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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 91
Gots: 104 | 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 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
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with Anderson Valley's Winter Ale, so I had high hopes for their Oatmeal Stout, which I heard a lot of good things about... this one didn't disappoint... poured a beautiful jet-black, ebony hue with a reddish and tan frothy head that exhibited some staying power... smell was as expected of the style, with dark and rich cocoa and latte notes pouring through... taste was absolutely superb for the style... very different, distinct, and unique, with a sweet, non-cloying, caramel and dark sugar flavor that was really pleasing and satisfying without being overwhelming... the flavor was really great on this one... a top-notch brew and an excellent depicition of the style... great stuff... with an ultra-creamy and super-thick mouthfeel... drinkability was equally good with a relatively low ABV that surrounded a terffic taste... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:31:20 | More by dsa7783
Photo of EGledhill


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to jhammerly for this one.

A. Black with creamy tan head leaving a nice lacing around glass.

S. a lillle hard to decipher, smells of burnt coffee and fruits, possibly raisins. slight chocolate and vanilla undertones.

T. A very complex taste of fruits, coffee, chocolate vanilla, and hops. very good

M. thin, not a bad thin, just not what i'd expect from something this dark

D. A nice change of pace. not too heavy but not too light. one or two would be pretty good but after that???

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 06:47:39 | More by EGledhill
Photo of bensiff


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at my local overpriced beer joint for swells. Can't say too much about the appearance do to the dark lighting. Nice head that sticks around for a while. Coffee and caramel flavors with a bit of roasted smokiness, but none of that ash-tray over done the roasted malt problem so many stouts suffer from. The hops hang around in the background nicely balancing the character without announcing their presence unless you look for them. The oatmeal provides a nice smoothness that doesn't require you to wait between sips. A great example of what a stout should be.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 00:18:12 | More by bensiff
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Could it be my favorite Oatmeal Stout? You're damn straight. I remember this from when I first got into good beer and it's every bit as good as I remember.

Pours basically black, ruby edges. Nice creamy tan head rises atop and settles slowly. Fairly simple when it comes to smell. On point for sure, though. Chocolate, light coffee, not so roasted. More bittersweet. Taste is much of the same but better. Unbelievably clean and refreshing stout. Chocolate again, light caramel and coffee, some oats. Nice grassy/citric hops for a brief second. While hops do come through, this is so damn smooth. So damn creamy. It's hard to get over how smooth it is. I am now a true believer in this beer. Better than I remember, really.

"It's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer!"

The quote is truth...buy one and try it so you can translate the Anderson Valley dialect, you won't regret it!

Another of a dozen brews from the very generous tayner. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 22:43:16 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Proteus93


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Didn't pour as black as some I've seen, but in the glass, this one isn't letting any light through at all. A nice, creamy tan head that is leaving a beautiful coating over the sides as it slowly recedes. That's a positive start!

S: The oatmeal aromas really come through quite strongly on this immediately upon pouring - that warm smell that fills the room on a cold morning. Once it settles back a little, more caramel and somewhat mocha-coffee smells break through.

T: This is one of those fine examples of a huge flavour without having a big ABV% to go with it. A very round smoky or roasted grains flavour with some bits of a chocolatey tastes coming through, and a little note of bitterness to keep it from becoming sickly sweet - a nice balance.

M: A rich and full bodied stout... this one is huge all the way down, almost foaming up when swished around. Coats all over and stays there for a while. Incredibly robust.

D: While, in terms of alcohol, it's kind on the brain, it's pretty big. However, I do find myself taking it back pretty quickly, if only for that rich, mouthful sensation. An excellent stout... recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:03:09 | More by Proteus93
Photo of drumrboy22


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Ommegang chalice. Beer pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized, creamy head. Mild carbonation.

Aroma is malt, chocolate and light coffee.

Taste was light coffee and chocolate with a short bitter, pine finish.

A smooth beer that goes down easy. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 17:28:45 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

12oz from the Coop for about $1.70.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Fairly aggressive pour with a 3-finger light brown head... very nice lacing.. Brew is very very dark dark brown.. the only light shows up at the tail end of the glass.

Very smooth aroma.. black malts with a touch of chocolate and some yeasty fruits on the tail end.

Drinkablity is very high.. burnt grains and light dark chocolate are offset by a pretty astounding palate.. good bitterness with a middle of the road maltiness.. Medium body with creamy palate.. the carbonation pushes the flavor through.. dry cocoa finish.

Very tasty and a spot-on body.. what I want in an American Oatmeal Stout.. Pretty pricey, but a dime a bottle, this brew is worth every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 09:23:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of stephendr


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin light head - nose of, iodine, salty, malty, slight bitterness, some sweetness and coco – taste of coffee, dark chocolate, milky, and clean - body is medium high, milky and with low carbonation – aftertaste of, coffee, dark chocolate, milky and some chewieness

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 05:48:29 | More by stephendr
Photo of littleshamrocks


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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a mug.

Pours almost opaque black in color with a decent sized, creamy, light brown head. The head is mostly diminishing and left spotty lace. This brew looks very dense. The nose is mostly of roasted, somewhat sweet malt with notes of coffee and milk chocolate. I also picked up a more faint floral/herbal hop aroma and a discernible earthiness. Flavor is rich but smooth with the semi-sweet, roasted malts in the foreground with hints of oats, cocoa/mocha, and a light herbal hop bittering. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with a smooth, slightly dry texture and lively carbonation.

I liked this brew. It is a very solid example of the style and extremely easy to consume. It has a good depth to the flavor and is appropriately balanced toward the malts. I would certainly welcome another.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:48:43 | More by littleshamrocks
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a massive dark tan head. Nose is thick with chocolate. Not overdone by any means. Flavor is thick with a mild coffee edge. The flavor doesn't really live up to what has preceded it. Overall quietly sweet. Feel is pretty thick as you'd expect from the style. Very drinkable. Upon my first sip, I probably downed 1/4 of the bottle because it was so smooth and I couldn't help myself. Overall a pretty darn good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 13:41:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ggroller


4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Santa left a case of this stuff for my brother Christmas day.

The beer looks opaque black at first glance but when held to the light shows a little bit of ruby.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, cream.

Tastes like a rich cup of creamy cocoa with an espresso like finish.

Mouthfeel could be a little more slick, but it's still not bad.

Big flavors but yet very drinkable.

This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 14:06:48 | More by ggroller
Photo of NitroGen


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz brown longneck

A: thick black coffee with a minimal tan head that dissolved to a scant cover yet some lacing.

S: Deep espresso, chocolate and dark caramel and sweet cream.

T: Sharp roasted grains then a wave of subtle sweetness for the tongue to savor and enjoy.

M: Really well balances and smooth from start to finish.

D: Yes may I please have another, as this was a wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 21:47:40 | More by NitroGen
Photo of JayQue


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

A smooth tasting and well balanced oatmeal stout. Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a medium size tan head. The head fades to a covering of the top of the glass. Medium, spotty lacing. Mild aroma of malts and bitter chocolate.Good taste. First taste is bitter and toasted malts, followed by sweetness balanced by a mildly bitter chocolate taste. Very pleasant throughout.
The strengths of this beer are the mouthfeel and drinkability. The oatmeal provides an incredible richness and smoothness. This one goes down very easy. A great session beer and a nice easy sipper for the cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:29:53 | More by JayQue
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Black with amber highlights. Pours with a moderate head, which settles into a ring.

Smell: Roasty, grainy, a bit of milk, a bit of black coffee.

Taste: A bit sweet and chocolatey at first, with a mild roasty bitterness coming out more toward the finish. Slightly mineral; mild floral hops. Finishes with a balance of sweet and bitter notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and easy on the palate.

Notes: A great session stout. Not exceptionally complex, but nicely balanced and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:05:32 | More by largadeer
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.