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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

940 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 940
Hads: 2,359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 137
Gots: 270 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 940 | Hads: 2,359
Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a very trivial amount of light getting through. A trace of beige surrounds the rim and half of the top. Aroma if oats, chocolate, and dark malt greet my nose. The flavor is packed with oatmeal, chocolate, and dark malt. I also get a slight hint of smoke. The mouth is lightly sticky with a touch of chewiness. Otherwise it is fairly viscous. (366 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a solid black color with about one finger of head; head dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Overwhelming aroma of chocolate hits you right away. Hints of other scents such as oatmeal and vanilla vaguely present.

T - Similar to the aroma, you notice the chocolate up front mixed with malty flavors, proceeds to be followed with hints of fruit and an overall smoked flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied. Almost no carbonation present. Goes down very smoothly; leaves dry aftertaste.

O - My first oatmeal stout I've had. It was very different from what my initial expectations were of it but was a good beer overall. Enjoyable but not my favorite style. (661 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours dark brown and settles black in the glass. Tops off with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Modest aroma of cocoa, chocolate, oats, vanilla, and spice. Medium weight, and has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Creamy oats and cocoa up front on the taste, with a slight bitterness setting in middleways. Feels a bit thin on the back end, and finishes watery. Sweet oats linger on the aftertaste.

Overall, not bad at all. As with most oatmeal stouts, I wish it was a little thicker. But this one has a lot going for it in terms of taste and flavor. (573 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I'm missing something or had a bad can, but this was watery and nearly aromaless.. Taste wants to be robust, but it's just too thin.. Not great. (150 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with unfortunately no bottled or best by date, poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep black colour with one finger light caramel head that disappears fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing.
S: There’s chocolate, toffee, raisin, some light coffee and a strong smell of something that I just could not describe. Admittedly I needed some inspiration to figure this out and then I saw steamed milk… wow, that is exactly the perfect description.
T: Sweet dark fruits followed by chocolate, roasted malts and a slight smokey finish.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation and dry finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty good stout that’s not too sweet. I enjoy this style and although this may not be the best, its still something I would buy and drink to add some variety. (821 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black. Big, course, tan head that fades. Minimal stickage.

Smell - Hersey's chocolate bar.

Taste - Malty. Bakers chocolate. A bit toasty. A very mild hop bite. Delicious!

Mouth - Good carbonation. Nice viscosity.

Overall - A full-bodied, smooth, domestic Stout. Right up there with some of the great English Stouts and Porters. Is there anything California beers can't do? The answer is NO! (466 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler in a snifter from Jungle Jim's.

This FINE stout pours a thick, rich black with a firm light brown head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring and pooling layer of foam. Nose of dark chocolates, deeply roasted malts, dark fruits, and a touch of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with deeply roasted malts dancing around a sweet dark chocolate note on all sides. A dark fruit and subtle smoky note follow through on the back with a light herbal hop character keeping this all in check. Outstanding. Finish is wet with moderate carbonation to keep it lively thus searing in the light roasted malt and chocolate flavors. A favorite for many years, and one of the few brews that I could drink more than one of.

A PERFECT summer sipper IMHO.

Cheers (785 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal stout in a can? Gotta love that...

Pours a beautiful black color with a nice fluffy tan-brown head, which doesnt seem to stick around very long.

The aroma of chocolate literally leaps out of the glass at me as I'm first pouring the beer. I also notice notes of toffee, malts, and maybe even some dark fruit buried deep in there somewhere.

The flavor is chocolatey and malty up front, almost like a milkshake. It finishes with a more robust, roasty, almost smokey finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Glad I bought atleast a 6er of them and not just a single. I hope to find tomorrow that there is still some of it left on the shelf. (652 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

at SFO airport after flight back from Oz. Breakfast?

A: Black with amber highlights. Fellows, a stout to me needs a thick lasting light tan head that rings the glass all the way down - this does not.

Smell: Roasty, grainy, steamed milk, cold black coffee. Too faint.

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey with mild roasty bitterness, mineral; floral hops but not enough. Grainy and chewy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Grainy and chewy.

O: Straight ahead - nothing special (467 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (204 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours nice and bubbly cocoa brown head that dissipates quite quickly. The beer itself is a nice sold black with shades of dark brown. The beer has a nice sheen to it.

The beer has a nice and creamy chocolate smell to it. The oatmeal comes out quite well with a nice roasted grain smell that works very well with the slightly bitter and sweet chocolate notes. There is also cocoa notes but seem to be more to balance the chocolate more than anything else.

The beer taste has similar notes. The main thing to note is that the beer ends on a fairly roasted notes with a strong chocolate and espresso taste. The oatmeal taste is very present and mixes with the chocolate to where it tastes like oatmeal for breakfast mixed with chocolate.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. The feel is very creamy and smooth with a little biting carbonation to give it a slightly lighter feel even though it is still heavy bodied.

Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout and one of the better ones I've had. Recommend. (998 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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? (741 characters)

Photo of pinyin
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,709 characters)

Photo of SteveFagone
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (172 characters)

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.