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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 116 | 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:
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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tight mocha head that leaves a a good amount of lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee notes.

Tastes of good roasted notes followed by a little hops. Malts are characterized by brown sugar, coffee, and some cocoa. Sweetness is present, but just enough to cut the bitterness. Oats definitely add that typical smoothness while adding some depth. Earthy hops round out the beer with a solid amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Overall: A bit disappointed given the ranking this receives. Not objectionable. Just not a standout. Very middle of the road on all counts in my book. Smell and taste were just lacking. Decent enough but not something I will likely search out or add to my list of regulars.

Brunite, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a deep dark black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing.

The aroma was of roasted cereal malts and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, molasses and a dark french roast coffee.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of coffee and a touch of molasses in the beginning and finished with a bold roasty sweet flavor and had a mildly bitter chocolate-coffee overtone. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a lightly bitter roasty taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was very close to full in body with a smooth creamy texture and a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a very roasty and satisfyingly bold brew that possessed a good smooth drinkability. This is a beer that is definitely worth having more than just one...


KajII, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Consumed January 19th, 2011 at Lucky Devils in Hollywood, CA.

This beer is essentially black with a fine tan head less than a finger tall composed of extremely fine, uniform tan bubbles. They provide excellent lacing which is not especially sticky.

The aroma is a deep, sweet affair of dark, roasted malts with a tannic grace note of red grapes.

The mild flavor of this one is defined primarily by its almost-subtle dark malts up front that segue into what is almost a fruity note (those grapes again), then finishing with a stronger roasted malt bitterness which is still well in check.

As an oatmeal stout should be, this one is creamy in the mouth and relatively thin. There is a surprisingly dry finish on this beer; not crazy or imbalanced, but unexpected.

Nothing wrong with this one, but I was tired of it by the end of the pint. Not something I will ever seek out again.

charlzm, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of webbcreative
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours black with some ruby color around the edges when held to the light.

Aroma - chocolate....sweet chocolate. Not getting any oatmeal aromas.

Taste Sweet and chocolate - really tastes like a sweet stout with some more chocolate flavor. I do get some oat flavor from this but not a great deal.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium and creamy to boot.

Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout for my tastes - probably my favorite as it is more of an oatmeal - sweet stout mix. mmm

webbcreative, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Ty1erC
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it looks like it should: black and opaque with thick, off-white head. great lacing.

s: mostly malt. some coffee, caramel and licorice aromas as well.

t: it tastes of toasted malt, coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate. awesome flavor.

m: medium to full-bodied, good carbonation.

d: a very drinkable, excellent example of the style. possibly the best stout i've had.

Ty1erC, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of MattyDonny
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Not sure why but I didn't get much of a head like the other posters were raving about, maybe a different glass?

That said, this is definitely above average, nice black color, a small mocha colored head which quickly receded.

Smell: Not much smell, the small amount I am getting has nice coffee and mocha notes. Was hoping for more strength though.

Taste: This really shines in this category, like the smell suggests this has strong coffee flavor with a nice mocha after taste that really becomes apparent several seconds after tasting. I can also detect some Oak which really compliments the more dominant flavors nicely. Oddly enough there is a slight citrus taste after the mocha subsides, which makes this very refreshing for an oatmeal stout!

Mouthfell: Unexpected. This has a very light mouthfeel, not syrupy at all. Strong carbonation gives this an almost dry mouthfeel. I am really enjoying it.

Drinkability: This goes along with the mouthfeel. The light mouthfeel and the carbonation make this very drinkable; almost scary drinkable for an oatmeal stout!

MattyDonny, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

My somewhat cautious pour was still rewarded with a two inch tall head of large-bubbled foam, almost like a root beer float. Quite sticky and a nice look all around. The nose is mostly chocolate, maybe chalky carob and dark fruit as well, with some mildly assertive citric hops.

While the light level of roastiness, the smoothly thick body, and overall emphasis on balance should garner it many fans, Barney Flats is not winning me over. Mildly roasted, far from assertive. Hops are buried, but provide a counter-punch. Not quite insipid, but definitely an entry-level stout. "Well-attenuated" is a much nicer way to say that.

BretSikkink, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of leedorham
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan head that dissipates. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Very malt dominant

T - Roasty, slightly sweet, coffee, licorice. Some hops in the background.

M - Not the creaminess I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. A bit highly carbonated for the style.

D - Very drinkable offering with a nice amount of depth.

leedorham, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A great oatmeal stout that pours out black with a creamy tan head that has very good retention and some excellent creamy lacing. The smell is chocolate with some floral hops, but the taste is a chocolate followed by some caramel with hops trying to sneak in and than some creamy oatmeal with hints of more chocolate takes over and it melts in your mouth. The aftertaste is a very mild bitter taste of chocolate and the sweetness of oats. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth and feels like the beer is melting in my mouth. It has a heavenly feel to it and I will be enjoying this beer for a long time. This is a must try stout, and since it has a nice heavenly feel and taste to it we can all thank God for this great beer.

DannyDan, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Another jet fuel black in color beer but the head is creamy with a mocha like color.

S - I get some roasted malt, oat-like grain, and sweet chocolate.

T - Ow wow I can detect little bitter from the roasted malt. Semi-aggressive oat malt with a sweet not bitter chocolate taste. Very smooth.

M - Drinks like velvet gold. Medium but I had no trouble finishing my glass.

D - Wow the only other oat stout that I had that was this enjoyable was Samuel smiths and this one seems more balanced and creamy. I would suggest a six pack if you can find it considering how great it is I would have at least a few a sitting. Solid brew!

DrDemento456, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of happy5930
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours deep black, with a small amount of lacing. Head dissapeared quickly. Smells sweet with tons of chocolate. Tastes medium bodies, with tons of well balanced flavor. Goes down smooth, with little to no bitterness. An excellent stout, with exceptional chocolate flavor.

happy5930, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottled on 12/02/2010. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours completely black with a good size foamy head that lies somewhere between tan and light brown in color. Decent foamy lacing that slowly falls down the glass.

Nose smells of dark, roasted malts, some caramel sweetness and perhaps a little bit of coffee. Although all those characteristics come through, the smell is not all that strong.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the nose, but not too sweet. The roasted malts still come through in the taste but there is also an extra hint of sweetness. Some caramel and a lot of chocolate (not necessarily "a lot" of chocolate but I didn't get much in the nose and it is a standout flavor in the taste).

Medium body, seems to lie somewhere between a stout and porter. Low to medium carbonation tends to give it a creamier feel.

Definitely a lighter stout that allows for multiple pints in a sitting. Not overly complex but it did leave me wishing there was just a little bit more.

ms11781, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.03/5  rDev -1%

Pours a very dark color, almost black with a thick foamy Light Brown head, leaving plenty of lace. Aroma is coffee, Cocoa, some dark Fruit. Flavor is a nice balance of sweeter chocolate notes and very nice hop bitterness. Body is a "Little" thin. There are notes of dark roasted coffee,too.There are notes of dark roasted coffee. This is very tasty stout. Balanced.

beergod1, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of fourplayed
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark Black with thin brown head.

Smells of smokey burnt charcoal up front with mild hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste is roasted malts, charcoal up front with mild hints of the coffee and caramels. decent bitterness in the finish..must be the hops!

Full body with lite carbonation, mild alcohol warmth and nice dry finish and some bite.

I felt this could have been a bit more creamy, but an very good stout as it was.

fourplayed, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of KDeLibero
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Since 1987, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been brewing award winning beers in beautiful Mendocino County, California. In the late 1900's it seems the people of Boonville grew a bit bored with logging and farming and decided to lighten things up a bit by inventing their own language... of course. Most of the curious words and phrases that inspire the names for Anderson Valley's brews come from this dialect, known as "Boontling." Barney Flats is the Boontling name for the "awesome virgin redwoods of Hendy Woods Forest, located West of the brewery" (according the the back label of the beer).

Barney Flats pours a deep dark brownish black color with a solid and stubborn milk chocolate head. It has a nice aroma of chocolate malt and oatmeal cookie. All of the classic flavors of a good stout are present with just enough hoppiness to make it interesting. It is lucsious, rich, creamy and roasty with flavors of coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The body is closer to medium than full, and the addition of oats really rounds out the beer for a more satisfying and incredibly drinkable stout! This would be a great beer to bring up to the mountains and enjoy in the hot tub after a long day of skiing.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is recommended for dessert but breakfast sounds more like it! I mean really, this beer would be delicious with pancakes and syrup, eggs, and bacon. If a stout for breakfast isn't up your alley (understandable), have breakfast for dinner, or try it with spicy chicken and cheese enchiladas (with an egg on top!?). The creaminess and the oatmeal will help to mellow out the spice. It would also pair really well with a blue cheese such as the Colston-Bassett Stilton that is in season for the winter. The inherent sweetness and heft of the beer will be well balanced by such a cheese. Either way, "It's bahl hornin," which apparently means "It's good drinkin" in Boontling.

KDeLibero, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

a- bottle poured into a nonic, nearly two fingers fades pretty quick to a nice covering of lace and bubbles, deep black.

s- sweet, chocolatey, roast, a touch of creamy vanilla - the whole nose is coming across a bit muted though.

t- chocolatey roast, typical sweetness from oatmeal stouts, creamy chocolate, some coffee, cream - almost lactose.

m- a bit thin for the style.

d- not the best oatmeal stout i've ever had but enjoyable and goes down very easily, i just wish it was a bit more rounded out.

thecarster1, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: pretty much black with a thin, creamy milk chocolate colored head. Not a whole lot of lacing though.

Smell: chocolate malt dominates the nose along with a little hoppiness. Not incredibly complex but still I like the smell of this one. All too often I've sniffed an oatmeal stout only to not get anything. Smells good.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. Roasted malt flavors dominate with chocolate being the most obvious. Hints of coffee. A little bit of hoppiness and that's a bit surprising but still quite welcome in my opinion. Nice tasting oatmeal stout.

Feel: medium bodied, not as full as I'd like, but still quite creamy and carbonation is spot on.

Drink: could and did have quite a few of these. A greatly drinkable oatmeal stout.

Overall, a very solid oatmeal stout. I think this gives style benchmarks like Sam Smith's Oatmeal stout a run for their money. Much more flavor than I am used to in oatmeal stouts and I love it. Definitely pick this one up.

SkunkWorks, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of righthereisay
4.6/5  rDev +13%

Poured very dark, not black but brownish black. Served after 10 minutes in the freezer.

I smell some licorice maybe, kind of has the smell of an imperial.

Wow, this was a really nice stout. Definitely surprised me. Some cocoa, some milk maybe, and some oats, and a roasted oat / chocolate. Not bitter at all.

Full bodied. Crisp. Not too much carbonation at all. Very much how I like my stouts. Missing a fresh feeling, but that is about it.

Drinkability. You could drink all night until it catches up to you. This goes down extremely smooth!

righthereisay, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Goldfish19
4/5  rDev -1.7%

~ 12 oz bottle

It pours jet black with a small creamy head.

In the aroma department, roasted malt, oats, and coffee, all make an appearance.

The taste is quite sweet with a faint bitterness towards the end.

Medium-bodied and easy to drink.

Barney Flat's is an enjoyable Oatmeal Stout. It's not overly complex, but sometimes that's a good thing. ~

Goldfish19, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of midwestbrewers
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

12oz Bottle

A: Very black and silky looking. Not a lot of head and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Very roasted with chocolate and coffee notes.

T: The taste was a little thin for an oatmeal stout. It had great flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavors with a very smooth finish; just thin.

Overall this is a great tasting beer, it just lacks the body I'm looking for in an oatmeal stout. Everything else receives great marks in my book. I am very willing to try other beers from this brewery. Great Beer Anderson Valley Brewing!!

midwestbrewers, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass.

No dating that I could find on the bottle.

A: Pours dark dark brown, small tannish head, no real lacing to speak of, some small wine like legs on the glass, and the head fades to a tiny ring around the edge. Some dark mahogany highlights when put up to light. Nice looking, but the head/retention could be much better.

S: Now this is better. Chocolate, brown sugar, burnt toast, very faint raisin like fruit, and a tiny bit of molasses. The best part of this beer is the brown sugar notes really do make you think of brown sugar oatmeal. Very nice.

T: Not bad here, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, a little coffee, a little bit of bitterness. The bitterness lingers into the finish.

M: Full bodied, creamy. Nice.

D: Not bad. There is a little bit of warmth, but otherwise this is a fairly easy to drink stout.

Overall, not bad. This is a fairly good stout. I could see myself drinking a few of these. I would love to get the chance to try it on tap.

Keffa, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and makes a two finger, medium-thick looking beige head with decent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts and some obvious oat notes in there. Hints of milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, as well as some smoky elements. Nice, but could be more pronounced.

TASTE: Some roasted malts and oats up front, though a little mute initially. Some cocoa nibs and milk chocolate through the middle, accompanied by a nice, smoky underbelly. A pronounced roasted, oat and chocolate finish moves into a bold and bitter aftertaste. Pretty good effort here.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, though a little lighter on the palate than expected. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes crisp with a nice dryness on the palate. Good feel, though could use a little more weight to bring it over the hump.

OVERALL: A relatively flavorful oatmeal stout with a decent look and feel. A bolder nose and a bit of lacing would help this one in the ratings, but nevertheless, this one is worth checking out if you're a fan of the style.

Jeffo, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Thick, dense tan head. Dark brown color with faint mahogany highlights on the edge of the glass. Big malty aroma with roasted and chocolate notes. Very sweet roasted body. Mild carbonation. Flavor also has some caramel with the smooth malty sweetness; not much bitterness to this one, would guess that would be th oatmeal at work. mild to moderate dryness in the finish. Overall flavor is mild, but an easy drinker. Wife likes it so I would recommend it for those who don't like a super intense stout that would weigh on the side being very coffee or roasted influenced.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Meliorist
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

Excuse my short review.

I cannot say anymore that hasn't already been said about this beer. I was a Samuel Smith (Tadcaster) Oatmeal Stout fan before I tasted this.

If you like Oatmeal Stouts, buy this, you will NOT regret it. A clerk at Pancho's Liquor Town in OKC turned me onto this and I cannot let it go....an excellent stout.

Meliorist, Dec 12, 2010
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.