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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 115
Gots: 151 | 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.

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Photo of bearsxco
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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%
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 -8.1%
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 -6.9%
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 -3.2%
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 -14.3%
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 -1.5%
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 +1%
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 -29.1%
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
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, an opaque brownish black, with less than a finger of light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, dark chocolate, and some mild fruit tones. Taste: roasty malt base infused with chocolate, some cocoa bitterness, and a penetrating fruity sweetness. Heavy-medium bodied, creamy from the oatmeal, but not enough to be considered full-bodied. Quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown in color with light beige head, laces glass nicely. Smells nice and malty , oaty-creaminess with chocolate /coffee notes. A little too bitter and hoppy in comparison to most oatmeal stouts I've tried.
This came from a Half Time beer of the Month selection

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review dated 12/19/2008. I am not a big fan of things called "Barney"-anything after having disturbing images seared into my head thanks to a goofy, ambiguously gay purple dinosaur...and the cops, who people also call "Barney" sometimes. This Barney was a pleasant surprise, however. Dark brown in color with a one finger tan head. Nice chocolatey aroma. Roasted malts, coffee/chocolate flavors, oaty creaminess. Full mouthfeel. I approve of this Barney, but strongly disapprove of the others.

nickd717, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber brown, thick light tan head. A couple nice rings of lacing.

S: There are a few notes of burnt milk chocolate, dirt, and some floral hops. Not very strong, even smells a touch sour.

T: Has a roasty quality from the malts, fairly strong barley taste, and a big hop profile. Should I have expected such a hop presence for it being from the west? Can taste an oat smoothness, but the hops are too hard to ignore.

M: Thin to medium body, rather disappointing for the style. Carbonation is okay, slight creaminess from oats.

O/D: I'm torn with this rating, it's super easy to drink, and has a fairly low ABV. The taste is decent, but can be too hoppy for those looking for a sweeter, maltier stout. Doesn't have the style characteristics I'm used to, but it is pleasing.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
Appearance: Dark cherry coke color with a soapy head that lasts a few seconds

Aroma: Burned malt and faint coffee

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very light mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Burned malt, chocolate, and a faint coffee note.

Overall: Not an impressive oatmeal stout but this would make a good anyday beer, I might buy it again sometime.

ChanChan, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black as night with a brown ring at the bottom with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Coffee, bitter chocolate, and oatmeal

Taste: Upfront is a nice bitter chocolate flavor in great balance with the sweetness from the oatmeal and finishes off with a touch of coffee. Great balance

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for me but still medium body with low to medium carbonation

Overall: Really good oatmeal stout all the flavors work perfectly together and create a great balance and drinkability

DarthKostrizer, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. At the time of this review, this beer is the #12 Oatmeal Stout on the beeradvocate.com best of styles lists.

Beer is dark brown to black with a little haze, thin tan head with low retention, apparent low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet mildly with a little bit of roast. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body with a nice, mild malt and oat presence with a finish of mild to moderate bitterness. The overall beer is nice, good flavors, well rounded. I'd have this beer again.

drabmuh, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass...

A-Pours just about opaque black or a deep cola with a nice 2 finger creamy tan head that dissipates into little or half finger head with decent lacing...

S-Very sweet malts with oatmeal and cocoa nibs, some roasted toffe as well...vanilla maybe...

T-Very sweet and malty up from with a nice oatmeal mid with roasted toffee and chocolate very smooth and balanced but dry in the end as well...very creamy breakfast like...

M-Full body with lots of carbonation hops are very present here with oatmeal and toffee very nice...

O-Very nice brew here, balanced and smooth with lots of oatmeal flavor...very drinkable...dessert like beer i would say...

DrinkThemAll, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from Randy! Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. Pours dark brown with a finger of biege head. Nice soapy lace.

The aroma is solid, nice notes of bitter cocoa, vanilla and a bit of roasted coffee. Pretty good aroma, smells nice and creamy. Simmialar flavors to what the aroma would indicate. Slight bitter coffee and cocoa flavors with a little bit of vanilla sweetness.

The feel is great. Nice and creamy with a nice full body. Overal a great oatmeal stout. Seems to hit the mark on accounts that an oatmeal stout should

Bendurgin, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (named after, apparently, a redwood forest, not a person) opens with a rich malty nose, full of cream, coffee, light tobacco, chocolate malt, and thickly-baking multigrain wheat bread, and thus smelling an awful lot like my grandmother's kitchen.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a shot of coffee with cream, tobacco, and brown sugar, moving quickly into a more ash-laden mid-mouthful, but still nicely tempered by sweet creams and toasted pecans. In subsequent mouthfuls the hops tend to play a larger role, mainly by adding a good, but not obstructive bitterness. In all cases, the latter part of the mouthful is sweet cream, some charcoal and ash, nuts, and chocolate malts. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is a silky medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very good oatmeal stout, finely balanced and silky smooth, and leaving you wanting another mouthful.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured into a standard pint glass. Taken from notes on July 25.

Appearance: Black as night, though there's a little bit of dark amber around the edges. Pours a two-finger tan head.

Smell: Sweet oaty aromas and some brown sugar up front, little in the way of hops. Maltier smelling than Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, if I recall. Tiny bit of booze.

Taste: True to form, it's a pretty sweet stout (but not overly sweet). The oats are there, as well as a little bit of sweet chocolate and some toasty (but not burned) coffee flavor. More than almost any other beer I've tried, the hops are integrated into the malt flavor. Rather than providing a distinct finish, the hops are a small component of the flavor from beginning to end, as if the hops taste came from the malt itself!

Mouthfeel: I thought there was too much carbonation; it wasn't ridiculous, but it was higher than it needed to be -- certainly on the high end of normal for the style. Medium body.

Overall: Flavorwise, I say it beats Sam Smith. Feelwise, I say Smith has the edge. But either way, these are good oatmeal stouts. Would probably drink again.

fountainofyouth, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a slightly reddish glow on the edges where some light shines through. Tan head dissipates quickly, almost no carbonation and zero lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of bourbon.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt with a really nice warm mouthfeel.

I haven't had many oatmeal stouts and this is not one of my favorite styles - but I imagine this might be about as good as it gets in this category.

draheim, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours molasses brown with a thin mocha head. Reduces to a thin ring around the glass.

S-Roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt, condensed milk, caramel.

T/M-Roasty, thin, and slightly sweet, this ticks all the boxes for a good oatmeal stout. The body swells a bit mid-palate, showing off the oatmeal component. The finish is mostly dry, with a touch of burnt sugar and subtle grassy hops that serve to undercut the sweetness more than anything else.

O-I'm not the biggest fan of Anderson Valley in general, but this is impressive. A very nice oatmeal stout.

DaveHS, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fantastic blend of a surprisingly light mouthfeel and tons of flavor for Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The name is heavier than the beer! Great roasted oatmeal and dark chocolate flavor, good color, but unexpectedly light. There's a hint of spicy hops and a long, dry, roasted finish.

Very good example of the style. You won't be overwhelmed with oats, but they're certainly there. Delightful round, balanced flavor.

McNealc31, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of nsabo
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grassy hops, dry oats, and a tiny dab of chocolate that rounds off with a light - almost empty - sweet, soymilk foam finish. The creamy finish seems like it’s trying to make up for its thinner, porter-esque mouthfeel. Too much hops for my liking. I prefer a maltier, more burnt stout.

nsabo, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass 14/7/11

A looks black in my poorly lit room but when held to the light it's a clear deep purple, no smoke on the water just a thick 1/2in film that disappointed me at first but after it retained to the bottom of the glass I was converted, lack of lace prevents perfection

S lots of chocolate covered raisin, with a little purple grape and faint ash

T taste mimics the smell quite well but with a little coco powder and more dark fruit but I can't place it clearly, I want to say plum but that's just not it, perhaps its just dried prunes maybe? , I almost taste smoked meat but I'm more confused then anything. I do like the subtle sweetness and before I fully appreciated the complexity the bottom of my glass was reflecting my eyeball back at itself

M silky upon entry but it stays a little thin until bubbles give it a little life

O smell and feel leave a little room for improvement but other areas are getting towards the top for the style

Pretty solid random from EskimoDave that was well worth my time, try it if you get the chance

wordemupg, Jul 15, 2011
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.