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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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1,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 87
Gots: 91 | 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 alephilmac


3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, rich beer, almost black, with a bit of light-brown head.
Pleasant aroma, but it wasn't overwhelming
The taste was a bit underwhelming, while chocolate and even some coffee was present, it was a bit light on overall flavor
MF was average for a stout; smooth and thick
Overall it was a bit less than expected, the appearance was terrific, but belied the beer's actual taste

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 05:04:18 | More by alephilmac
Photo of chadspivey


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: almost black with a one finger light brown head.
S: chocolate, oats, caramel, and creamy smell.
T: roasted malts, dark chocolate, kind of burnt. hints of caramel, bittersweet finish.
M: full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Seems like a desert beer.
D: This beer wasn’t made to be very drinkable. Just the one beer is hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 04:02:23 | More by chadspivey
Photo of kimcgolf


3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a different bottle of this than most people, as I wasn’t very impressed. Poured to a dark brown with thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left oaky lacing. I had to work to get much aroma, which was faintly malty chocolate-toffee. The taste was also a fairly sweet, but faint, chocolate, and was undone by the watery mouthfeel of this thin-bodied beer. The finish was also highly influenced by the thin body, and was short, watery and a little stale.

Not as good of a beer as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 02:31:25 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of hellsing3


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

A: This beer pours a deep impenetrable blackness into the glass with a deep coffee colored head about two fingers worth.

S: Smells of espresso, oatmeal, chocolate roasted malt, toast, and a slight fruity smell.

T: Smooth creamy slightly sweet with taste of chocolate, coffee, slight oatmeal, and a bit of nutty flavor I want to say almonds and slight bitterness towards the end.

M: Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. This brew has great balance between the malts and hops. This beer is medium to full bodied but still light in the mouth.

D: This is a great beer from Anderson Valley, a very easy stout to drink. This beer has a lot of flavor it is rich and complex without being too much. This beer has earned a solid spot in my fridge. I would recommend this one to any person who has not yet had the pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 15:04:45 | More by hellsing3
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color with brown hues. Rcoky tan head pours two fingers thick with decent retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Floral hops. Earth.

T: Roasted day old coffee and bitter chocolate are followed by a floral hop bitterness that pricks the tongue. Sweetness of oats and soft touch of molasses. A big roasted malt kicks in and lends balance with an astrigent bite.

M: Smooth and slighty slick. Minimal carbonation. Dry.

D: A nice oatmeal stout that is full bodied and very drinkable. Soft floral presence adds a different element to this brew. Reommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 13:43:34 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a jet black with a creamy mocha-colored head. No lacing to speak of.

Deep pleasant smell of toffee, mocha and molasses.

Tastes of sweetness of toffee, roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side for an oatmeal stout. Very little carbonation in this one.

Easy to drink but a little too thin for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:30:57 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of BlindPig


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- About 1/2" dark tan head on a black body with few brown hues when held to light.
S- Big oatmeal aromas with grass hops, roasted and coffee malts, and a light burnt aroma also.
T- Oatmeal, coffee, roasted, and light burnt malts all come through. Decent amount of grass hops to help balance it out and leaves a nice pretty big bitterness on the tongue. Hints of citrus hops also. Oatmeal does come through quite nicely.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation. A little bit silkier mouthfeel would be nice.
D- I think it is very tasty. Easy to drink and nice balance to it. I wish we could get these in Vegas.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 01:59:21 | More by BlindPig
Photo of SaCkErZ9


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

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Opaque black colored beer of medium consistency with a nice, mocha colored head of reasonable size. Head stays for whole session but leaves no lacing.

Aroma is full of chocolate with slight coffee tones and even some toffee. Dark and sweet fruits, black cherries possibly, greet the nose as well. Pecans and hazelnuts.

Nutty flavors followed by more chocolate. Sweet tasting with minimal hop presence. Roasted malts, fruitiness.

The only oatmeal presence is in the mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Somewhat chewy and creamy but could be better. For some reason, Im getting a bit of abv presence but I dont think that is possible. Certainly doesnt detract from the overall experience. Quite an enjoyable brew. Breakfast beer of choice?....

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:07:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of geographie


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich, nearly opaque body with a tall finely-bubbled creamy head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Head lingers for way longer than anticipated. Very faint sweet & sour, grain-dusty aroma

candy-sweet front, extremely fine carbonation gives a nice voluminous lift to this beer. An aged-wooden taste permeates the dark red roasted flavor. Has a bit of tang near the end, no sign of that steely oatmeal character. Delicious all the same. Taste finishes neatly, only discretely teasing you to take another sip.

Head was very impressive, a thin film rested itself atop the brew almost the whole way down, bravo AV. Very drinkable. Such a respectable beer in so many ways. I'll have another, please.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 06:05:32 | More by geographie
Photo of mithrascruor


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark black/drown color. Dark tan lace... not much of a head here.

Smell: Slightly sweet aroms of mocha and almonds. Enjoyable.

Taste: Again, slightly sweet, but balanced with some bitterness. Nice roasted malts, some florals, and some coffee or chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I might have imagined. Still nice, smooth, medium-bodied, with a hearty finish, and with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Everything seems in the right proportions to make this very drinkable, and it is.

Very enjoyable oatmeal stout. A bit easier to drink than most, but that doesn't really count against it. A very solid beer; I'll certainly get this again! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:01:20 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/black, thick and opaque, no light getting through on this one. A nice one inch head faded somewhat quickly to leave a nice quarter inch layer of lace on the top. Very nice streaking down the glass at first, but as it warmed this ceased. Smell was very sweet. First hints are of roasted coffee, rich and very full. Nice aromas of sugar, caramle and the slightest bit of chocolate are up next.The taste was wonderful, albeit a little thin for a stout, but still the flavors themseleves were great. Coffee the biggest flavor here, followed by caramel and chocolate rounding the corners off, maybe even a touch of a smoked scent in there, very nice. Good carbonation, however looses a couple points for the thin feel. Very nice smooth finish, not dry at all. This one definatly asks you back for another try. This is very sessionable, goes down almost too easy, could drink it in a gulp almost, good call IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 23:54:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of kpwill07

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got into Anderson Valley stuff recently after having their Winter Solstice (which was great!) a few months ago.

This poured thick and almost jet black. Thin but resilient head. Light aroma of espresso. Has a smooth roasted flavor to it, a little hoppy as well. Honestly, what I'd expected from it, nothing crazy about this one. A good all around beer, but not something I'd crave.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 22:45:22 | More by kpwill07
Photo of RidiculedDisplay


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black, with a half-finger coffee bean tan head. Settles into a barely-there froth. Lacing is minimal and spotty, and since I tend to measure stouts by their lacing, this isn't particularly impressive looking. Still, standard, maybe a bit above-average.

Smell: Nuts, cream, espresso, chocolate, and a slight menthol-like mint backbone. Very pleasant. Some spiciness on the back end, like nutmeg. Not overpowering, but not "underpowering," either. Oatmeal presents itself in the nuttiness.

Taste: Walnuts and hazelnut-like flavors meld with a slight espresso bite and some chocolate burnt malt undertones. Coffee aftertaste. The mint is still there, lingering in the back. An interesting flavor to find in a stout - mint- which pushes this a bit over the edge from standard. Still, I can't find any oatmeal in the flavor, unlike the aroma. The smoothing creamy quality I expect in an oatmeal stout is absent, which I find a bit disappointing. It's more like an above-average American Stout than anything.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for my liking, and slightly overcarbonated. Not what I want in a stout.

Drinkability: Intensely drinkable, and a good reach-for when you just want a nice stout stroll, so to speak. However, I do not think this is appropriate for its style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 02:56:49 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Photo of beerphan


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

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours black with a luxorious milky looking tan head that retains well and leaves sheets of lace.

Nose: Oily pine hops, chocolate, roasted dark malts.

Taste: Rich, creamy and chocolately sweet. A little caramel, alot of cocoa milk and just a little dark fruit way in the background. A nice bit of hop bitterness on the finish but nothing overwhelming. A lingering oatey finish.

Mouth: Thick, full and creamy,a supberb job.

I only have one of these and I'm very disappointed in myself. The full flavor, creamy mouthfeel and relatively low abv makes this a very attractive option for winter sessions.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 00:22:04 | More by beerphan
Photo of rallison


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

A: Wonderful dark black with a tan head that lasts for the whole glass.

S: Chocolate, espresso, oatmeal.

T: Definitely some espresso in there with chocolate. Dark chocolate that is. Has a bit of sharpness too. Oatmeal is definitely there too. I like.

M: Medium body, some carbonation. Just the right mouthfeel for a sessionable stout.

D: Very drinkable. Nothing is too intense, nor too boring, to session. Very drinkable.

Excellent oatmeal stout. Highly recommended. Go and pick up a six pack, you won't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 09:57:07 | More by rallison
Photo of udubdawg


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

I'm torn...I thought I knew the style, but this doesn't seem that much like an oatmeal stout. (I guess I need to do more research!)
...but I like this a lot. I'll go ahead and grade based on my feelings for the individual beer and ignore my preconceived notions of what an oatmeal stout is like.

12 oz. bottle.
Nearly black color, tan head fading soon but clinging to the side.
Smell is composed mostly of coffee and a bit of chocolate. There's a suggestion of sweetness there. I find I can hardly wait for a taste.

Taste is as smell - wonderful, and the touch of sweetness is nice. Feels a bit thin in the mouth, at least compared to some other oatmeal stouts. Not bad...just not what I expected. I'm not getting too much oatmeal. I'd rate this highly on my sweet stout scale. Carbonation is low, and the beer is a bit drying on my tongue with a subtle lightly bitter coffee taste; it makes me want another sip...

...which makes the drinkability very high. A little higher than I'd like, frankly, but I can't hardly fault the brewer for making a "too delicious!" beer!
Nicely done. Look forward to my next trip out west, otherwise this 6-pack will have to suffice.
updated 2/13...after some more "research" I think I understand the style better. And this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 23:16:55 | More by udubdawg
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

I bought a 12oz bottle due to a recent interest in oatmeal stouts and tried it right after Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. Barney Flats was slightly better overall, definitely better appearance with a creamy looking foam and more opaque liquid. The smell had a little more chocolate too, but was mostly roasted malt aroma. The flavor was roasted malt and as per spec the mouthfeel was a creamy texture. Nice, now onto Samuel Smiths.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 23:28:52 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bigdeuce


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes I must agree with the last reviewer, but this is my first time trying this one, and damn, I wish I had more than one. Nice chocolatey malts with slight twingy hops at the end with of course an oatmealish background, and maybe a slight bit of coffee. Pours a nice tan head with a very black colored beer. Just an outstanding stout and I cannot say this about many stouts, but I could make this a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 01:47:56 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Gatch


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this stout. Even my father liked it and he doesn't like dark beers.

A - Very dark, typical stout color. The head was a creamy, light brown which stuck to the glass the whole way down.

S - Bittersweet Chocolate, Coffee, and dark roasted malt.

T - Very smooth throughout. The chocolate & coffee were always there to keep you happy.

M - Left a nice subtle coffee taste on the tongue.

D - A great stout to have anytime. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 18:58:11 | More by Gatch
Photo of bahumutx


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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a nice creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweetness, chocolate, roasted grains and a slight coffee.

Taste: Starts with a bitter chocolate flavor and then moves to a roasted oat and finishes with a coffee flavor. The chocolate and coffee really standout. Leaves a nice sweet coating in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. Great for a stout.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another good beer from Anderson Valley. Keep up the good work!!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:15:20 | More by bahumutx
Photo of theopholis


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Wow! This stuff is black, even when held up to the light. Pours a very VERY creamy, dark tan head to. Looks like it has some impressive staying power. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma- Great toasted, roasted malt and grains. The roasted nose is really impressive. Has a distinct coffee smell, but not good coffee, GREAT coffee. Some chocolate hints in there to.

Taste- Nice balance of rosted malt and oats. Just a hint of hop bitterness. No floral hops at all. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel- Beautiful. Slightly heavy body. Very creamy for a non-nitrogenated beer. Perfect carbonation. Lingers in the mouth very nicely with a chewy oatmeal feel. If you like oatmeal stouts, give this one a whirl.

Drinkability-If you don't like stouts, and especially oatmeal stouts, you may not like this one. But as an oatmeal stout; WOW!! Not overly heavy, but heavy enough to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 23:45:44 | More by theopholis
Photo of froggyfrog


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A pitch-black bitch on a cold winter's night, this gold medal winner was just what I was looking for tonight. For some reason I have never reviewed this beer even though it's one of my favorites. I've got one now, so here we go...

Dark as night with a shallow mocha head. The nose on this one is enough to make your eyes roll back in your head. The aroma is that of the perfect mixture of pale, toasted and caramel malt. It is truly like no other beer I have experienced. Like a milk chocolate toffee bar formed around sweet caramel malt husks.

The flavors continue the almost erotic imagery from the nose but swirl in a heavenly roastiness, like perfectly French-roasted and pressed coffee beans, only better. This beer is everything it should be with an emphasis on the toasty caramel malt sweetness. Medium-bodied for a stout, the high kiln roasts provide just enough fullness on the tongue.

Brown sugar sweet with a chewy oatmeal presence, this may well be the best sweet stout beer on the planet. How's that for a review? I dig it. If you haven't had this beer yet, stop reading this immediately and go get some. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 04:45:47 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of MiScusi


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Dark dark black with a very small weak tan head. Smell is roasted malts and a little smokey.

Taste is a little coffee, nutty, with a fairly slick mouthfeel but the carbonation is present enough to make it feel a little rough. A little more watery feeling than I thought for this Oatmeal stout.

It's not a bad beer, so I'd say it's pretty drinkable, it just doesn't live up to what I think is a very good oatmeal stout. It really reminds me of a porter in both mouthfeel and taste. After reading the Alstrom bros' reviews from a few years ago I really think they must've dumbed this beer down lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 05:23:49 | More by MiScusi
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Cactus Grill during my recent trip to Boston. Typed up from notes.

Poured a dark, almost black color. Thick and foamy head that was a bit tan. Lots of lace. Nose was hiding from me. Just some hoppy bitterness. No softness.

Where were the oats? Made me think more of a baltic porter with coffee and a touch of sourness. Dark, botter chocolate too. Minty hops more than anything else. Not smooth or rich. Not soft. Mostly biting. No real lingering flavors. Boring and disappointing because I have enoyed most of the other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 23:45:11 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682


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

Love me some oatmeal stout...

Appearance: Dark, velvety smooth as if poured into my pint glass, light coffee colored head.

Smell: Oatmeal and some roasted notes.

Taste: Oaty flavor with a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel: Semi-bodied, not completely full.

Drinkability: I'm not necessarily all about the smokey finish but I have had several bottles because overall it is quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 05:40:47 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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