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

Bottle. Really liked this one. Heaps of flavour. Malts are porridgey, cooky-ish, roasted, sweetish to start, finishes bitter and slightly off-dry, long finish, tasty stout. Re-rate:Didn't like it as much this time, not as much flavour as i remembered the first time round. Still nice.

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Photo of HogHill
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror, whoops - that's another song...Darkness descends into the glass, it appears black, held against natural light I can see dark brown tones. The head is a pleasing tan foam which leaves a lace trail on the glass as I drink more. This stout smells great, lots of java and dark malt in the nose. The flavors that register first are roasted malts, with traces of dark chocolate and coffee. The hop bitterness shines through the more this sits in the mouth. I enjoyed this Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout on a cold overcast Saturday afternoon with a small dish of coffee ice cream with fresh banana slices.

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

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: Dark chocolate pour with crimson undertones. Nice head retention with bubbles going from medium to small as you near the top. Completely opaque black when held up to light.

Smell: Light smoke, light chocolate cookie sweetness - a sort of hybrid between the sweet and smokey smells of Samuel Smith's and Wolaver's (respectively).

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey (without being cloying) paired with a generous infusion of hops up front. Hints of roasted coffee and smoke. Well balanced in the mouth and in the bittersweet dark cocoa aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without being watery. Refreshing. Medium crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Well balanced all around. Easy to go for a second pint.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank one of these babies after a North Coast Old 38 Stout, there's no comparison. It's black as midnight with a rocky milk chocolate colored head that has remarkable retention and leaves some patchy lace. Succulant malty aromas of dark, toasted grain, creamy caramel, dark fruits (cherries, plums), and chocolate. Taste is all that and then some! Lots of creamy caramel and chocolate flavors, buttery and bitter-sweet. Notes of dark, pit-fruits, creme-brule, figs, and raisens. There's the requisite oatmeal creaminess and texture. Mouthfeel is big and chewy, body is big. Oily and thick, just the way I like it. Finish is creamy, silky, and lush. Overall, a super stout. I'd love to see it on nitro-draft.

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Photo of CVC
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 22 oz. bomber; served in a pint glass.

Pours a black as midnight color with NO reddish hues. Has a dark tan, pinky-finger head which dies very quickly. Leaves no lace. Bubbles float around in circles on the top. Smells faintly of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of plums and raisins. Tastes dark and plummy, with some coffee in there, too. Leaves little aftertaste. Has a very thick oatmeal mouthfeel, with some sharp carbonation.

The taste is certainly the best thing about this brew. The appearance and smell are nothing special. But it has that oatmeal stout look which makes it somewhat appealing to me. I like this beer though. It's one Anderson Valley's better ones. And it's good not pay $9 a six-pack for it (goes for no more than $7.49 around here). All in all, in conclusion, to wrap it up, I've bought this beer many times in the past, and I'd buy it many more times in the future.

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Photo of Luigi
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a creamy sticky brown head. Smells like sweet coffee with a little hops. Oh my God, I love the taste of this beer. It has a thick and creamy (almost chewy) chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The sweetness is blalanced well with some spicy hops. I love this beer that is all I have to say! Expensive, but well worth it! I could drink the beer for breakfast!

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Photo of mobyfann
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a black base with a dark tannish head with good rentention and a few lines of lacing. The aroma is like a bold french roasted coffee mixed with Hershey's cocoa.

Now this baby is a stout, it tastes more like a traditional stout versus an oatmeal stout but it works; roasted malts, and a french roast coffee with a kick of chocolate and a few hints of caramel. After the beer settles it's an absolute pleasure in the mouth, but early on it's a touch rough. Very drinkable for a stout, it tastes like a porter more than an oatmeal stout, but that doesn't bother me.

Final Thought: Yummy, one of my favorite styles shines in the tasting spotlight, this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of bultrey
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At one point this was one of my favorite stouts of all time, but that was early in my beer drinking days. It actually was one of the beers that contributed to my beer revelation, when, at college, a housemate of mine that was from Anderson valley brought a shitload of the beers to try.
Since then, I've had better stouts, and even better examples of an oatmeal stout, but this remains an excellent, easy drinking example. Smooth, bitter, sweet, roasty, and nutty all at once, but I like a bit more mouthfeel in my stouts.
Still, if this were available more readily in NYC, I'd have it on hand all the time.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled off tap last Wednesday. The beer came a nice black color with a finger of tan head that sticks around nicely as I drank the beer. The nose had a lot of chocolate and creamy oat character and a touch of coffee, though a touch too weak for my taste. The flavor was creamy chocolate and a bit of coffee on the finish, though all together a bit light. The feel was thick and creamy and smooth. Nice all around. Overall, a very solid offering from Anderson Valley, though maybe just a touch too thin for my senses on the flavor and nose.

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Photo of krberg
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours midnight black with a thick, chocolate milk head. Looks very much like a stout.

Light chocolate notes in the nose combined with an english-style tang.

Almost roasted-bitter but not quite. A sweet flavor rushes up on the CO2 just in time to balance this stout out. Very nice. There is a slight hop bitterness in the end followed by a smooth roastiness.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and chewy but not overly filling.

If my local gets this on tap I will spend hours this winter drinking this down. Great session beer!

Barney Flats may very well be the best oatmeal stout I have ever tried. Solidly balanced with lots of flavor, yet smooth and drinkable. Wow!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mountain landscape with golden highlights and a humorous explanation about the local dialect on the back.

Black 98% opaque leaving nary a glint of light through the pour with a spumescent 1/2 “ frothy khaki brown head cap which leaves no lace.

Dark fruit prune scents and roasted malts. Some black coffee notes.

First Swigs: Toasted caramel malts with an immediate sweet ‘n sour character. Citrous lemon peel dryness in the aftertaste. Plain yogurt notes with a light nod towards black coffee and molasses.

Easy sudsy feel. Medium to full bodied feel. Fits the “one per night” limit for me, but is actually not too wild to enjoy in a session if need be.

Last Swigs: Toasted malt ease with lemon peel bite. This is missing something to be great. Leagues behind Sam Smith but then again, what ain’t? With 5.7% ABV, easy to drink. Admittedly, these stouts are not my fave.

Beer is good. Happy American West coast Oatmeal Stout beering.

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Photo of maltedmilk
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with no head to speak of , very low on carbonation. A sweet chocolate taste and caramel smell, perhaps a hint of coffee.

My first oatmeal stout so I don’t have a comparison to make. I do like this . Even with oatmeal and coffee, I’m not sure it’s breakfast food .

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, looks like a stout, just a glint of light on the edges, tan head, moderate lacing sliding down the sides of the glass. Nose is malt and burnt malt. Nice roasted flavors, slick oily mouthfeel. Drying hoppy finish with more burnt notes, decent OS, good sessioner for stout lovers.

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

12 ounce bottle. Pours out very dark with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet, like brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet, but not too sweet. Some hop bitterness and flavor as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This beer doesn’t taste like oatmeal, but oatmeal stouts rarely taste like oatmeal to me. Nevertheless, this is a good example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Harmony Inn in historic Harmony, PA. Very dark beer, wint some reddish color around the edges. Had a nice brown head, that fell after a few minutes and left minimal lacing. The smell was of chocolate, coffee beans and roasted malts. The taste was of dark coffee and some chocolate. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, and very drinkable. This is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't remember where the hell I got this. It's not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very dark beer. Almost black except around the extreme edges where the light revealed a deep ruby hue. A brown, two-finger head rose up and sunk back into the beer at an average pace. There was no lacing

Smell: Cocoa and rich cream dominated the smell right after the pour. After the head had settled down, the aroma became sharper, adding coffee and smoke to the mix. A light hoppiness was stirred up when the glass was agitated.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy on the tip of the tongue. The carbonation became apparent as the beer roughened up in the back of the mouth. The smoothness up front is great.

Taste: Strong, heavily-roasted malt and black, bitter coffee dominated the flavor. The finish became smokey and charred and dried out somewhat. There were very light hints of hops in the aftertaste

Not very complex, but damn good. Overall, a very dark and burnt tasting stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of Ego
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great dark black with minimal head that actually snaps, crackles and pops (at least from a 12 oz bottle), minimal lace at best

heavy chocolate coffee tones without big malt sweetness, more towards bitter choc on the sniff. BIG nose on this brew from maple syrup to coffee malt.

a bit light for stout but as in other Anderson Valley beers there is a nice kick of hops (subdued here compared to their outstanding ESB and IPA - which is good for this style). It tastes on the back end like syrup without that weight on the tongue, very drinkable.

you wont be dissapointed by this beer, big flavor if not "full feeling" enough compared to others of this style, but a very tasty brew anyway you cut it.

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Photo of jvajda
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black and very dark head. Looks like a great stout.
Smell: Fresh malt and roasted notes in the nose.
Taste: Great bitter-sweat stout with hints of oatmeal. Very good, but maybe too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.
Drinkability: I could handle a couple of these in one sitting.

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

Poured a black as night color but has a dissapointing head. Nose is of traces of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very solid, starts with a creamy chocolate coffee flavor and it finishes with a chocolate coffee dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel is good for it's style, creamy smooth and reasonably full. Drinkability is near perfect for it's style. I can enjoy a few more of these but unfortunately I am out. Will have to try this again!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a midnight black with a tiny brown collar of a head. Smells very fresh and bobust. Nice malted notes shining through predominately. Tastes like caramel and chocolate made love and this is their love child. Great. Smooth and clean and robust. Strong and ass-kickingly delicious this is not a beer for the meek. Once again Anderson Valley has represented a style very well. A very dark, very heavy, and very profound tasting beer. This will put you in your place and teach you a thing or two before the glass is finished. And thats good.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great presentation. This beer poured an opaque, used-motor-oil black with a light brown head (the color of brown sugar) that disolved until present just around the edge. With only a few ounces left, you could see a dark mahogony with glimpses of ruby.

A nice roast aroma is the first sensation, followed (especially as the beer warms) by malt -- some caramel -- and hops.

A very nice balance of roasty chocolate malts, hop bitterness, and sweetness. Very smooth, probably thanks to the oatmeal. Finally, that bittersweet aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ink black with a supple khaki head.
Mocha nose, pure, simple, and delicious.
Roasty upstart, but not as aggressively so as many a US version. Settles into dark chocolate and an organic, earthy, burnt bark notion. Then it turns as authentically "oatmeal" as anything stout I've tasted that bears it name. The mellow, oatmeal creaminess lingers as does the seared earthen tones on through a downplayed floral hop conclusion. The hops do their job, and dry this out, but are surprising tame from a West Coaster. Not a criticism...just an observation. Actually, the balance is wonderful.
This pushes full bodied, but the carbonation is a touch too hectic for something so otherwise laid-back.
A fantastic stout, especially for sessions.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch-black looks sparsely covered with tan haze. Nose was very weak and never really developed into much, some light caramel and maaaybe a hint of smokiness. Taste had alot of sweetness and reminded me of the coffee-flavored caramel Nips, which continued into the aftertaste. Pretty significant hop background mixing in with the aftertaste.

A bit on the thin side I thought for an oatmeal stout, but developed to have some tenuous body. Something tangy and not too together.

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Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured black with a very little head that didn’t last long so no lacing. aroma, molasses, chocolate, malts, alcohol,hints of coffee. flavor malts, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cherry hints a caramel and honey. not like other oatmeals I have had not bad.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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