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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 126
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.
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Ratings: 2,232 | Reviews: 930
Photo of mbunn125
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good oatmeal stout from a bottle. Beer itself was smooth and did not have a major kick to it like some other outmeal stouts have. Had got a sample in a Maryland beer shop for $1.29 was well worth it, would not think twice on buying a 6 or a 12 pack of the stuff.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This here is one smooth tasting stout.The appearance is black.Smell is chocolatey.Taste is again chocolate,w/a lightly burnt taste to it.Mouthfeel is just fine while its in there.Then right the hatch it goes.MMM.That nice stout.Man I like that and the price was right to $8.99.Thank ya there Ol BArney..

Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An almost completely black body with a thick 1 finger espresso head that sinks quickly. Nice lacing lines left behind.

S - Sweet roasted malts, coffee, subtle dark chocolate notes.

T - Follows the nose. Soft roasted malts, coffee, turns to a caramelized brown sugar sweetness in the middle and finishes off with hints of vanilla and a slight citrus kick that sticks on the tongue.

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied with a smooth texture.

One of the best Oatmeal stouts I've had. There was alot of love put into this beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance of a light brown head, pinhole bubbles that dissapate fairly quickly. It's dark brown/black just like about any other stout. Minimal lacing

Smell: Exceptional nose of sweet cherry/raspberry fruit, and malted Ovaltine

Taste and mouthfeel: Big berry taste of cherry, no hops to detect on palate, with a wet mouthfeel but not too wet, there is some body.

Easy drinking however fruit taste is not that overpowering but dominant.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a very nice 2 finger off white head. Decent staying power, nice lacing.

S: Some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of oatmeal (not as much as I would have liked)

T: Heavy roasted flavor, some coffee in there for sure. No chocolate, even though it was there on the nose. Some hints of oats.

M/D: Medium body, very smooth. Overall a pretty good beer. Would have liked a stronger nose and a heavier hand with the oats, but easy to drink and pretty tasty.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown colour with a murky red tinge to it. Head is lacklustre, just a small film of dense bubbles. Luckily the lace it leaves is appealingly viscous, nice beige foam. Yeah, not bad.

Smell is very grainy. Lots of cereal aroma with puffed rice and corn providing sweet notes, but just a touch of light roast to it all. A hint of vanilla, milk chocolate and light cinnamon. Yeah, pretty sweet and ultimately just grainy. Pleasant, but underplayed and under-roasted.

Taste is fairly mild. Again with lots of grainy notes and quite sweet, but with a touch of dark roastiness providing some raw cocoa flavour blended with some rice notes, a touch of wholemeal bread and maybe some vanilla on the back? Finish is a bit lacking - has slight toasty bitterness that is quite prolonged but it's all very subdued. Nothing unpleasant here but I could just use more, it just tastes a bit watery overall.

Quite a lot of sizzle on the mouth and dry on the back. Bit thin overall so none of the dryness and sizzle is supported well. Not a big fan of this texture.

Yeah, mild and enjoyable enough stout. I've had more interesting oatmeal stouts though.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A : Pitch black with a finger brown fuzzy head that settles to a nice lacing creating cap.

S : Oatmeal, chocolate, very sweet sugar.

T : Starts with a light burnt note with roasty malt that gives way to chocolate and oats. Finishes softly with only a small milky flavor.

M : More medium bodied than I'd like, but very smooth. Even a bit dry on the finish.

D : Pretty good oatmeal stout, would make a good dessert, not over the top sweet thanks to the roastiness.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Super-dense brown to almost black, with a creamy tan finger of head that winnows down into a short crown, leaving thick lacing. Roasty malt aroma, with some dark chocolate in there too (would be like 77% cacao type dark)...not a big nose, which is too bad. Blast of roasted malt goodness right upfront in the flavor, along with a tangy tartness kind of like sour grapes. The carbonation is really excellent. Evolves into a creamy middle, with lots of malt there too. Great body on this ale, like Salma Hayek - almost perfect. The finish is dryer than expected, but very long and carries that roasty matliness through. Not a lot of hop character in this beer. Mostly one dimensional but very good at what it is. Always well priced too so it's worth always having a bomber in the fridge.

What I like most: the dense, roasty malt flavor throughout.

What I like least: the nose is faint.

Verdict: Great stout, but somewhat one-dimensional. Worth trying for sure, though.

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

A - Very dark, great head, good slight lacing, I can tell this is going to be good.

S - Malty chocolate coffee.

T - Nice true stout taste, coffee & chocolate, slightly sugary malts mixed with a hop taste. great aftertaste but does not linger long after, what does is a nice balanced stout taste.

M - Medium/strong, not overbearing, carbonation is definitely there but rides well with the whole thing.

D - Very drinkable, not overbearing but very balanced stout you will enjoy. Easy drinking with a kick of Anderson Valley Mendo style.

Thumbs up, try it out.

Photo of jpro
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Sam's in Durham...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint; inky black with a 1.5 finger, mocha head that dies down quick, but retains a thin layer of foaminess; virtually no lace.

S: Sweet malts; deep characteristic "oatmeal stout" aroma; some char.

T: Lightly roasted malts; some light coffee and burnt sugar towards the sweet finish; a touch nutty (hazelnut); also some light smoke flavor on the end; dry hop character balances things out nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a kinda high carbonation; pretty smooth stuff, though.

D: A nice oatmeal stout; a good one to have on hand as the temperatures start to cool.

Side note: Although this is a good beer, I feel it's a touch overpriced at ~$14/sixer; lots of other stout options out there that are as good or better for the price; this one just seems a touch steep. Good beer, though -

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark black-red, almost flashing with ruby, but almost too dark to see it. Head is a firm but filmy beige, getting towards crusty chocolate. Minimal lacing. Body is solid but a little light. It's alright, but I've seen better looking stouts.

Roasted notes with a hint of toasted oak, and a slight vinous acidity on the nose. Some deeper chocolatey notes come through, giving a good deep full character. Still, it's only subtle, and quite light.

Taste is where this beer comes into its element, with a big roasty character smoothed with a big dollop of vanilla, smooth cocoa and crushed grain sweetness. Still, very light, but it's also extremely approachable, and the smoothness makes you want to drink more and more of it. Mouthfeel is clear and smooth.

It's an extremely sessionable stout, which is a property that's often overlooked in the style. It has character to keep it interesting. It might be a little gentle and thin, genre-wise, but it's a more drinkable beer for it.

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black. Some brown and ruby red around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A light sweetness as well. Pretty standard for a stout, but still good.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body that has a bit to much carbonation for me. Not as creamy and smooth as I would like. Not hard to drink. I can put a few away with ease.

A good stout. Nothing out of the ordinary, just an easy to drink stout. There is nothing wrong with that. Something I would recommend.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Anderson Valley August 2009.

Pours a dark black with a bit of a bit of a dark tan head. Nose brings forward a good amount of roasted malt, a tad bit of smoke, molasses, and hints of coffee. The roast really stands out in the taste, which is really enhanced by the really nice and creamy mouthfeel this brings forward. Drinks really well and is one of the best American versions of the style that I have had.

Photo of Hex92
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night. Big head. A little thin. Chocolatey cofee flavor. Very good oatmeal stout. Great overall flavor, doesn't cross over to burnt on the roasted malts. And that is a good thing. Doesn't smell like too much, but everything else is damn good.

i would buy this again.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, with a thin tan head. Smells of cooled porridge. Taste is a hint of fresh nutmeg up front, with a sweetened chocolate milk middle, and a raw oatmeal finish. A hint of leafy hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite luscious, low, lively carbonation. Very good drinkability, I would certainly get this again.

Photo of joecast
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

stouty appearance (black with only vague hints of light at the edges). thin tan headf forms but nearly disappears after a minute. low carbonation.

mild sweet aroma. light hints of coffee and roast. pretty nice.

more coffee and roasted barley on the palate. definite bitter finish probably as much from the hops as the dark malts. smooth and well balanced.

very good mouthfeel though not heavy at all. very easy drinking for a stout.

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oh so nicely dark with a light tan head that thins out a little quick from it's one finger thickness.

Aroma: Roasted malts to start with a little smokiness in the back. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. Hints of coffee as well.

Taste: More roasted hops and malt. A pleasant smooth mouthfeel. There is a touch of smokiness which is a nice touch. The overall flavor is oh so very robust and full bodied.

Notes: Very tasty robust and hearty. Cheers.

Photo of rembrant
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look, Opaque black with a hint of deep brown.

Aroma Malts,grain,fresh bread,a hint of raisin and coffee

Taste, Rich and Malty. I have liked this chilled up a bit more than what some folks want stout at, but I have had it before at cellar temp,and warmer does bring up some of the subtle tastes.

The hops give a subtle edge but don't dominate. There's a subtle graceful dance with the hops and malts in a fine harmony,and the oatmeal showing up to take a bow. The Oats are present,seem gently toasted. Some O-stouts have no oats in the flavor,this blends it into whatever array of malts for a very nice base.

Don't expect the big bang of an Imperial Stout like Storm King This baby is smooth as silk and balanced,but no big fanfare that blows away your taste buds.
There's a caramel,raisin,coffee,toffee thing,with the hops to balance and then step up some in a nice aftertaste with another sweet hint...granola?

Mouth A tad bit confusing here but in a nice way There's some slight of hand as it seems rather full bodied and viscous at first then lightens up and seems to thin some as the hops and carbonation appear. Sort of unique,how you get robust and drinkability woven together.

Drinkability is high for a beer with the word "Stout" on the label. Alcohol %..whatever it is,isn't noticed aside from you won't call it "Lite"
Seabright Brewery had a draft Oatmeal Stout that was big,beefy,intense...lunch in a mug,this,is no less but the target was different. The brewer WANTED tasty-smooth as silk-drinkable...and nailed it.

Photo of claybeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - It has a wonderful dark brown coffee pour. The head is thin but a great toffee, caramel color. The nose is bitter but there is still a pleasant smell of coffee and hops. The hops is most certainly where the bitterness is coming from. It has a real bold burnt smoky taste. It has defiantly been Americanized with some hops and bold, robust, over-the-top flavors. I wouldn't mind if it was toned down a little. It's one of those beers that could be drank for breakfast or with some Green & Black Organic Chocolate after dinner.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've already had this on tap - what the hey, see how it does in a bottle.

Aroma is strong and VERY smoky, almost like charcoal, with hints of unsweet chocolate, quality coffee and molasses. It pours a nice deep sable with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head. Flavor is rather like a quality mocha, smoky with tones of coffee and chocolate and just a whisper of molasses sweetness. Texture is very smooth and just a little tingly. As has been my experience in most cases, on-tap is better; still, it's pretty good in a bottle.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Stone IRS glass with a heavy and black body with brown around the edges, which is ever so slight. Foam was in modest abundance but didn't quite last as long.

Aroma is very robust for this Oatmeal Stout. Big overtones of chocolate and roastiness, with light notes of maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar. Hops are light, slightly herbal.

Opens up with nice roasted and chocolate flavors that slowly relents to herbal hops. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout the entire session. Finishes extremely smooth with good residual flavor in between sips. Haven't had many Anderson Valley brews, but this one is exceptionally made. I would love to pair this with some desert.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium. Silky smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is fantastic. ABV is modest for a Oatmeal Stout of this flavor. Not to mention it has a great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Good job Anderson Valley

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is a very nice looking brew; the color of black coffee topped with a huge long-lived mocha head that looms large but surprisingly only deposits minor lace.

S - Big fudge and graham cracker notes leap from the glass from start to finish. It is almost reminiscent of s'mores, without the sweetness of the marshmallow... but the fudge, graham cracker and campfire are all there. While the aroma is not terribly complex, it is immensely enjoyable.

T - The promise of the nose is fulfilled in the taste. It is pleasantly roasted, with a tea-like hoppiness and lots of chocolate on the finish. The hoppiness is really the only newcomer to the flavor party, and it is a sublime addition. The roasted chocolate graham cracker flavor deftly straddles the line between sweet and savory, tending toward the latter. Again, this is a tremendously enjoyable brew.

M - Smooth, deliciously rich, and very nicely effervescent.

D - Very nice stuff here; easy-drinking, substantial, complementary with cuisine; what more could you ask for?

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

22 oz bottle bought at Byron's Liquor store in OKC.

Rich chocolaty aroma. Dark black brew with tan head. Flavor is of course toasty with some chocolate notes. Nice and dry but with a sweet aftertaste. More hops than is expected. Very smooth mouthfeel as one would expect from an oatmeal stout, but I think it is less oatmealy than most oatmeal stouts.

Fairly low alcohol (5.7%) for a full-bodied stout. Would make a good session beer.

Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 4cm tan tinged creamy white head that slowly falls.
S - Chocolate character dominates the nose up front followed by some caramel sweetness and slight dark fruit notes.
T - Along the same lines as the smell; chocolate and caramel but the taste also brings in the oaty touch you'd expect.
M - Medium, smooth bodied beer with a sweet finish.
D - A simple yet very tasty stout. I'll be buying more this Winter.

Photo of ADZA
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my final beer from this brewery so hopefully ive saved the best til last,it pours a jet black as night hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a creamy mocha laced one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell of this beer is a mix of aromas of smokey chocolate,dark expresso and some underlying fruity bitter hops,it has a nice sessionable mouthfeel which is abit lighter than i expected but netherless suits this brew and has nice tastes of coccoa,mocha,roasty malts and finishes with a beautiful bittersweet taste of caramel fruity hops,overall if this beer was abit cheaper and more readily available to me it would have a permanent spot in my fridge even though its not the most complex or best ever oatmeal stout ive tried i quite like it and could drink it all night.

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