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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 122
Gots: 208 | FT: 2
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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

Pours a rich dark brown with moderate cap of creamy khaki froth. Scent leads with notes of moderate roast, backed by bitter cocoa, lightly roasted and ground coffee and hints of dark fruit, light earthyness. Taste follows suit with no one component being the star here, moderate roast, bitter chocolate stronger than other flavors, but not over the top. Medium bodied, lightly earthy and grainy but smooth. A very nice traditional style stout which doesn't overdo any particular component and thus becomes highly drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this beer to see how my perception of it has changed (if at all). It pours a seemingly straight onyx topped by over a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, light roasted malts, toffee, toasted oats, and a few sprinkles of cocoa for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa playing a stronger role, the roast darkening, and some light coffee coming into the mix as well. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. It seems a bit light and thin, but the creaminess (present in every AV beer I've had thus far) makes up for it, and then some. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout. The thinness holds it back some, but it remains an enjoyable drink.

Photo of DM1293
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Jeez did this pour thick. Its as dark and brown as coffee. No head.

Smell - Mild, strong, sweet. Not much of a smell.

Taste - ...Taste is smooth for a stout. Amazingly smooth actually. Very light notes of coffee. Very light chocolate sweetness to balance it out. Its good, but the taste doesn't really make itself stand out by any other merit than drinkability.

Mouthfeel - thick, almost a little syrupy. Taste lingers on the front-to-middle of the palate.

Overall - I would recommend this for anyone who likes a good drinkable stout, or someone who wanted to get a taste of stouts but might be intimidated by a darker beer.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at The Linkery in San Diego, Calif. Color was black. About an inch of head. Plenty of lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides that stayed throughout.

Amber seemed to be the first smell. Also some caramel in there.

Tasted coffee, chocolate and relatively smooth for a stout.

Full body. Average carbonation. Thick texture.

Not a bad beer. I would like to try this again sober as I was five to six good craft beers into the night when I rated this.

Photo of abgba121
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with about a half inch of tan head, leaves a faint trail of lace down the glass.

S: smells sweet, heavy malts, chocolatey, maybe a little oatmeal

T: great balance of flavors, roasted malts, a little hop balance, some coffee-like flavor, some oat on the finish with a very slight citrus hop note

M: thin to average for a stout, expected thicker

O: a very good beer, can drink more than just one with the lower abv. Great balance of flavors all around

Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer for this Sunday eveing....and its a good one....Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a very good. The appearance is everything you want in a stout....dark...opaque with tan head...little thin, but lacing. The smell is heavy malt with molassis base. The taste is nice subtlies of very light roast, black licorice, and hop balance. The mouthfeel os this beer is very good for a stout....there is enough body to make it feel like your drinking a stout! The ABV is not out of control so you can drink more than one...and everything comes off the pallet clean so there is no major aftertaste. Overall....this is a great drinking stout!!!

Photo of bubseymour
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - nice pale head and nice black beer

Smell- chocolatey and malty but somewhat average for the style

Taste - Absolutely increadible taste!!!! A superb stout!! So well balanced in all areas, so smooth, so rich, so easy to drink yet not watery.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect buttery, full bodied flavor.

Overall - Definitely the best oatmeal stout and perhaps the best stout of any kind I've sampled to date.

Photo of haywire77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured what appeared to be pitch black at first until I held it up to an intense light where I was greeted with coffee brown edges and a super deep ruby red body. Head was mocha tan and rolled in at about 3/4" tall. Faded to a nice frothy cap in about 5 minutes. Looks awesome.

The aroma is bitter sweet chocolate and fresh cut tobacco followed by a hefty malt backbone of brown sugar, oatmeal, and some coffee. If I breathe deeply enough, I can almost taste this one without taking a drink.

Taste is almost the exact same as the nose, but in a different order. I get a bitter hop bite first, followed by the malts and finishing up with the coffee and then the sweet oatmeal at the very end. Not as much chocolate in the taste as was present on the nose. A good bit of lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin, but decent with very little stout character. Almost on par with a good black lager. Not quite as creamy as I had hoped, but very drinkable.

Overall this as about as good as oatmeal stouts get. If you are looking for an easy drinking, non-filling, great tasting stout that you could drink several of in one setting, this is the answer.

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Smell of sour malt & coffee from bottle poured into dimpled mug. Pours a nice dark cola/coffee blackness with a head that dissipates quickly. I get a smell of sour dough bread as well before sipping the full rich body that finishes clean w/a coffee malt finish. A very good example of the style an excellent six for the price, readily found and not too thick n heavy to enjoy as a session. Definitely gotta try more from Anderson Valley Brewing as this is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

Photo of bearsxco
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of monitorpop
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

Photo of paylay32
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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

Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,190 ratings.