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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 85
Gots: 90 | 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 drxandy


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into tulip glass

deep black opaque color, as an oatmeal stout should be - head pulls into a redish tan tint

smells of bitter malt, but faint - not much smell present

easily drinkable, very nice addition of hopping - adds a nice bitter finish to a smooth dark stout. the oats smooth out the hops. tastes of chocolate, citrus hops, dark bread

mouthfeel was like light, very easy drinker

you could finish off a 6 pack easily, a very good rendition of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 05:00:04 | More by drxandy
Photo of WeeObese


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle. Deep dark brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Great initial smell with roasted malt flavors and almost a slightly bourbon/oaked aged flavoring(?). Bourbon/oak flavoring vanishes, giving way to roasted chocolate malt aromas. Flavor is well balanced between roasted, chocolate and hop flavors and slight oat-like finish. The mouth feel is slightly lighter than I prefer for an oatmeal stout. Overall a very drinkable beer with good balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 03:31:27 | More by WeeObese
Photo of shivtim


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a friend in Cali. Thanks!
Pours out a deep, nearly opaque brown/ruby, with a decent mocha foam head. Nose is sweet malts, and thats about it. Taste is peaty/barny malts with hints of cocoa. Interesting peat qualities considering it's a stout. Nice interaction with the sweet malts. Not bad!
Mouthfeel is good; so is drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:47:08 | More by shivtim
Photo of choyhosoi


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass and got a nice looking head that settled into a thinner lacing. The color was a dark brown/black that looked almost like coffee at times. The smell had a fruity and maple scent that I picked up. The taste was very smooth something that I was not expecting. The mouthfeel was kind of thick after a couple of sips. This is s stout that I could enjoy for an hour or 2 but after that its too thick on the palate for my taste. Overall a very good one here if you find one give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 22:56:08 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of atigerlife


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with a small light brown head that had good retention.

Aroma is sweet with some dark chocolate. Roasted malts are ever-present.

Taste is like the aroma, but even more dominated by the roasted malts. Still some sweetness and dark chocolate. Some hops make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth.

Overall, a decent oatmeal stout. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 04:17:20 | More by atigerlife
Photo of trackstar1043


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours all but pitch black, quite syrupy as it pours out, leaves a rocky 1 in tan head with very stick lacing.

S - Rich and complex, has dark malts, chocolate, coffee hints, dark fruits like rasins, plums has a sweet hint of molasses and a smooth semi sweet cream scent.

T - Rich and extremely balanced, has a semi sweet smokey character that has hints of dark fruits, a slight bitter bite but simply wonderful stout.

M - Heavy and full with a velvety smooth texture and a smokey lingering after taste reminds of how great the beer is.

D - With smooth rich flavors and velvety finish this is over the top easy to drink, way to go AV!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:09:10 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of illidurit


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a mocha head of about a finger. Leaves some solid lacing on the glass. Chocolate and roasty aromas emanate from the foam. Flavor is hearty chocolate malt with a little fruity hop character. Too much carbonation hurts the mouthfeel and disrupts the richness of the body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2008 04:58:12 | More by illidurit
Photo of Hophead101


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at Yard House in Las Vegas.

pours a beautiful dark brown. a fantastic tan head - it didn't stick around too long - but nice none the less. no lacing on the glass. had a dark chocolate malty smell - a bit smoky as well which is very nice. almost a burnt smell. i let it warm up before trying. this is one fantastic tasting beer. one of the better oatmeal stouts i've had. the mild smoke smell comes through in the flavor as well. well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 05:52:38 | More by Hophead101
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beer poured black as hell with a short but thick tan head. The lacing is decent but he head doesn't last for long at all.

Smell - Mmmm. This is one rich smelling brew! The roasted malt and coffee aromas are very inviting. Oatmeal! Sweet from the chocolate and fruit flavors.

Taste - Creamy, Creamy, Creamy. In face it kind of tastes like chocolate-almond custard. The oatmeal flavor is there but it was more noticeable in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - This is very smooth but as you drink it you realize it is kind of thin.

Drinkability - This is most likely very drinkable if you are eating but as a stand alone i would only do a few because the sweet maltiness totally dominated my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 04:14:06 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Poured an opaque brown/black with a good finger of tight bubbled tan head. Chocolate aroma with a bit of molasses. Very creamy mouthfeel. More chocolate in the flavor along with a slight tang. Some hop bitterness in the finish along with dry chocolate malt. Very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:24:20 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of pmcadamis


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big chocolaty two finger head looks thick and chunky as it rises above a black brew. The head is dense and creamy, and deposits quite a large amount of lace on the glass. Retention is excellent as the head never dips below a creamy finger.

S - Dark chocolate, cooking cocoa, coffee with cream, and brittle toffee. I can smell deeply roasted cereal grains and espresso beans covered in chocolate. Double chocolate chip cookies!

T - The flavors follow the nose with really fresh chocolate chip cookie flavors and lots of sweet creamy coffee. This tastes a lot like those chocolate no-bake cookies that are made with whole oats.

M - Full in body with extremely creamy and thick smoothness from the very gentle carbonation. This is super dense and creamy! The finish is neutral and very much focused on sweet coffee and cookies.

D - This is a great stout! It has enough bitter coffee and dark chocolate to earn the stout moniker, but it's sweet and creamy enough to keep it from being too burnt and bitter. I like this a lot!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 17:26:40 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tall tan head. The aroma is of candy, nougat, and cocoa. Smooth milky chocolate with a hint of oats and espresso. There's a slight sour tang from the oats, I guess, but it's nice and approprite for the style. The body is medium weight and very smooth with low-medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a little toasty and meaty, but reminds me of a cookie somehow. I guess I'm not quite sure what's going on here, but it's a very drinkable and very tasty mix of flavors. A top beer in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 04:15:43 | More by tempest
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY.

Black, opaque color with a small light tan head. Very nice aroma of roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Great flavor. Very rich and thick. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitterness. Great all around beer and a great representation of the oatmeal stout style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 18:52:17 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of Slynger


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a deep brownish black with a creamy chocolate milk colored cap. The nose is very nice; good strength for a lightish (abv) brew. Dark fruits, roasted malts, and bittersweet dark chocolate with some residual oat sweetness. Medium bodied with an oaty, oily smoothness to it, while retaining a carbonated creaminess. Oats bring the sweetness to the palate along with dark chocolate. Very light roasty bitterness follows. Barney Flats has a great nose to it, but the flavor doesn't quite keep up and tips slightly toward the sweet end of the scale. Still, a very enjoyable and easy drinkin' oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 05:10:01 | More by Slynger
Photo of SmokingmeX


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: This poured a dark brown with thin tan lacing, that is often associated with Stouts.

S: This had coffee, chocolate, and malt on the nose. I could also pick up hints of rasins as well.

T: This was very smooth and balanced. No one flavor seemed over-powering. I have had other Stouts where they seem too malty, or the bitter aftertaste of dark or semi-sweet chocolate dominates.

M: Not as heavy as others of this style, slightly carbonated, just coats the mouth long enough to pick up the main components of the beer.

D: Because it is an Oatmeal Stout that is mellow and balanced, the cream is light enough to have more than one in a session. At 3.99 a bomber it is also reasonably priced. I see more of these in my future.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 20:48:06 | More by SmokingmeX
Photo of argock


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date but always handsome AV foil label delights.

A: Glass-darkening brown-black with creamy tan two-finger head with typical lace trail.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet fruity malts, and mild speck of grassy hops

T: Exceptional mellow balance of sweetness, hops and chocolate/coffee bitterness, and dryness. Not especially fruity, but distinctively malty sweetness is blended with usual excellent AV hopping. Very smooth with the oatmeal.

M: Not as chewy and a little thinner than I would have liked, but no big complaints. A little drier than you'd expect from the aroma.

D: This is an understated, mellow stout that gets you with its dedication to strong but rational hopping combined with toasted malty smoothness. A great stout at a fairly reasonable price ($10.49/6 pack).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 05:03:19 | More by argock
Photo of Bitterbill


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and some nice lacing; head retention is good.

The smell is of roasted malt and chocolate which gives it a slighty sweet nose.

The taste has notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Nice medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation and it finishes with some hot cocoa bitterness. Nice and tasty, easy to drink...one of the better examples of the style that I've tried. I'd have no problem drinking a couple or 3 at a session. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 23:27:33 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of blakesell


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a black licorice colour with a finger thick head that is solid tan/cream. Lacing is glued to the glass. Head dies down to a thin froth over the top of the liquid.

Smell- Rich roasty dark malts with oatmeal and a bit vinous with a bit of port winy notes. A bit sweet as if Bailey's was added somewhere along the line. Maybe not that thick, but definitely has a coffee creamer flavour in there. Some fruitiness due to the hops.

Taste- Creamy and thick with oatmeal flavour. Almost chunky, but still sweet with a thin maple character. Roasty dark grains with a bit of a cashew nuttiness. Milk chocolate also lingers on the finish. A very nice oatmeal stout and a great representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and well carbonated with a silky chocolate smoothness that would go great on ice cream. Medium bodied.

Drinkability- Very high drinkability on this one. I would be happy to have one or five and due to the 5.7% ABV, I could handle either or. Excellent with hearty dishes such as chili or steak.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 21:28:35 | More by blakesell
Photo of JamesS


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice opaque color with good (if a bit fizzy) head and decent lacing. Had a nice coffee/oatmeal scent, but a little weak. What was there was nice, but it wasn't as full as it could be. Good taste, nothing great, but it is a decent stout with a nice oatmeal taste, just a bit timid. Goes down fine, a little fizzy, but nice. Not the best oatmeal stout, but I would still get it any day, considering their green methods of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 00:01:42 | More by JamesS
Photo of MisterClean


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from Total Wine

A - Dark black with a minimal, milk chocolate head.

S - Oats, caramel, and dark coffee beans.

T - Sweet, oaty, and coffee bean flavored.

M - A bit dry at the end with the finish of coffee beans. The coffee bean does a nice job to finish the flavor, but then continues.

D - Definitely a good beer, but less dryness would be lots better.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:53:55 | More by MisterClean
Photo of ndekke39


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation in a 12 oz bottle. Got a six-pack from some friends for my birthday. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours an opaque, silky black with a thin, off-white foamy head.

Lovely aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Bit of the oats.

Tastes of the chocolate and the coffee. Very nice - not overpowering like a lot of stouts. Dark fruit as well: plums, raisins?

Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Must be the oats. Little bit of carbonation. Really good.

This is one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Smooth, complex flavors without being too strong. I'm a big fan all around. Glad I have five more bottles!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:38:40 | More by ndekke39
Photo of gmfessen


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black in the glass and has a thick, tan, two-finger head. The smell is enjoyable; milk chocolate, marshmallow and slight coffee are present. Perhaps a bit of butteryness. The taste is not nearly as sweet as I had expected, but I guess I was expecting a milk stout from the smell, not a typical stout. The taste is malty with a bitterness from the roasted notes and slight, unidentifiable hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy carbonation from the oatmeal. Overall, a very drinkable beer; not the best oatmeal stout ever, but a very solid one.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:07:57 | More by gmfessen
Photo of JDV


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a big big lasting light brown head. Roasty bitter smell, but it was quite light for a stout. Taste is rich, smooth, creamy, and roasty, with a traditional oatmeal stout like flavor. Very indicitave of the style, and even though it wasn't bad at all, I like the other 3 oatmeals I've had a bit to quite a bit better. Not too strongly flavored, and it is lacking a bit of needed sweetness, I think. A decent beer, but nowhere near as good as Samuel Smith's Oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:42:28 | More by JDV
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, half finger thick tan color head that faded quickly to a thin cover

S- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, earthy, freshly brewed coffee, slight alcohol smell

T- Roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, dark malts, oats, sweet, grains, slight hop bitterness, also hint of smokeyness

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, perfectly blended flavors

D- Wow, I'd buy it by the case (if it wasn't so expensive)

This is probably the best oatmeal stout that I've ever had. Great flavors and not one aspect is too over powering. I tip my hat to the brewers of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 23:27:11 | More by iceball585
Photo of jakon


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

This beer pours coffee black with a dull, tan-colored head that dissipates at an average pace while leaving behind thick rings of lacing.

The aroma is primarily of toasted malt with a hint of cheap coffee. It's somewhat distant. Not a lot going on here.

The taste is 4-sugars coffee sweet, but balanced nicely by a light hop bitterness. There's really not a ton going on here, but there doesn't need to be. This is a very good oatmeal stout. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 08:22:25 | More by jakon
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.