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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,973 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 103
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 eagles22
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: one of the darkest oatmeal stouts...great color with a nice creamy tan head

Smell: lots of choclate/licorice smells..also nice nutty caramel

Taste: very nice complex beer with alot of coffee taste but ends with a nice smooth nutty taste

Mouthfeel: very rich not dull at all

Drinkability: very nice for session

eagles22, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen a few good oatmeal stouts this winter so I'm hoping this is more of the same. There is a very slight ridge of brown at the bottom of my pint glass, otherwise this is pure black in body with dark brown head. The nose is coffee and chocolate and heavy on the malt, improving as it warms.

Plenty of mellow coffee flavors and a blended taste with a malt base and a late kick of hops for an exemplary closing balance. Carbonation is suitably low. The texture is very smooth throughout and makes sipping extremely effortless. This is a stout to seek out.

daliandragon, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with a large and rocky two-finger tan head. Retention is minimal however, here is a medium amount of lacing that graces the side of the glass. When held to the light a small amount of carbonation is present. From the initial look, this appears very tasty.

The first thing I notice is the aroma of freshly brewed black coffee. There is a nice amount of roasted malt and oats as well. The smell is rounded out with a dash of sweetness that reminds me of Hershey's dark chocolate. This is exactly what I want to smell in an Oatmeal Stout.

There is a nice creaminess here. The taste is coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. There is also a slight tartness that reminds me of sour cherries. There is a a tad of hop bitterness in the end that is barely noticeable. No trace of alcohol in the finish.

This is one of my new favorite stouts. There is a perfect balance of flavors here. The dark chocolate sweetness balances well with the coffee and roasted malt flavors. The slight bitterness is the icing on the cake. I could definitely drink more than one of these in a sitting and at 5.7% abv. I should be able to walk home.

CMW, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbly one to two finger head, more large bubbles than small, when they pop the head recedes swiftly, attractive brown color. The liquid is jet black, only hint of brown or orange comes at the outermost rims. Dark roasted coffee, chicory and bitters and then dark chocolate dominate the nose, fair amount of grape, apple, cherry fruit too, with time more butterscotch, oatmeal, while not complex grows in stature with each sniff and resists vacating the premises. Full-bodied, the high level of carbonation plus the overall lack of sugariness relieves a lot of downward pressure. Not that if "lifts" per se, but forward movement is not a problem. Flavorwise, the roasted coffee, heavy cream, dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal elements charge right up on you. Taking this into consideration, isn't malty in an obvious way. Likewise, the hops act more like a sponge at the end as anything else. Loses thrust and follow-through at the end or chooses a more restrained path, choose your own description. But you do want to fill the void with another sip.

farrago, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich black color indicative of stouts. brown head, loosely formed, with good lacing.

smells sweet with hints of coffee or roasted tones.

fullbodied roasted flavors come through paired with some sweetness. you can imagine the oats in the brew. hints of coffee towards the end.

slightly grainy mouthfeel maybe. slight alcohol towards the back of the palate.

above average drinkability.

skrib09, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep black color. There's a kind of thin tan head that sits around for a little while leaving some lacing. Looks about normal. The smell is a bit subdued. You get a subtle sweetness and roasted smell that come to the nose. The taste is really great. There's a great sweetness from the oatmeal but its not all sweetness, there's a great roasted bitterness. There's kind of a Coca-Cola taste, but a bit more complex. It's what I like in an Oatmeal Stout. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth, good carbonation, good balance. Everything worked out just fine in this beer. I enjoyed drinking it and loved every sip. Everyone should get this if they can.

taylorhamrick, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: well in the glass we have a murky brown with blackish color. A soft whipped tan mocha head and filmy groups of lace. Also to note was the fine array of bubbles clinging to the glass right after the pour. However, the bubbles fizzled away as well as a good chunk of the head

S: creamy oats and grains with soft hops and molasses/coffee. Sounds like a breakfast to me! Nothing real dark or terribly roasted in the nose makes for a elegant brew

T: definite oatmeal presence with soft creamy and milky edges. The other interestingly striking thing about this beer is the light assertiveness of the hops, they give just the right amount of bite with out being overly bitter and lightly roasted flavors keep things from getting astringent. Sweeter side is evenly placed and accommodates the grains wonderfully. Grains take shape as slightly smoked, dashed with dutch chocolate cocoa, and coffee. I must say that I am impressed!

M: a bit shy of being a full bodied stout but it seems to fit super well. A well rounded brew overall and a almost creamy body

D: keep'em coming. This one is easy! and a go to beer for me. One of the tastier oatmeal stouts I have had in recent. I would not have a problem sipping these all night long....

Magpie14, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body, almost black, with a light brown head and minor lacing. Sweet malts in the smell but very light and rather airy, bland smell. Thick, medium-body with minor creaminess but good smoothness. Roasted malts along with some sweet malts for a good balance and the oats really make it pass easy but there's still a good, dry backbite so its not watery. I could keep drinking these as it is hard to put the glass down when the beer is so pleasantly smooth and packs a nice punch.

clayrock81, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of karlf
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very dark pour with a small head. Very sweet tasting but also extremely delicious. I really enjoyed this beer. The oatmeal stout has become of my my favorite styles and this would rank up there with one of the best I have tasted. Would recommend as either a dessert beer, or if you are like me it's a nice beer to drink while relaxing and watching a hockey game in the winter.

karlf, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown body with shades of red around the edges. Head is initially two-fingers in height, but dissipates fairly quickly, clinging to the sides of the glass as it falls. Head is tight, creamy-ish, and tan. Overall, pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Flowery hops, sweet smokey BBQ aromas, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and oats. Very aromatic for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Mirrors the smell in terms of the floral and barbecue notes. Add in some dry dark chocolate, molasses, burnt malts, and prickly hops. Oat flavor is large, but mixes in very nicely with the other components. Very flavorful for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation for the style, which I kinda dig. Maybe a bit too much carbonation though... A very smooth ride with a mild bite at the end. Mouth coating is on par for the style, and body is medium-full. Milky goodness.

Drinkability: This is a gorgeous oatmeal stout! Maybe the best I've had. Kind of reminds me of an English RIS. Way more flavorful than all other oatmeal stouts I've had. Will buy again.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of heapofaoatmeal
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured out of a 12oz bottle from fridge. nice black color with pale tan head of about 1 finger. aroma was ok, a bit of roast a bit of oats, kinda grassy with the oats and roast growing as it warmed. mouthfeel was a bit on the light side of what i think of in an oatmeal stout chilled, as it warmed it felt thicker with an acceptable feel at about 55f. cold it was kinda meh, not much there in the way of oats, just a good stout. as it warmed the oily viscosity and taste from the oat appeared, but alas they clashed with the roastyness. i think the roast was a little strong and it clashed from my thoughts on an oatmeal stout it was a bit rough around the edges and not a creamy rich beer i would want to drink over and over again on a cold night. perhaps a sample on tap would provide a more positive read on the actuality of this beer.

heapofaoatmeal, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very sweet version of a stout, with a nice chocolate coffee flavor with a malted smell and a decent hop presence on the back end. One of the few great sessionable stouts due to the very low alcohol content, it's refreshing to find one so smooth and kind of low-key.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in my stocking for Christmas. Thanks Santa Baby!

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The initial head is a mocha tan color that quickly recedes. Thin ring around the surface and a few swirls around the middle. Color is a velvety black.

Smell has a dark coffee blended with card root/wood flavors. A little bit of smoke. Taste is a little bit of charcoal, coffee, and cola. Peppery in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout. Still smooth and a mild biting carbonation. Fairly solid.

bort11, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of mdcrouser
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bon Vivant in Suffolk, Va. while on vacation.

I had seen this stout when we were here this past summer - reminded of doing so because of the "fool's gold" that frames the label. Looking forward to this beer with great anticipation.

Like midnight under a heavy wool blanket, this beer is blacker than black. A nut brown head quickly releases, leaving behind very little lacing, and what is there quickly falls into the liquid below - and what a wonderful beer it is.

The oats make themselves known from the outset, lending an incredible maltiness that cannot be matched by malted barley alone - sweetness grows from beneath the tongue, becoming just a bit syrupy, but not so much that it's a distraction. Other notes of dark cherries, currants, and of bittersweet chocolate round out this beer, making it a wholly enjoyable and exceptional example of the style - this is a really great beer, and one that I would love to enjoy the next time I'm here.

mdcrouser, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12oz 6-PACK and poured into a Pint. No signs of freshness date or ABV sign (is this weird?).

A: Very dark, Thick, Oily, Small Head.

S: Very sweet, hints of cofee and chocolate. Great smell.

T: Great balance between sweet and bitter, the aftertaste it´s great. The flavors stay for a while in your mouth.

M: Feels nice and creamy.

D: Drinkability is very high, I'd liked it so much that I am not sure if it could get much better than this.

jazztoloc, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark thick oily brown almost black with a one finger head tan head. The head dissipated to a tan eighth inch ring around the glass. The clarity it non. The beer is so dark light struggles to penetrate the beer. '

Nose: A heavy roasted malt complex with a mocha, chocolate, toffee, and molasses. There are hints of citrus, coffee, vanilla, and citrus.

Taste: A nice roasted malt complex with mocha, chocolate overtone. There is a toffee, molasses, and some esters. There are notes citrus, toffee, smokey, and oatmeal.

Overall: Got to be one of the better oatmeal stouts that I have tried. This beer has a good malt backbone with some nice smokey light burnt sugar overtones. The mouth feel is creamy with a bitter finish that linger very nicely on the palate. I really like this stout, it is well made.

colts9016, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of brewintheLou
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with a 1/2 inch dark brown head.

Has a sweet mocha smell to it.

Taste was very creamy. I didn't get much roasted flavor from this one. Hint of chocolate. Nice mouthfeel and a very easy drinker. Smooth and goes down easy, but might be a little too sweet for a session.

brewintheLou, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dense mahogany body with a finger of amaretto froth after an aggressive pour; minimal duration and lacing result in an appearance score based primarily on the terrific color. Molasses and fruit constitute the bulk of the smell, and could be stronger--though the nose is good. Lots of molasses, berry, and a bit of toffee in the flavor, a good, straightforward oatmeal stout.

It's not overwhelming or rather complicated. However, Barney Flats is a good, solid, tasty oatmeal stout. Smooth with ample effervescence, this is quite enjoyable. I wouldn't put it with top-shelf offerings such as Samuel Smith's outstanding version, but this is no slouch. Good.

Gehrig, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark near black blocks out direct light, good head no real lace.

S-Very roasted, rich chocolate notes of vinilla.

T&M-The issue I seem to be having with all anderson valley beers is their lack of complexity in the flavor, light nots of all the nose come through in the flavor but the melt away into a very thin watery middle and finish overall not bad just nothing that stands out for the price of the beer.

D-Too expensive for what I've been getting so far its ok.

SpecialK088, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours extremely black with a two finger head, nothing really sticks to the glass.

malty roasty smell with a hint of chocolate.

taste is thin an weak, basic for a oatmeal stout. some chocolate and roasted malt.

mouth is thick but not very rich, drinks easy but I'm not really sure that's a good thing for an oatmeal stout. I liked this beer but I come to expect more from such a highly rated beer.

naterock, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- a deep dark brown almost black with a mocha head. Head did not last very long. Left spots of lace
Smell- a lot going on in the nose in this one chocolate, cocoa, and some coffee also.
taste- everything in the nose + roasted malts also getting some hops
mouthfeel- very smooth medium body stout. good carbonation.
drinkability- very good easy to drink oatmeal stout overall. I thought it could have been a bit heaver body.

seanpachefddfa, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received from Abankovich in trade. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with tremendous head and it left amazing lacing on the walls of my pint glass.
Smell: The smell is rather "soft" and I get scents of chocolate, grassy hops, and roasted grain.
Taste: The flavor starts out with the roasted malt coming in very unaggressively and was quite pleasant. It was followed with a combination of cocoa, caramel, and there is also an orchard fruitiness to it as well, but that flavor is really hidden nicely, but supports the other flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel: This is the only spot this beer loses points with me. The mouthfeel is quite thin, but leaves a good chocolaty flavor on the back of the palate.
Drinkability: I would certainly purchase more of this beer, and it will be a new six pack that I will be picking up when I go to Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

Really nice beer. There are certainly bigger oatmeal stouts out there, but this was just relaxing and really nice.

TheodorHerzl, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an opaque black with some nice, thick brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Looks like a sturdy stout, interested to see how thick this one will be.

S: This beer has a very pleasant aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Very earthy, nothing overpowering, perhaps a bit on the sweet side.

T: Hop presence is definitely detectable, didn't pick it up on the aroma... not a bad thing. Adds a little dry, bitterness to the otherwise sweet flavor of chocolate, malt and espresso. I think the dark chocolate flavor shines through the most here for me, the coffee flavor is present, but subtle (i am glad they did not go with the coffee dominated taste here). Could have a little less hops and a little more malts for my taste, but pretty solid overall. Lingering aftertaste is a little dry at first, but then smooths out into a dark chocolate flavor; quite nice.

M: This beer hits the tongue a lot lighter than it would seem on first glance. It has pretty good masked carbonation, which probably helps. I'd say it's medium bodied; definitely not syrupy or heavy, but not exactly a session beer either.

D: Pretty good drinkability for a stout. Tastes good, goes down easily. Not bad.

Definitely a finely crafted beer and a solid stout. While it doesn't distinguish itself quite like the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, it possess plenty of flavor and it's easy to drink.

As a quick aside... let this one warm up a little bit, really brings out the flavors. As the bottle suggests, serve at 40-45F!

kflorence, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque body. Thin tan head dissipated quickly.

S: Smell is full of roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate. Some caramel sweetness in there as well.

T: Dominated by a lightly bitter roasted taste. Mostly earthy coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. There's a very faint sourness towards the finish. No after taste.

M: Medium bodied. Maybe a little thinner than I was expecting and not as creamy smoothe as other oatmeal stouts I've had. There's some crispness to this one.

D: A good tasting beer. Being lighter than other oatmeal stouts I've had, this beer went down easy.

Jerzdevil1116, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard from others that this was an excellent oatmeal stout, and they were right. Dark brown pour with a small, thick tan head. Aroma is semisweet chocolate and oatmeal, with some toasted malts. The taste is very smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of caramel, some chocolate, and full of oats and malt. Definitely will finds its way into my fridge again.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,973 ratings.