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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,962
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 116 | 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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

largadeer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of gkatsoris
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A: Dark Brown w/ light brown head. The head was 3/4 inches and was a okay lace.

S: Very alcoholy and a little pine too. Also a little oaky as well.

T: Creamy and bitter.

M: Thick and tended to foam up once sipped.

D: Not too bad. Served better chilled than room temp.

gkatsoris, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Dalem
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

This is pretty damn dark. Almost as dark as Victory's Storm King I delved into when I jumped the gun 30 or so days ago but really, I don't recall ever seeing something as dark as those. Colorwise it's right on hue with any previous oatmeal stout I've tried and a peanut butter colored head that faded fairly fast. A very roasted scent reminding me of an ealy winter bonfire. Warm and mellow caramel, oats and coffee flavor on the front end. Like breakfast on a cold morning where ya need something to warm your bones before you go outside to dig the car out of 8 inches of snow because even though the kids got a snowday ya have to go to work. Granted, one has to wait to the workday is done and the chillun' are in bed before relaxing with a laid back yet hearty brew but this one is a great reward. A slight bit of hops shows up in the aftertaste but it's not at all bitter because it's balanced by a smokey molasses and malt tinge strolling around through it.

Dalem, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Opethsprite
4.03/5  rDev -1%

Thie bottle cap boasts "solar-powered brewery," which is entirely awesome if true. It looks entirely opaque and nearly black with a lingering caramel head. It smells strongly of roasted coffee and dark, dark, bitter chocolate. This beer is delightfully smooth and rich. The roasted malts and sticky, sweet coffee/chocolate come through heartily, but are not too dense to where they impede upon the hoppy elements at the end. The mouthfeel would showcase the oatmeal element if the beer didn't get so sticky at the end.

Opethsprite, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Black, black like used up motor oil black, looks very thick on the pout, has about a half inch dark khaki head that disappates pretty quickly. The lack of retention is the main problem i found with the appearance, but i guess it is kind of hard to mess up the color of a stout.

Smell is chocolately and roasty, taste is similar at first, but has a nice bitterness near the end. Medium/full bodied, very smooth. This is a very good and very drinkable late night beer. It isn't going to melt your face with flavor, smell or alcohol but it might blow your mind with its balance of smoothness and complexity--very good.

wheelinshirt, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

I poured it at celler temperature (around 55) into a rogue pint glass.. it poured very black, with a 1-2 inch khaki head that was foamy on top and small and medium sized bubbles underneath. it is slowly dissipating but seems to have good retention.

it smells hoppy with some roasted malt undertones. Smell was not overpowering.

Taste. well, i expected a more malty offering until i smelled it, and at that point i expected a more hoppy flavor. What i got was initially sweet malt that quickly turned into a crisp hop bite mid palate that lasted through the finish. I only had time to pick out hints of chocolate and a slight alcohol bite before the hops replaced it through the finish with a lingering dryness.

Mouthfeel. It was not as heavy or rich as i was expecting for a stout. it was smooth and creamy, likely due to the oats, but not heavy enough for me. It almost had the mouth feel and hop kick of an american porter. I wanted a heavier malt presence and a sticker, thicker feel in my mouth before the finishing hops took over, but that could just be my preference.

This is a good beer that i will pick up again on occasion since it can be had locally, but not one i will make a special trip for.

tayner, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -12%

This was the second of 4 beers my wife brought back to me from Seattle. Poured it into a pint glass, and noticed the ruby red/black color, an excellent shade. Smelled of chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. The taste was very good, a nice example of an oatmeal stout. The only issue I would have with this beer would be its thin consistency. For a stout, it was a bit on the watery side. A good beer, but there are much better oatmeal stouts out there.

morebeergood, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours black with a ruby hue at the bottom of the glass when help to the light. Thin cocoa-brown head with wispy light brown lace.

Sweet and roasty aroma with mild coffee, cocoa and cookies.

Smooth roasted malt flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, toasted grain, cookies, and coffee. Hops try to peak through, but the roasted malt closes the door. Some dark fruit briefly appears as well. The finish is dry with lingering roastiness.

Rich, smooth and chewy. Thick and full-bodied - coasts the mouth, but it's cloying. Well balanced by by the mild hop and roasted bitterness. So smooth and easy to drink. Flavorful with a relatively low abv make this stout very nice.

Lupe, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of vikingloki
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Poured into a pint glass, nice inch and a half of foam. Beer is dark, dark deep brown almost black color, and smells like roasted coffee.

Has a nice full mouthfeel on first taste, good strong roasted malt with very strong coffee notes, nice but not aggressive hop finish which fades pretty quickly. Carbonation is fine, as it warms a little more flavors come into play, but the dominant one is the slight coffee taste.

Overall, it's actually kind of bland, I think, as much as I want to like it, I find myself wishing for a Russian Imperial stout. I have a case and I probably wouldn't buy it again. It's not offensive in any way, but nothing special either.

vikingloki, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours into my Sam Adams glass with a huge tan head. The brew is black as night and the head lingers quite a while, probably due to the construction of the glass.
Smell is pretty light, just a little chocolate and malt.
Taste is mildly chocolate, very little sweetness or fruity notes. It's good but not outstanding. Seems to be a one note beer, chocolate, and not much else. Feels rich as an oatmeal stout should. Easy to drink as it's not offensive in any way.

kirok1999, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a very dark brown/black and no light can come through my glass. The head is brown, thick, with great lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, coffee and some pine hops.

Taste toasty/smokey chocolates. Some burnt malts even? Alcohol taste is there but not overpowering. Bitterness and smokiness on the afterbite.

Mouthfeel is sweet, thick malts. Good carbonation.

A good stout. Borderline sipper. Somthing seems to one dimentional on the tastes. I would like this again some day.

Trueant1, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%

A: Very deep brown/black and opaque. Nice 2-finger head that dissipates down to a beautiful lace. What this style should look like.

S: Rich chocolate, coffee, and grain. Delicious roasted malt smell - man I want to drink this.

D: Absolutely amazing. Coffee, grain, and chocolate with a rich roasted malt. A slight creaminess as well. Hops are in the background. Alcohol almost undetectable. This is a perfect example of this style.

M: Thick and a little chewy. Coats the mouth with deliciousness. A bit astringent. Carbonation is almost perfect.

D: Drinks very well for the style. I could hammer a couple of these pretty easily. Not painful to drink slow either.

ralree, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of riversider76
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Very good retention,and a nice lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar,and molassas. Body is thick and rich,with little carbionation. Taste is like an oatmeal sugar cookie,with a roasted edge.I would highly recommend this beer!

riversider76, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Color was a dark brown with a caramel brown head. Smelled like a sweet brown sugar. Taste was definitely like a sweet oatmeal cookie. No complaints about mouthfeel. Lingered just long enough in the mouth, but didn't cause to many problems with being overly sweet. Very drinkable, was even better when it was warm.

mountdew1, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Solid 4s across the board. Nice dark, black color. Good fermentation with a nice finger wide head (not always seen on stouts this thick). Tasted definitely on the oatmeal/cholate side, though there's some espresso coffee flavoring.

Not overpowering, and very drinkable.

Overlord, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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

jamie2dope, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

soupyman10, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

cswhitehorse, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

franksnbeans, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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!

GbVDave, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of bjoyce12
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

bjoyce12, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Durge, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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'.

BeerTruth, Jun 15, 2007
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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