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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,264 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 127
Gots: 233 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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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Ratings: 2,264 | Reviews: 937
Photo of TheMarkE
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a full head of foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, oatmeal, smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and very smooth.

The Verdict: Good beer. About as smooth as it gets without a nitro assist. A solid stout without much bitterness.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had. It's scary smooth.

Photo of mtvolkens
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a delicious beer. Thick and creamy, delicious notes of espresso, toffee, and sweet bread. This has a low abv but a full taste. Not watery tasting like other low abv stouts. Super good go to beer!

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown and surprisingly thick for the ABV with a thick finger of light brown foam.

Fresh roast coffee, cereal, freshly baked bread, and light chocolate.

Toffee, cereal, espresso, subtle dark fruit undertones, and roasty.

Medium-heavy bodied, light-medium carbonation, soft, creamy, very smooth.

Overall, I was thoroughly pleased with this oatmeal stout, I'm a big fan of the style and this is a top notch example.

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Anderson Valley Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, no light passing through, with a creamy tawny brown head that settles and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee, and hints of dark fruit.

T: Roasty malt, bittersweet cocoa, a little coffee, some smoke, and a hint of floral and fruity notes on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, rather smooth.

O: Solid year round oatmeal stout.

Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, black color with a full and tan colored head.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee essences, and a bit of hop presence.

Roasted malt is upfront on the palate. It is followed by the definite presence of chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a bit of biscuit. There is also a bit of hop bite here. Balanced and smooth on the whole.

Barney Flats is moderately carbonated and has a nice, full-bodied flavor.

On the whole, this is a very basic and very drinkable version of the style. Impressive balance and flavor--smooth and tasty. This is a beer that could be enjoyed in volume.

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown almost black color with deep reddish brown head. Warm malty aroma. Bready, slight raisin/dry fruit notes, toffee flavor, coffee notes and malty as temperature gets warmer. Slight hoppy bitterness lingers a bit in finish. Little to no lacing on glass.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color.
Beige head, small, rigid.
Aromas of plums, coffee, caramel, bread wholemeal.
The taste of this beer is a copy of flavors complemented by a delicate bitterness and sourness. Bitterness is a little harsh and "burnt". Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is not overly strong 5.8%, but alcohol and so still be felt when heated. At the finish more feel burnt caramel.

Photo of FBGordon
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little light in the body for an oatmeal and almost nothing in the nose, I nonetheless like this beer for its long-distance drinkability.

Photo of kevinlater
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber into small snifter. "109 G 1751 2014" on the bottom of the bottle. opened on march 19, 2015, paired with a strip loin steak

a: black w/ a finger of light brown head

s: prune, raisin, milk chocolate, cocoa, light roasted malt

t: charred wood, prunes, and raisins up front. quickly leads into toasted bread, burnt brown sugar, some dark chocolate notes, and bitter black coffee flavours

m: medium-minus body with medium-minus carbonation

o: didn't enjoy this beer, though there's nothing offensive about it. not liking the dominance of the dark fruits and the lack of chocolatey flavours. the roast presence borders burnt, too. not sure how to decipher the code, but since it is "2014", maybe a fresher bottle would be better?

Photo of classixIII
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great taste, caramel, oats the right amount of sweetness , smooth and creamy. Easy drinking, I will have more.

Photo of Cris4545
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solar powered brewery! How cool!

Photo of pinyin
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid all the way thru. Perfect carbonation out of the bottle into a 16 ounce snifter, 37F.

I drank this fairly cold for a stout, so I didn't notice much scent if any.

Wonderful lactose malts balance. Definitely taste some toasted rolled oat proteins and gluteins.

This stout is a little bit more expensive than the competition, but well worth the price tag.

It's much more complex in interesting notes and the ph balance is refined.

Overall a very high quality product that I will be drinking again.

Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark Worcester sauce color and and a pretty toffee coloured head. Nice fine bead lacing. 4.25

S - roasted nuts, coffee, whole wheat toast. Mild tobacco notes. 4.25

T - dark chocolate, bourbon infused cigars, molasses, marmite. Not hoppy. 4.25

M - mildly effervescent, smooth, buttery. 4

O - a strong showing with lots of character. More flavor from the malts and yeast and not just hops like many brews in that area. 4.5

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised by how black this is for being a lower ABV stout.

Roasty, toasty, and sweet. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats.

Smooth medium bodied brew with mild carbonation.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious oatmeal stout! Kinda low ABV but is a very well made beer! Chocolate, rolled oats, roasted malt.. Just a tasty beer!

Photo of SlatheredMuffin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth Stout. Great taste and an easy drinker

Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a thick 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smelled of oats, charred wood, toasted grains, caramel, piney hops, lemon zest, light vanilla, grass and some mild fruity esters. Nice charred notes play off the oatmeal, malts and cracker notes for a subtle nose that is grainy and maintained a mild sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with charred wood, toasted grains, caramel, maple syrup, piney hops, lemon, vanilla, grass, burnt wood, fruit like apple skin and cocoa powder and/or chocolate. A mix of pine, floral hops, more char, oats and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost watery feeling, with very light carbonation, a medium body and an ashy mildly bitter aftertaste. It flows down very easy and is quite simple but complex at the same time.

Overall it is easy to drink and quite enjoyable, but lacks the rich stout depth and malty aspects that I was hoping to enjoy but should have tempered since it is an oatmeal stout. Sessionable for sure, I had 3 in one sitting and did not feel full or drunk, so this brew was fine for a social evening of watching hockey.

Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite oatmeal stouts and that's saying a lot.

Photo of brianwsnyder
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, yes, but seemed to be lacking something in taste.

Photo of Trevor030169
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Decent oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Founder's.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stark black liquid is a complete contrast to Anderson Valley's typically colourful, cartoonish, warm-weather depictions of nature found on its labels. The closest Barney Flats gets to any of that is scorched earth. Or maybe its brown-tinged head could pass for mud or rain clouds.

There's a little more involved with this Oatmeal Stout, or so the aroma let's on. Notes of dried fruit, vanilla bean, and gingerbread are present in addition to the usual bittersweet chocolate, roast grain, and coffee-and-cream flavours. It could easily pass for a beer stronger than it actually is.

Despite the sizzle, there's not much steak. At least not prime cut. The palate is a bit of a disappointment for me, focusing more on that raisin-y quality than suits my tastes. It gives the flavour a somewhat oxidized tinge. The dried fruit character isn't unwelcome, but it shouldn't trump the presence of richer chocolate and coffee notes as it does.

Indeed, when I think of an oatmeal stout - especially one from California - I expect something so chunky it's hard to swallow. My favourite examples are so thick a spoon could stand up in them. But this has a reasonably light body, with little secondary roasty, smoky, or sweet elements from the malt and no real aftertaste. I also would have thought (preferred) it'd be hoppier than this.

Californians so often brew with the kind of flashy arrogance you'd think they invented the style in question. Barney Flats, however, isn't the kind of stout suffused with richness that pours out of the glass. This won't be an issue for everyone mind you, but it is for me. Pioneers though they are, apparently not every offering in Anderson Valley's lineup is noteworthy.

Photo of SteveFagone
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For all its attributes it should taste better than a skunky guinness. Beautiful look, smell and feel taste is lacking. Even gave it a second taste from a different local.

Photo of rhester14
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Knew from the moment I put a nose on it it would be incredible!

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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