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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 1749
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 ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

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

Starts off with a finger-thick dark cream-colored head. It's very persistent and foamy. Aggressive carbonation surges upward through the black liquid. The creamy head is a beautiful contrast to the dark beer beneath it.

Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal and is very grain heavy with a cream-like aroma. The dark roasted malt is a heavy presence as well.

Sweet malts initially hit the palate, but they're accompanied by a dry bitterness. There's a thick oatmeal flavor, hints of vanilla tossed in and the finish is a big dose of baker's chocolate. I eventually get a taste of dark coffee as well.

I feel the body is on the lighter side of medium and could be thicker. Yet, the creamy quality redeems this aspect a bit.

This beer is good and pretty refreshing. I can drink this out of the can in the park or slowly sip it. Very well done.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 22:57:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of mjurney


4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color. Tan head, looks very creamy.

Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

Very rich, deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. Hop bitterness is very mild, I could taste some leafy-earthy. Finish dry, roasted, smooth. Body is full, silky, creamy.

It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 01:52:23 | More by mjurney
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of semi-sweet chocolate chips with light aromas of oatmeal and roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of oatmeal and just a touch of sweetness. That is combined with a light amount of semi-sweet chocolate. There is a very light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Super easy to drink and enjoyable, I could easily have a couple of these in a session. Lighter bodied for a stout and with a well hidden alcohol. Definitely one to grab again.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 01:49:22 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of abeeronthebeach


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

Blind tasted alongside Obsidian Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout.

A - Frothy, toffee-coloured head.

S - A little reminiscent of Guinness but without the sickliness.

T - Noticeably sweet with chocolate on the finish. An inkling of flat coca cola.

M - Not as rich and full-bodied as Obsidian.

O - Smooth, very easy-drinking and tasty. A great off-the-shelf option, particularly as it should be affordably priced.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, although this drinks more easily, with SN Stout slightly behind in third.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 04:13:50 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter. Pours a good mocha head. Very dark dirty oil color, but you can tell it is a thin beer which makes sense for 5.7% abv. Aroma is fairly light but notes of coffee and chocolate come through. Taste leaves more to be desired. Seems to have a bit of a cloying mouthfell also which is strange for such a light beer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 20:20:54 | More by hops202
Photo of ZagZagg


4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Two finger head that looks like it belongs on a mug root beer. Seems to have some decent retention. Nice deep black color, not too much lacing as the head begins to subside. After the initial pour it appeared to have a nice level of carbonation, but that receded with the head I suppose (it was a bit of an aggressive pour).

S: The smell is really lovely, mellow, and sweet. Picking up some caramel or toffee. The sweetness could be attributable to a blend of dark and milk chocolate. Not picking up any hop or bitter character.

T: Sweet coffee mocha as an initial taste. Dark chocolate melds with an oat woodiness, which cascades along with the mouth feel as it resides on the tongue. Agitating it around the mouth a bit reveals a faint hoppiness. There is some level of roasted maltiness, but it seems somewhat subdued in my opinion, possibly by caramel-maple syrupiness. The experience on the whole is pretty sweet.

M: Smooth and soft. Very faint carbonation dances on the tongue. The body seems slightly to the left of medium, and transitions into a light cream. Not an overwhelming after taste, but it reflects the elements of the beer.

O: This was damn tasty, with a sweetness that was at the pinnacle of the inverted parabola. I could hardly keep it around long enough to tease out its flavor. Admittedly, I probably poured this brew at warmer temperature than I typically would. Never had Stout from a can so I’m interested to see how/if that affected the flavor. In any event, I highly recommend.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 01:15:05 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black as night with a brown head that lasted and left nice lacing.

Aroma is primarily coffee with a touch of chocolate. Flavor is more of an American stout IMO, with heavier amounts of dark roasty, burnt flavors, but there's a good amount of oatmeal in there too, making for a very delicious beer that I will surely buy again!

Body is pretty thick and chewy, with a roasty bitter finish.

Definitely a well made oatmeal stout. I will look for this one again, and more from Anderson valley.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 16:41:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Doogflaggat


4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass at the Warwick Hotel.

A: Pours a thick jet black color with a nice tan head about a finger's worth. Dissipates slowly.

S: Smells great! Dark toasty malt goodness upfront for sure.

T: Creamy and delicious. Chewy oatmeal flavors at the front end with lingering coffee at the end. P.s. I know this is NOT brewed with coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but I was hoping for something even creamier.
I'm thinking this would be GREAT on Nitro.

O: Fantastic oatmeal stout. Definitely up there with Sam Smith's and Founder's Breakfast Stout in terms of quality ingredients and taste. Cheers!

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 03:17:32 | More by Doogflaggat
Photo of elNopalero


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

This pours a thick coffee cola black with creamy cocoa colored foam. There’s a cola-cocoa caramel aroma on this. The flavor has a mix of caramel and cocoa with a touch of coffee and a lingering finish. There’s a slight roast and some bittering on a smooth and creamy body. This is a terrific everyday stout.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 07:05:02 | More by elNopalero
Photo of artoolemomo


3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to be fading rather quickly. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is a dark chocolate black which remains that way when held up to the light. Very spotty instances of lacing.

Nose- Quite subtle when I smell from the glass- fainted roasted notes. The can, however, suggests chocolate, roasted and nutty malts, and a hint of coconut. Some caramel and toffee as well. This appears also in the aroma from the glass.

Taste- Roasted notes are dominant with some cola present. The oatmeal is quite conspicuous and informs the entire flavor profile. Sour roasted malts and coffee appear in the finish. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes are very subdued at the moment. The sweetness of the malt bill can be a little cloying but the dry and slightly bitter finish tries (and is mostly successful) to balance this out. Lots of raisin and hints of cherry are the dominant sweet notes and seem to reference the dubbel style. Pretty good beer. Definitely a good stout for the price tag. After a while, some toasty notes pop up. The sweetness also begins to fade and more of the coffee and woody bitterness of the finish begins to show itself.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a chewy/gritty texture that comes from the oatmeal. Slight carbonation and a slight thinness. Slight dryness on the finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and pretty complex for a stout. It's around 9 bucks for a six pack which seems pretty fair. I would definitely get this again. No heat and quite sessionable.

Overall- Not the greatest stout in the world but still a solid brew. In many ways, it seems like a poor man's Founders Imperial Stout. Definitely worth a try but may seem a little average to many stout drinkers.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 04:13:34 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of FLima


3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with lots of thick caramel head with good retention.
Grainy aroma with hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts.
Pleasant flavor of roasted malts and lots of mocha, with some earthy hops. Relatively to style it has a mild dry aftertaste with residual notes of oatmeal and roasted malts.
Smooth medium to full body with low carbonation.
Not overly complex but quite assertive on its flavors, specially chocolate and coffee. Very good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 01:14:18 | More by FLima
Photo of vkv822


3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a foamy, quickly dissolving brown head.

Roasty, cocoa upfront, with light sweetness from the oats coming through in the finish.

Smooth, creamy medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done oatmeal stout, the body was quite creamy with a tasty, mild flavor profile.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 08:14:43 | More by vkv822
Photo of MaximalC


3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with nearly an inch of khaki foam that takes its time settling. Plenty of patchy, reticulated lacing clings to the glass as the beer descends. Aroma is mild, smelling of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of floral hops. The taste features the same bittersweet chocolate, some black coffee, and even some dark fruit and alcohol lurking in the back. A modest dose of balancing hops meld seamlessly with the bitterness of the roasted malt. A tasteful roasted character lingers in the throat after imbibing as well.

The flavors here are complex but understated, and they would be better served by a heavier body. As is, the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin for an oatmeal stout. With that said, this remains one highly drinkable oatmeal stout, as I'd have no problem draining this in no time.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 01:08:25 | More by MaximalC
Photo of sommersb


3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 05-03-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Black and opaque beer, topped with a big 3 fingers of tan head. Retention is very good and the lacing leaves a nice amount of head on the glass.

Smells remind me of brown bread, toasted grains and molasses, although these aromas do not suggest any sweetness.

The taste is simple and straightforward, with roasted malts giving it a coffee-like bitterness.

Medium bodied, the finish is neither dry nor sweet, with an average amount of carbonation. Did not have the smoothness/creaminess I'd expect from an oatmeal stout.

Overall a solid stout here, but did not seem as exceptional as you might expect based on the reviews.

Thanks to DrewShal9 on the trade

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 03:19:20 | More by sommersb
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured nearly black with a nice 3 finger fluffy light brown head. Minimal spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Super malty as expected. Coffee was mild, roastiness was lovely though. Mild vanilla in there too. A nice aroma.

T - Sweetness up front with roast, nuttiness, caramel, some coffee, and some cola too.

M - Proper mild carbonation. Oddly thinner body than expected, but on the heavier end of light. Fairly clean finish with some bitterness.

O/D - A good oatmeal stout. Seemed weaker than aroma leads you towards, but it's enjoyable. Potential for greatness in this one, it just fell a little short.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 22:24:03 | More by tbeckett
Photo of IrishKevin


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a tulip glass.

Decent head that lingered.

Smell: my favorite part of this beer: dark chocolate right off the bat with coffe and roasted malt.

Taste: Didn't live up to the aroma, but really good all the same. Great roasty flavor with full body, but still very smooth. Taste changed for the better as it mellowed in the glass.

Overall: Very solid oatmeal stout.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 22:25:54 | More by IrishKevin
Photo of justintcoons


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Black with 2 fingers of brown head. Good retention and hardly any light penetration.

Roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa nib and coffee.

Raisin, overripe plum and touches of concord grape. Semi-sweet chocolate and caramelized sugar. Some Cola and roasted barley. Touches of earthy, roasted bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and almost silky.

Unfortunately not as much chocolate and coffee as the nose lets on. The mouthfeel is a tad thing, but overall a decent Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 22:48:04 | More by justintcoons
Photo of kojevergas


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of cans for $9.99 in Los Angeles. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, but I have had it before.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels (my go-to pairing food).

A: Pours a four finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV (at least five minutes). Body colour is a solid jet black. Nontransparent; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Surprisingly tangy. Maybe even some orange zest. Out of place floral hops. Malty sweetness. Oats. A hint of roast (which should be far stronger). Biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Smooth with heavy caramel. Some cigar-esque roasty notes. The oats smoothen it. A surprisingly present floral hop character, though it's nicely disguised by the roast and caramel. I'm not getting chocolate or coffee. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, dark malts. Creamy. Very well balanced. This is one tasty beverage. The orange zest from the aroma is nowhere to be found; maybe it was just the hops. I quite fancy it. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth from the rolled oats. Wet. Never too light. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness.

Dr: A very drinkable oatmeal stout. Hides its ABV very well. I'm really enjoying this and will have no trouble finishing it. I'd recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked up a six pack. Not as complex or subtle as a great beer in the style could be, but very solid and nicely balanced. I'd like to try this on nitro.


Pairs well with pretzels.

Probably not a good beer to age.

Serve cold, actually. It's fine, really. You don't need to wait for room temperature on this one.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 05:30:23 | More by kojevergas
Photo of eriktoyra


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

A: Pours a dark brown liquid with a hint of red into the glass. The fudge colored head is one finger high and sturdy. Thin lacings on the glass and some curtains as well. Looks tasty!

S: It smells of dark roasted malts with lots of dry chocolate. I can also find some vanilla, dark fruits, dark sugar, wet autumn leafs and molasses.

T: It tasted dark roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Dry chocolate with roasted coffee and spicy hops.

M: Milky texture with strong carbonation and medium body. The carbonation is very sticky but strangely also smooth.

O: A very nice Oatmeal Stout with a fantastic smell.

Serving type: can

11-05-2012 18:44:50 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of bark


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

The liquid is black wit a brown edge (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is pale brown and compact. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth with toasted notes of chocolate, coffee and nuts. Some alcohol and a touch of black-malt sourness. Lots of chocolate and a slightly flowery bitterness.

The taste is dry with a strong chocolate/milk chocolate flavour. Roasted notes of mocha candy, nuts and BBQ meat. Citric bitter flavours. It is not very sweet. Medium body. The aftertaste is dry and a little thin at first. Then it grows with more cocoa/milk chocolate, malt sourness coffee sweets and some spicy hints. The finish is creamy and warming.

The carbonation is medium strong, the smooth bubbles fresh. The liquid is both smooth and a bit dry.

It succeeds in being both rich and refreshing at the same time. A pleasant stout.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 18:29:05 | More by bark
Photo of rarbring


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black brew with brown hints, a tan head leaving some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling coffee, soy sauce, ashes.

Tasting burned bread crust, sweet dark dry fruits, some forest berries. Some yeast.

Medium low carbonation, soft, medium body, a somewhat dry finish.

A bit wobbly, no real strengths, but not bad.

Serving type: can

10-02-2012 17:03:36 | More by rarbring
Photo of brureview


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

Dark chocolate pour with a large head which quickly shrinks to one finger.

Lemon-chocolate smell, with nice carbonation.

The finish is a bit unusual: lemony chocolate coffee and different than stouts with similar flavors.

This stout is refreshingly different.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 01:55:31 | More by brureview
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark nearly impenetrable blackish brown with a deep amber red glow around the edges when back lit by a strong light. A big foamy chocolate brown head forms leaving loads of creamy lacing.

Dark roasty malts, chocolate and coffee fill the aroma in copious amounts.

The flavor is full of dark roasted grain bitterness and dark roasted malt sweetness, full of coffee and chocolate notes blended and smoothed out by the addition of oatmeal. Warming as always brings out more complexity and mellowness.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat chewy and has excellent smoothness body boosted by the oatmeal. Carbonation is medium and lends an added creaminess to the body as well.

An excellent everyday stout though I'd have to do a line up to say it was my favorite. Definitely in the running!

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 22:44:41 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of HopHead84


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


Can poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown bordering on black with two inches of light brown foam. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Lightly roasted grains with oatmeal and a coffee and cream combination. A little caramel blends with earthy and nutty notes. There's some chocolate and restrained dark fruits.

T: Milk chocolate blends with coffee, cream, oats, and lightly roasted dark grains. There's a low bitterness throughout with nutty notes and an increased level of coffee and chocolate near the finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Overall: A nice Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 18:53:53 | More by HopHead84
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Yards love stout glass. Pours opague black with a tremendous two fingered light brown heading. Lacing is left all over the place after every sip.

Good aroma's of coffee , chocolate , smoke , and just an all around roastiness of malt.

Nice rich mocha flavoring. Brown sugar, earthy hops with a milky chocolate finish.

Full bodied for a lower ABV, good carbonation and a bit on the thicker side of balance.

This is solid from begining to end, not a complex beer just done right. Very good.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 20:32:33 | More by TheFightfan1
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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,749 ratings.