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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 102
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:
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Photo of Hex92
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours black as night. Big head. A little thin. Chocolatey cofee flavor. Very good oatmeal stout. Great overall flavor, doesn't cross over to burnt on the roasted malts. And that is a good thing. Doesn't smell like too much, but everything else is damn good.

i would buy this again.

Hex92, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a pitch black, with a thin tan head. Smells of cooled porridge. Taste is a hint of fresh nutmeg up front, with a sweetened chocolate milk middle, and a raw oatmeal finish. A hint of leafy hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite luscious, low, lively carbonation. Very good drinkability, I would certainly get this again.

tronester, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

stouty appearance (black with only vague hints of light at the edges). thin tan headf forms but nearly disappears after a minute. low carbonation.

mild sweet aroma. light hints of coffee and roast. pretty nice.

more coffee and roasted barley on the palate. definite bitter finish probably as much from the hops as the dark malts. smooth and well balanced.

very good mouthfeel though not heavy at all. very easy drinking for a stout.

joecast, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Oh so nicely dark with a light tan head that thins out a little quick from it's one finger thickness.

Aroma: Roasted malts to start with a little smokiness in the back. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. Hints of coffee as well.

Taste: More roasted hops and malt. A pleasant smooth mouthfeel. There is a touch of smokiness which is a nice touch. The overall flavor is oh so very robust and full bodied.

Notes: Very tasty robust and hearty. Cheers.

horshack7, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Look, Opaque black with a hint of deep brown.

Aroma Malts,grain,fresh bread,a hint of raisin and coffee

Taste, Rich and Malty. I have liked this chilled up a bit more than what some folks want stout at, but I have had it before at cellar temp,and warmer does bring up some of the subtle tastes.

The hops give a subtle edge but don't dominate. There's a subtle graceful dance with the hops and malts in a fine harmony,and the oatmeal showing up to take a bow. The Oats are present,seem gently toasted. Some O-stouts have no oats in the flavor,this blends it into whatever array of malts for a very nice base.

Don't expect the big bang of an Imperial Stout like Storm King This baby is smooth as silk and balanced,but no big fanfare that blows away your taste buds.
There's a caramel,raisin,coffee,toffee thing,with the hops to balance and then step up some in a nice aftertaste with another sweet hint...granola?

Mouth A tad bit confusing here but in a nice way There's some slight of hand as it seems rather full bodied and viscous at first then lightens up and seems to thin some as the hops and carbonation appear. Sort of unique,how you get robust and drinkability woven together.

Drinkability is high for a beer with the word "Stout" on the label. Alcohol %..whatever it is,isn't noticed aside from you won't call it "Lite"
Seabright Brewery had a draft Oatmeal Stout that was big,beefy,intense...lunch in a mug,this,is no less but the target was different. The brewer WANTED tasty-smooth as silk-drinkable...and nailed it.

rembrant, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - It has a wonderful dark brown coffee pour. The head is thin but a great toffee, caramel color. The nose is bitter but there is still a pleasant smell of coffee and hops. The hops is most certainly where the bitterness is coming from. It has a real bold burnt smoky taste. It has defiantly been Americanized with some hops and bold, robust, over-the-top flavors. I wouldn't mind if it was toned down a little. It's one of those beers that could be drank for breakfast or with some Green & Black Organic Chocolate after dinner.

claybeer, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

I've already had this on tap - what the hey, see how it does in a bottle.

Aroma is strong and VERY smoky, almost like charcoal, with hints of unsweet chocolate, quality coffee and molasses. It pours a nice deep sable with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head. Flavor is rather like a quality mocha, smoky with tones of coffee and chocolate and just a whisper of molasses sweetness. Texture is very smooth and just a little tingly. As has been my experience in most cases, on-tap is better; still, it's pretty good in a bottle.

Cyberkedi, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Foxtrot
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from bomber into Stone IRS glass with a heavy and black body with brown around the edges, which is ever so slight. Foam was in modest abundance but didn't quite last as long.

Aroma is very robust for this Oatmeal Stout. Big overtones of chocolate and roastiness, with light notes of maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar. Hops are light, slightly herbal.

Opens up with nice roasted and chocolate flavors that slowly relents to herbal hops. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout the entire session. Finishes extremely smooth with good residual flavor in between sips. Haven't had many Anderson Valley brews, but this one is exceptionally made. I would love to pair this with some desert.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium. Silky smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is fantastic. ABV is modest for a Oatmeal Stout of this flavor. Not to mention it has a great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Good job Anderson Valley

Foxtrot, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

A - This is a very nice looking brew; the color of black coffee topped with a huge long-lived mocha head that looms large but surprisingly only deposits minor lace.

S - Big fudge and graham cracker notes leap from the glass from start to finish. It is almost reminiscent of s'mores, without the sweetness of the marshmallow... but the fudge, graham cracker and campfire are all there. While the aroma is not terribly complex, it is immensely enjoyable.

T - The promise of the nose is fulfilled in the taste. It is pleasantly roasted, with a tea-like hoppiness and lots of chocolate on the finish. The hoppiness is really the only newcomer to the flavor party, and it is a sublime addition. The roasted chocolate graham cracker flavor deftly straddles the line between sweet and savory, tending toward the latter. Again, this is a tremendously enjoyable brew.

M - Smooth, deliciously rich, and very nicely effervescent.

D - Very nice stuff here; easy-drinking, substantial, complementary with cuisine; what more could you ask for?

ktrillionaire, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz bottle bought at Byron's Liquor store in OKC.

Rich chocolaty aroma. Dark black brew with tan head. Flavor is of course toasty with some chocolate notes. Nice and dry but with a sweet aftertaste. More hops than is expected. Very smooth mouthfeel as one would expect from an oatmeal stout, but I think it is less oatmealy than most oatmeal stouts.

Fairly low alcohol (5.7%) for a full-bodied stout. Would make a good session beer.

jmbranum, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 4cm tan tinged creamy white head that slowly falls.
S - Chocolate character dominates the nose up front followed by some caramel sweetness and slight dark fruit notes.
T - Along the same lines as the smell; chocolate and caramel but the taste also brings in the oaty touch you'd expect.
M - Medium, smooth bodied beer with a sweet finish.
D - A simple yet very tasty stout. I'll be buying more this Winter.

brendan13, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

This is my final beer from this brewery so hopefully ive saved the best til last,it pours a jet black as night hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a creamy mocha laced one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell of this beer is a mix of aromas of smokey chocolate,dark expresso and some underlying fruity bitter hops,it has a nice sessionable mouthfeel which is abit lighter than i expected but netherless suits this brew and has nice tastes of coccoa,mocha,roasty malts and finishes with a beautiful bittersweet taste of caramel fruity hops,overall if this beer was abit cheaper and more readily available to me it would have a permanent spot in my fridge even though its not the most complex or best ever oatmeal stout ive tried i quite like it and could drink it all night.

ADZA, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

I had off the tap at some bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but can't remember the name.
A- It's basically black with a good head and lacing.
S- Smokey chocolate.
T- Just like the scent, the smoke hits the tongue right away and is followed by a coffee sourness in the back. very nice mix. Fine attempt at an oatmeal.

Amalak, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

appearance: deep pitch black with some good lacing, beautiful...

smell: heavy chocolaste and coffee aromas, smells like a bowl of oatmeal with some vanilla notes

taste: very solid oatmeal stout and up there with the best of them

mouthfeel: medium-full bodied

drinkability: solid...I would have this again. definitly

CampusCrew, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz.

Pours a rich oil black with the slightest chocolate brown glow around the very edges when held up to light. Minimal tan head retains pretty well as a lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, oats, and spiced dark fruits.

Tastes like toasted oats and hints of chocolate, with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Kind of mild by stout standards.

Feel is full with very mild carbonation that you barely sense.

The lower abv of this stout plays to its advantage because it makes it easy to have a few, but I think it might also be hurting it by taking away a bit of the taste that could have been there. A good stout, but not quite fantastic.

Cylinsier, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.15/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard American pint glass.

A: Dense small tight tan head. No lacing. Dark black body with ruby hues.

S: Roasted grains with a bit of a fruity twang and oats. Can something have a full smell? If so this does.

T: Same as smell. No bitter finish. Just kind of nothingness when it is gone.

M: Medium body, silky and smooth. Good carbonation.

D: Awesome. This is a great beer to keep around. Nothing too crazy just a good drinker.

rwf08, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Pours a solid black with a nice two finger head which sticks around for a while. Interestingly, what remains of the head after sitting for a short while, seems to be piling up on only one side of the glass. Maybe this happens all the time, but it's the first that I've ever noticed it.

S: Smells quite chocolatey, not overly bitter, but rather smooth smelling. There is also a roasted scent of coffee and malts.

T: Tastes absolutely wonderful. The right amount chocolate followed by a nice maltiness and faint, but there, oatmeal taste. Overall quite delicious.

M: Fairly creamy with just the right amount of carbonation for a nice medium/light body.

D: Very drinkable, definitely would have another and I may make it a point to go back and get a sixer of this. Very, very good.

Daktyls, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Glass - Tulip

A - Petty much completely black with a 2-finger tan head. Retention seems decent, as for lacing I got a bit of a splash on one side.

S - Wonderful & almost delicate bitter sweet chocolate aroma, a bit smokey as well. Upon swirling I get some herbal hop notes, but the aroma is dominated with rich chocolate! A hint of raisin.

T - Rich dark chocolate upfront, unfolding into soft coffee & smokiness. There's a bit of caramel & toffee combo but not very sweet, along with a bit of herbal hop flavors as it warms. It finishes with smokey/coffee flavors with cocoa & soft bitterness. I don't get much oat quality to it.

M - A bit velvety with soft crispness to it, around full bodied.

D - Wow, this stout was very very good. To me it was almost like a dessert stout with the extremely rich dark chocolate flavors, but it's balanced by a good smokiness as well. Very drinkable, I could enjoy a couple after a long days work. Highly recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Glass: Tulip

Body is a very, very dark brown that doesn't seem to be letting any light through. Head is a one-finger creamy, milk-chocolate color. Lacing is not that great, left small splashes.

Aroma is of toffy, caramel, molasses, chocolate with underlying pungent hops and dark fruit.

Taste has dark fruit and baker's chocolate up front, grape and dates. Followed after by caramel and toffy. It finishes with more fruit that seem to be a bit brighter, grape mostly but again, more chocolate. Bitterness is minimal. A light flowery hop presence seems to carry through the taste as well.

Mouthfeel seems to be thick(probably from the oat) but overall is medium-bodied. Carbonation is medium at best.

Great oatmeal stout, not too light, not too heavy. Very enjoyable.

JosiahS, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

A-Pours a dark brownish-black color with a 1+ finger dense head with moderate lacing left on the glass.
S-Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
T-Smokey malty nutty coffee taste with some chocolate sweetness up front and finishes with some bitterness and earthy oatmeal afternotes.
M-Not as rich and creamy as I would have expected and I almost found it a little thin despite the moderate carbonation.
D-Pretty good overall, I just thought it would be a little beefier in body than what I tasted. Still a very nice stout.

bierenutz, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger beige head that has fair retention and left better than average lacing.

S-Roasted malt and oats, a tinge of booze (which really surprised me), faint chocolate and coffee notes as well. A very pleasing nose.

T-Follows the nose with the roasted malt & oats, chocolate and coffee. Adding a bit of woody smokiness and a surprising hop bite on the finish.

M-Medium body, good carb level, a bit creamy & oily. Coats the palate.

D-Goes down easily and many of these in a sitting is certainly doable.

A very nice offering from Anderson Valley. I'll be sure and pick this up again.

Lerxst, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of JukeboxEmperor
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Brown as night with a negligible, dark cream head and not much lacing, but admittedly out of a less-than-perfectly-clean glass.

S: Sweet oats dominate followed by dark chocolate, slight nutty/brownness and only a hint of alcohol. Very subtle.

T: Very subdued like the smells. It tastes a lot like drinking a sweet, nutty dark chocolate bar. Slight burnt flavors but they are much smoother than most stouts this heavy.

M: Thick, smooth and creamy. Definitely an oatmeal stout, it's like drinking velvet.

D: Highly quaffable. I was unable to sip this beer, it's smoothness, subdued flavors and pleasing body made it disappear fast. I could easily go through three or four of these before the buzz even hit if it wasn't so thick.

Comments: Excellent, just excellent. Sam Smith's oatmeal stout was a longtime treat of mine in the evenings or for Sunday breakfasts, but this one is just a step above, enough to convince me to review it as a first beer. I still have a lot to learn, but this definitely struck a chord in a way other similar beers in the past two years of drinking haven't. Take that for what you will.

JukeboxEmperor, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a very thin tan colored head. Minimal lacing. Regardless, I love when a beer pours pitch black...its a beautiful thing.

S- a wonderful roasted smell, mostly of chocolate and coffee. Lovely.

T- I'm actually getting a tad bit of dark fruit to go with my coffee and chocolate...it balances quite well, and isn't overwhelming like some stouts can be with the fruit. Hits the spot nicely.

M- its got some body, thats for sure. Despite being thick, its not syrupy at all. The body is really nice...good balance of what I'm looking for in a stout.

D- if you like good stouts, this one is definitely a good one for you. Very drinkable...muted flavors that aren't weak, but still tasty enough to get you going. I like this one a lot

bigfnjoe, May 20, 2010
Photo of EagleTalon
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours to a thick, dark tan head and minimal lacing (could be my glass to blame) with a dark, nearly opaque ruby-black color. Aroma is spot-on! Very roasty, with hints of oatmeal, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and butter. Flavor is not as intense as I hoped, but not really bad: coffee, sweet malt and enough hops to balance out what the roasted grains do not. Some chalky-mineral-like quality in the finish. Mouthfeel is too thin and gassy. Overall impression: delivers an intense yet superior look and smell with a less-impressive yet solid flavor, finish and feel. One of the easier-drinking oatmeal dark ales I've tasted. I think they should increase the grain bill, maybe add some more base malt to boost the gravity and add roasted barley--something not mentioned on the ingredient list on the label. Is that an oversight? If it really has no roasted, non-malted barley, shouldn't it be called an oatmeal "porter"?

EagleTalon, May 15, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin tan head that with a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice chocolate oatmeal aromas with some roastiness and a bit of booze as well. Very enjoyable nose on this one.

T: some nice roasted chocolate malts but the oatmeal seems to fall off on the taste with slight booze.

M: light to meduim body with light carbonation that has a thin base as it fades into the palate.

D: very drinkable beer that has a great chocolate nose and flavor. On the other hand the oatmeal I got was on the aroma but that ok it was still a good beer.

Gobzilla, May 15, 2010
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.