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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 116
Gots: 151 | 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 Tone
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of oatmeal sweetness as well. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Really smooth and thick mouth feel. Carbonation level is average and the bitterness level is average as well. Tastes of a sweetness up front, from the oatmeal and chocolate. The roasted malts come through in the middle of the brew. A very slight hop bitterness is apparent in the finish. Overall, a smooth beer with multiple malt flavors throughout.

Tone, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of applky
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a $13.45 six pack.

Too expensive to buy if you're not in California. This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout, but it's far from exceptional. Pony up for Sam Smith if you're really into oatmeal stout, or try something else. Flavors are kind of thin (not as thin as Left Hand Milk Stout, though; this is a legit oatmeal stout), smell is average. Like others, I found this slightly sweet, which was off-putting. The sweetness, though, like so much about this stout, was unobtrusive. This is a beer that's hard to dislike, but hard to really get excited about. The price will definitely prevent me from buying it again, but if you're local and it's cheap, it may be worthwhile to pick up -- but if that's the case, then it means you're passing up Deschutes Black Butte Porter or Obsidian Stout, both of which are superior beers. Go with those. This beer is just OK.

applky, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried bottles on both coasts and both times there was something sour I didn't like.

a: Looks good, a very dark brown with no highlights. It pours with a thick, light brown head, decent retention.

s: I got roasty, cocoa malts and some grainy sweetness. There is a little something sour underneath though.

t: That sourness is more pronounced here. All the elements of a good oatmeal stout are here, but I can't get past that sourdough bread/cheap coffee flavor. It just doesn't work for me in this one.

m: Feels right, smooth silky body and gentle but active carbonation.

d: I've tried these 3,000 miles and 6 months apart. Not for me.

DIM, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite oatmeal stouts

it's dark but not impenetrable. black with brownish amber edges. head somewhere between white and brown.

smells like coffee and malt, with a sweet side to it.

tastes like coffee and malt as well. it is an up-front beer in that the flavor dissipates quickly. there is some sweetness that is reminiscent of dark fruits, but i cant put my finger on what those fruits would be.

its very smooth, but possibly a little over-carbonated. not as thick as i would like it to be. the drinkability, as a result, is way up there.

jdklks, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer is the blackest I've ever seen. The head is a dark brown.

The smell is lightly malty.

There is a faint coffee and malt taste. The taste disappears very quickly.

This beer is very thick and smooth, i would say creamy.

Not my favorite style of beer, and also not one I would like by itself, but with a meal I would drink it again.

confer, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a coffee colored head

S - smells of very sweet malts - bready and oaty with a touch of chocolate

T - starts of with sweet malts, which fades to a more than expected roasted malt finish. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

M - creamy and smooth, goes down nicely

D - this is a good oatmeal stout. I was pleasantly surprised and can foresee myself picking this up again.

birchstick, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of eagles22
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +1%
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 -4.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +9.1%
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 -2.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +12.1%
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 -20.4%
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 +14%
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 +2.2%
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 +6.7%
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 +23.2%
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 +3.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +1%
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 -21.2%
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
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.