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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,232 Ratings

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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 Rbald42
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.
A- Nice very dark brown/black w/ a tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving light lacing around the glass
S-Sharp roasted malt, grains and oats very present w/ a dry organic smell. Light hops present
T- Oats with a nice thick malt profile and bitter coffee/chocolate
M- A little thin, would have liked a thicker, creamier profile but its a session brew
D- VERY drinkable and enjoyable, this is a great beer to have a few of with friends.

Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating.

Pours an impressive brown/black with a delicious-looking dark brown creamy head which dissipates to a solid ring of brown lacing on the glass which coats well as it is tipped.
Nice mild, sweet cocoa nose; slight graininess detected from the malt & hops.
Initial flavor is an understated sweetness, with alternating caramel & cocoa characteristics. A bit of a cola-like acidity mixes with the milk chocolate note halfway through. Sweetness gives way to bitterness from hops, and the flavor arc finishes entirely bitter from both the hops and cocoa with a dry, coffee-ground finish.
Nice full body in tune with the style; both refreshing and dry on the palate.
Very smooth and drinkable; an accompaniment to Samuel Smith as the best of the oatmeal stouts.

Photo of bob3701
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Black as a moonless night, no light shines through. Small bubbly head that quickly transforms into a thin film with very good lacing. The taste I love, not your typical oatmeal stout at all, a sweet flavor with just the hint of bitterness, caramel or toffee flavors. This brew makes my mouth happy, velvety smooth. Highly drinkable. A damn good beer.

Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is dark brown in color and a one inch, tan head with good retention. Chocolate stands out in the aroma, coffee is also present. The taste is roasted malts, heavy on the roasted, and bits of chocolate and coffee. Not really that sweet, and a little bitterness too. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is good with low ABV and reasonable price.

Anderson Valley hits the mark with a stout that should appeal to a wide variety, since it is not overly sweet.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass black with a one and a half finger tan head, good lacing.

Couldn't detect a scent because I was in a bar with smokers. Smokers = Nose Shutdown.

Taste had a substantial hop bite up front, a little suprising if your off your guard. The dry smoothness of the oats came in rather quickly to smother the hops out. A carmel sweetness took quite a while to come though all the way back to the after taste.

The mouthfeel was rather thin for a stout, which actually kinda raises the drinkabiltiy because it was a really easy to drink brew.

I wish this was available in bottles in Texas.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with a huge two finger head. Smell is mostly roasted malts, very crisp and clean. Hints of floral hops as well. A quick swirl brings up a bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste is pretty much as I described in the nose. Lightly roasted malts and some floral hops. Crisp, clean, refreshing, but not really standing out to me. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very nice for such a low ABV beer. This is definitely a smooth session stout, but session stouts aren't really my thing so I rated accordingly.

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

Thanks to my BA Buddy cdkrenz for another generous offering.

A - Poured pitch black...no light was getting through this bad mother! Topped off with a tan foamy two finger head that retained really well for the first couple minutes, leaving somewhat generous lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominate. Smells sweet overall.

T & M - Full bodied brew with a big malty backbone. Bitter dark chocolate with a bit of a hoppy backbite. Smooth and creamy...finishes well.

D - This is a big beer with a low ABV. Highly drinkable...I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brought to the table with over a finger of white, fluffy head that dissipates gradually leaving decent looking lacing. Held up toward the lights you can't even see through this beer.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel, hints of dark coffee and chocolate, and some nuttiness.

Taste - Tastes very similar to how it smells. You can immediately taste the bready/malty characteristics with some coffee bitterness up front that mellows to the dark chocolate notes and finishes with just a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Excellent mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a nice clean finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. This was an after dinner beer both my buddy and I had and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking for this at my local beer store - very impressed with it.

Photo of CHL
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark and opaque, as it should be, with ringing around the glass.

The beer smells predominantly of coffee, and almost sweet--like butterscotch. In flavor, it has more hops than I expected, which were a pleasant surprise. The transitory hop flavors melt into slightly roasted malts, chocolate (with touch of sweetness), and coffee, and the ghosts of other flavors. The coffee doesn't completely dominate as it often does, and the result is a more interesting beer.

Appropriately thick, with enough carbonation for emphasis, but not for pain. It's more drinkable than average for a beer of this gravitas, but the important part is to remember that is indeed has substance.

Photo of tjwarren
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is maybe my favorite stout because it is only $7.99 at Heinen's.

Poured from the bottle to pint glass, opaque in color with a beautiful frothy tan head to it.

Smell - few things smell better than coffee but this is one of them.

Taste - toasty, coffee, matly with a little hops to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel - smooth and rich it glide with no bite, a great experience for the palate. Strongest part of the beer for me.

Drinkability - take it slow and enjoy.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipated. No real lacing.

Lots of deep roasted/charred aromas here, with a hint of coffee and hop leaf.

Great flavors here. French roast coffee coupled with some malt sweetness, almost a dark roasted stone fruit element, with some hop bitterness thrown in for good measure. Dark graininess gives this even more complexity. Just a good solid oatmeal stout.

A little bit lighter bodied than I expected. This is by no means a light bodied beer -- I can still call it fuller bodied, but it has enough thinness to aid in the drinkability. A very smooth brew with sip or mouthful capabilities. I'd return to this again.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with nice label. No freshness date to be found. Split this with the wife; poured into pint glasses.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque beer with just a touch of brown highlighting around the edges when held up to the light. Big, dense tan head falls to a 1/3 finger cap with good retention.

Smell: Lots of semi-sweet chocolate in the nose, backed with some mild roasted grains. The nose is straightforward and no-frills, but it's quite pleasant nonetheless. Smells sweet and fairly rich.

Taste: Juicy dark fruit, mild dry roasted grains, and bittersweet chocolate are all present. Again, there's not a ton of depth here, but the flavors are pleasant and work well together.

Mouthfeel: This is the only real downside of this beer; it's a bit lighter than I like my oatmeal stouts; it's smooth in the mouth, with just a bit of prickly carbonation, but it does need a little more weight.

Drinkability: Fairly High

Conclusion: Pretty solid oatmeal stout; it could use a bit more depth of flavor and a more substantial body, but it remains a solid player nonetheless. As a sidenote; this beer on tap mixed with Schlafly Pumpkin Ale was absolutely fantastic: one of the few mixed beers I enjoy.

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utterly black with practically no pass-through when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of dark tan foam which formed in a pleasant reverse-cascade. Nice!

Smell: somewhat subtle; roasty aromas, principally chocolate, with a little tartness. Pretty good.

Taste: somewhat sweet with a hint of tartness. Chocolate is pretty big but not overwhelming. A little coffee shows up at the end to create a café mocha effect. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body but a nice consistency. Carbonation is appropriate for the style. Pretty good.

Drinkability: a solidly drinkable stout.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black body with a dark brown head starting out at about an inch and a half tall.

S - Malty chocolate scent that's not all that inviting.

T - Rich malt flavor with a chocolaty middle and a sweet hoppy finish. This is a very good oatmeal stout.

M - Smooth and easily drinkable. There is a slight coarse texture in the finish that brings out that hoppy ending.

~ This brew has some really high quality characteristics. I certainly recommend this beer to all stout fans. I'm glad I bought a six pack 'cause I'm looking forward to a few more.

Photo of natelocc787
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with clam shell colored head. Very sweet, roasty nose. Tastes include plain oatmeal, vanilla, cinnamon and a small amount of very dark chocolate. Smooth velvety texture and a very attractive beer from the tap. I would say it stands up there in the upper echelon of low abv oatmeal stouts. If you like this style make sure you try it.

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

Served into a belgian tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Appearance - black with a tan froth.
Smell - creamy milk chocolate, light coffee, oatmeal cookies, & sweet with lightly roasted malts.
Taste - ok, so this sounds weird, but drinking this reminds me of drinking coffee and eating chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. There is a little bit of hop dryness on the finish...long finish.
Drinkability - very smooth. Wow....what a fantastic beer!

Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bad boy while perusing for new brews at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. I'd been meaning to try it for a while and now seemed like the perfect time.

A: Nearly obsidian color with a thick beige head that stuck around and left some lacing.

S: Milky, roasted aromas make a nice mixture.

T: Starts with a nice milk flavor which is followed by a nice roasted coffee support. The hop bitterness in the finish provided a pretty solid balance to an overall solid brew.

M: Medium bodied with just a bit too much carbonation.

D: A rock solid brew that is very approachable to all beer drinkers. Not overly complex but extremely enjoyable as an everyday staple beer. I can easily see having a few of these in the fridge if this was a local brew. Not a must try, but certainly a brew you can rely on and one you can enjoy with a pretty wide audience.

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

Poured from a bomber into my beautiful oversized Moonlight pint glass.

Lovely pour, velvet black syrupy brew pouring with an excellent fluffy brown head. A black hole, no light escapes this one.

Decent nose, lots of toasted malt hints coming through. Bit of chocolate overtones with a good hearty loaf o' bread smell- I want to chew on this beer, I really do.

The mouthfeel is fantastic! Great moderate carbonation coupled with that thick syrupy stout makes for a very happy palate.

What an excellent oatmeal stout. More like eating a candy bar than drinking a beer. Toasted bread is immediately present along with a hint of chocolate malt. The sweet oatmeal character of this malty brute really comes through and makes for a wonderful experience with an almost caramel flavor shining through. Slight bittering finishes the brew off.

Easily drinkable, remarkably enjoyable. This brew is one that could be enjoyed at any point in the day. Simple and sweet, a shining example of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect stout. It pours black with a tan head.

The aroma is very malty, not as roasty as many oatmeal stouts. very little hop aroma.

The taste is an enigma. It is heavy yet light, dark and deep but not too much chocolate or roasted flavors. There is little hop bitterness, which must be tough for the brewers at Anderson based on the other beers they make.

Mouthfeel is amazing. The beer is thick and strong, yet not in the slightest cloying and almost feels light compared to the complex, strong flavors.

Drinkability is exceptional. It is not an overpowering, cloying stou, so having a couple is not a problem.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color with a large brown head. A little bit of lacing.
Roasted malt, chocolate and hint of oatmeal cookies
Caramel and coffee. Light roasted malt. Light earthy bitterness and chocolate milk. Light metallic / carbonate finish.
Medium body with creamy texture. Soft fizzy carbonation.
This beer has all the right flavors but for me there is something missing in the mouthfeel. I want a "chewier" oatmeal stout. The astringency at the end is light but still annoying.

Photo of goblue3509
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost cola color with reddish brownish highlights and an off white two finger head that gives way to nice lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, oats, and roasted nuts as well as a very small earthy hop note. The taste is of an oat backbone, the over the top taste is of roasted nuts and of chocolate and a slight coffee flavor. There is a very faint earthy hop taste on the back end of the taste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and is silky but not slick. The overall drinkability is very high you can enjoy this beer over and over again.

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Anderson Valley on 7/17/09.

A - Dark brown with mahogany highlights around the bottom and about half a finger of creamy tan head that retained well and deposited ample lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma suggests vanilla, roasted nuts and chocolate malt with a hint of cocoa and coffee. A very subtle earthy, leafy hop character is also present, but the nose is largely quite sweet.

T - Flaked toasted oats and chocolate dominates the flavor, accompanied also by a hint of coffee roast. Quite a bit of nutty character emerges in the middle through the backend. Some mild nutty astringency accompanies the otherwise sweet flavor. Nice and roasty in the finish with a touch of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, silky texture, though perhaps a tad thin overall. Still, the softly carbonated body retains a creaminess throughout. Finish is slightly bitter with just a smidgen of astringency on the palate.

D - One of the finest oatmeal stouts around. This made for a great morning brew at 11am while we were waiting for the brewery tour to begin.

Photo of nickfl
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head that settles quickly and leaves minimal lace, the body is black and opaque.

S - Sweet malt with some grainy oatmeal and a hint of chocolate.

T - Smooth, brown malty flavor with toffee and a hint of caramel. The flavor darkens with more caramel and chocolate towards the finish and lingering charcoal notes.

M - Oily, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A good beer, but there is nothing here that makes me feel like I need more than one of these. The malt character is nice, but not especially interesting and the sweetness in the finish hurts the drinkability because it is not balanced by any real bitterness from malt or hops. Worth trying as a single, but I am glad I didn't get a six pack of this.

Photo of plastik
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Very dark, nearly black. Ruby highlights. One finger dark tan head, quickly dissipates.

S. Slightly sweet. Caramel, earthy, hints of burnt coffee.

T. Very mild. Heavily roasted malt, especially on the finish. Hints of chocolate and burnt malt with a touch of bitterness.

M. Very nice. Smooth and slightly thick. Foams slightly in the mouth, with a fine texture, almost making it creamy.

D. Very good. Goes down easy and I could have a few of these.

Photo of hossua34
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost black. 3+ fingers of a chocolatey brown head that stick around well, and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Sweet and chocolatey. Notes of toast and burnt caramel.

T - Toasted malts, toast, coffee and a slight taste of chocolate. Great aftertaste. Dark, sweet and delicious.

M - Creamy, full body. No mouthfeel complaints whatsoever. Smooth; my friend took a sip and described it as "almost buttery".

D - The alcohol is not apparent, yet this brew is still heavy and hearty. Definitely a beer to have with a meal, not a chugger.

WILL purchase again.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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