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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,977 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 103
Gots: 117 | 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 shand
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

This brew pours out a deep black with a finger's worth of head that retains quite nicely. The aroma is also good, if unremarkable. It's the whole chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts thing that's all over the place. The taste is very nice though. The oatmeal comes in nicely, along with some milk chocolate, caramel malts, and roasted coffee. There's also a touch of nuttiness on the finish. It's nothing unique, but refined to perfection. The mouthfeel is nice, it's got a nice amount of body and drinks very easily. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a great oatmeal stout that's always a solid choice.

shand, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks really nice. Pours jet black with a cream, 1" head. Lacing is great.

Smell - Sweet and Roasted malts accompanied by nuts, cocoa, dark fruits, and oats.

Taste - Wow! Some sweetness on the front tip followed by some chocolate and oats. Hops are a bit dry and there is a slight fruitiness.

Mouth - Body is lighter than I wish it was. Carbonation is light and it gets a bit dry after a bit.

Overall - This is damn good stuff. Really drinkable. It lost some points due to the body being so light, but it makes up for it in taste and smell. Buy on sight.

shaunb81, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Dubber55
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a viscous dark brown with 1 and half fingers of head. I smell grains and wet cardboard. Smells dusty and metallic. Taste started off metallic at first. I then get a light flavor of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Finish is mostly coffee with a little bit of hops. Not that bitter. The flavor seems pretty fleeting. The mouthfeel is solidly medium. A little silky, not quite creamy. Not too impressed here. I know this beer is only 5.7% but the flavors aren't really strong enough to keep me interested

Dubber55, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours very dark brown bordering on black. It is capped with a generous mocha head.

S - The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - The taste is similar to the smell with dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

M - Smooth. Not as thick as I'd like

O - It is a solid beer that just didn't quite live up to the hype. I'd reach for a Sam Smith's if given a choice.

buschbeer, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours damn near black with about a finger of dark tannish-brown head that faded into a soft collar.
S: Huge notes of roasted grains and chocolate. Very creamy smelling. I get a touch of sweet caramel in there as well.
T: Not as much chocolate as the nose but the oatmeal really shines through and blends well with sweet caramel malt. Finish is very roasted and lightly nutty.
M: Body is on the thin side and the carbonation is pretty substantial and tingly. Once I swirl away a bit of the excess carb the mouthfeel improves and take on a thicker, creamier quality.
O: Not the most mind blowing oatmeal stout but a solid brew from a brewery that I can always rely on for a good beer any day of the week.

scottfrie, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from FunkyMacGroovin. After letting it warm up some I split it with my cousin and poured my half into my Duvel tulip.

Barney Flats pours a typical stout black. The tan foam topping the beer is a shade or two lighter than normal, and comes up to a little bit over 3 fingers in height. It fades a little on the quick side, and aside from a solid ring at the head's apex. The beer almost smells sweet like a milk stout. There's some dark chocolate and some citrusy hops, it almost smalls like a chocolate covered orange peel. The aroma is a touch weak overall though. The flavor has the same general structure as the nose, but it's more bitter dark chocolate and a bit less citrusy. The mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, given that it's one of the things I look forward to most in a good oatmeal stout. The carbonation is spot on understated. The body though is neither full and rich, nor silky smooth enough to compete with top notch oatmeal stout. All in all I enjoyed my glass of Barney Flats, but given the choice I don't think I'd ever grab this over other beers like Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Velvet Merlin.

axeman9182, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a stunning rich cocoa-y black with a voluptuous two-finger dark tan head that fades to a frothy, sea-foamy cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

aroma is rich with cocoa, dark malts, hints of coffee, a touch of cream. hints of herbal hops and a touch of vanilla.

taste is refreshingly hoppy right out of the gate. hints of lemon, thyme and citrus lead into a cascading richness of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cold espresso and a hint of creamy oatmeal. the finish is more hops, with pine and some herbal notes. A lingering roasted coffee bitterness trails beautifully into the sunset.

mouth is hefty on the carbonation, turning a moderate body to an almost-light, airy, and dangerously drinkable brew. I wish it was a bit heavier, but I really can't complain.

This one always impresses... and I for some reason always forget. One of the best deals in a six-pack, when fresh, it's one of the more impressive, hoppy oatmeal stouts.

djeucalyptus, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up for 3.60 at Byron's. Great deal.
Bomber-> 24 oz Foster's Glass

A ~ Black like coffee with a creamy head and good smooth lacing. Head dissipates in less than a minute but lingers with a ring around the glass. Not overly carbonated.

S ~ Toasted Bread, Sweet Roll, Chocolate-covered Espresso bean. Little astringency.

T ~ Dark bread, black coffee, rolled oats, roasted barley bit of dry moss, and faint vanilla ice cream. Really incredible flavor palette.

M ~ Thinnish Porter- like mouthfeel with the roasted qualities being the only thing "sticking" to your mouth.

D ~ Would love to buy this again. Great beer great value. Might replace Sam Smith as my favorite Stout.

chocosushi, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger tan colored head that has decent retention.

S: The smell is subtle, but there are definite traces of cocoa and oatmeal. Slight hint of fudge.

T: The balance here is pretty well done. As the smell would suggest, the beer isn't very strong, but it has a nice flavor profile to offer. Sweet with a hint of chocolate upfront and then a slightly creamy middle with a lot of roasted oat flavor. Finish has some roasted malts, coffee and a slight hint of hops. The mouthfeel felt way thin for me though. With a thicker mouthfeel, the beer would easily get an A.

notchucknorris, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark, black, colored body; beige colored head formed, frothy in appearance; held very well; lots of lacing covered the sides of the glass

S - Subtle coffee notes; roasted malts; chocolate; not too much bite

T - Espresso; chocolate; caramel sweetness; sweet aftertaste; good balance of roasted and sweet ingredients

M - Sweet aftertaste captured the palate more than anything; body was slightly thin and sticky; crisp and clean feel

D - Good drink; good mouthfeel & flavor

ferrari29, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 330 mL bottle at Uli's Restaurant in White Rock, BC.

A - As dark as brown can be without being considered black, 1/2" tan coloured head that disappeared quickly.

S - Maltly sweetness and some coffee.

T - Some malt but not much. Maybe a slight touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Extremely balanced and not overpowering.

M - Medium to heavy thickness and medium to low carbonation. Feels excellent on the tongue.

O - The best stout I have ever had. So well balanced it doesn't even seem like a stout, and is the type of beer that people who find other stouts too strong could easily get into. World class.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This Oatmeal Stout poured black with a big puffy tan head and ample lacing.

It smelled of chocolate, bread, coffee with decent complexity.

The flavors were of more chocolate, coffee, chocolate milkshake.

The payoff on this beer is the mouthfeel which was nice and creamy. I had a chocolate truffle when drinking this which was a nice pairing. Afterwards I was getting some mineral notes on the finish.

Overall a well balanced beer with all around very good characteristics though I wouldn't call it world class. The Bros say it's world class but they haven't review in about 10 years. Rogue is better. At $1.99 it is an awesome value.

BelgiumBill, May 24, 2011
Photo of denver10
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours solid black with a brown head that starts off thumbs width in thickness and dwindles down from there, leaving a slight head on around the edges and in batches across the rest of the surface. A rich and sweet oaty aroma from the malts partnered with a supporting chocolate. Absolutely beautiful. Overall, I'd say this falls into the sweeter side of oatmeal stouts. Starts off sweet with some cocoa and coffee flavor, middle you get the characteristic oaty flavor, and finishes off with a great roastiness. A wonderful moutfeel to this; velvet, creamy, and medium bodied. Simply a great oatmeal stout, my biggest complaint is that it isn't more readily available here in Denver. This should be a staple in every liquor store.

denver10, May 12, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown to almost pitch black from a 12 oz bottle. Thin film of tan head that stays.
Aroma is mostly sweet with hint of oats.
The sweetness is also evident in the taste upfront, with a slight hint of intermittent bitterness. Smooth, silky, medium to full bodied oatmeal stout that is absolutely delicious.
Words do not do justice to the deliciousness of this stout.
A 'must-try' oatmeal stout, very highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, May 05, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This fell in between the crabtree and breckenridge on side by side. It had a little more going on than the breckenridge. light bitter nut taste (if you like that i think youll enjoy this beer). sweet toasty oatmeal registers strong. not as big bodied as i would like an oatmeal stout. this couldnt be the only thing youre having for breakfast.

claytong, May 03, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan like head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a coffee roastiness. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, roasted malt and a nice coffee note under it all. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet coffee presence in the aftertaste. A nice roast and sweet oatmeal with a nice mellow coffee flavor, a bit thin, but great flavor.

OWSLEY069, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of madpentzer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this off notes from Beer U: Stouts at Stone Brewery.

A - Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a nice tan two finger head that went away shortly after pouring.

S - A very sweet nose with lots of oat and toasted malt aromas.

T - Sweet roasted malts, but not too sweet. I pick up some chocolate.

M - Balanced carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that lets this beer go down very smoothly.

O - I love how this beer is so creamy and smooth. The beer has just the right body to where it's thick, yet still easy to drink. I would definitely like to drink this beer again.

madpentzer, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle from Bert's bierhuis.

Poured into a snifter.

Looked jet black. A one finger head that didn't want tostick around too long.

Tons of roasted malts, a bit of coffeeon the nose.

Tastes of coffee, roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Almost a cola like finish.

It has a very light body with a good amount of carbonation.

It's a nice stout for those days you just don't want to have one of the high ABV stouts.

doopiedoopiedoo, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of dali27
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Super dark brown/black color. Foamy and frothy light brown head, with wispy lace.

S: Sweet, tangy, rich and slightly bitter rolled into one really nice combination.

T: This beer packs a lot of flavor, and the flavor is put together so nicely. Coffee, caramel, premium roasts, sweet oats and hoppy bitterness is all evident. No one flavor overpowers another. A near perfect blend.

M: Rich and creamy.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout. Looks good, tastes good, drinks good. Recommended.

dali27, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Brimz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love this beer!

Dark but not quite black with a medium creamy head.

The smell is sweet chocolaty with a hint of coffee.

Wonderful flavor, very rich. Chocolate with some hops in the background.

Good mouthfeel well carbonated, not as thick as some other stouts.

My Favorite oatmeal stout so far

Brimz, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Keweenaw Co-op in Houghton, MI. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a thin one finger cream head. Bubble lacing remain shortly.

Smell: Great roasted oat aroma, some rich chocolate and sweet cream.

Taste: Nice sweetness followed by a dry grain. Great creamy finish round out this great brew.

Mouth: Very carbonated. Bubbly body that gives a bright mouthful. The roast malt gives it a puckering dryness.

Drink and overall: Very enjoyable Stout. First brew from Anderson Valley and it was very nice. Not too complex, bit lots of flavor and a good session stout.

MarcatGSB, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
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.

Retsinis, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of BigB415
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never had Anderson Valley before and thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a shot since I don't have much experience with oatmeal stouts and wanted to try another one(only had probably 1 other) and I'm not that impressed. It's ok, sometimes I think I'm drinking a guinness which is fine since I like Guinness but I was looking for more flavor. I was expecting a huge oatmeal push like Founders Breakfast Stout but I shouldn't be comparing this to founders BS. I guess Oatmeal Stouts aren't my kind of style, maybe I should try more oatmeal stouts before I make any judgments but now I'll stick with my imperial and russian stouts.

BigB415, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of kagent777
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the state store, poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with red edges against a light. The tan head settled into a thin layer of foam that left a small bit of lacing around my glass.

Smell: Some cocoa sweet notes and slight roasted malt bitterness. A nice intriguing but not overwhelming smell

Taste: A very nice mix of bittersweet chocolate and a bit of earthy hops. I don't get any flavors that I identify as coffee, but the roasted malts obviously take center stage.

Mouthfeel: This beer is round and wide. The flavor coats the mouth without the body being syrupy (served warmer than usual). The carbonation gives the weight of the roasted malts a bit of a lift.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. One of the better stouts available to me. Will buy again.

kagent777, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Deep black color. They nailed it. Totally opaque. Excellent. Big frothy dark head. The oatmeal comes through in the nose and it's a rush of malt depth on the tongue, and quite bitter too. Awesome. I'm highly impressed that the oatmeal comes through both so strongly and so cleanly. That characteristic is really massive in the beer. This one's a winner and highly recommended if you like stouts that can be made into session brews. I could drink this all day in the winter especially. Ah, the joys of breakfast.

chicagoabbot, Mar 21, 2011
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,977 ratings.