1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,874 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 88
Gots: 97 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,874 | Reviews: 893 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark brown color with a gorgeous fluffy tan head. Probably the best oatmeal stout head I've seen out of a bottle. Very nitro looking. Lots of lacing and good head retention too.

Roasty, chocolate, oats and a light nuttiness. Smells rich and creamy.

Very clean taste of roasted malt with some light chocolate. Really a no gimmick taste. Nothing unique about it. Just solid malt flavor that every oatmeal stout should have.

Here's where this beer lacks. A bit thin and overcarbonated. Not creamy smooth like I was expecting.

Sessionable beer for sure. Solid, solid example of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 00:03:53 | More by jera1350
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed 2013.

pour is black with tons of tight caramel head. Nose is full of rich chocolate, light touch of roast and vanilla. Taste is solid, rich chocolate cream, hint of roast and some malt sweetness in back. Body is a hint thin and carb is a touch light.

Original Review 2010.

A-pours a black liquid that allows just a hint of red hue shine through with the attack of a flashlight. The head is mocha colored and disspates very quickly leaving no lace

S-the nose is quite big and very nice. A roasted malt sets itself as the foundation. It gives a fair amount of molasses off with a good bit of dark chocolate. There is a light malt sweetness with some ripe prunes and raisins

T-the taste is very solid and gives of a roasted malt that gives way to the dark fruit sweetness. It gives a lot of raisin and plums. A taste of dark chocolate comes in with a light bitterness at the finish

M-pretty big body, probably a lighter full body or a good solid medium body and on a single stout to bout. It is velvety smooth and chewy but overly carbonated imo giving it a crisp bitey finish.

D-easy drinking and nice body, good flavors and a nice blend of complexity

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 03:52:20 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of climax
climax

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured pretty much midnight black with s good sized fizzy tan head.

The nose had a good amount of floral grassy hops with some more subtle dark chocolate and even bubblegum tones. A bit more strenght would have yielded a high score.

The flavor was good and smooth. Lots of semi-sweet vanilla, chocolate, bubblegum, with dry hopped influence throughout. The flavor was very unique, can't quite put my finger on it, but I liked it. It was somewhat candy-like, with balancing bitterness that wasn't coffee-like.

The body wasn't overly full, but it was smooth and creamy. The carbonation was light and unobtrusive. The thing that really turned me on to this one was the flavor, at the end of my 12 ounces I still haven't put my finger on it, but it intrigues me and I like whatever they've done here.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:17:53 | More by climax
Photo of thain709
thain709

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges...a creamy, tan head formed and stood about two fingers...it settled into a creamy, one finger for the remainder...some lacing

S - Not a strong nose but aromas of chocolate and coffee are coming out...and rolled oats make an appearance

T - The flavors are married together very nicely in this one...the sweet chocolate is up front...it has a sweet and roasted flavor present...the oats stick out in the middle giving the graininess to the beer but it never becomes too much...the ending of the beer is really nice...a bittersweet finish of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and earthy hops

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation leads for a silky smooth mouthfeel...great bittersweet ending

D - This is a really nice oatmeal stout...the flavors work together very nicely and the mouthfeel is great...it never becomes too heavy and the low ABV allows you to have three or four of these

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 14:00:34 | More by thain709
Photo of Offa
Offa

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, characterful oatmeal stout with a paradigmatic "oatmeal stout" character.

Essentially black, it has a rather minimal head but one that lasts while before shrinking to a foamy ring, but leaving no real lace.

Aroma is dark prunes and fruit, toast and rich brown bread, fresh-baked.

Taste is mellow but firm, consistent, and even with good depth and range of character. It has a lot of oatmeal, prune, brown bread, some root-beer hints and anise. A light sweetness just dominates the light bitterness. It has a good feel, slightly on the oily side. It is highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2010 19:48:26 | More by Offa
Photo of PhilfromPA
PhilfromPA

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark, nice tan head that quickly dissipates to a slight cap

S-Sweet, coffee/chocolate perhaps caramel, a lot of oats coming through

T-Great oatmeal flavor mixed with slight chocolate & coffee. Finishes a little bitter

M-very slight carb bite, that turns very smooth. A little lighter/watery mouthfeel than I would like

D-Very good, while perhaps not a session beer, very smooth & tasty. Easy to have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 07:29:23 | More by PhilfromPA
Photo of kpoole25
kpoole25

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had many oatmeal stouts but I really liked this beer. 12 oz bottle to glass. Pours a tall, tan head, good retention. Not much smell when I first poured. Dark molasses color. Very flavorful, but not over the top, there is a sweetness, creaminess, and a little bitter at the end, like cream and sugar in really black coffee. Love the tangy roast flavor, some caramel. The smell starts coming around after it warms a bit, very similar to the taste (rich, roasted, coffee smells). Fairly creamy but doesn't coat, actually finishes somewhat dry. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:20:58 | More by kpoole25
Photo of Popkas
Popkas

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, near black with a small cream colored head.

S: Smells of cocoa, coffee and oats. Nice.

T: Taste is much the same as the nose, just not quite as good due to a slightly distracting aftertaste.

M: Slightly thinner than expected. Fine carbonation.

D: Drinkability would be very high if not for the mildly distracting aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:59:44 | More by Popkas
Photo of bennicorp
bennicorp

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minor head, off-white; dark in color but not pitch black.

S: Diacetyl in nose; Slightly malty.

T: First you taste the grains, then the malt - here it almost tastes like a weak doppelbock, then lastly the diacetyl...the diacetyl is pretty strong in this beer - too strong, in our opinion at least.

M: Watery, yet malty; these tastes separate.

D: Other than the diacetyl - very drinkable.

Overall, it's weak in terms of taste and the diacetyl overwhelms the true oatmeal stout characteristics that could be there. Easy drinkability but not my favorite oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:30:34 | More by bennicorp
Photo of jujubeast6000
jujubeast6000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/31/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a dark black almost color body, average frothy, diminishing. Sweet oatmeal chocolate aroma. Some dusty hops maybe. Creamy body, some almost burnt coffee aftertaste. Chocolately oatmeal taste. Chalky chocolate mouthfeel. Pretty good. A little cigarette ash taste as it warms more.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:38:38 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Sixofsigmas
Sixofsigmas

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had walked past this beer quite a few times before getting it. It sounded great, but I was always in pursuit of something else.

Appearance is a nice dense dark stout with a tannish-brown head that is pretty solid.

Smell is wonderful, and I can smell roast, chocolate, oats, malt.

Taste is something roasty chocolatey and good, but at the same time the flavor fades fast. Oatmeal goes so well in beer.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly fast. Would prefer the flavor hung around longer. Clean and dry. I feel like the beer delights in taste, but then cleans your palate on the way out. Feels thick but disappears.

Drinkability is good. It's a pleasant drink, and if you're like me and want to keep the taste in your mouth. Then this beer will be gone in no time.

Not the best stout I've ever had, but it's definitely something I would consider ordering on tap if I saw while out visiting the pubs.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:33:05 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of mullenite
mullenite

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Glassware - Imperial Pint

Appearance - I'm glad I chose this glass as it quickly filled up with a 3 finger mocha colored head. This head slowly settled in to a thin cap and it looks a LOT like it was poured from a nitro-tap. Some lacing is left on the glass but it isn't all that sticky.

Nose - Very muted nose, presumably due to the cap of head sitting on the top of the beer. What does come through is a little bit chocolaty with some roasted notes in the background. I'm a little disappointed really, it smells good and it smelled great during the pour but it's being hidden for some reason.

Taste - Taste is nice and chocolaty with a pronounced oatmeal flavor and some roasted flavors mixed in as well. The finish is strong chocolate and very tasty. Very nicely balanced and clean.

Mouthfeel - Thicker body and very creamy mouthfeel. Exactly what I expect from the style.

Overall - I would rather drink SwampHead's Stubbies Swamp Stout but not because it's better, because it's local. I would put them to be just about equal with each having different strengths and weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:56:12 | More by mullenite
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite oatmeal stouts out there. Pours a beautiful lush black, with a good amount of chunkies in it if you get it in bottle.

Smells delicious, there may even be a dab of licorice to contribute to the typical smooth choco and coffee malts, in both flavor and aroma profile. Decently hopped as well, in the Anderson Valley tradition.

Resonates throughout, never diminishes throughout its life. A very drinkable oatmeal stout. Wanna watch a guy be indecisive, tell me I can only have one, this or Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout. . .

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 17:50:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of MrMcGibblets
MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with mahogany tints. light brown head is somewhat minimal. nose is dark bready malts, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. lightly sweet dark malts are well balanced by the underlying hop bitterness and roasty notes. roundish, just under medium bodied. Co2 just about right. very, very smooth mouthfeel. very drinkable, has enough going on but not too big and powerful.
update: have had this many times since, and i like it more and more. a beautifully balanced beer, can't get enough of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 16:02:05 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Stigs
Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a DFH signature glass

A - agressive pour gives about a finger of dark khaki foam which quickly falls to just a thin layer. the beer itself is just about pitch black.

S - loads of dark chocolate, big roasted malts, hints of hazelnut coffee, cooked oats, oak, and a very slight spice (nutmeg?). real nice.

T - unfortunately a lot of the character in the wonderful smell just dissappear in the taste. roasted malts that the lead and a bit of nuttyness comes out of nowhere. very minor bittering hops if directed to the back siders of the tongue. the chocolate and (now stale) coffee are all but gone now.

M - highly carbonated for the style, and thin on the body. somewhat chalky aftertaste too. needs more body and less bubbles.

D - kind of a let down after a strong start. not bad by any means, but simply run of the mill for me. light body might help in some situations but this isnt very satisfying for a bitter cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:24:52 | More by Stigs
Photo of Chambic
Chambic

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.20.09 at Showdogs. Thanks for the dessert!

A: beautiful black/brown

S: roasty, malty, oaty goodness

T: just like the smell, making it perfect for the Armenian cookies that accompanied this brew

M: lighter body than it looks, smoothened and made creamy by the malts

D: not too heavy, so a nice stout for capping off a big meal

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 06:52:33 | More by Chambic
Photo of rosmhuire
rosmhuire

New York

2.3/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark brown coloring, fairly subtle tan-colored head.

S: Actually, not much here. I'm getting a slight roasted malt / coffee smell, but that's about it.

T: Shockingly bland. I'm getting a slight roasted malt flavor profile, but that's about it. Perhaps the bottle is old?

M: Very thin and watery.

D: This is shickingly bland and light - not at all what I expected. That being said, I rated drinkability higher than most other metrics as one could session this beer if one wanted to.

This was not good, which shocked me. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, as the vast majority of reviews of this beer are very high. I have one bottle remaining, but that could be old as well. Guess I'll have to wait and see if I ever get my hands on a fresh sample and then see what I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:47:12 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of Rbald42
Rbald42

Montana

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.
A- Nice very dark brown/black w/ a tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving light lacing around the glass
S-Sharp roasted malt, grains and oats very present w/ a dry organic smell. Light hops present
T- Oats with a nice thick malt profile and bitter coffee/chocolate
M- A little thin, would have liked a thicker, creamier profile but its a session brew
D- VERY drinkable and enjoyable, this is a great beer to have a few of with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:39:20 | More by Rbald42
Photo of Natural510
Natural510

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating.

Pours an impressive brown/black with a delicious-looking dark brown creamy head which dissipates to a solid ring of brown lacing on the glass which coats well as it is tipped.
Nice mild, sweet cocoa nose; slight graininess detected from the malt & hops.
Initial flavor is an understated sweetness, with alternating caramel & cocoa characteristics. A bit of a cola-like acidity mixes with the milk chocolate note halfway through. Sweetness gives way to bitterness from hops, and the flavor arc finishes entirely bitter from both the hops and cocoa with a dry, coffee-ground finish.
Nice full body in tune with the style; both refreshing and dry on the palate.
Very smooth and drinkable; an accompaniment to Samuel Smith as the best of the oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:22:56 | More by Natural510
Photo of bob3701
bob3701

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Black as a moonless night, no light shines through. Small bubbly head that quickly transforms into a thin film with very good lacing. The taste I love, not your typical oatmeal stout at all, a sweet flavor with just the hint of bitterness, caramel or toffee flavors. This brew makes my mouth happy, velvety smooth. Highly drinkable. A damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:42:36 | More by bob3701
Photo of kegger22
kegger22

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is dark brown in color and a one inch, tan head with good retention. Chocolate stands out in the aroma, coffee is also present. The taste is roasted malts, heavy on the roasted, and bits of chocolate and coffee. Not really that sweet, and a little bitterness too. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is good with low ABV and reasonable price.

Anderson Valley hits the mark with a stout that should appeal to a wide variety, since it is not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 18:32:47 | More by kegger22
Photo of whoneeds8
whoneeds8

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass black with a one and a half finger tan head, good lacing.

Couldn't detect a scent because I was in a bar with smokers. Smokers = Nose Shutdown.

Taste had a substantial hop bite up front, a little suprising if your off your guard. The dry smoothness of the oats came in rather quickly to smother the hops out. A carmel sweetness took quite a while to come though all the way back to the after taste.

The mouthfeel was rather thin for a stout, which actually kinda raises the drinkabiltiy because it was a really easy to drink brew.

I wish this was available in bottles in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 02:37:01 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of alcstradamus
alcstradamus

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with a huge two finger head. Smell is mostly roasted malts, very crisp and clean. Hints of floral hops as well. A quick swirl brings up a bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste is pretty much as I described in the nose. Lightly roasted malts and some floral hops. Crisp, clean, refreshing, but not really standing out to me. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very nice for such a low ABV beer. This is definitely a smooth session stout, but session stouts aren't really my thing so I rated accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:02:26 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of drizzam
drizzam

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my BA Buddy cdkrenz for another generous offering.

A - Poured pitch black...no light was getting through this bad mother! Topped off with a tan foamy two finger head that retained really well for the first couple minutes, leaving somewhat generous lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominate. Smells sweet overall.

T & M - Full bodied brew with a big malty backbone. Bitter dark chocolate with a bit of a hoppy backbite. Smooth and creamy...finishes well.

D - This is a big beer with a low ABV. Highly drinkable...I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:19:29 | More by drizzam
Photo of SpdKilz
SpdKilz

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brought to the table with over a finger of white, fluffy head that dissipates gradually leaving decent looking lacing. Held up toward the lights you can't even see through this beer.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel, hints of dark coffee and chocolate, and some nuttiness.

Taste - Tastes very similar to how it smells. You can immediately taste the bready/malty characteristics with some coffee bitterness up front that mellows to the dark chocolate notes and finishes with just a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Excellent mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a nice clean finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. This was an after dinner beer both my buddy and I had and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking for this at my local beer store - very impressed with it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 21:03:24 | More by SpdKilz
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.