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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 105
Gots: 123 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Obsidian in color and a nice cloudy head. Overlapping lacing as it creeps down my glass. The taste is earthy with no hint of burnt grain as is common with some stouts. Sweet, chewy, with an evocation of sweaty love while driving on the interstate. Smooth and satisfying. One of my favorites.

RedBiddy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of kcbearkat
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Full Sail pint glass.

A: This beer pours thick with a one finger hazelnut brown head that disappears quickly. Color is a dark brown with little light penetration.

S: This thing smells like the burnt sugar crust of a creme brulee but also with a warm, toasted nut smell.

T: Flavorful beer with roasted chocolate malt flavor, slight nuttiness in the middle and a dry semisweet chocolate finish. It finishes dry on the palate, begging for another sip.

M: Creamy goodness with medium carbonation.

O: One of my all time favorite regular brews. I wish we could get it more in TX but until then I'll keep trading for it.

Happy International Stout Day!

kcbearkat, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass.

A: Two finger tan head. Dark brown coloration, good carbonation. Weaker retention. Fades quickly, thin lacing.

S: Delicious smell. Chocolate smell, with definite oatmeal background to it. Hops and caramel smells in it as well.

T: Hoppy and chocolate tastes as well. Yummy, not strong at all.

M: Creamy, nice thickness.

O: Good beer. I enjoyed this a lot. Creamy beer, full bodied with a nice thickness, great smell and wonderful taste.

Murrhey, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle. Poured a nice dark black color...much like that of black coffee. Creamy head that was a beige/tan color...did not recede completely and lacing was fairly good. Aroma was that of roasty coffee and malts, caramel, dark chocolate (slightly bitter) and a touch of oats. Nice complex aroma that is well balanced. Taste was roasty with lots of coffee. Undertones of dark chocolate, caramel...very tasty and very drinkable!

Smooth and rich...this is a medium to full-bodied brew that is best had last in a drinking session due to the "meal in a glass" nature of it. I would have it again.

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Medium brown head. Low retention. decent stick.

Smell - thin. Faint soy sauce. Not promising.

Taste - Oatmeal. Thin. Some alcohol. Stale coffee. Some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Some effervescence but pretty mild.

Overall Drinkability - Very plain. Characters are very mild and almost imperceptible. No off characters though.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coarse carbonation and quite spritzy with a lot of club soda taste. Sharp taste that just doesn't go away. Good dose of hops and a pleasant transition to the bitter aftertaste. Lots of scorched malt, a touch of charcoal. Some spoiled fruit. Quite watery mouthfeel, which is appropriate to the style and alcohol content. Winey nose is not unpleasant.

I think a blind tasting is in order for this and a couple of other highly-rated stouts to see how it really stands up. I don't really care much for this. The Julian dating is 10336 so that's late 2010, in the liquor store cooler, shouldn't be off too much.

mactrail, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on August 22, 2011

A: Really dark brown and no light comes through. 2 fingers of light brown creamy head that quickly turned into just a light layer.

S: Little bit of coffee, nice floral hops presence and a very roasted malt.

T: Very rich roasted flavor. Touches of coffee. Then the bitter floral hops takes over. But the dark chocolate and roasted flavors lingers to a gentle finish.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Tongue tingling carbonation.

O: This is an incredibly drinkable stout. It's so rich and delicious but not overpowering in any sense.

tony223366, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this beer to see how my perception of it has changed (if at all). It pours a seemingly straight onyx topped by over a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, light roasted malts, toffee, toasted oats, and a few sprinkles of cocoa for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa playing a stronger role, the roast darkening, and some light coffee coming into the mix as well. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. It seems a bit light and thin, but the creaminess (present in every AV beer I've had thus far) makes up for it, and then some. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout. The thinness holds it back some, but it remains an enjoyable drink.

TMoney2591, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of DM1293
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Jeez did this pour thick. Its as dark and brown as coffee. No head.

Smell - Mild, strong, sweet. Not much of a smell.

Taste - ...Taste is smooth for a stout. Amazingly smooth actually. Very light notes of coffee. Very light chocolate sweetness to balance it out. Its good, but the taste doesn't really make itself stand out by any other merit than drinkability.

Mouthfeel - thick, almost a little syrupy. Taste lingers on the front-to-middle of the palate.

Overall - I would recommend this for anyone who likes a good drinkable stout, or someone who wanted to get a taste of stouts but might be intimidated by a darker beer.

DM1293, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with about a half inch of tan head, leaves a faint trail of lace down the glass.

S: smells sweet, heavy malts, chocolatey, maybe a little oatmeal

T: great balance of flavors, roasted malts, a little hop balance, some coffee-like flavor, some oat on the finish with a very slight citrus hop note

M: thin to average for a stout, expected thicker

O: a very good beer, can drink more than just one with the lower abv. Great balance of flavors all around

abgba121, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer for this Sunday eveing....and its a good one....Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a very good. The appearance is everything you want in a stout....dark...opaque with tan head...little thin, but lacing. The smell is heavy malt with molassis base. The taste is nice subtlies of very light roast, black licorice, and hop balance. The mouthfeel os this beer is very good for a stout....there is enough body to make it feel like your drinking a stout! The ABV is not out of control so you can drink more than one...and everything comes off the pallet clean so there is no major aftertaste. Overall....this is a great drinking stout!!!

WoodBrew, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - nice pale head and nice black beer

Smell- chocolatey and malty but somewhat average for the style

Taste - Absolutely increadible taste!!!! A superb stout!! So well balanced in all areas, so smooth, so rich, so easy to drink yet not watery.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect buttery, full bodied flavor.

Overall - Definitely the best oatmeal stout and perhaps the best stout of any kind I've sampled to date.

bubseymour, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of haywire77
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured what appeared to be pitch black at first until I held it up to an intense light where I was greeted with coffee brown edges and a super deep ruby red body. Head was mocha tan and rolled in at about 3/4" tall. Faded to a nice frothy cap in about 5 minutes. Looks awesome.

The aroma is bitter sweet chocolate and fresh cut tobacco followed by a hefty malt backbone of brown sugar, oatmeal, and some coffee. If I breathe deeply enough, I can almost taste this one without taking a drink.

Taste is almost the exact same as the nose, but in a different order. I get a bitter hop bite first, followed by the malts and finishing up with the coffee and then the sweet oatmeal at the very end. Not as much chocolate in the taste as was present on the nose. A good bit of lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin, but decent with very little stout character. Almost on par with a good black lager. Not quite as creamy as I had hoped, but very drinkable.

Overall this as about as good as oatmeal stouts get. If you are looking for an easy drinking, non-filling, great tasting stout that you could drink several of in one setting, this is the answer.

haywire77, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Smell of sour malt & coffee from bottle poured into dimpled mug. Pours a nice dark cola/coffee blackness with a head that dissipates quickly. I get a smell of sour dough bread as well before sipping the full rich body that finishes clean w/a coffee malt finish. A very good example of the style an excellent six for the price, readily found and not too thick n heavy to enjoy as a session. Definitely gotta try more from Anderson Valley Brewing as this is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

Blueribbon666, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of bearsxco
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- dark brown/black in color. two finger beige head. slight lacing.

s- sweet, chocolat and coffee

t-coffee and chocolat with oat flavor

m- vey smooth and light for a stout. very nice

o- very good, great taste for a easily available to get stout. never thought about trying until I recieved in a trade. Will definitely buy more of this beer.

bearsxco, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark mahogany-brown, with a thick, creamy beige head, which after a little while, gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Smell is dominantly of roasted malts/oats, with hints of cocoa, coffee beans, and vanilla

T - Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, oats, espresso, and mild vanilla notes. The oats work quite well here, providing an overall mild flavor profile, and a fluffy mouthfeel.

M - Rich, velvety mouthfeel, with very mild carbonation. Really smooth and decadent.

O - Overall, this was my first oatmeal stout, and I'd have to say it's a different animal than the stouts I'm used to. This is milder and smoother. This one would make a great choice on a cold night, or as a dessert/nightcap.

Flightoficarus, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a very active cola like head.

S: Very faint aroma of coffee, toasted malts and vanilla.

T: Not really complex, but has an enjoyable balance of toasted malts and slightly bitter cocoa.

M: Slightly creamy, but thinner than expected. Highly carbonated for the style.

O: Decent, drinkable stout.

monitorpop, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of vibrant khaki colored head... Solid black coloring... A couple of stray carbonation bubbles... Loads of lacing cling to the glass...

S - Quite subdued... Some faint roasted malt... Some light chocolate notes... Not much else...

T - Good flavor... A definite increase in intensity over the nose... Lightly roasted malts... Chocolate nibs... Rather tasty... Good complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly burnt texture... Just a touch of chalkiness... Very light carbonation... Quite smooth...

D - More than the sum of its parts... Quite quaffable... I found myself taking good sized gulp after good sized gulp... The 5.7% ABV does pack a surprising punch... Solid beer all the way around...

philbe311, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of paylay32
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Great head, pitch black, nice stout smell. I found this beer to be a touch watery compared to other oatmeal stouts (specifically B.O.R.I.S.), but overall a nice stout that convinced me to try other beers from Anderson Valley Brewery.

paylay32, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12oz bottle off the "build your own" 6pk shop at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH.
No bottled-on date.
Poured into my snifter.

Aroma: Mmmm. Coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, toffee, apple, and oatmeal come to mind. Delicious, complex aroma.

Appearance: Espresso-black body. Very light, 3-fingered, tan head collapses slowly, and clings to the inside of the glass in a thin layer. Decent lacing for the style.

Flavor: Cocoa, burnt toast, a very subtle, earthy sweetness, balanced by just enough bitterness. Definitely an earthy/mineral note in there. Unfortunately, the middle and especially finish wind up being a bit bland and watery relative to what I'm accustomed to with this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high, creamy carbonation. Something, though, makes this beer come across as being much thinner and watery than I'd anticipated. If I were to taste this one blindly, I might guess it was a brown ale. A dark, nutty brown ale at that, but definitely doesn't have the substance that I'm used to seeing in an oatmeal stout.

Overall: After considering the way others have rated this one, I'm shocked. Not sure if my bottle sat on the shelf too long, or if something was up with this batch. It wasn't a drainpour, but the flavor and mouthfeel were definitely a let-down relative to my expectations. I'd give it another chance in the future, though, to give it a fair shake.

mdvatab, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Burg Bieren Ermelo Netherlands.

Very dark brown beer, with light brown head, creamy and good lacing. Smell of good coffee, mocca, chocolate and nuts.
Taste has a very big roasty character to it: even a slight tobacco and ash to it. For the rest, bittersweetness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Easy drinking, and if you like dark beer, this is a good one. It's not harsh bitterness. it's well balanced and flavoursome.

RuudJH, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and some malts. The taste is very rich but not cloying. The chocolate smell and taste really come shining through. The beer ends with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste with just a touch of smokiness.

Overall – I'm not a huge stout fan but I did really enjoy this one. The chocolate taste was pleasant and the beer was gone in a flash. I'd buy this beer again.

spinrsx, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost black in color, with a light brown head, one finger. Ok.
A bit strange smell, with light metallic notes. Under that, some toasted notes, light, and oat, creamy.
A bit better taste, malty notes, toasted. Again a hint of metallic, cereals.
Not completely satysfating, even in the aftertaste.

stcules, Aug 30, 2011
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.