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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 88
Gots: 95 | 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 jamie2dope


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Anderson Valley offering poured a pitch black color, with one finger worth of brown heading. Smells I picked up on were fresh oatmeal, chocolate, milk, and a faint hint of raspberry. As I let it explore the palate, I detected more oatmeal, a bit of charcoal, and a slightly metallic twang in the end. Mouthfeel was slick and on the medium side, bordering on heavy. Drinking this beer is incredibly easy. It doesn't feel like a meal in a bottle, yet still has a rich character about it. This is by far one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I have ever had. Unfortunately this is my last bottle in the six pack. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 23:19:03 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Pours a near jet black color, a good bit of tan head and lacing that sticks around as the beer drains. Nose is sweet roasted malt. A nice smash of chocolate as well. Taste is smooth at first. Malt shows up strongest, then coffee and chocolate. Maybe a hint of dried fruit. A touch of hops stick with the dry, roasted coffee flavors at the end. Taste is quite good, although not necessarily particulalry complicated. Feel is maybe a touch thinner than I'd want - more porter-like than stoutish. I really like this one; very tasty and filling. A solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 22:03:13 | More by soupyman10
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barney pours a deep dark opaque with a good inch foamy head. Even the sun cannot penetrate the stout.

Smell is deep chocolate with a hint of burnt sugar to the tone of a caramel.

The taste was groovy and stout like.

The feel of the beer was extremely smooth. I will have to buy a sixer of this one. I am glad the brewery is not up the street. 2nd beer of Anderson's that has been money.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:42:17 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of franksnbeans


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

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a hearty huge head that sticks to the glass. Smells of a hint of coffee, chocolate, caramel, maybe roasted nuts. Taste is just as the smell suggests. Nice and full in the mouth with little carbonation. A delicious oatmeal stout indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 22:40:41 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Slatetank


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark cola brown that is opaque. A full 4 fingers of tan head that almost overflows. A deep pillowy head that creates a bunch of sticky lace. The carbonation is evident w/ streams of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - Deep fruity and creamy coffee scents with robust roastiness.

M - Sweetness of creamy stout in the feel. Oats and roasted malts with a refreshing amount of carbonation. The hop spice comes in at the tail end and lets the malt get the right of bitterness to balance.

T - Rich and roasty, lots of cream and toasty nutty malt flavor. Sweet chocolate and a great deal of fullness in smooth tastes with oats mellowing the edges. A nice blend of spice and cream. The woody hops come out in the last sips with light burnt edges giving a slightly dry finish.

D - A great oatmeal stout with lots of malt character, but a very balanced beer. The sweetness is kept in check by bittering effects of the hops. I consider this to be a premier example of the style and recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 17:04:19 | More by Slatetank
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Pours a beautiful pitch black with a mocha colored, 1 1/2 finger, marshmallow fluff head.

S: Appealing nose of molassas, coffee, chocolate, dirt, and ripe plums.

T: Tastes much as it smell with the addition of some bitter hops that come on at the middle and stay on past the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, and slick with a tingle that emerges at the finish.

D: The interesting flavors and aromas, coupled with a relatively low abv, make this session worthy!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:26:17 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bottle

A: Dark black/brown with a nice tan almost capuccino colored head, very appetizing.

S: Sweet malts, maltose sugar, Milk Duds, fermented oats show their character adding a soft milk chocolate feel to the nose, very nice.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose, milk chocolate, malted milk balls like Whoppers, maple sugar, simple, but very tasty and pleasant flavor, yummy.

M: Smooth, creamy, a little thin, but overall very good and satisfying.

D: A very good stout from Anderson Valley. Drinkable, sessionable, a great offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 03:19:12 | More by Halcyondays
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish-black with a thick cocoa-colored foam. Rich aroma; chocolate, burnt sugar, and oatmeal. When I have an oatmeal stout, I want to smell and taste the oatmeal, and this one doesn't disappoint. Solid oatmeal scent and taste. Taste isn't dominated by the oatmeal though; chocolate, burnt caramel, a little charcoal, followed by the solid oatmeal aftertaste. It's good to see a beer deliver taste as described on its label. An excellent option for those seeking an oatmeal stout that carries an oatmeal taste but isn't too filling.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 14:16:44 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of Durge


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much a black brew with a decent head that breaks pretty quick. Aroma of chocolate and oats, a little vanilla. Nice velvetty charcoal with oats to the taste buds. A little sour to the back of the tongue. A bit fizzy but very drinkable for such a solid flavored beer. I liked it and could drink a few at one sitting gladly. Pretty unique I think.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2007 05:45:17 | More by Durge
Photo of BeerTruth


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

States on the bottle it uses Boonville mineral water, hmmm. Pours a dreamy black with a two finger fluffy tan head that slowly dies down to a nice layer a while after pour. Stickiness is here and there, expected more for this style. Smell is very sweet. Choclatey goodness with a sugary caramel malt. Flavor is of toasted oats up front with bready malt flavors going down. Hops actually appear quite a bit in the aftertaste, somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, creamy, with a low to medium carbonation. I could drink more than one of these easily in a sitting, which is uncommon for this style. Shoulda saved this one for breakfast in the mornin'.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:07:44 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of botham


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

pours like black coffee. a little thicker than most oatmeal stouts. one finger of medium brown head resides for a minute or two before dissolving.

smells strongly of chocolate and coffee. a little bit of malted barley and hops in the background, and maybe a flutter of fruit, possibly grapes nestled within the others. there seems to be a fight between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the barley. should be an interesting taste.

the taste is very rich. it is strong on the chocolate, while little sweetness is present. after the chocolate is realized, the subtle fruitiness is present, though faint. the coffee flavor is only tasted after the fact. Anderson did well with masking the alcohol here.

in the aftertaste, the hops are brought out with a slight coffee flavor. not a bad one to sit with for a while.

mouthfeel is heavier than other oatmeal stouts, but is still light for the appearance of the liquid. not much of a film is left after swallowing, yet the aftertste is somewhat strong compared to other brews.

drinkability is not the strong point here. the taste is almost too upfront and strong to warrent more than one or two in a sitting.

although the taste is more intense than other oatmeal stouts, the aftertaste is rather pleasant. worth a try, but a repeat six-pack might not be in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 02:43:50 | More by botham
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like oatmeal stouts and the label looked fun, bear with antlers. Brownish black pour. Smell is chocolatey with little fruit. Taste is chewy, malts and I can pickup the oatmeal, it lingers in the mouth until the next drink, very nice. Good stout, would love to try somewhere on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 23:26:42 | More by jp62099
Photo of StoutHearted


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured pitch black dark with an inch or two of light chocolate head. I was disappointed in the aroma- I wasn't getting much but a light, malty odor. The taste proved to be much more impressive, as strong bursts of chocolate and caramel flavor were prevalent. It has a hoppy, bitter taste that is not overpowering, but holds to the tongue. This is not a dry stout, but has a milky mouthfeel without any heaviness that slows down drinkability. I imagine this as a nice sitting-around-at-home beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 02:06:06 | More by StoutHearted
Photo of tonistruth


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- brown w/ fluffy tan two finger head, great retent

S- oats, creamy, light roasted malt aromas, dry, nutty

T- dry nutty character, roasted and toasted malts, chocolate at finish, caramel, nice balance, sweetness very tame

M- smooth, creamy, medium body

D- easy drinking, complex, and tasty, seems like something is a miss between this and great oatmeal stouts, but drinkable and recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 18:30:03 | More by tonistruth
Photo of bradybeer


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

when it comes to oatmeal stouts very few, if any, are more drinakble than Barney Flats from Anderson Valley.

Pours a dark brown/black with dark brown head and medium to light carbonation. Not any hops or aroma malt to speak of ad taste is slightly sweet with little hops up front or in the finish. Mouthfeel is oily,silky, and medium. Drinkability is very high and though it is 5.70% I could easly drink this all night and not get tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:30:55 | More by bradybeer
Photo of bosco7


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. poured into a snifter.

Large creamy tan head that lasts. Black and opaque. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Lots of chocolate ,vanilla, coffee, roasted malt,

Slight sweetness upfront that drifts into a floweryand slightly twangy hops and finishes with chocolate, espresso, vanilla, hazelnut and roasted malt. Nicely balanced beer; hops are apparent even with the large amounts of roasty/chocolatey/coffee flavors. Mild to medium bitterness.

Chewy mouthfeel with subtle carbonation on the tongue.

I love this beer. Definetly worth seeking out and buying.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:45:30 | More by bosco7
Photo of Contra

New York

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

Pouring it into the glass, this oatmeal stout is jet black changing to a very slight reddish hue when reaching the head. Speaking of the head, it's a nice tan color, barely covering the surface. Smells the way it tastes - a straight up oatmeal stout. Mild coffee flavor, heavier on the roasted barley, Not overly sweet, and very smooth.

I remember trying this straight from the bottle, and of course, not being overly impressed. Now that I have a chance to savor it, I can see it's high points. Completely lacking in bitterness, and a nice silkiness to it. An excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 20:35:29 | More by Contra
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great stout! Black, with a sticky cocoa head. The smell is subtle, but inviting, not much more than roasted malt present. The flavor is complex, and immensely satisfying, introducing dark chocolate first and later a hint of espresso. Nice litte hop bite at the finish. Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as would be ideal, but damn good. One of the best stouts out there for sure. None more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:10:33 | More by jeffjfindley
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3.33/5  rDev -18%
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
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -26.1%
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
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3.98/5  rDev -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 -4.4%
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
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +7.1%
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
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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