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 Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque dark brown beer with nice 2-finger tan head,
Smell -porridge, roasted, chocolate.
Taste - porridge, milky, roasted, chocolate.
Medium body and carbonation. The beer with very strong porridge pronounce, not for everyone.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An excellent lower ABV Oatmeal stout. Not as much going on in the noses as there in the taste. Roast malt, pretty smooth, not overly bitter. Not quite as chewy as other oatmeal stouts, but still real decent.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of the can it poured a very dark brown color that looks nearly black in the glass. Thumbnail size tan head recedes and leaves a ringlike, on the rim, and patchy sudsy lace that retains and sticks to the glass.
The aroma is sweet, like milky chocolate, roasted malt and lighter tones of coffee.
I found this to be mostly sweet in the mouth but well balanced. The sweetness comes from a moderately roasted milky chocolate malt. There is also a tangy fruity feel, from the cherries. In the finish, I detect the slightest of buttering from the coffee feel as well as a tiny hint of hops. The mouthfeel is delightful; it is medium bodied and lighter for a stout. The oatmeal makes for an ultra smooth and creamy feel.
This is a delightful stout that at only 5.8% ABV is highly drinkable. I will certainly get it again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roasty, nutty, oat tartness, woody, a bit of cherry. The smell is a bit less impressive than the taste. It might be a bit overly carbonated. Very drinkable and refreshing stuff. Light in body for a stout

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly black, dark, thick pour. Solid 1" of tan head on it. Aroma had some roast, a little bit of anise type of stuff.

Taste is a bunch of roasted malt tempered by the oats. Relative dry finish. This is a no frills oatmeal stout that does exactly what it sets out to do. Its been around for almost 3 decades I believe, so in a world of barrel aging and adjuncts, it is a throwback to the olden days for sure. Well hopped.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep dark brown that is almost black and creates a 1/2" think dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring and layer of foam. Sipping creates a partial arch of foam and lots of scattered patches of foam, some of which are small enough they soon slide back down to the liquid. By mid-way through the beer there's still a small ring but only an irregular thin island of foam.

The aromas include some dark roasted malt, a bit of chocolate or cocoa, with a hint of oatmeal from the oats mixed into the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the addition of a touch of sweetness. There's the roasted malt, some chocolate or cocoa, and that bit of oatmeal in the background. There's also a slight bit of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is the full side of medium bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is light and contributes to the almost creamy mouthfeel. The finish begins about mid-way through as the sweetness recedes a bit allowing the cocoa and roasted malt to dominate, but still hangs around to soften the malt and chocolate flavors. Eventually there's just a touch of dry bitterness at the end to invite the next sip.

This is an enjoyable beer that I plan on having again. It's well made as I'd expect from Anderson Valley and could well become a favorite.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.17/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Disclaimer: I had this beer immediately after an IPA; maybe my taste buds are screwed up?

My server poured it in a pint glass and it has no head at all; maybe how she poured it. Accordingly it looks flat and thin. And perfect black. The smell is sweet and has a smell of fermenting fruits. The taste is just bizarre to me: there is a taste of almost vinegar on the back of the tongue. It's different for sure. Maybe it's some kind of a Belgian style? Definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, no canning or freshness information present. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - A dark black pour, nearly opaque, with some hues of reddish-brown showing through when held to the light. One finger of frothy tan head.

S - Aroma of barley malt, chocolate, cream, oats.

T - Good flavor: roasty & creamy, with notes of cherry, cola, spice. Subtle barley malt / roast / chocolate / bitterness. The oatmeal adds a smooth creamy element to the beer.

M - Again, the oatmeal adds a smooth creamy texture. Smooth, creamy, silk, with good lingering flavors of roast.

Overall, a decent oatmeal stout offering, but not one I'm likely to try again, or to buy six packs of, considering the wide variety in this genre.

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 46 degrees.

Look : tall head, almost too tall, and has an almond color. Body is dark brown, no transparency.

Smell : the chocolate and oatmeal are right there at the door to greet you. With agitation even more cocoa comes out, with a trailing note of plum behind it.

Taste : um. Wow. This is possibly the best oatmeal stout ive had. Tons of chocolate, baked cocoa, malts, oats. Its wonderfully balanced with a nice pine stab at the end. Boom.

Feel is on point. mildly creamy, low carb, nice milky swallow.

Best oatmeal stout in the world. Looking back at this review now that it's 2017, it's easily the best Oatmeal Stout ever - when it's drank within its reasonable canning date.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep used-oil, black with a two finger fluffy khaki head that lingers.

S: Huge notes of dried cherries, figs, and toffee fills the nose.

T: Same pitted fruit notes from the nose, just muted. Toffee and semi sweet chocolate take up the body. Light coffee and a slight iron-metallic taste take up the dry finish.

M: Medium velvety mouthfeel. Fits the dry, roast finish that resembles a good cup of joe.

O: Another awesome beer from Anderson Valley. Buy it, if you even semi like Oatmeal Stouts this will knock your socks off.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can

Pours pitch black with two fingers of airy tan head that quickly drops to a film/ring. OK retention; lots of sticky lacing. (3.75)

Smooth, creamy malt sweetness. Roasty malts, coffee, toasted nuts. (3.75)

Similar to the flavor with general creamy roast character, bread, toasted sugar, and a slightly mineraly finish. (4)

Medium bodied, velvety feel with medium carbonation and a slow, roasty finish. (4.25)

Really nice Oatmeal stout.
It is pretty aggressive and pretty restrained at the same time, if that makes any sense. The aroma and the flavor are both very roasty, but both toe the line that separates roasty from bitter, while staying on the nuttier, sweeter side. The body is nice and although it could be a little richer for my tastes, it is plenty velvety, rich, filling, and smooth. She's got a little more stout to her than some, but is still very smooth and drinkable. Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a monstrous head, tan in color. Thick and foamy. The head just sits there.

Aroma: huge oat aroma, roasted malt, toffee.

Flavor: roasted, oats, faint chocolate

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours deep dark ebony with a small but thick mahogany head
S- Roasted malts, bread, cherries, dark chocolate
T- Roasted malts again, slightly smoky, finish is a little bitter, sweetness from dark chocolate and cherries.
M- Full-bodied, creamy, finishes dry
O-Robust and flavorful, this is a nice complex stout, very well done.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating as an Oatmeal Stout, this is a near perfect classic example of just that. Roasty, creamy, and so easily drinkable, with no fluff around it. Just a well crafted Oatmeal Stout. Cheers!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2016. There was not bottled by date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head. Just a little lacing.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell both some hops, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and some roasted malts.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is a strong roasted malt and coffee influence with some sweetness from the oatmeal and balanced with a little hops. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between the flavors is great.

This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter.

This is one of the best stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth, bold stout with coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it. One of my favorites.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - pours a surprisingly rich opaque black with a luscious fluffy head. Thick and good retention.

S - oats and toast right off the bat. Sweet dark fruits.

T - oats and milk chocolate. Plums and raisins. Slight sour cherry. Metal? Coffee, lovely flavor.

F - slightly prickly. Manufactured carbonation. Fluffs up too easily. Good body though.

O - well-done example of the oat stout style. Unique combination of flavors that set it apart from other similar beers.

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Photo of Twan22
4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
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 +13.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.7%
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 -6.4%
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%
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 +3.5%
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 -23.5%
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 +11.1%
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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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,565 ratings.
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