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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 1758
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Thin head when pored into a tulip glass. Same small layer of head remains after a short time. The stout is a nice coffee black.

S: Malts and coffee. Slight caramel scents. The coffee is most pronounced.

T: Deep coffee flavor. Some hint of bitter chocolate but the coffee dominates throughout.

M: Slightly more carbonation than I expected. This cut down a little on what would have been a smoother stout.

O: The carbonation feel is the biggest ding against a pretty solid stout. If you like coffee I think this will be a hit. It is drinkable and repeatable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:54:27 | More by fscottkey
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/18/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, oats, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, toast, oats, caramel, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, dark bread, toast, oats, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/bready moutfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:20:35 | More by superspak
Photo of RickS95


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I score is high because it's very dark, not quite pitch black, but close. Some brown around the edges. However, the head never really forms and what little is there doesn't retain. The bubbles are a nice shade of brown, but they just don't stick around long. That said, each swirl is attractive and leaves a spotty lace.

The scent kills. Roasted notes of chocolate and expresso. A slight fruity nose for a stout is what really does it.

It tastes merely ok. You get the toasty flavor and some burnt coffee, but I couldn't pick up the other stuff from the nose.

A bit thin for the style. It is smooth, but lacks the creaminess I was looking for. Needs a bit more body. Despite the smoothness, there's enough graininess to provide a slight bit of complexity. From mid-sip on, it's fairly bitter and dry.

Good, but not as good as I was hoping. Easy to drink if you don't mind a bitter forward stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:58:09 | More by RickS95
Photo of thecheapies


4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Tan head forms a nice crown.

Hefty roasted oatmeal stout with coffee notes and black malt char. Faint maple woodiness, which I didn't expect.

Great English stout maltiness with a heavy roast character, leathery char, coffee grounds, mealy oat bitterness, and earthy grit. Minerally and showing slight herbal hop. Hint of oxidation, maybe. Burnt toffee and topsoil.

Medium-full and chewy. Very smooth. Low carbonation diffuses well.

An example oatmeal stout. Absolutely solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:36:10 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Dsimenson


4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The color is a deep opaque black/brown. At room temperature it makes a huge tan head; from out if the refrigerator it makes a thinner head but beautiful persistent lacing. The aroma is deep and rich--coffee, nutty, and hops. The flavor is full of coffee, a hint of chocolate, a bit smokey, and nicely balanced hops. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and a bit creamy. Overall this is an outstanding oatmeal stout, which is one of my favorite styles of ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:09:10 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is deep, dark brown, approaching black. Atop the beer sits a thick head the color of wet sand. Really appetizing. The aroma offers chocolate, bread, roast, malt. Smells nice true to style. Very tasty. Big oatmeal character and everything is well balanced. Oatmeal cookies and chocolate with a mild sweetness. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Great feel. I could enjoy a few bottles of this in a sitting. In fact...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:34:18 | More by Huhzubendah


3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown color headed by beige froth leaving a thin crown on top. Caramel & roasted malt aromas, hints of oats & forest fruit to the nose. Creamy upfront. Resiny, bitter, slight acidic flavors follow. As well as some chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as dense as expected from oat flakes. Dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:48:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of cyclonece09


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Smells of chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness. Tastes of chocolate with some coffee, but a little bit of coffee. Beer is carbonated well, but medium bodied and still finishes nicely. Overall, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:48:23 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger bubbly mocha head, lots of lacing, and a pure black coal colored body.

Milk chocolate, slight cocoa and cola smell.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice, slight nutty and roasty notes, and some black coffee. Leaves a dry nutty aftertaste.

Medium body, silky smooth. Nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 06:57:21 | More by Scrylol
Photo of jhartley


4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English style pint glass.
Just a lovely looking beer! Black used oil looking body during the pour which then forms a beautiful fluffy foamy head. Light tan and dark reddish brown tints.
Delicious roasted flavor with a easy drinking smoothness; dark chocolate covered cherries, some coffee and fruitiness throughout.
Little carbonation which helps to make this very easy to drink.
Love me some stouts, dry, sweet, milk, oatmeal, BA, etc. doesn't matter! If they are done right,and this one is(!), they are truly enjoyable and worthy of drinking all year long, however this time of year does seem to make them even more enjoyable. Pick this one up folks! It's a winner!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:32:48 | More by jhartley
Photo of wac9


4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

found this beer we dont get many anderson valley beers and at 17 doolars a six pack wow but i found a 20 dollars in the street and let me you tell it was worth it worth it this is the stuff dreams are made of creamy dark goodness great from the frist taste to the last taste thank you puts a big smile on my face just a delicious wonderful beer

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 15:47:48 | More by wac9
Photo of Dave_in_GR


4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is very dark brown with a small amount of tan colored head.

Smell is really nice; chocolate, raisins, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste is an incredibly smooth mix of chocolate and roasted malts, with just a hint of a bitter finish. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer with gentle carbonation. Very creamy.

Overall an excellent example of the style, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:53:45 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of kwc017


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark, Dark and Dark. Looks like oil that needed to be changed about 9000 miles ago.

S - Surprising alcohol for such a low ABV beer. Coffee, roasted malt, Fig, Tobacco.

T - First taste is roasted malt followed by some hops and coffee taste. Aftertaste is kinda hoppy. Very, very tasty.

M - Full and rich. Carbonation was perfect.

O - Just a wonderful oatmeal stout. Sweet roasted taste followed by coffee and hops, doesn't get much better than that. Every craft beer lover should try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:49:41 | More by kwc017
Photo of ChelseaMae


3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

The Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company tasted a bit sour to me. The mouthfeel was not very full. I like almost a coating mouthfeel when I drink a stout. I poured it into a pint glass from a bottle. I have had it before and remember enjoying it. I hope that this was just a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:16:27 | More by ChelseaMae
Photo of anarchia


4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black stout with a very thick, dark tan head.Head dissipates and settles into a thin layer of foam. Roasty, raisin bread aromas. Very creamy, flavor is dominated by roasty bitterness, hints of figs and some warming from the alcohol. Exactly what an Oatmeal stout should be: Smooth as silk, dark and roasty, dry finish with a long-lingering aftertaste of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:11:00 | More by anarchia
Photo of delta490


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a deep almost-black brown with a dark ruby tint under light. Thick creamy tan head has great retention and leaves substantial lacing.

S-rich deep roast malt with hints of coffee

T- the oatmeal tempers the roasted malt ever-so-slightly and balances it well against the earthy hops.

M- has a pleasant slickness to it. Overall smooth. Nice feeling on the palate with the oatmeal again tempering and thinning the beer.

O- this is a great Oatmeal Stout. Full of flavor but not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 21:16:06 | More by delta490
Photo of bnes09


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown , near black and opaque. Subtle lines of lace.

Mildly roasted aroma. Hint of prune.

Toasty oat flavor. Hint of espresso, roasted almond and sweet dark fruits. Mild herbal hop.

Solid medium body. Well carbonated. Smooth feel.

Pretty standard. Pleasantly familiar.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:31:54 | More by bnes09
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. There's a nice two finger head with a khaki shade that caps the body off nicely. Retention is good, texture is great, and plenty of lacing is left behind. This one looks damn good.

S: This is what I'd want a solid oatmeal stout to smell like: decent chocolate notes, plenty of roast, and oatmeal to tie everything together. No twists or turns, just a really good aroma.

T: It starts with a bit of cola flavor. The finish, though, is excellent: it's chocolaty, roasty, and bitter in all the right ways. While simplistic, it really makes good use of what it has to deliver an enjoyable experience.

M: Yes, this is rather thin in body. The rich flavor means this is still a good one to savor. But man...if it had a full body, that would really take it over the top. I still enjoy how creamy it is in the mouth, and there's only enough carbonation to help it go down well.

O: Oh yeah, now this is the stuff. It's not perfect, but it's damn enjoyable - it would be in the 4+ range if it weren't so thin or overly cola-flavored. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:04:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of screamking


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours black with a 1 1/2 finger khaki head. Nice aroma filled with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Roasted coffee is the main note. The taste starts off with chocolate in the forefront, then hints of vanilla and coffee start to arrive. It's all a very smooth experience, one of the smoothest stouts I've ever had. On top of that it's very session able and nicely priced as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:05:21 | More by screamking
Photo of microbrewlover


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark, black/brown color and when held up to the light some red(garnet) can be seen. There is a thin mocha colored head and light lacing.

The smell is heavy roasted malts, chocolate, oats and coffee.

The taste is heavy on the roasted malts then the chocolate comes in. There is just enough hop bitterness in order to prevent this brew from becoming too sweet.

The feel is silky smooth with no aftertaste.

Overall this is a good oatmeal stout. Heavy on the burnt/roasted malt taste almost to the point of distraction but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 19:31:33 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of BergBeer


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a nice thick mocha head. Great head retention especially for a stout!

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, prune, fig, and dark chocolate!

T: Chocolate covered dark fruit, fig, coffee, roasty notes, dark grapes, prunes, honey, and backt to roasted malt. Super tasty!

M: Outstanding. Smooth and goes down like silk! Big and flavorful considering the ABV. Big stout flavor provided in a nice drinkable package.

O: Outstanding brew! Some might consider this thin but i disagree it's not selling itself as a RIS. It's a damn near perfect everyday stout that i would have as dessert every night if given the chance! One of my new go to beers. Get it!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 20:20:13 | More by BergBeer
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Brewing Co 'Barney Flats' Oatmeal Stout @ 5.8% , served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $17

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-hints of sweet creamy oatmeal

T-sweet , creamy & delicious ,

MF-ok carbonation , medium to full bodied , dry finish on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , bit pricey , glad I tried it

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:54:14 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Furlinator


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with ½ inch of khaki head that settles to a thin film on top. Nice lacing.

Smell is mainly coffee. Some cocoa and faint dark fruit. Faint bread scent.

Taste is of black coffee. Some grainy bitterness. Faint dark fruit and a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid oatmeal stout. Flavorful and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 12:19:57 | More by Furlinator
Photo of micromaniac129


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stout. Bold and full of flavor.
The color was deep muddy brown with a mocha head. Wispy lacing in it's wake.
The aroma is rich and malty hints of coffee, too.
The taste is has bold roasted malts coffee and chocolate with perhaps some suggestive hints of dark fruits.
Flows smoothly over the palate but thinnly.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:23:02 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This is such a dark brown color, it is almost black....almost, and is very thick in appearance, as I cannot see through it whatsoever. There is a half inch of tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a thin, yet dense film over the brew. Lacing is alright, with impressive clumps of protein fueled foam clinging to the glass, but it slips back into the liquid rather quickly, only leaving behind a couple of small spheres.

S- There is a primary blend of dark chocolate/cocoa powder and coffee....mocha like! Also noted to a lesser degree are aromas of blackstrap molasses, dark fruit....perhaps prune, perhaps raisin....can't put my finger on it. There is a dry grain smell too....likely from the oatmeal, but it's a smell that I quite like! The finish smells dry and roasty....perfect for the style!

T- The flavors are very distinct and very much a pleasure to enjoy within this style of beer! Following closely to the aromas are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses (in the context of sweetness), dry oat grains, and well roasted malt. I quite like the aftertaste on the palate...a mouth drying choco/coffee that makes me want more!

M- This is a rich and creamy beer that has a wonderfully creamy carbonation....velvety infact! This is full bodied, as this style should be, and fully reminds me of a dark chocolate bar or coffee cake even! Very nice!

O- I highly recommend this beer to anybody who appreciates a rich, full brew with lots of character and is made with the standard set very high! The alcohol is well hidden, and would make an excellent beverage to enjoy with dinner or on it's own! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:27:06 | More by ChrisCage
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,758 ratings.