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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,872 Ratings

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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 Beaver13


3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head that goes to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and lactose and some earthy grains.

The flavor is slightly sweet chocolate and strong roastiness followed by some acidic, bitter hoppiness. I got some sour notes towards the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low on carbonation.

Overall, a decent stout. More bitter and roasty than I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. This is a good beer, but nothing too special and a bit overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:49:34 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thickish and boldly roasted stout. Fine to share at end of meal, but was too much for earlier in the day or even with anything but dessert. Coffee in there. A tad sourish. Very dark. Bittersweet chocolate and nutty. Smooth but some grain on tongue.Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:18:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of klewis


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

A: Pours neary black with a two-finger tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Oddly, this one smells a bit fruity and almost port-like.

T: A nice roasted character is balanced nicely with some malty sweetness, followed by a bit coffee-like bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft, creamy texture.

D: I don't consider this to be a stellar beer, but overall is very drinkable and enjoyable. Great taste and mouthfeel make this a nice one to keep around.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 00:13:26 | More by klewis
Photo of Phatz


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful oatmeal stout in every way. I am a fan of the style and a fan of this beer! Thanks froggyfrog for sharing this one.

Appearance: This beer looked black to me with a light chocolate brown head.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: This is what beer is all about. When it enters your mouth and time seems to go in slow motion, like the caramel topping on a commercial takes forever to drip down around the ice-cream, the slow-motion effect happens when a beer is both rich in body and flavor. The burnt caramel, espresso, dark malt, oat flavor drizzled over my tongue in slow motion. This is the sensation that heaven will be like =) This beer is so well balanced with just the perfect hoppy finish I don't have words to describe.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth. The texture is what the chocolate looks like when you go on the ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Drinkability: Fat Dog step aside. I'm placing my order for Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 07:23:12 | More by Phatz
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Opaque. Nice. Even with hi lumens flashlight, it soaks it up. Tan head, but oh so dark.

Nose is very roasty, big roasted malt character. There's a pleasant soy sauce armoa too, seriously.

Big deep chocolatey espresso like malt, dry cocoa powder finish. Hop bitterness rounds out the flavor at the end, but the roasted malt & chocolate are center stage.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 06:15:53 | More by yemenmocha
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, dark brown color that is slightly translucent. Smell must be teased out, but it hints at sweet malt and dark grains. A slight tinge of alcohol as well. Taste is very surprising and refreshing for a west coast stout. Too many these days try to knock-you-off-your-feet with HUGE flavor, but this really appreciates the finer subtleties of taste. The dark grains leave a lingering taste in the mouth that is both sweet and bitter (sweet towards the middle of the tongue, bitter on the sides). There aren’t many complexities to the finish, which is why it loses points there. Overall a very solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 01:45:56 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of blitz134


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Vancer in 2MBBif...thanks...

Nice black brew. Light chocolate head, 1/2" initially, thin layer with intermitten bubble pockets after reducing.

Aroma is a bit light. Dark toasted malts, dark chocolate and toffee prevail though.

Dark toasted malts prevail again, coming on with a bit of char. Dark chocolate once again. Taste is much more upfront than the aroma and very similar overall. Mild bitterness from the toasted malts finish this one out.

Mouthfeel approaches full bodied. Coats the cheeks well and really lingers. Relatively low carbonation.

Really good drinkability; strong flavor that I look for in a stout and sits light on the stomach while still having a solid feel going down.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 04:10:10 | More by blitz134
Photo of Greenfloyd


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are to ever wake up and want a beer (and you should), this would be a great way to kickoff the morning. Several eggs, even more bacon, and a glass of oatmeal....yes please

This beer pours into a deep rich dark chestnut, topped off with a rich tan froth with a thin lingering layer throughout. As far as the nose, have you ever thrown a handful of oats into a pint of stout? Me neither, but add a little brown sugar, and that's probably what it smells like...Lightly sweet, not overly as you would expect. Roasted chocolate barley shines through with creamy oats and a velvety, mildly hoppy finish. Great night cap beer. Great beer period. Stands very well alone.


Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 02:43:10 | More by Greenfloyd
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a pleasant suprise for me because I was expecting a sweet stout which I am not crazy about. Instead what I got was a very well balanced beer with only the slightest hint of sweetness and a nicely balanced bitter finish (but not too bitter). Even my girlfriend who *hates* dark beer said it was "not bad".

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 23:01:07 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, black with a half-inch fizzy brown head. I noticed reddish tints on the edges when I held it up to the light. Left no ring or lacing.

Smelled of roasted barley and malt, with perhaps a hint of coffee.

The barley and coffee scents give way to a slightly grainy malty sweetness. It finished moderately bitter, but the malty sweetness was the predominant flavor sensation.

As for the mouthfeel, it was lighter than expected. I wouldn't describe this beer as "creamy" as the bottle does. In fact, I thought it was slightly watery. There was a medium amount of carbonation and a slight metallic tanginess left behind.

As a light-bodied stout with moderate flavors, I found it to be highly drinkable. I've had this beer on tap at the Lionheart in Albany and went back for more than one without hesitation.

All in all a good sweet stout. Not necessarily a perfect example of the Oatmeas Stout style, but a good, drinkable stout nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 13:16:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, small creamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, chocolate, caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is very sweet and malty.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew, but the first sip was quite different after a few more sip's I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:46:58 | More by Wasatch
Photo of sinistrsam


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an obsideon black-brown with a large tan head whihc unfortunately dissapated quickly. The pour looked watery, or rather, less creamy thna most stouts I enjoy.
The smell was of sweet oats and barley, brown sugar and bittersweet and dark chocolate. Not much coffee or caramel.
The taste was a levely deep dark chocolate which was rather impressive. The caramel and coffee come out a bit here, but aren't dominating. Smoke, wood, possible dark fruits round out the palate. Also a bit of alcohol is noticable.
I hate to say it but the mouthfeel started weak and ended weak. Between these two uninteresting feelings lay a bit of bittersweet, fading into a semi-dry feel. Nothing to write home about.
Drinkability. It was a decent stout, but pretty much middle of the road. I could have a few but there are many better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 20:53:02 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Nice and dark with a tan one finger head. This smelled and tasted very strongly of soy sauce. It was creamy and sweet but salty, which was distracting. Nice and smooth mouthfeel though! Very drinkable. However, there's other oatmeal stouts I prefer over Anderson's.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 02:06:45 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of benwiley

New York

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

i really liked this beer. be warned, tho, you really have to be a dark, rich, sweet-toothed oatmeal stout lover. i mean, i would call this beer molasses-ey, if it were a word. coinage, baby. good stuff, tho. i mean, over all, very competitve in the category. rich, chocolatey, with a certain bitterness that stays with you even after the whole molasses thing has left. really a nice balance i would say.
that being said, i wouldnt think that you could have more than, say, two of these. i even stopped at one.
overall very good, and thats coming from one whose favorite stout thus far is young's double choc:)

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 02:41:32 | More by benwiley
Photo of pjwilson


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark black color, completely pitch dark no light or red. on top a two finger head of large tan bubbles which hold for awhile. marvelous

smell: very strong smell of roasted barlely. nice sweet malts to back it up. i forget sometimes to let stouts warm up. all the nice smells come out then. very, very roasty though.

taste: at 70 degrees tons of flavor flies out. the roasted flavor, which dominates at colder temps, suddenly is balanced with a very good sweet and toasty oatmeal flavor. lots of oaty goodness, but i'm not a huge oat fan.(rye on the other hand....) yet, seems to be good.

mouthfeel: very watery, yet not light drinking. it's very watery. way too much for a stout.

drinkablity: goes down a nice medium pace. it's not a fast drinker. Hands down the weakest of the anderson vallye regulars, and yet still very good. the anderson valley porter kills this beer however, and should be avalable year round in six packs. i don't think i'll get this one too often and then only a bomber from now on.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 03:37:55 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Yegg


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brownish foamy head. Smells like natures heaven, roasted coffee, malts, even hazelnuts. The taste is exquisite. Has a rich roasted flavour, with a hint of caramel and coffee. This is a very robust stout, very smooth packed full of flavour. This brew is all good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:16:58 | More by Yegg
Photo of jwc215


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin, offwhite head that disappeared almost instantly to create a very thin lace, then nothing.
An aroma was present, but a bit thin for this style. It was chocolately caramel sweet with a hint of hops.
If you can get past the wateriness, which is certainly present, there is a good, complex taste, though a tad subdued for this style. Chocolate and caramel were blended with pale malts to make it flavorful, but very sweet. The alcohol is covered well.
Despite its somewhat watery qualities, it left a sweet sticky flavor behind. It's not quite as creamy and rich as the bottle claims.
It's not bad, but not something I would want a second of at a time. After I drank it, and came to that conclusion, I read that it is good for a dessert beer or a nightcap. That is true because of the overwhelming sweet, sugary aftertaste it leaves behind.
Overall, I thought that it was good, but know of oatmeal and other stouts that are just as good or better for less the cost.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 22:37:02 | More by jwc215
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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black color with somewhat lacking head amount. Aroma is not exceptional, but has some roasted sweetness. Taste is good, sweet with a roasted bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice with good body and a clean feeling at the finish. A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that's not too strong and has a pleasant taste and feel. Nothing that special really, though, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 17:19:38 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of DogFood11


3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice solid brown head that leaves marginal lacing, overall this is average to below average for the style.

Toasted characteristics, alot of the bitterness comes from a charred wood type presence, a bit acidic at times. Chocolate, woody, metallic, Hops are everpresent but more in the mouthfeel than the taste to me.

Notes: I don't know man, this was just OK to me. I love a good stout and this one to me seems run of the mill. Pretty rich bodied, kinda milky yet the hops sharpen it up in the end west coast style. ehhh decent but for the style fairly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 02:03:43 | More by DogFood11
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in colour with slightly lower than average carbonation. Very nice milk chocolate aroma, along with secondary notes of coffee. More of the chocolate and coffee thing in the mouth, along with some nice dark crystal malt notes and a touch of oatmeal sweetnes... although everything was a bit more muted than anticipated. Only medium bodied, which again, was a bit of a surprise. A solid beer, but not quite in the same class as some other stouts that I’ve tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 21:20:20 | More by fisherman34
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Great pour, moderately high head with a rich chocolaty color head and aroma that is full of oats.

Taste - pretty dead-on with what a great oatmeal stout should taste like. Difficult to taste the alcohol, absolutely full of flavor and has a good solid lingering rolled/flaked oat flavor in your mouth.

It is a tad bit on the sweet side, but, definitely fully compliments how oatmeal stouts should be, in my opinion.

Without a doubt this is a very drinkable oatmeal stout worth enjoying time after time.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 04:21:46 | More by HimerMan
Photo of russpowell


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours jet black with a creamy 3 fingers+ mocha head. Super lacing & head retention

Smell: roasted grain, bakers choclate, fruitiness

Taste Bitter choclate, fruittiness, grainyness, iron & slight hops edginess. Finishes fruitty & dry with a little alcohol twang

MF: smooth & great carbonation.

Pretty sessoinable. Great example of the style that really works. One of the best oatmeal stout's I've had, yummy& reccomended

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 04:02:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of clabaugh


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

Apperance: Deep black with tones best resembling coagulated blood. Dusty brown head of bubbly foam that is a bit short-lived. Lacing proved rather mediocre.

Smell: Rich, milky chocolate, floury oats, caramel, and hints of butter and toffee. Faint hoppy accents.

Taste: Savory sweet malt backbone comprised of cocoa, coffee bean, and caramel. The hops do provide a nice pucker. Creaminess, with a butternut flavor to boot. Hops came through estery. Some honeydew or melon rind?

Mouthfeel: Light in body for a stout. A distinct creaminess with a chalky chocolatiness that distinguishes itself from the liquid. Rather enticing.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Great malt character as well as hop profile. Fairly easy consumption. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:57:24 | More by clabaugh
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. this pored a pitch black color with no pressence of light threw. had a nice brown thick creamy head that lasted threwout the session. moderate lacing.

smell was of roasted malts and a faint hint of coffee and hops.

i really liked the taste of it. i was surprised to taste some nice citrusy hops. also had a nice mocha chocoalty taste. milky and and burnt malts too. the citrus hop flavor dominated the taste, however.

a lovely full bodied and very flavorful stout. a definite must have.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 03:46:29 | More by deuschbag
Photo of scottoale


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

Pours almost back with a cocoa one-inch foamy head from the 12oz brown bottle. The head dies quickly and leaves lust spots of lacing behind.

Bitter-sweet chocolate, raisins and tobacco, with leafy green lettuce notes in the finish. A faint whiff of mild coffee and toffee as well.

Dark malt dominates as flavors reveal chocolate, coffee, raisins, tobacco and green sweet to bitter hop finish. Complex yet balanced, it's definitely a stout on the sweet side.

Lots of flavor and a healthy bit of body give it a full, creamy, with a bit of a twangy mouthfeel. Although it's easy to consume, this is a stout that fills you up, a nice after dinner kinda beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 01:19:09 | More by scottoale
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.