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: 977 | Ratings: 2,524
Photo of Twan22
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is how an OATMEAL stout should be made, by far my favorite for the class. Does seem a little thin but if you want a thick stout don't get and Oatmeal

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Photo of Reema
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours a rich black color with no visible light coming through. Smell is of roasted coffee grounds, dark bitter chocolate, slightly plum like, with a nice charred wood scent. Taste reflects the smell, initial coffee dark chocolate tastes lead into a noticeable coffee bitterness that mellows out into a silky almost milk like sweetness. It is extremely nice. The feel is extremely silly and thick, the ideal for the flavor profile. Overall, this is an exceptional oatmeal stout that is tasty and easy to drink. A definite treat.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. no bottling info

Pours a sold black body with large cratered khaki head. Good retention great lacing. Very true to the style

Smells of cocoa, espresso, and chocolate. Somewhat prominent

Wow ! The taste really sets this one apart Chocolates that lead to cherry that ends with a little roasted coffee bean bitterness. This is a 5

As good as the taste was... the feel was really puzzling... Kinda watery. Letting it warm up helped. But it still came across as watery.

Loved how this beer tasted, looked, and smelled ! The feel was disappointing

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Mild grain roast aroma with a bit of oatmeal.

A: Black in color with a thick, creamy persistent tannish head.

T: Moderately sweet, with a mix of dark roast grains, caramel/toffee-like and some oats. The beer has a light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats provide a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Pretty solid rendition of an oatmeal stout. Solid roast aroma and with a tasty, moderately sweet mix of grains and oats. The beer could be even better if it was a little fuller bodied.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately dark hazy brown color with a slim finger-ed white to off white foamy head. A moderate amount of lacing graced the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell had some roasty coffee tones slapping down some cocoa malts.
The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and tweaks in a little bit of graininess (guessing that's the oats). There's a little bit of a roasty aftertaste, decent, nothing bad.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied. Carbonation felt fine. Oats create a nice layer on my tongue.
Overall, nice oatmeal stout, I'd be willing to come back to.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a cream head. Smells of watered down chocolate and oats. It tastes about the same. Very mild chocolate and oat flavors. It has a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel but the body seems thin. If this were a little stronger and fuller it might be better. This is a light, sessionable stout that feels a bit watered down. I only had it in cans, and I'd like to try a bottle sometime.. Overall I think it's a pretty good, light, mild tasting oatmeal stout.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a thick viscous fluffy brown head. Smelled of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee with minor amounts of vanilla and hazelnut. Taste was great. The rich roasted coffee flavor starts off but quickly is overridden by the earthy leathery richness with a very low understated sweetness. Dried hay mixed with rich black soil carries through the finish with a dried cedar bark dry bitterness that carries for a while. The beer is fairly thick, but balanced well with the right amount of bittering at the end that cleanses the palete well. This is a great well balanced stout with a good deal of complexity to the flavor.

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Photo of Mickey1313
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

This beer had such potential. Yet it's extreme dry mouth feel and smell of old bread ruined what flavor it has. God it's so dry. An stout should never be dry.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite fizzy. Reminiscent of Guinness with strong chocolate taste and smell of oatmeal. Almost no foam.
PS : Was recommended to us as a breakfast beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free bottle of this to take home with me when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA recently. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that has no interest in letting in any light to speak of. Has a tan head that is about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a few small swirls of foam on the beer's surface. I wish the lacing was a bit better though. Very nice roasted caramel malts, roasted coffee, and chocolate notes that are quite pleasant on the nose. the taste is pretty much the same, with excellent roasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some roasted coffee bitterness and a nice hint of chocolate sweetness and oatmeal that is all rounded out with a touch of hop bitterness. Not the most complex flavor profile, but damn good and oh so spot on for the style! Has a somewhat crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly and sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially for this style. A quite enjoyable choice on my part on this cool summer night here in Cleveland. I will drink this again for sure. Worth a try for sure to say the least.


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Photo of drmeto
2.94/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours the darkest of brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-Follows the nose plus some roasty coffee and no licorice
-light,watery body
-medium carbonation
I like my Stouts to taste fuller.

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Photo of mac31
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight fruitiness (red fruits), hints of coffee, dark chocolate, cooked caramel with minimal ashy/acrid notes in the finish. Thin bodied for the style, keeps it light and easy to drink, even in this summer weather. Oatmeal smoothes this brew out from start to finish. Soft carbo enhances the drinkability of this beer. Very sessionable for a stout, which I appreciate. Solid offering, doesn't blow your socks off, but still very good. Can definitely see myself buying this again.

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small goblet/chalice.

Appearance: deep, dark chocolate brown; completely opaque, no light showing through at all; thick foamy head that dissipated quickly; not much lacing

Smell: roasted coffee; dark chocolate; malt, maybe a hint of vanilla?

Taste: heavy dark chocolate up front which lingered pleasantly in the aftertaste; roasted coffee showing through; a really nice balance between the chocolate and coffee notes; malt and what tasted like raisins or prunes in the aftertaste too

Mouthfeel: silky smooth; a little thin but not in a bad way; very little carbonation; dry finish

Overall: One of the easiest drinking stouts I've ever encountered. Before I knew it I was halfway done with the bottle. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Almost no carbonation. A well balanced combination of chocolate, coffee, and malt with a bit of dried fruit for sweetness. I wish I had another right now. Amazing!

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Photo of Beermanmiles
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer!!! My favorite category of beer done better than I have ever had it before. This beer kicks ass. It has the heavy dark oaty after effect that you would expect of an oatmeal stout but it just tastes so much more pure than any oatmeal stout I have ever had. Some oatmeal stouts are overly fizzy due to low alcohol content but this one is overflowing chocolate and oat notes. Perfect pour, creamy mouth feel and all around tasty on any day. It is my number one favorite beer.

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Photo of benheredunthat
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is perfect: rich, thick, dark as midnight. The head is large (1 1/2") and brown but quick to dissipate. The mouth feel is thick and somewhat malty with good foamy carbonation. The flavor is rather weak; I was hoping for more of the toastiness that the appearance hinted at. Not much aroma to speak of here. I probably won't buy this again as there are better choices.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This may be the most disappointing beer I've had as I had extremely high hopes with the 91 BA / 100 Bros rating. I have just started getting into stouts and REALLY wanted to LOVE it. Overall, just very unimpressed. Just seemed extremely thin for a stout.

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Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent oatmeal stout but there are much better ones. Thin for a stout which is kind of an issue with me. Good flavor but the thinness is a bit of an issue.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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 Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a very trivial amount of light getting through. A trace of beige surrounds the rim and half of the top. Aroma if oats, chocolate, and dark malt greet my nose. The flavor is packed with oatmeal, chocolate, and dark malt. I also get a slight hint of smoke. The mouth is lightly sticky with a touch of chewiness. Otherwise it is fairly viscous.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a solid black color with about one finger of head; head dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Overwhelming aroma of chocolate hits you right away. Hints of other scents such as oatmeal and vanilla vaguely present.

T - Similar to the aroma, you notice the chocolate up front mixed with malty flavors, proceeds to be followed with hints of fruit and an overall smoked flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied. Almost no carbonation present. Goes down very smoothly; leaves dry aftertaste.

O - My first oatmeal stout I've had. It was very different from what my initial expectations were of it but was a good beer overall. Enjoyable but not my favorite style.

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Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours dark brown and settles black in the glass. Tops off with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Modest aroma of cocoa, chocolate, oats, vanilla, and spice. Medium weight, and has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Creamy oats and cocoa up front on the taste, with a slight bitterness setting in middleways. Feels a bit thin on the back end, and finishes watery. Sweet oats linger on the aftertaste.

Overall, not bad at all. As with most oatmeal stouts, I wish it was a little thicker. But this one has a lot going for it in terms of taste and flavor.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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 kitch
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with unfortunately no bottled or best by date, poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep black colour with one finger light caramel head that disappears fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing.
S: There’s chocolate, toffee, raisin, some light coffee and a strong smell of something that I just could not describe. Admittedly I needed some inspiration to figure this out and then I saw steamed milk… wow, that is exactly the perfect description.
T: Sweet dark fruits followed by chocolate, roasted malts and a slight smokey finish.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation and dry finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty good stout that’s not too sweet. I enjoy this style and although this may not be the best, its still something I would buy and drink to add some variety.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black. Big, course, tan head that fades. Minimal stickage.

Smell - Hersey's chocolate bar.

Taste - Malty. Bakers chocolate. A bit toasty. A very mild hop bite. Delicious!

Mouth - Good carbonation. Nice viscosity.

Overall - A full-bodied, smooth, domestic Stout. Right up there with some of the great English Stouts and Porters. Is there anything California beers can't do? The answer is NO!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler in a snifter from Jungle Jim's.

This FINE stout pours a thick, rich black with a firm light brown head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring and pooling layer of foam. Nose of dark chocolates, deeply roasted malts, dark fruits, and a touch of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with deeply roasted malts dancing around a sweet dark chocolate note on all sides. A dark fruit and subtle smoky note follow through on the back with a light herbal hop character keeping this all in check. Outstanding. Finish is wet with moderate carbonation to keep it lively thus searing in the light roasted malt and chocolate flavors. A favorite for many years, and one of the few brews that I could drink more than one of.

A PERFECT summer sipper IMHO.


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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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