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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 109
Gots: 135 | 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 DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on nitro at Heroe's, on to the beer:

This beer arrive opaque in color with a very thick and creamy head. One smell of soft and sweet milk choclate lured me into drinking the beer in no time....wow! Exceptionally smooth and creamy, this was like drinking chocolate cake batter. Surprisingly easy to quaff. I'll have to try the non-nitro version sometime, but on nitro-tap this was a pleasure!

DoubleJ, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark black with just a touch of dark ruby highlights. Had a nice inch of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thin brown ring.

Had a nice big chocolate and coffee smell with a bit of sweet cereal.

The flavor followed the smell nicely with a nice blast of chocolate and coffee with a slightly sweet oatmeal taste. A slightly burnt and smokey finish even the beer out nicely with just a hint of fresh pine hops.

The mouthfeel was creamy and light with lots of carbonation and a long sticky finish.

Very Solid Oatmeal stout, easy to drink, but still had plenty of flavor.

bashiba, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, opaque black with a modest tan head.

Aroma is roasted dark malt, cofee and dark fruit. Slight residual sweetness as would be expected from an oatmeal stout.

Taste is smokey roasted malt balanced against oat sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Hops bring a pleasant earthy, piney quality. Finish is clean, woody, with lingering dark fruit and a mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is amazingly soft, and velvet smooth.

A very nice oatmeal stout. Very smooth and flavorful. Recommended.

Blakaeris, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of BDTyre
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can see why this won a Gold medal.

Excellent ruby-black body with a decent foamy tan head. Creamy roasted malt smell with hints of oats, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is equally good, but a bit on the bittersweet side. Chocolate, malts, coffee and faint vanilla hints. Very smooth and creamy, and surprisingly, a very faint alcohol hint. Very slight diacetyl flavour.

Silky smooth stout - what I would expect from an oatmeal stout. An amazing stout, very sessionable. This is almost like a more refined version of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

BDTyre, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light black color, nice head and carbonation.Nose is of brown sugar,and molassas. Body is thick and rich. Taste is good, oatmeal, light cocoa, light chocolate and roasted malts. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, really smooth and pleasure to drink! Would drink again.

barleywinefiend, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head. Not much light shining through this brew.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and coffee beans. Pretty good aroma, but a little on the faint side.

T- The taste is dark and roasty with a good amount of hops in the rather dry finish.

M- For an oatmeal stout, it is really lacking that smooth creaminess that I have come to love. This beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty solid brew that isn't too high in alcohol content, but not exactly sessionable either.

Overall, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a good oatmeal stout that is definitely recommended. However, there are many more oatmeal stouts that I prefer over this one.

cjgator3, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours an opaque black with a thick two fingered head. The head is a fluffy soapy light brown that leaves lots of lace.
S. The aroma of rosted malts and earthy hops. A bit of chocolate and nuts.
T. Wow, what a robust tasting Stout. A strong flavour of roasted malts up front. Sweeet with an earthy hop bitterness. Creamy with chocolate notes.
M. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A little bitter on the tounge with a medium body.
D. This is a robust Stout. Lots of flavour and a good mouthfeel.

oneeye, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Deep, dark brown maybe a hair from black. Light tan head.

s: Dark roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits.

t: This robust oatmeal stout is all roasted malt upfront, then come notes of chocolate and prunes. Some light hop bitterness in the finish, but this thing really is all malt.

m: No doubt about it, this one's full-bodied. Rich and smooth.

d: A great Oatmeal stout. Complex and full-flavored. I don't think I'll throw down $10.99 for another 6pk, but it sure was enjoyable.

Anderson Valley makes some great beer, if only it was at a better price point...

BradLikesBrew, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A.Not much head, but problem due to the serving temp of the bar. Dark black with a brown head.
S.Smells sweet, coffee, chocolate, (mocha).
T.Coffee Chocolate, a small hint of molasses.
M.Smooth and creamy.
D.I could drink a few of these and be happy.

alovesupreme, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this big ole birthday beer out of a bomber, a gift from my girlfriend (thanks cupcake!), Poured an opaque black color with a creamy, one finger khaki head. Nice lacing and good retention. All apropos for the style. Strong coffee and roasted malt aroma. The flavors were bold, chocolate and coffee first, then roasted malt and some wet grains followed by oak and a long bitter finish. The finish reminds me of coffee grounds. Full bodied and low carbonation with a good but not particularly smooth mouthfeel. Solid and enjoyable, California does it again.

thekevlarkid, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black color with some light red on the edges when held up to the light. A thick frothy and creamy mocha colored head. Head quickly dwindles to a thin with a ton of lacing

S- Strong coffee aroma followed by a burnt malts. Also lots of roasted aroma, slightly nutty. A mild oat smell as well.

T- Taste is intense, hazelnut with bitter coffee and chocolate.

M- Very creamy and silky.

D- A very solid brew and incredibly easy to drink.

nrbw23, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a creamy beige head that left lots of lacing.

S - sweet, roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malt sweetness, pleasant taste.

F - smooth and creamy feel.

D - easy drinking, very tasty brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with some deep mahogany trimming out the edges of this extraordinary looking Stout. The head is a creamy,thick,four fingers of espresso looking froth,that leaves curtains of lace as it shrinks slooowwwlllyyyy. The nose is sweet and full of chocolate brownie,backed up by some dry oats aromas,and hops. Barney Flats tastes milky and soft with lots of coffee and burnt malt flavors,along with some leathery tuffness that makes this a flavorful Oatmeal Stout that seems like a full course meal . The body is full and just the way I like my Stouts. I poured this 12oz bottle in my Beamish pint glass,and damn I wish it had filled it up. This brew is winner,ya digg!

orangemoustache, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From reading the reviews, I think I got an off batch of this. My sample wasn't nearly as good as many others.

A: Near jet-black color with a moderate sized foamy tan head. The head doesn't stay for long and leaves only traces of lace.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate aromas, plus a whiff of cooked oats.

T: Nice dark chocolate beginning transitions into a burnt bitterness. Cooked oat theme from the aroma carries through in the background. Overall flavor is pretty mild.

M: Oily and slick body is somewhat thin. Carbonation level is way too high and was probably the biggest detractor from my experience.

D: A decent Oatmeal Stout, but my bottle wasn't the cream of the crop. Hopefully mine came from an off batch that didn't get caught before being bottled. Light body makes this a nice session beer.

Rayek, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this once before (split a bomber) and liked it. Grabbed a sixer from Oak Tree earlier.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Very nice looking black beer with about a finger of dark tan head. A few rings of lace on the glass.

S - Smells of roasted malts with a little chocolate aroma as well.

T - Taste is very nice. Some dark chocolate and coffee notes. Roasted flavors that lead to a nice bitterness on the finish. Good amount of smoky flavor in this brew but nothing overpowering.

M - This brew has a great feel. Nice full, dense body. The first sip feels huge. Smooth full bodied stout.

D - With roasted/smoky flavors balancing out some sweet notes and a great black coffee bitterness hitting in the finish combining with a big, dense feel this is a nice one to sip on.

EStreet20, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So far, the best oatmeal stout I've had...(Still anticipating Sam Smith's)

A: Deep black, head is about a finger thick but dissipates soon after the first sip.

S: Chocolate, slight burnt wood aroma.

T: Silky smooth, Anderson Valley Brewing Company hit a home run. Very crisp, no charred wood aftertaste. The oats are delicate and the hops are pronounced well.

M: Creamy but not. It's not like drinking a milky stout, rather a perfectly balanced beer. Oats hit the back of the throat at the perfect time.

D: Even though they claim "it's not just for breakfast anymore" the beer would be good at any time of the day. Perfect for casual shindigs, or just relaxing. I'm still working on a dish it would pair nice with. I made a beef stew with it as the base and it turned out phenomenal.

kiddynamite920, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of MDekker
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a finger of off-white head that vanishes pretty quickly, leaving behind a light coating.

S: A rich roasted aroma with hints of chocolate fill my nose. Nice.

T: It begins quite sweet, almost fruity, swings to some grainy, roasted flavors, and ends with a mild flavor of hops that balances the original sweetness quite well.

M: It's not thick and creamy, but it's not thin, either. Quite satisfying, really.

D: No complaints here. I'm so used to double stouts that regular stout often seem weak and pathetic, but this one is quite good.

MDekker, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Dark as night. A light head which is dark from the beer color. Not much carbonation present in the appearance.

S - Chocolate and oatmeal are the primary smells on the nose. A small amount of yeasty smells. It surely shows a sweet profile.

T - Starts with a light malty oatmeal flavor. Continues with some bitterness which doesn't have much hop background. Lastly, it finishes with a uber sweet strong chocolate flavor.

M - Creamy and thick. Thickly coats the mouth when swishing it around.

D - A tad heavy on the stomach, but not hard to drink. Find it as a nice change of pace to other more hoppy beers.

katan, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There isn't alot that I can say about this beer that others here haven't, so I'll keep my review brief.
Appearance> Very dark with a rich (read-glistening) chocolate-malt-colored head. Good lacing.
Smell> Dark chocolate predominantly some toasted oatiness underneath.
Taste> Great example of a well done Oatmeal Stout. Sweet, salty, smoky, LOVELY HANG. I mean, if you have had a good oatmeal stout and been a fan of it, you should definitely give this a go.
Mouthfeel> Full bodied with a good chewy consistency.
Drinkability> very drinkable, though the chewiness tricks me into feeling full by the end.

1759Girl, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark opaque black with a thick rich brown foam head, about 2 fingers.

S: Tons going on here. A lot of roasted malts. Lots of chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa and oats.

T: Smells like a unique combination of an oatmeal cookie and chocolate chip cookie.

M: A tad thin, I would have expected it to be thicker and more chewy. This certainly is not a complaint, but not as typical for the standard. It leaves a creamy malt taste on the palate.

D: This is an excellent oatmeal stout. Just enough bitterness, which is standard for a stout.

IronCitySteve, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 3 different brews from Anderson Valley, and this was the 3rd I tried.

Pours liquid midnight into my Green Flash pint glass. Exceedinly vigorous pour yields a nice dark mocha colored head. Solid lacing throughout the session.

Bit of chocolate on the nose, seems like some roasted malts are trying to come through too.

Nice flavors. Not exceedingly flavorful. Roasted malts right away interesting oatey taste emerges very late.

Average mouthfeel. I haven't had a proper stout in a while, but my gut tells me this one is lighter than most.

Fairly drinkable. None of the beers from Anderson Valley knocked my socks off, but this one was definitely my favorite.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Lynux
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice jet black beer with a creamy toffee colored head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell of sweet caramel malt, coffee, oats, roasted barley and a touch of black malt.

Tastes great! Bit thin on the mouthfeel but what a great flavor. Nice roasted barley, chocolate, oats and some hop bitterness. Pretty clean finish for a stout due to the thin body but still a wonderful brew.

I could drink em all night!

Lynux, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very enjoyable oatmeal stout. It is very dark in color and smells chocolatey and rich. The taste wasn't as thick and creamy as I would have liked. You could sense the oatmeal, but it didn't leave that silky smooth mouthfeel that some oatmeals do. The beer has a little bitterness to it, but it is well balanced. My preference for an oatmeal stout is a lower ibu bitterness and maybe even lower abv to give that smooth and undescribable taste. But that is just a preference, overall this is a good beer! Drink one!

sorryaboutbrooks, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The drink settled with a dark black chocolate color appearance. Also, the head was pretty thin but included some patchy lacing. Aromas had a medium-strong chocolate flavor wrapped around biscuit flavors. Taste had a decently mocha flavoring with a thick, breadyness to it. Excellently creamy for an oatmeal stout, but light enough to enjoy without having to unbuckle the belt. Overall, a desert-like treat.

fitzy84, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: midnight black with a thick 2 finger frothy and creamy mocha colored head that yields little bubbles in the center. Pours slightly slick and viscous. Head quickly dwindles to a thin fluffy layer, with mountainous lacing (mountainous because it looks like the landscape of a mountainous terrain coating the glass, very cool).

S: strong coffee aroma followed by a burnt toast maltyness. Also lots of roasted aroma, slightly nutty. mild oat essence as well. no discernible alcoholic presence.

T&M: This is a well rounded stout. nicely carbonated, well balanced with a nice roasted bitterness (but not offensively so) and sweetness from the malted oats. feels a little on the "watery" side for a stout though. Not as thick as what I was expecting.

D: Average ABV, good taste but a bit on the watery side. Flavors are also not as complex and engaging as compared to Samuel Smith's offering. Would drink again, but probably bomber in a sitting will do me fine.

julian, Jul 13, 2008
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.