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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1752
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pored a semi dark black with a thin cap of foam. Smells of a hint of black malt and nothing else.

Taste is upfront with dark patent malt, raw oatmeal, and some light grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall not sure what all the hype is about. Mediocre at best.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 17:06:06 | More by taylor714914
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New Jersey

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

As opposed to the freshly squeezed initial batch I reviewed below, I am currently drinking some Barney Flatts from the bottle and it is not nearly as good. I'm pretty disappointed. I'd drop my score to a 3.5 based on this tasting. I was so excited after trying it on tap that I had to buy it, but I won't buy it again.

Initial review:
Appearance: Typical of a stout - dark with a nice, lazy head that poured very cleanly, with small carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Coffee notes, typical of a stout, with an underlying citrus, sweet, hop quality.

Taste: The hope notes on this were what made the beer exceptional. I was lucky enough to have this beer extra fresh, on-tap, at a special event. The hop profile added a hop citrus quality to the beer that immediately made this juicier than any stout I've ever had, without the cloying creaminess that some stouts over do.

Mouthfeel: Although I am not a stout person, so I do not have too many points of reference for the style, I thought this was a little thinner than the average stout, with a nice subtle sense of oiliness from the hops. As I understand it, this is slightly more alcholic than the average stout, too, perhaps accounting for the differences.

Overall: I hope this beer bottles and lasts as well as it tastes fresh on-tap, because, if it does, this will be added to my "always-keep-on-hand" selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 14:43:26 | More by tkdchampxi
Photo of 57md


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown to black with a half finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose has mild roasted notes. The flavor profile is dry and lightly roasty with a fine bitterness on the finish that appears to come from a well-balanced combination of roasted malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 04:17:32 | More by 57md
Photo of Why-P-A


3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours fairly dark with a tall thick head, just the way it should be.

S: No overwhelming aromas, some darker malts and a hint of alcohol from the thick head.

T: Starts creamy and transitions quickly into chocolate and coffee malt flavors. Minimal esters but the variety of dark malts provide plenty of flavor.

M: This is one of the keys to an oatmeal stout and Barney Flats delivers. Creamy but not thick, the slight dryness leaves you wanting more.

O: This style varies widely and the Anderson Valley offering is a good beer. Great for a cold winter night, enough alcohol to stay warm and a nice creamy finish from the first sip to the last.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 21:18:44 | More by Why-P-A
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into tulip.
A: Pours black as a moonless night with thin dark tan head. Good retention and excellent lacing ( abundant and lasts forever). Very inviting.
S: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and a hint of butterscotch and sweet cream. Excellent!
T: Follows aroma in context, but not quite in quality. A bit weaker here, but still solid.
M: Light body. Sweet and roasted with a dry and mildly bitter finish.
D: A nice, solid example of style. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've encountered. Excellent sessionability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 01:32:28 | More by mwilbur
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4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorites. The first time I had it I was at the Bigfoot West bar in Culver City, CA. It was on tap. Everything seemed to be just right. The aroma, taste, mouth feel. It was a close to perfect Oatmeal Stout.

Taste: Rich, sweet with a proper amount of bitterness. The after taste brings out all the cocoa and chocolate flavors. Perfectly crafted!

Aroma: Strong, nutty, cocoa.

I recommend this stout for those who aren't too familiar with dark stout beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 23:15:44 | More by ShaneBasye
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bohemian Cafe. Pour was near black; left lots of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

Allowed to warm for about 10 minutes, but still had a relatively light aroma; featured medium and dark roosted malts with dark chocolate.

Taste: also not strong; more like an Irish stout in intensity than expected. Slight smoke but no burnt notes: just as I prefer. Marginal hops mainly keep the sweet/bitter balance spot on.

M: A tad light overall, with a very light finish; very smooth; ~ perfect carbonation.

O: Not the world's best oatmeal stout, but certainly excellent: Can serve as a gold standard in this category, being a virtually flawless rendition of a straightforward version.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 00:12:27 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange, CA.

Again, another great reviewed beer but Raul just isn't feelin it!

Too much carbonation, a bit too sweet, and just nothing special. I mean, Raul can definitely drink it and chill hard with tha homies, but he ain't gonna sip it over El Torro Bravo with the old lady and try to get nasty after.

Edit: as it warms up, I am getting more textures of flavor. Also, there is a more prounoinced presence in the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 01:07:39 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of SGDJosh

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/3 at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

A – Pours thick and black, 1 ½ finger frothy light brown head.

S – Dark chocolate, caramel, coffee + cream, Mexican Flan, and just sweet goodness.

T – Tastes of Robust and bitter coffee, little bit of hoppy bitterness and loads of burnt sugar.

M – Great carbonation with a medium-full body. It coats the palate with flavors but finished crisp thanks to the carbonation.

O – Super delicious beer, the aromas make it appear much sweeter than it really is which is a great contrast in my opinion. The body is very velvety and at 5.7% it’s a quite sessionable beer.


Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 13:34:11 | More by SGDJosh
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a deep brown nearly black beer with a one finger tan head. The head faded over time to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma overall, was rather light but pleasant. It was a mix of some roasted malt as well as a light bit of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness.

Taste – The taste began of a more dry roasted malt flavor with a chocolate and roasted coffee flavor greeting the tongue. These flavors are quickly meet by some caramel sweetness and a bit of dark fruit. As the taste advances further, it sweetens even more with some flavors of vanilla and cream coming in at the end. Overall it leaves a very satisfyingly sweet yet roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side for an oatmeal stout of its strength with a carbonation level that is slightly higher then normal.

Overall – Other than the weakness in the feel of the brew it was very good. It had a wonderful taste profile and a great appearance. Easy to drink and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 23:44:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Jadjunk


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern Snellville on May 17th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a solid black with a light surface cover and a light tan lacing. Not much else to observe, it truly is solid black, so little activity can be seen on the inside. Solid appearance overall. 4

(Smell) Aromas of oatmeal, chocolate, lactose and cream make up the most of the nose. It is very potent, sweet and appealing. No hop presence but a fantastic smelling beer overall. There's very little I would change about the smell aside from bringing in some bitter qualities or toning down the sweetness, which is such a minor point that it truly needs little interference. 4.5

(Taste) Very sweet oatmeal malt front plus a bitter chocolate tone that continues to a chalky bitter finish. For oatmeal stouts, it's one of the best I've ever had based on a distinct sweet and bitter phase that are both pleasing in an oatmeal stout. The flavor is great and the beer highly drinkable. 5

(Mouthfeel) Texture begins a little fizzy and continues an airy transition to the finish, leaving a significant tingle on the tongue. I think the carbonation may be a bit overdone here, and a creamier mouthfeel would compliment it well. Alcohol presence is low. Body is medium. A bit too active for a good pairing with the flavors, certainly not indicative of an oatmeal stout. 2.5

(Overall) Fantastic beer flavor offset a bit by an overdone carbonation level which really is a bit too fizzy to do it much good. Flavors are excellent for an oatmeal stout and there's tons of flavor to savor, so regardless of the minor tweaks needed, I'd recommend this to anybody, and am looking forward to other beers by Anderson Valley in the immediate future. 4

Anderson Valley Brewing Company's
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 00:21:17 | More by Jadjunk
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint at Humpy's in Kailua-Kona.

This beer appears a very dark, almost black, cola-edged brown hue, with one flabby finger of densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some randomly skewed webbed lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, medium dark chocolate, anise, raisin, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted, kind of bready caramel malt, bitter cocoa, a lactic sourness, some indistinct earthy sweetness, further black licorice, and mild leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather silky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the grainy, chocolate-lite malt, and lingering, ethereal sour milk essence.

A fairly pleasant oatmeal stout, the roundness of the body more than capable of talking me into another. The little extra sourness adds touches of a more traditional porter, deftly tempering the potential sweetness. Worthy of seeking out, this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 05:14:10 | More by biboergosum
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Black and opaque with little remnants of an off-white head.

S-Roasted and slightly smoked malt dominates.

T-Oats and highly roasted barley malt

M-Mouthfeel is really nice with this beer. Extremely smooth with a heavy but well balanced level of carbonation to carry the flavors perfectly.

D-Very high

O-I really like this beer. Easy to drink, great body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 18:20:58 | More by deebo
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout has a good look, with a dark brown to black body and a finger of thick-looking brown head. Retention and lacing are both solid.

The aroma is fairly muted, with black malt and a bit of roast.

The flavor packs lots of black patent malt that imparts flavors of dark bread. Slightly bitter roasted malts and some chocolate combine to round things out. A caramel sweetness lingers in the background. The flavor is pretty good, but none of the components stand out, leaving the beer with a solid balance but no single characteristic that is especially defined.

The mouthfeel is very good, with a full, smooth, thick feel to it.

This is a solid oatmeal stout, and the mouthfeel is great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 01:54:06 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At post St ale house

A: dark brown with copper hues. Not much foam. No lace.
S: lots of roasted oats and nut toned soil. If you want to have oatmeal stout with lots of oatmeal, look no further.
T: oatmeal and burnt toast with slightly sweet coffee. Nice flavor.
M: full with hi carb. A negligible finish.
O: above average for an oatmeal. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 02:03:52 | More by harrymel
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown with moderate cap of creamy khaki froth. Scent leads with notes of moderate roast, backed by bitter cocoa, lightly roasted and ground coffee and hints of dark fruit, light earthyness. Taste follows suit with no one component being the star here, moderate roast, bitter chocolate stronger than other flavors, but not over the top. Medium bodied, lightly earthy and grainy but smooth. A very nice traditional style stout which doesn't overdo any particular component and thus becomes highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 13:27:52 | More by rfgetz
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at The Linkery in San Diego, Calif. Color was black. About an inch of head. Plenty of lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides that stayed throughout.

Amber seemed to be the first smell. Also some caramel in there.

Tasted coffee, chocolate and relatively smooth for a stout.

Full body. Average carbonation. Thick texture.

Not a bad beer. I would like to try this again sober as I was five to six good craft beers into the night when I rated this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 05:46:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. The beer poured with a finger high head that died down very slowly.
S: There are aromas of semisweet chocolate morsels in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking stout because it’s relatively light-bodied for the style and doesn’t have that much alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 03:35:15 | More by metter98
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Wolkcreek Brewing restaurant the other day.

Poured from the tap into a standard Pint glass.

The beer was a rich black, with a cola brown hue on the edges. Had a very small, quarter inch of light brown to tan colored head that sort of sat on top as a film of head, thicker around the edges of the glass. Some lace.

Aromaa's of choclate, sweet roasted malt, and a touch of coffee, not too strong, but nothing off.

Flavor's mirroed the nose, but a bit more robust. Intial sweetness up front, roasty malt in the middly, with a smooth finish. The roasted grain, or oatmeal really shine through.

Mouthfeel was one of the best parts of this, as it was not dry, which some Oatmeal stouts can be. Full, lighly carbonated, and sticky.

Overall, good session Oatmeal stout. Admitedly, I've had this out of the bottle before, and it didnt impress me that much, but the tap version surprised me quite a bit. Based on the disparity in my experience from the bottle and this, maybe it was a freshness thing or maybe it was the cold day weather for So Cal (we just came from the snow) but this was really good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 03:59:05 | More by Retsinis
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes. Poured from the tap at a local BBQ place.

The beer looks very nice, almost completely black, a bit of light coming in when held to light.

Smell was primarily sweet malt with a touch of roasted.

Taste is great and is packed with roasted coffee flavor with a slight bitterness underneath a slightly sweet character.

Mouthfeel was very disappointing - none of the creamy smoothness that I love and was almost cola-like in its carbonation level.

Overall pretty good, but not the best oatmeal stout. Nice flavor but just not very smooth like expected.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 04:58:25 | More by BucBasil
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black with brown edges in the light, and had minimal tan head that laced averagely.

Smelled of roasted malt and earthy oatmeal.

Taste followed suit, with lots of earthy coffee chocolate the whole way through. It didn't really change tastes a whole lot, but the combination of roasted malt and coffee was good enough to carry the beer.

Mouthfeel was nice and crisp for a stout, and left me wanting to drink more, which was easy due to the awesome drinkability. Solid oatmeal stout in my opinion, and better than I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 06:27:40 | More by madvermin
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed January 19th, 2011 at Lucky Devils in Hollywood, CA.

This beer is essentially black with a fine tan head less than a finger tall composed of extremely fine, uniform tan bubbles. They provide excellent lacing which is not especially sticky.

The aroma is a deep, sweet affair of dark, roasted malts with a tannic grace note of red grapes.

The mild flavor of this one is defined primarily by its almost-subtle dark malts up front that segue into what is almost a fruity note (those grapes again), then finishing with a stronger roasted malt bitterness which is still well in check.

As an oatmeal stout should be, this one is creamy in the mouth and relatively thin. There is a surprisingly dry finish on this beer; not crazy or imbalanced, but unexpected.

Nothing wrong with this one, but I was tired of it by the end of the pint. Not something I will ever seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 01:10:27 | More by charlzm
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/8/10 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, oats, lactose and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready flavors of oats and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some creamy and mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 02:17:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10/08/10. Had on-tap at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

A- Roasted brown, 2 fingers tan head, minimal bubbling.

S- Bitter chocolate, faint coffee, wood chips.

T/M- Dry finish with some bitter aftertaste, creamy/airy, lighter body composition than I was expecting.

D- Great showing from Anderson Valley. Nothing beats a Sam Smith's, but this is a beer that holds it's own. I would definitely make this a go-to brunch beer to have with a late breakfast, like pancakes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:30:12 | More by Duttonic
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black. Some brown and ruby red around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A light sweetness as well. Pretty standard for a stout, but still good.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body that has a bit to much carbonation for me. Not as creamy and smooth as I would like. Not hard to drink. I can put a few away with ease.

A good stout. Nothing out of the ordinary, just an easy to drink stout. There is nothing wrong with that. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 02:47:44 | More by champ103
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.