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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 897
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of uberabr
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Very nice, dark creamy head that sticks to the glass with an almost foamy lace that lasted all the way through.

S: Complex for a stout. A little acidic. Whole-grain cocoa-cofee. The oats come through more as it warms. Also a slight hop to it, nice for a stout. All in all pretty subtle and creamy. There's a good mix of light and dark aromas.

T: Follows through with the nose. A rich roasted cocoa and espresso-bean hit followed by a dominant but pleasant oat, wheaty aftertaste. You can taste the oats but it doesn't exactly scream, "Oatmeal!" either. It complements the "stout" character without detracting from it or even taking center stage. Not my favorite flavor ever but It's very well done and I appreciate the complexity.

M: Relatively full body, a little flabby, but the carbonation is just about right. It leaves a somewhat dry feeling on the tongue, which I don't like.

D: This is a quaffable stout but it's a little strong for the ABV. Smells acidic but tastes a little flabby. Odd. I'm not sure if it's at the top of my list but it's unique and definitely worth a try.

Overall, my taste for this beer is lower than my ratings. It's a well done stout but not my style.

uberabr, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Presentation: 12 oz. longneck brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep black color, completely opaque. The head formed small and tan with large bubbles sounding like soda more than beer, and faded almost immediately. Within a few minutes nothing was left.

Aroma: Sweet malts all the way, some coffee as well.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors throughout, very sweet too. The flavor is very strong, but not overpowering. There's some hoppiness up front but it fades very quickly. The finish is still sweet, but slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Even with the strong flavors, it's still very smooth. The carbonation is a little too lively in my opinion though.

Overall: Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style. Might be a little too strong for someone just starting out, but you'll never know unless you give it a shot.

FenwaySquid, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a deep black with very few highlights. Dense coffee-foam head that fades to a dusting, then a ring, leaving no lace. Exceptionally volatile aromatics here -- I can smell this from 3 feet away. Bitter chocolates, sugared blueberries and subtle vanillas present themselves in the nose. On the palate, the hops bite first, followed by juicy fruits underlaid with not-very-bitter roasted malts. The hops and malts combine for a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick and only medium bodied, not heavy. Easy quaffed, this brew is something that offers an interesting flavor profile in a very easy going package -- which means I could put back many, many bottles of this in a night.

geexploitation, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

The pour into my Sam Smith impy pint raises a one finger tan head with viscous lacing over an opaque black body. The head falls, over the course of a few minutes, to a thin glass ring. The nose is rich with caramel and hop scents, along with a sweet roasted aroma. There's also quite a bit of molasses in there, too. Taste is sweet and roasted, but without much bitterness. Finishes with a distinct mocha coffee note. The mouth is fairly heavy, and the low carbonation affords it an elegant smoothness. This is a fun oatey, not too complex, but very tasty.

mjc410, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.38/5  rDev -17%

A nice black ichor color. A very large head that was slow to recede on its own. Faster once touched.

The aroma was very weak. Just a hint of roasted chocolate.

It tasted good, but thin. You could swish it in your mouth without carbonation problems or change in body. The flavors of smoke and chocolate were pleasing at first, but seemed to fade by the end of the glass.

I would expect more flavor for a beer this dark.

terrabyte, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2%

"Gold medal winner" --I'm excited.

A: Pours jet crude oil black with a caramel colored half finger head. Dissipates quickly. Film of retention.
S: Roasted coffee malt notes with toasted grain following in the rear. Slight fruity hop notes also.
T/M: Chocolate and coffee malt notes come across the palate first. Robust with a tangy hop profile. Nice dry finish--good balance.
Slight bitterness comes out in the finish. Silky smooth in the mouth. A bit over carbonated for my taste in stouts, but nonetheless, still very tasty. Hop profile is pretty decent.
D: Good tasting, robust oatmeal stout. Probably awesome on nitro-tap--damn good in the bottle. I'd grab this again.

bjohnson, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

This was my first Anderson Valley brew, and it did not disappoint. 22 oz bomber poured a deep, thick, black with a firm tan head that lingered a while and settled as a small ring where the liquid meets the glass. Nice lacing left throughout. Aromas have a roasted chocolate malt flavor and bit of sweet dried fruit. Flavors are heavy on the roasted chocolate and coffee end, with a nice balance of hop bitterness up front that then gets blasted by the deep roasted malt characters, a bit of earthy, bready grain flavor is also present on the back end. Overall a great stout with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and just smooth, smooth, smooth...outstanding.

sockeye101, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a midnight black hue topped by a tall, thick, creamy brown head that takes its time receding. Aroma is lighter than you would expect from such a dark beer - light roasted malt, some sweet oats, and a touch of milk sugar. Palate is nice and rich - roasted malt, lactose and oatmeal sweetness, and just a mild hoppy bitterness towards the finish. Body is rich, smooth, and creamy - just wonderful. A very drinkable stout.

ElGordo, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a jet black with a giant tan foamy head and leaving good whispy lacing. Very impressive looking. The smell has chocolate, coffee, with some malt sweetness. The taste is very rich with chocolate,coffee,dark fruit,and some smoked wood flavors. This is absolutely great tasting. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. I can see why this is an award winner. This is a great beer and if you see it buy it.

jmz62565, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

AP: Thick, Dark brown/near black really. Small mocha colored head, dissipated quickly to a scattered covering.

smells: chocolaty, coffee, nutty and roasty malt.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Hearty and robust flavors with nuts and oats. Breakfast of Champions!!

active and bubbly for the style, a nice bite and still displays a rather thick feel overall.

Highly drinkable stuff, love the style.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

The black-brown body of the Barney Flats is almost impervous to light; and capped by a creamy dark-tan-even-brown head. The retention is good, and it leaves some minor spots and splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is rich with a combination of soft roastiness, dark and milk chocolates, softer cocoa, and lightly sweet fruits (apple, berries).

It's dextrinous medium-full body combines with a restrained carbonation to leave it silky smooth and creamy in the mouth.

The flavor delivers more fruit than the nose suggests, and it mixes nicely with the chocolatey malt base through to the swallow where the chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and scortched caramel really come out. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, leaving it a bit sweet in the mouth but drier in the finish; which lingers with a very nice combination of residual coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall, it's quite nice and very drinkable. It's not overly complex, but it doesn't really need to be. There's enough going on within the play between dark malt and yeasty fruit to keep you interested; and it's rich enough to keep you coming back to it without overwhelming you beyond one serving. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz. with a blurb on the back and no freshness date. It pours quite black with a half-inch of khaki head that leaves light lacing and smells of sweet oats, dark chocolate, and green/floral hops. On the palate it's slightly creamy and has roasted, coffee, milk chocolate, and burnt/charred malts combined with oats, leather, and green/grapefruit/pine hops that leave a medium bitterness on top of a light to medium body that is smooth/slick and fairly carbonated. Overall very nice - good malt and hop fix here.

mmmbeer, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Opaque black body with deep ruby around the edges. Big undulating tan head. Good retention though not much lace.
Smells of faint chocolate and good coffee, caramel and toffee with mild brown sugar.
Sugar, caramel and soft oats on a sweet and slightly toasted malt base. Aftertaste is the addition of mellow hops.
Medium body with a dry finish. There is a little coating with a grainy oat feel.
Great brew. Sweet and toasty.


oelergud, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into snifter.

A: Opaque near-black with thick, creamy tan head. Head didn't stick around long.

S: Roasty, sweet and malty, hint of coffee and chocolate. A bit of hops in the nose, as well.

T: Very creamy, with a trace of coffee, mostly roasted malt with a nice creaminess from the oatmeal. Finish is roasty and nicely bitter. Very well balanced, very inviting stout.

M: It's an oatmeal stout, so the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth.

D: I could drink quite a few of these. This is a wonderful beer.

rarevos, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Pours dark brown, but not quite eblack with about a finger of very brown head. This is the brownest head I've ever seen. There's a ton of carbonation, but in the end, the head retention is kinda poor.

Smell: The citrus hops dominate on my first sniff, however, for the rest of the bomber, I get loads of caramel malts, peanut butter, and chocolate. Really, it smells like a snickers bar, or something close.

Taste: Tastes like it smells for the most part. Grapefruit comes into play and I actually think it detracts a little because it's so present. There's also more of a coffee taste and it gets a little buttery after awhile.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal stouts are great because of how smooth and creamy they are. This one goes overboard on the carbonation, which detracts from its magnificence.

Drinkabillity: The first few sips go down way easy, but the hops and carbonation hold it back after awhile. I think this would be much better on tap, and I can't imagine how great it would be from a nitro-tap.

dbalsock, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - The beer pours very thick, with a nice steady head build-up even with an unhurried pour. The head finishes at about a finger and half in thickness. It is dark tan in color, very velvety, and dissipates to a thin cap quickly. The beer is pitch black in the full glass, although it pours a very dark brown and slightly copper color, which is fairly hazy.

Smell - This beer has a very rich roasted malt aroma right from the first bit of the sniff. The hops are bitter in smell and are quite noticeable for a stout. There is also a nice sour smell to this brew. There is an extremely slight alcohol aroma at the end of the smell.

Taste - The dark roasted malt flavors hit you first. In close second are the perfectly bitter hop flavor, accompanied by an earthy flavor from the oats and wheat. The finish is sweet and the oat flavor really shines here. The aftertaste is dominated by the roasted malt and wheat flavors. This is a very rich and hearty tasting brew. As with the smell, there is almost no alcohol burn at all.

Mouthfeel - This is obviously a full-bodied brew, being a crafted stout. It is very creamy and silky in the mouth. The is almost no carbonation...just a slight "fizzy" sensation in your mouth (that is mainly felt in the aftertaste). Excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability - For a full-bodied and rich style which is a stout, this stuff is very easy to drink, mainly due to its rich, warm flavors, and smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good stout. The flavors are rich and hearty, with a nice level of hop character (something I personally feel most stouts lack, notwithstanding the style reputation). There is almost no alcohol presence, and it is very creamy. Highly recommended

dblinkhorn, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours pitch black with a nice creamy off white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving a little lace behind. The smell is dark roasted chocolate and coffee but with some added sweetness that comes from the oatmeal. The taste hits you first with its roasted qualities. The chocolate and coffee flavors shine through. As the taste lingers in your mouth, however, it is taken over by its rather sweet qualities. This is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is nicely thick. It has a smoothness about the carbonation that complements the body well. Overall, a highly drinkable stout. A good one to pick up.

MSchae1017, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -14%

A: Black, off-white/tan head, very little retention, hint of lace.

S: Mocha, cantelope/melon (weird).

T: Fairly dry, malty (bread, nut, mocha), lightly roasty, light bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is VERY silky, slightly chalky; light to moderate carbonation.

D: Decent drinker.

Derek, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of scalffd
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Picked this up on a whim at my local beer supplier and was pleasantly surprised. Such a drinkable stout!

No bottle date

Very nice nearly black color with small head which diminishes quickly. A thin veil and ring remain throughout the glass.

Smooth, sweet taste with very little of the typical stout bite. While many high quality stouts hit you with their various tastes, this is much more subdued with the oats shining through in tastey fashion. The finish retains sweetness, but hangs on only briefly. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this stout even though it is sweeter and milder than most.


scalffd, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Beaver13, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

klewis, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Phatz, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

yemenmocha, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Toddv29424, Jul 25, 2006
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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