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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,040 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,040
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 109
Gots: 140 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this again recently and it failed to impress me like it did before. It is a solid oatmeal stout, no doubt about it. But it seems a bit bland, like all the aspects aforementioned were toned down a bit. I stand by the body, which hasn't changed but everything else seems like it got cut in half. At least it still laces well. Dark garnet hues in the light. I averaged out each category using both scores for the final rating.
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4.5/5/5/5/5
A - poured into a pint glass very dark brown, nearly black. 1" tan head that laced nicely

Sm - very oatmeal stout-ish: roasted chocolate maltiness, dark chocolate, almost mocha, milky cream, sweet oatmeal and even a faint note of marshmallows. All of these in balance and very clean.

T - extremely well balanced and delicate tastes of everything that can be smelled. None overpowered any other and was quite complementing. Pleasant creamy chocolate aftertaste.

M - Silky, smooth, very light carbonation brings out the flavors and is aesthetically pleasing on the tongue. Not too heavy, not too light, but I would classify this as a medium/full bodied oatmeal stout.

D - Can definitely have more than one, but you do want to enjoy this beer (because it's a little less than $3/bottle and it adds up!). But otherwise, exceptional drinkability.

Overall - Wow, I feel I am doing this beer an injustice trying to place words to its harmonious grandeur. This is a beautifully crafted oatmeal stout that is well balanced, full of flavor, yet not overpowering; delicate enough to please nearly any palate. This is a beer that can complement a hearty meal's dessert or stand alone. Do yourself a favor and treat your mouth to this gem!

DmanGTR, May 07, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - quite dark with some red around the edges. Tight medium tan head.

S - normal oatmeal stout scent, nothing special.

T - like the scent it id am average oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about.

M - thinner than I would have liked, no ti.fled or anything.

D - frankly boring, but nothing actually bad about it.

biglite351, May 01, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with just some slight light penetration. A 2" head develops then drops to 1/3" in 2 minutes. No lace left behind.
Smell is malt, smoke (bacon), soy, wheat (I think, maybe oatmeal).
Taste is the same as the smell with some slight alcohol involved.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence. Somewhat warming. A good solid brew, consistent with their other offerings.

PorterLambic, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with a black liquid and a nice brown frothy head which mellows into a layer the entire session. Bittersweet chocolate aroma with some espresso, smoke and roasted malts. Taste has the dark malt up front with some coffee hints on the swallow, a spicy bite in the mix and a creamy dark chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel was the biggest drawback. A little too bubbly for my taste in an oatmeal stout. The carbonation was a little distracting. Was hoping for a smoother drink though I easily polished off a single and was looking for another.

Overall I was impressed with this offering. Be sure to let it warm and enjoy the experience.

kaseydad, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of augiebeerfan
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, I am more partial to heavier stouts with more coffee taste to them but non the less it is worth drinking. I poured it into a glass from a bottle and it's a black beer with good color with the head. The head has a darker caramel color and is good size, about two fingers. The pouring was easy and smooth. The smell is great it smelled like candy. The mouth feel was hearty and covers the tongue, it fells like how a stout should feel. The taste could have scored higher but I probably just had my expectations a little high. It doesn't taste bad by any means its good and would do well with a desert. I like its slight chocolate notes the aftertaste was a bitter sweet finish that i wasn't a huge fan of.This beer would have scored higher but I am biased and I am particular about my stouts. But overall still a good beer. Thanks Anderson valley.

augiebeerfan, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pitch black with a huge light brown head.

Aroma was of roasted chocolate malt and just a hint of hop.

Taste was mostly the roasted chocolate. It had almost a sweet caramel taste to it. Coffee is there and also some vanilla.

This was a little thinner then most other stouts I have enjoyed. I'd say a medium body. I must say, I was really surprised with how impressed I was with this beer. I had never heard of it and after the first sip I was joyed. I was happy to find out when I checked out the reviews I wasn't the only one. I like this better than Samuel Smiths version of the oatmeal stout.

With a low abv, this is perfect to enjoy after dinner with dessert and since it isn't as thick as most stouts, you don't have to save room to fit it all in :)

pwoody11, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it's one of the few single bottles on the shelf that I had yet to try. I only had one of their offerings and this was a few years ago, so I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Although I tend to drink this style during the fall and not during crazy warm spells like the one we're having. No doubt that this is a pleasant surprise and certainly a good take on this style!

This had a good pour to it - a vigorous head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass, a deep dark brown hue, and just a hint of lacing after each sip. The initial aroma was quite strong although it didn't last long as I worked my way down my pint glass. There's oatmeal with a roasted coffee feel underneath, and a slightly acidic chocolate backdrop to this like ghirardelli chocolate powder. This goes down pretty easily and the mouthfeel stays light throughout each sip.

The ABV% isn't that strong here and this is one of the most easygoing Stouts of any kind that I've had in a long time. I'd rather have this when the leaves are turning but no matter, this is good choice for someone who likes darker beers that aren't too thin and too spicy or heavy. Once again, having a west coast beer distributed here in the east is the benefit of any beer lover like myself!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mavbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a two finger tan head, has good lacing down the glass.

S: Definite roasted malts with a slight coffee scent and a tad of cocoa.

T: Roasted malts are apparent up front with some sweetness and hints of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.

D: A good tasting oatmeal stout, nice drinkability, good flavor.

mavbrew, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hard pour yields a one finger tan head. Beer pours black. Resides to a layer of foam on top. Good lacing.

A slight roast-y malt, and hint of oatmeal.

Roast-y malt, hint of chocolate, some vanilla, and a bit of oats.

Very light bodied, and well carbonated. Assertive little bubbles. Super smooth.

Very easy to drink.

billshmeinke, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of aaron12
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my favorite stout. of all time. EVER. i don't know how they do it. this beer is sooo fucking smooth, it blows my mind... im a big stout and porter guy, i often think the american versions are a little green. what i mean by that is, lots of up front typical stout/porter flavors. COFFEE!, DARK CHOCOLATE! ROASTED MALT! the irish and english versions are more balanced, subtle and soft. don't get me wrong, i like the u.s. ones too, but this is like the perfect mix of both.

this is an amazing beer.

aaron12, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is almost black with a thin tan colored head.

S: The nose is plenty roasted with some notes of coffee, sweet chocolate, and smoke.

T: The flavor is very roasty as well with a slight smokiness and lots of coffee. There is some bitter chocolate and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel on the tongue.

D: A solid oatmeal stout with good flavors and aromas that go down easy. Another good Anderson Valley beer.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee and barley nose. Pours with a two-finger head that recedes to the edges with a bit of lacing and some sticking to the sides of the glass.

A dark ruby red-brown color when illuminated, with good clarity, otherwise dense and black looking. The flavor follows the scent with a hint of coffee and some strong malt presence softened by the oats. Smoothly carbonated and creamy on the tongue. Not a lot of complexity though. Straight ahead stout with a slightly sweet front and a bitter back end.

Nice accompaniment for a game of darts when snowed in at a small bar in the mountains.

tubacharlie, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of WolfmanK
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like pitch with a tan to nearly brown head that is thick and has some staying power.

It smells of smoke and caramel

Taste is really nice. Tastes of smoke and very slight coffee, but let it warm up a bit there is a nice coco/bitter chocolate flavor that comes through once the beer hits 50 degrees or so.

Finishes sweet and clean but not too sweet, for an oatmeal stout this leans toward the dry side which I really like.

This is a great example of an oatmeal stout.

WolfmanK, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm tasting this side-by-side with another oatmeal stout that I greatly enjoy. Pours black with an attractive brown head. Aromas are predominately roasty, with a dark chocolate element in there as well. This beer is full-bodied and robust, with big roasty flavors up front that slowly unfold into sweeter notes of cocoa and toffee. Barney Flats is superb.

droomyster, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a dark tan head that shows plenty of stick.

Aroma is like smoky coffee with a hint of cocoa.

Taste is similar, but with a nice dose of sweet caramel that, along with the oats, gives a sweet cream effect.

Finish is medium and sweet with a touch of slickness from the oatmeal.

A mighty fine Oatmeal Stout, a benchmark for this style, at least American interpretations.

bump8628, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly thick dark, dark brown. Light barely creeps through this one. About 1 finger of caramel colored head.

S: Rich scents of both the coffee and the oatmeal. A few dark fruits creep in to the smell as well. Roasted malts and some sweetness.

T: Roasted barley and malts. The coffee and oatmeal come in as too but the roasted flavor really shines here. Can't really detect hops here but there is a fairly sweet finish.

M: Light bodied for a stout. Moderate carbonation and a light creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: Fairly good example of the style, but I was expecting more coffee and oatmeal in the taste. Could easily enjoy a few of these.

kirkpjr, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark brown color with a gorgeous fluffy tan head. Probably the best oatmeal stout head I've seen out of a bottle. Very nitro looking. Lots of lacing and good head retention too.

Roasty, chocolate, oats and a light nuttiness. Smells rich and creamy.

Very clean taste of roasted malt with some light chocolate. Really a no gimmick taste. Nothing unique about it. Just solid malt flavor that every oatmeal stout should have.

Here's where this beer lacks. A bit thin and overcarbonated. Not creamy smooth like I was expecting.

Sessionable beer for sure. Solid, solid example of an oatmeal stout.

jera1350, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed 2013.

pour is black with tons of tight caramel head. Nose is full of rich chocolate, light touch of roast and vanilla. Taste is solid, rich chocolate cream, hint of roast and some malt sweetness in back. Body is a hint thin and carb is a touch light.

Original Review 2010.

A-pours a black liquid that allows just a hint of red hue shine through with the attack of a flashlight. The head is mocha colored and disspates very quickly leaving no lace

S-the nose is quite big and very nice. A roasted malt sets itself as the foundation. It gives a fair amount of molasses off with a good bit of dark chocolate. There is a light malt sweetness with some ripe prunes and raisins

T-the taste is very solid and gives of a roasted malt that gives way to the dark fruit sweetness. It gives a lot of raisin and plums. A taste of dark chocolate comes in with a light bitterness at the finish

M-pretty big body, probably a lighter full body or a good solid medium body and on a single stout to bout. It is velvety smooth and chewy but overly carbonated imo giving it a crisp bitey finish.

D-easy drinking and nice body, good flavors and a nice blend of complexity

cpetrone84, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of climax
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured pretty much midnight black with s good sized fizzy tan head.

The nose had a good amount of floral grassy hops with some more subtle dark chocolate and even bubblegum tones. A bit more strenght would have yielded a high score.

The flavor was good and smooth. Lots of semi-sweet vanilla, chocolate, bubblegum, with dry hopped influence throughout. The flavor was very unique, can't quite put my finger on it, but I liked it. It was somewhat candy-like, with balancing bitterness that wasn't coffee-like.

The body wasn't overly full, but it was smooth and creamy. The carbonation was light and unobtrusive. The thing that really turned me on to this one was the flavor, at the end of my 12 ounces I still haven't put my finger on it, but it intrigues me and I like whatever they've done here.

climax, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges...a creamy, tan head formed and stood about two fingers...it settled into a creamy, one finger for the remainder...some lacing

S - Not a strong nose but aromas of chocolate and coffee are coming out...and rolled oats make an appearance

T - The flavors are married together very nicely in this one...the sweet chocolate is up front...it has a sweet and roasted flavor present...the oats stick out in the middle giving the graininess to the beer but it never becomes too much...the ending of the beer is really nice...a bittersweet finish of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and earthy hops

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation leads for a silky smooth mouthfeel...great bittersweet ending

D - This is a really nice oatmeal stout...the flavors work together very nicely and the mouthfeel is great...it never becomes too heavy and the low ABV allows you to have three or four of these

thain709, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, characterful oatmeal stout with a paradigmatic "oatmeal stout" character.

Essentially black, it has a rather minimal head but one that lasts while before shrinking to a foamy ring, but leaving no real lace.

Aroma is dark prunes and fruit, toast and rich brown bread, fresh-baked.

Taste is mellow but firm, consistent, and even with good depth and range of character. It has a lot of oatmeal, prune, brown bread, some root-beer hints and anise. A light sweetness just dominates the light bitterness. It has a good feel, slightly on the oily side. It is highly drinkable.

Offa, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of PhilfromPA
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark, nice tan head that quickly dissipates to a slight cap

S-Sweet, coffee/chocolate perhaps caramel, a lot of oats coming through

T-Great oatmeal flavor mixed with slight chocolate & coffee. Finishes a little bitter

M-very slight carb bite, that turns very smooth. A little lighter/watery mouthfeel than I would like

D-Very good, while perhaps not a session beer, very smooth & tasty. Easy to have more than one in a sitting.

PhilfromPA, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of kpoole25
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had many oatmeal stouts but I really liked this beer. 12 oz bottle to glass. Pours a tall, tan head, good retention. Not much smell when I first poured. Dark molasses color. Very flavorful, but not over the top, there is a sweetness, creaminess, and a little bitter at the end, like cream and sugar in really black coffee. Love the tangy roast flavor, some caramel. The smell starts coming around after it warms a bit, very similar to the taste (rich, roasted, coffee smells). Fairly creamy but doesn't coat, actually finishes somewhat dry. Highly recommended.

kpoole25, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Popkas
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, near black with a small cream colored head.

S: Smells of cocoa, coffee and oats. Nice.

T: Taste is much the same as the nose, just not quite as good due to a slightly distracting aftertaste.

M: Slightly thinner than expected. Fine carbonation.

D: Drinkability would be very high if not for the mildly distracting aftertaste.

Popkas, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bennicorp
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minor head, off-white; dark in color but not pitch black.

S: Diacetyl in nose; Slightly malty.

T: First you taste the grains, then the malt - here it almost tastes like a weak doppelbock, then lastly the diacetyl...the diacetyl is pretty strong in this beer - too strong, in our opinion at least.

M: Watery, yet malty; these tastes separate.

D: Other than the diacetyl - very drinkable.

Overall, it's weak in terms of taste and the diacetyl overwhelms the true oatmeal stout characteristics that could be there. Easy drinkability but not my favorite oatmeal stout.

bennicorp, Feb 06, 2010
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,040 ratings.