/explain/put in context. It lacks the depth and feel of say a Guinness which still drinks like water but has the carbonation mastered.

Back to not how to review this beer. I want more coffee and chocolate flavors in a beer. The hop flavor here dominates, but is squelched before it really gets bitter. Instead it just starts to get a bit sour/citrus and then it does before the oatmeal notes come in.

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Photo of naterock
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours extremely black with a two finger head, nothing really sticks to the glass.

malty roasty smell with a hint of chocolate.

taste is thin an weak, basic for a oatmeal stout. some chocolate and roasted malt.

mouth is thick but not very rich, drinks easy but I'm not really sure that's a good thing for an oatmeal stout. I liked this beer but I come to expect more from such a highly rated beer.

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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 Beerma
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shocked again by the reviews! Don't know if maybe it has changed since it was first reviewed 15 years ago by the brothers or maybe there are just so many great beers out there now.. I did not like this one that much and really don't know how it is a 90!

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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 zerk
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Aroama of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of vinegar. Vinegar? That can't be right... no, it's vinegar. The flavors are the same, but the sour acidity is stronger in the flavor than in the aroma. It's not undrinkable, but not desireable either. I have to think this beer was infected. I have had two bottles, each from a different source, and both had this problem.

Luckily, the sourness dimishes as the beer warms, and it becomes much more drinkable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, chocolate syrup, mocha, roasted chocolate, and roasted malt. Intriguing. Flavor of sweet roasted malt with some sweet roasted chocolate at the end. Palate is a little weak and the beer is a touch sweet, but other than that it's pretty good.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six of cans at TW, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a smell of roasted malts. Pours to a opaque black with a dark tan multi size bubble head that slowly recedes. On the taste this brew has a slick mouthfeel with a consistent toasted malts and a twangy bittersweet finish. A good drinker.

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

Pours a dark, dark brown colour with a murky red tinge to it. Head is lacklustre, just a small film of dense bubbles. Luckily the lace it leaves is appealingly viscous, nice beige foam. Yeah, not bad.

Smell is very grainy. Lots of cereal aroma with puffed rice and corn providing sweet notes, but just a touch of light roast to it all. A hint of vanilla, milk chocolate and light cinnamon. Yeah, pretty sweet and ultimately just grainy. Pleasant, but underplayed and under-roasted.

Taste is fairly mild. Again with lots of grainy notes and quite sweet, but with a touch of dark roastiness providing some raw cocoa flavour blended with some rice notes, a touch of wholemeal bread and maybe some vanilla on the back? Finish is a bit lacking - has slight toasty bitterness that is quite prolonged but it's all very subdued. Nothing unpleasant here but I could just use more, it just tastes a bit watery overall.

Quite a lot of sizzle on the mouth and dry on the back. Bit thin overall so none of the dryness and sizzle is supported well. Not a big fan of this texture.

Yeah, mild and enjoyable enough stout. I've had more interesting oatmeal stouts though.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours an inky black with a loose, 1/8th inch khaki-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges leaving a residual sudsy slick across the center. Nose expresses a light roasty presence, a suggestion of artificial sweetener and perhaps a hint of cherry juice. Taste follows nose - cherry quality is more apparent; however, the flavor profile is missing the roasty/chocolately character I've come to associate with the style. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a carbonation slightly too assertive for the style and a feint acidity most likely attributable to the cherries. Overall, a bit lacking - not enough roast or flaked oats presence and the texture could have been creamier.

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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 rarbring
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black brew with brown hints, a tan head leaving some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling coffee, soy sauce, ashes.

Tasting burned bread crust, sweet dark dry fruits, some forest berries. Some yeast.

Medium low carbonation, soft, medium body, a somewhat dry finish.

A bit wobbly, no real strengths, but not bad.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coarse carbonation and quite spritzy with a lot of club soda taste. Sharp taste that just doesn't go away. Good dose of hops and a pleasant transition to the bitter aftertaste. Lots of scorched malt, a touch of charcoal. Some spoiled fruit. Quite watery mouthfeel, which is appropriate to the style and alcohol content. Winey nose is not unpleasant.

I think a blind tasting is in order for this and a couple of other highly-rated stouts to see how it really stands up. I don't really care much for this. The Julian dating is 10336 so that's late 2010, in the liquor store cooler, shouldn't be off too much.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad bottle?
Look: Dark Brown. Medium brown head. Not much lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and malty.
Taste: Not a ton happening - flavors seem muted and watered down.
Feel - light, light carbonation.
Overall - would not purchase again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't get the reviews for this one. I'm not too thrilled with this stout. I've had way better. 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 never really get a hint of alcohol. Coco, dirt and oats start our smooth then turn bitter leaving me with a coffee like after taste. I felt the mouthfeel was too thin. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself seeking it out in the future.

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