Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,576
Reviews:
1,000
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
377
For Trade:
2
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Photo of alarmclock314
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, julian date of 6/18/16. Pours brownish black with a larger sized light khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, oats, indistinct coffee, molasses, and subtle cocoa. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, oats, dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, and coffee. Light bitterness and dryness. Above average carbonation and somewhat thin body for the style. Overall, this has a nice roasted malt and oat profile, but could use less dark fruit and more body.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LocusSolus
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, code 16137 6270 71... poured into a nonic)

L: very dark brown liquid... glass is clean, but the medium-dark brown suds sparkle down to nothing - not sure how old this bottle is... no lace

S: dry dark chocolate powder, mild dark coffee... perhaps a bit of cool mint, and a nip of molasses in the back... hint of dried dark fruit... no real booze or hop stands out... overall potency strong...

T: dominant flavor of dark, roasty, bitter-acidic grain - roasted barley front and center... dry, malty middle, heavy on the darker, roastier grain flavor... bitterness in flavor seems to be mostly roast-derived

F: light-medium bodied, dense, but on the lighter side... lightly-slick, glassy smoothness underneath a subtle charcoal-y grit... could use a touch more dextrin-y underbelly

O: American-style stout flavors for sure... rich, bold, and dry... nobody is buying this at the joint where I found this - could be an old bottle, but I've had this often enough to know it's real good, and better than what I'm tasting here

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Photo of TheDoak
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of der_meister
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ikidunot
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zshaft
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobvogs
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty well black, with a deep brown tinge. small tan coloured head, minimal retention and lace.

As this warms a bit, the sweetness opens up the aroma with soft notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and wood.

Taste has some flavours of caramel candy, toffee, fresh coffee, toasted oats and malt, light hop bitterness, corn, wood, ash.

Body is on the lighter side but finishes smooth and slightly dry. This one needs to be taken at face value, a straightforward oatmeal stout that sets out to be just that. You'd be hard pressed to find another beer of this style, at this price, with this quality.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is malt driven and matches the taste, excellent oatmeal stout.

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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 Wantedandlisted
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lbloom
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing.

S: Not a super pungent beer, but still enough here to talk about. Roasted malts dominate. Some coffee notes. Bits of dark chocolate. Somewhat earthy. Smells fresh.

T: Chocolate and dark malts hit first. Then coffee notes start to kick in. Some cherry if you dig for it. Maybe a tiny bit of vanilla as well. The finish is mostly malt and caramel, with a tinge of dark coffee bitterness. Almost no hop presence at all. Flavors are actually pretty subdued compared to most stouts these days. Fairly light on chocolate notes.

M: Very light for a stout. Somewhat creamy from the oatmeal, but not quite as much as Samuel Smith's or Founders Breakfast. None of the stickiness I hope to find. Kind of comparable to the consistency of coke, but with less of a syrupy feel. Not bad, but a bit too light for my taste these days. Carbonation is ample, and probably tends towards the heavier side of things when viewed against other stouts.

O: This was one of the first dark beers I really loved. Coming back to it years later, I'm not sure it stands up quite as well as I'd like. The nostalgia is definitely there, but this has been overshadowed by more complex and strong entries from other breweries. Don't get me wrong, this is still a solid beer. It is light as fairly sessionable compared to other stouts. The creamy oatmeal makes this a very easy drink to put away. I like it better than Samuel Smith's, but if I have my choice between this and Founders (or really any imperial), I'd probably stay away. Still, a great gateway beer for those who are not sold on stouts quite yet and need to find something un-intimidating to ease their way in with.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgkelly
2.21/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not quite sure how this beer got such a high rating. I found it to be unexpectedly sour as if it had turned. Thankfully, it was part of a beer exchange and I only have one left. I'll use it in the smoker to add moisture.

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Photo of mallardip
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh.

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Photo of jj2338
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,576 ratings.
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