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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 125
Gots: 212 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

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Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice little 'extra' received from Kiefdog. Thanks, Kevin!

Bottle consumed on 6/19/09, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very thick black with about a finger width's worth of tan head. Retention lacking, and little lacing sticks. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, sourdough, and pecans.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth as it should be with the added oats. Slight carbonation kick on the finish. I like that. Flavor is of chocolate, breads, Quaker Oat Squares, roasted nuts, and a flax finish. This is a good brew. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is very strong. Graham crackers, roasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of vanilla....very impressive. The taste is very roasty with graham cracker, and lots of bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a very, very good Oatmeal Stout. I would really love to drink this regularly.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a thick and creamy head that
disipates quickly.

S: Great oat and malt aromas with nice chocolate
and coffee undertones. There are also notes
of nuttiness and toasted malt. The alcohol
is barely a detectable amongst all of these
great aromas. The best thing about this beer
is the aroma that acts as the brew's ingredu-
ient list.

T: The taste is a perfect translation of the
smells. The oatiness and chocolate notes
are robust while the coffee and malt accents
don't over whelm. There is a little hop at
the end of the sip but otherwise smooth and
creamy without much bite.

M: I was a little disappointed withe mouthfeel.
This brew seemed to be a thin and a little
undercarbonated. This category seemed to be
the only real weak spot in this brew.

D: This is a highly drinkable stout that went
very well with dinner and held up nicely by
itself after my dinner was done. Again, the
only downside to this beer is that it does
lack the heartiness that one may have come
to expect in a craft oatmeal stout.

Note: I should mention that the bar manager
where I sampled this brew did apologize
for not being able to offer this brew via
nitro. Apparently those who sample this
brew through a nitro tap experience quite
a nice mouthfeel with a little more depth
than the one that I experienced.

Photo of bum732
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black, nice tan creamy head that leaves good lacing. Smells of coffee, some chocolate, roastiness, touch of molasses. Tastes of creamy coffee malt followed by a mild bitterness and some roastiness. Finishes quite sweet with a touch of roasted coffee. Very full bodied with some residual oatmeal taste.

A very good stout, not very sweet but not too bitter. The coffee roastiness is restrained in this beer allowing the oats to shine through. Very nice.

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

Dark brown out of thebottle. Black and opaque in the glass. Two-finger latte-colored head. Drops to a couple millimeters and leaves a creamy lace behind.

Wonderful roast coffee-chocolate aroma. Bit of lactose sweetness. Smells great.

More coffee on the palate. Chocolate is still there. Smoke, roast. Peat, a hint of lactose. Bitterness up front, sweet finish. It's not a terribly complex beer, but it's a very GOOD beer.

Thick and creamy. Sticky finish has me grabbing the pint glass for another pull.

In cooler weather, I'd drink one after another without complaint. In this heat, the heaviness is a bit much, but I'm the one drinking an oatmeal stout in Florida in June ... can't fault the beer for that!

Photo of ajr24
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my imperial pint glass...

A- pours thick, deep black with a creamy tan/white head. The lights in the room illuminate some amber-brown highlights in the beer. It's like noticing highlights on a brunette girl. Attractive.

S- smells bittersweet... the chocolate malts and the oatmeal addition is apparent. Smells less dry than most oatmeal stouts as well.

T- also tastes less dry than most oatmeal stouts. Overall it's balanced. Bittersweet, dark chocolate tones are complimented with some creaminess.

M- hearty beer. It's somewhat chewy balanced with some creaminess.

D- I'd call this a dessert beer... too much of this would it's special quality meant for moderation.

Photo of gunnerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a nice fluffy head and a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted oats and barley with hints of chocolate, cocoa nibs and hops. I truly enjoy the taste of this wonderful beer, nice creamy balance of chocolate with just a slight hop bitterness, after taste of dark chocolate. Not much carbonation just nice creamy choclate oat taste. This was my first offering from Anderson Valley and it really blew me away, a nice highly drinkable stout.

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a jet black with a thin, creamy beige head, excellent lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, caramel, some toasted oats, vanilla, and malts.

taste is semi-watery, bitter sweet chocolate, some coffee, a touch of roasted nuts, slightly sour, oats, and some vanilla, end is somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

Photo of damienblack
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick dark brown. Aggressive pour leads to an absolutely massive head. Not a ton in the way of lacing though. Smells pleasant, big yeasty smell, lots of sweetness and a touch of coffee. Taste is a pleasant balance between roastiness, sweetness, and a touch of coffee. Roastiness doesn't overwhelm, and it's more sweet than anything. Normally sweet stouts aren't my thing, but it works here. Nice and creamy, but I would like a little more heft behind the body. Not quite watery, but not as much gravity as I would like. Very drinkable, though. Excellent for a hot day when you don't want a very thick stout.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, under the bottle cap states, "There's something about a Boonville beer man."

Pours into a pint glass a dark brown with glints of cola brown around the edges. Nice couple fingers of tan head that dies down to a nice cover on top.

Nose is caramel and roasted malts and hints of honey - smells like breakfast! Slight astringency in the back.

The entry is ridiculously sweet and creamy. Honey and milk at the beginning, followed by a nice sweet roasting flavor and tinges of caramels, light touches of honey oats. Wow, this is one sweet (and yet oddly drinkable) beer. Slight roasted bitterness in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and yet a slightly prickly carbonation that detracts a touch from it. Can't help but think that this would be an absolutely delightful dessert beer because of its sweetness but it also reminds me of honey nut cheerios so, it could be for breakfast as well! Good for any time of the day!

The lightness combined with great flavors that open a bit as the beer warms, combined with the lower ABV, makes this a great (if not one of the best) sessionable stout that I would definitely drink again. Cheers to Anderson Valley!

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

Pours a dark brown color but is black in the glass with dark mahogany highlights. Nice cascading tan head that had excellent retention. Nice roasty aroma, light chocolate and caramel comes through, especially as it warms up. Taste is a very smooth mixture of roasty malts and dark bitter chocolate, light hopping. Creamy, silky mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Very easy drinking dark stout. This was a great extra sent my way by washburnkid. Thanks Judy!

Photo of jminsc76
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Relaxing at Laurel Tavern and in the mood for a stout. Pours a creamy, smooth, slightly brownish/slightly grayish head atop a dark brown, blackish body. The visuals are decent, with the initial pour being the best part.

Aromas of roasted coffee, a little espresso, and some oats. Not too intense, and it doesn't improve greatly upon warming up.

The flavors are where the heart of this beer is, and include strong roasted coffee, toasted and bready oats, and slight malt. Mouthfeel is hearty and the creamy consistency creates a soft, almost velvety feel on the palate. Nothing punching me in the mouth here, but very enjoyable due to the overall refinement of the flavors and the smooth, silky mouthfeel.

(updated on 6/10/09)

I decided to rank this one higher. Having tried some of the other oatmeal stouts, I definitely have a better understanding of what this beer style is all about, and it meets the criteria beautifully.

Photo of photomike
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a towering beige head. Great retention and ideal lacing. Near perfect appearance for the style.

Smell is pure malt and oats.

Taste is malty and very oaty. Cocoa powder or dark chocolate is noticeable. I really appreciate the amount of oats here; if i want an oatmeal stout, I want it to taste like breakfast, goddamn it!

The body on this one is not as full as I anticipated. This really pumps up the drinkability, but its gonna take a bit of a hit in the mouthfeel department. Creamy and smooth, with a surprisingly clean finish.

Drinkability is very high. I would have no problem sessioning this beer, and given the availability and price, probably will in the near future.

Photo of washburnkid
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of my first craft beers, and it will always be a favorite. I get it for under $1.50 a bottle here, so it is a top go-to beer.

A: This brew fills my nonic perfectly with two fingers of creamy/bubbly tan head. Black and dark brown hues at the edges. There is some sticky webbing, though not a whole lot. A good-sized ring of foam sticks around for the session.
S: Malty aromas with dark fruits at front, oatmeal and molasses to follow.
T: Coffee, and a bowl of oatmeal smothered in sweet maple syrup. Definite coffee malts lingering (not quite espresso, but something milder). A slight perfumy, hop note rounds out the beer, and the sip has a bittersweet finish.
M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel and carbonated perfectly.
D: Easy and filling. I want to drink this for breakfast...over and over. This brewery is excellent.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark as a stout duh with a thin quickly diminishing and some thin lacing.
S: smells of fresh caramel and chocolate malts. There is some caramelized burnt sugar.
T: has a burnt cigar taste with some significant chocolate flavors
M/D: smooth and lightly carbonated with a refreshing feel. Easily drinkable.

Photo of originalsin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've always been a big fan of Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin IPA-such a typical west coast ale so, having so much free time today, I picked up 3 bombers of Anderson Valley's other offerings. Number 1 on my list is their oatmeal stout. Here we go.

A- This is a good looking stout. The color is quite dark, almost like a dark caramel-coffee color. There's some head on the pour that retains for a bit before retracting to a ring of lacing around the top of my pint glass.

S- My nose is a little stuffy but I get some chicory and a decent amount of dark chocolate as well as the toasted oat/biscuit aroma that's so prevalent among this style of brew.

T- The taste doesn't differ greatly from the aroma. The biscuit flavor is certainly there, as well as some dark chocolate and the aftertaste lingers for quite a bit- first a very faint bitterness followed by the unmistakable taste of flaked oats. mmmm

M- This is a really robust and complex beer. I love it. A bit watery, perhaps, but barely. It's got a great mouthfeel.

D- Oh of course. It goes down so easy. Really a tasty beer that I'd recommend to just about anyone.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Spiegelau oversized snifter.

Dark, espresso with a cappuccino head that retains forever. I don't expect a great deal of lacing in my snifter. The smell is clean and simple. The warm graininess of the oats is present, along with coffee and chocolate elements. Also, hops.

The flavor is just plain wonderful. Toastiness that you like to see in a stout, but slightly understated and subtle. Everything is right where it should be. The hops, malt sweetness, and body all compliment one another, and none of them vie for attention. Light coffee flavors, with hints of chocolate and toasted grains are all gently reigned in with a slightly tart, slightly bitter hops. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. Very good. I could drink these like crazy.

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A very attractive oatmeal stout. Opaque, rich black with lots of frothy tan head and some good lacing.

S-A bit sweet with some background coffee notes.

T-Roasted malt and molasses in the front, some nice sourness in the finish with a mild hop kick. Tasty.

M-Nice body from the oatmeal, moderately rich and creamy.

D-Really nicely drinkable. Moderate ABV, lots of flavor, good body. A pleasure.


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

a snack in a bottle.

poured into a pint glass. very thin tan head, that disappears quickly. very dark letting very little light get through hint of cherry color. smells of smoked molasses and oats. tastes like sweet molasses (which I enjoy), oats(of course),chicory possibly. mouthful is dry not really syrupy, mildly carbonated and acidic. I could drink my normal 2 in 2 hours.

Photo of beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label an idyllic mountain valley with a bear drinking from a stream. And he has moose antlers. Back label has a description of the area pictured and of the beer. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, 4 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, yet complete coating, leaving behind no lacing. Some lacing does appear as I drink the pint. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, essentially black. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet, marshmallow with hints of chocolate and a slight sourness in the finish.

Taste: Some sweet lactose flavor with an underlying, mild roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nothing too impressive here. Overall, very bland and watery. And I was really looking forward to a proper stout this evening.

Photo of Source
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the 12oz bottle as part of a mix-n-match 6 pack.

A: Stout black with 1mm tan head which quickly faded to a nice lace ring.

S: Subtle malt, chicory, and milk chocolate.

T: Full bodied and complex with malt, coffee, and cocoa up front with a nice lingering hop sour cherry finish.

M: Really a pleasure to let warm and sip slowly. The kind you want to let roll around on your tongue for several seconds before you swallow to get all the flavors. Would pair nicely with a fine maduro cigar.

D: I could easily drink these all night. Nice moderate abv. Really a fine beverage.

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice, creamy, smooth oatmeal stout. It pours an inky black color with a small brown head that doesn't retain all that well, no lacing really. The nose on the beer is cherry dark chocolate, maybe a touch of coffee, maybe some roasted dark malts. The nose is good, it isn't overly pronounced, but it is inviting.

The beer is very smooth, maybe a touch watery, but it has that unmistakeable silkiness that comes from the oatmeal. There aren't any burnt or charred flavors in this stout, it is all about fine roasted malts, some chocolate malts, that chocolate cherry flavor that is so enjoyable, and a touch of hop in the finish. The beer does not have any prickliness to it, it is all creamy and smooth. At 5.7% ABV, this is eminently drinkable beyond the first. The beer has some carbonation, not much, but it isn't overly flat or lacking any efforvescence. This is a really nice beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Body appears a pitch black with auburn edges. A brown head rose a full two fingers, but faded very quickly.

Very light lacing. Heavy roasted malt aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted biscuits. Nothing breathtaking here.

Taste is of more heavily roasted malt with coffee and toasted biscuits and just a touch of dark chocolate. There is also an odd metallic flavor.

Medium bodied, carbonation is a little high. An acidic, metallic aftertaste. Not as thick and syrupy as I like my stouts.

Drinkability is ok. I am not a huge fan of the flavor profile of this beer, so the drinkability factor drops considerably for me.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great starting head, but it leaves little lace and dies to nearly no bubbles. Near black in color where no light shall shine through.

Dark black patent malt aromas. No cream to this stout. Slightly chalky. Reminiscent of espresso.

Lots of coffee flavors. Thin for an "Oatmeal" Stout. The flavor is extensive and makes up for any lightness in the body. The aftertaste is almost chewy--like the aftereffects of a coffee ice cream.

Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black brew that has a creamy tan head.

Aroma - A little smoke and molasses.

Mouthfeel - The mouth feel is an enigma. It's a full bodied velvety smooth brew that turns slightly watery and wet before changing to a dry finish.

Taste - Light molasses flavor up front followed by a smoky flavor that gives way to a dry roasted oats taste. There is a light floral background that works its way through the taste from beginning to end.

Overall - One of the best stouts I've ever had. Super complex and sophisticated in taste and texture.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.