Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 117
Gots: 160 | FT: 3
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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 SpecialK088
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark near black blocks out direct light, good head no real lace.

S-Very roasted, rich chocolate notes of vinilla.

T&M-The issue I seem to be having with all anderson valley beers is their lack of complexity in the flavor, light nots of all the nose come through in the flavor but the melt away into a very thin watery middle and finish overall not bad just nothing that stands out for the price of the beer.

D-Too expensive for what I've been getting so far its ok.

Photo of naterock
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours extremely black with a two finger head, nothing really sticks to the glass.

malty roasty smell with a hint of chocolate.

taste is thin an weak, basic for a oatmeal stout. some chocolate and roasted malt.

mouth is thick but not very rich, drinks easy but I'm not really sure that's a good thing for an oatmeal stout. I liked this beer but I come to expect more from such a highly rated beer.

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

appearance- a deep dark brown almost black with a mocha head. Head did not last very long. Left spots of lace
Smell- a lot going on in the nose in this one chocolate, cocoa, and some coffee also.
taste- everything in the nose + roasted malts also getting some hops
mouthfeel- very smooth medium body stout. good carbonation.
drinkability- very good easy to drink oatmeal stout overall. I thought it could have been a bit heaver body.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received from Abankovich in trade. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with tremendous head and it left amazing lacing on the walls of my pint glass.
Smell: The smell is rather "soft" and I get scents of chocolate, grassy hops, and roasted grain.
Taste: The flavor starts out with the roasted malt coming in very unaggressively and was quite pleasant. It was followed with a combination of cocoa, caramel, and there is also an orchard fruitiness to it as well, but that flavor is really hidden nicely, but supports the other flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel: This is the only spot this beer loses points with me. The mouthfeel is quite thin, but leaves a good chocolaty flavor on the back of the palate.
Drinkability: I would certainly purchase more of this beer, and it will be a new six pack that I will be picking up when I go to Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

Really nice beer. There are certainly bigger oatmeal stouts out there, but this was just relaxing and really nice.

Photo of kflorence
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an opaque black with some nice, thick brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Looks like a sturdy stout, interested to see how thick this one will be.

S: This beer has a very pleasant aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Very earthy, nothing overpowering, perhaps a bit on the sweet side.

T: Hop presence is definitely detectable, didn't pick it up on the aroma... not a bad thing. Adds a little dry, bitterness to the otherwise sweet flavor of chocolate, malt and espresso. I think the dark chocolate flavor shines through the most here for me, the coffee flavor is present, but subtle (i am glad they did not go with the coffee dominated taste here). Could have a little less hops and a little more malts for my taste, but pretty solid overall. Lingering aftertaste is a little dry at first, but then smooths out into a dark chocolate flavor; quite nice.

M: This beer hits the tongue a lot lighter than it would seem on first glance. It has pretty good masked carbonation, which probably helps. I'd say it's medium bodied; definitely not syrupy or heavy, but not exactly a session beer either.

D: Pretty good drinkability for a stout. Tastes good, goes down easily. Not bad.

Definitely a finely crafted beer and a solid stout. While it doesn't distinguish itself quite like the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, it possess plenty of flavor and it's easy to drink.

As a quick aside... let this one warm up a little bit, really brings out the flavors. As the bottle suggests, serve at 40-45F!

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque body. Thin tan head dissipated quickly.

S: Smell is full of roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate. Some caramel sweetness in there as well.

T: Dominated by a lightly bitter roasted taste. Mostly earthy coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. There's a very faint sourness towards the finish. No after taste.

M: Medium bodied. Maybe a little thinner than I was expecting and not as creamy smoothe as other oatmeal stouts I've had. There's some crispness to this one.

D: A good tasting beer. Being lighter than other oatmeal stouts I've had, this beer went down easy.

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

I heard from others that this was an excellent oatmeal stout, and they were right. Dark brown pour with a small, thick tan head. Aroma is semisweet chocolate and oatmeal, with some toasted malts. The taste is very smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel. Lots of caramel, some chocolate, and full of oats and malt. Definitely will finds its way into my fridge again.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into tumbler

A- pours black as night and is completely opaque. Nice 1 finger creamy beige head with good retention. Small amount of lacing lines the glass.

S- Very pleasant roasted coffee beans with hints of chocolate. Small amount of roasted nuts along with malts and oatmeals and breads.

T- Very dry up front with a nice bitter finish with taste predominately of coffee beans and dark chocolate. The finish is very smooth and is not overpowering like stouts can be.

M- Medium-light body with some carbonation

D- I am impressed by this beer. IMO the drinkability is much higher than other beers from this style. Great brew from a reputable brewery. Well done.

Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich brown ale with a wimpy cocoa colored head that ends into almost complete nothingness. The ale is still as can be.

S: A sweet chocolate or carafa malt comes through most. A bitterness from some zesty slightly fruity hops. Not as complex as I anticipated. Pretty one dimensional but strong and pleasant.

T: Not a whole lot different. More chocolate than coffee but a note is there. A slight creaminess and smooth flavor of oats. Hops slighty sweet fruit zest enriches the bitterness of the roast grain.

M: Thin, still, average head retention.

D: A fair, slightly above average oatmeal stout that is easy to drink.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked one of these open for Thanksgiving and split it with my dad.

Pours a deep brown. A little more watery looking than I'm looking for in a stout. Smell is sweet sugar, chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee. Taste magnifies the sugar and chocolate, not as much coffee in the taste. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste. The silky-smooth mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Moderate carbonation and good drinkability.

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

Bottle on 10/08/05.

Poured brown color with an average off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Full aroma of toasted chocolate and caramel. Medium to full body witha creamy texture. Moderate complex sweet flavor with a long finish.

Very good brew.

Photo of marcpal
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a night of some oatmeal stouts that have been in the fridge. Sam Smith takes the cake but this one wasnt bad.

Bottle graphic: 2/10. Like the brewery, despise the bottle designs.

A: Light appearance although it is dark as night Came off bubbly and aerated.

S: Brown sugar combined with chocolate sugars. More semi sweet and tangy. Some sting of bitterness.

T: Grainy and oaty, if thats a word. I usually am not a fan of oatmeal stouts that push too strong on the coffee undertones and this one is true to oatmeal and oat alone. Dry right up front with flavors of smoked almonds.

M: Among the lightest and flintiest of oatmeal stouts I have ever had. Almost like a light oatmeal, not really a bad thing either. Based on this, thought carbonation would have destroyed it but it did not.

D: Nothing remarkable or multi-dimensional. The oatmeal is there, the qualities of a good stout are there. Well done and thought out, nice to see one that plays more on the oatmeal flavors than going the coffee route.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a small tan head. The retention is okay with some lace being left behind.

S: Nice roasty aromas with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Coffee flavors really come out in this one. The chocolate is there as well, with a hint of smokey goodness.

M: Medium in body, not as smooth and silky as most top notch Oatmeal Stouts.

D: Fairly drinkable, pretty solid, but not great.

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a bubbly, foamy, caramel-colored head that left sticky rings of soapy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oatmeal and dark roasted coffee. Then I began to pick up notes of caramel, sweet chocolate and some light floral notes.

T - Great taste of bitter and sweet. Bitter coffee, oatmeal and chocolate notes complimented by sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slight sharp bite. A medium bodied beer.

D - A great oatmeal stout. Very easy drinking with no bitter aftertaste.

Photo of PaulieD
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 for $10 at BFW in baltimore.

Great classic oatmeal stout. Everything I anticipated. Would not say it's exceptional enough to warrant the $10 price, but will definitely enjoy every bit that I still have.

Poured well with about a 1/2 inch head. Head only lasted a minute. Not much carbonation - tended to get flat towards the bottom of the pint.

Aroma was great - lots of chocolate and good malty smell. Flavor was similar to the smell - it was great. Definitely one of the better stouts I've had.

Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of mocha chocolate with hints of coffee. Some oatmeal comes through in the tastes along with the chocolate, roast, and coffee. Lightly bitter. Overall a decent Oatmeal Stout.

Notes from 11/12/04

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A dark dark brown beer that poured thick like an oatmeal stout should. The head is creamy, and mixed large and small bubbles gives great head.

S- A coffee smell is there, its not strong. The oatmeal thickness can be smelled mixing with the roasted malts. I'm getting a slightly sweet chocolate taste in this beer as well.

T- This is kinda flat in terms of flavor. There is lots of coffee taste, but very dry in taste as well. There is slight chocolate taste, but its kinda not hitting the spot.

M- Thickish, but not enough carbination to help the thickness.

D- Its ok. I haven't been too thrilled on the taste of some of the Anderson Valley beers.

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

I picked up a sixer of Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout as part of my continuing search for the best oatmeal stout in terms of taste and price. And Barney Flats definitely delivers in all the right ways.

Appearance. The head is about two fingers initially, but dissipates quite slowly. Some lace is left behind, not much. Pretty much black with some brown highlights around the edges.

Smell. There is a nice aroma that comes out upon pouring, but it isn't particularly strong. The smell and flavor really go hand in hand. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are the most noticeable in the nose as well as on the palate.

Taste. Really good, and exactly what I expect when I think of what an oatmeal stout should taste like. The bittersweet chocolate is up front, with roasted coffee soon behind. The roasted malty flavors really take over on this one and that's just how I like it. This beer has a really nice, dark roasty finish that I love.

Feel. If I had one complaint about this it would be that this oatmeal stout is not quite as full as I would like. Very smooth, just comes up short on the creaminess.

Drinkability. Which leads me to the drinkability...for a stout, this is probably the most drinkable and sessionable I've had. Creamy and smooth but not super thick, this stuff goes down almost too easily.

At $10/6-pack, Barney Flats is not particularly cheap. However, it is better and not as expensive as Samuel Smith's version. This is one of the best beers that I've had recently, and I would highly recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle. Very dark black with a brown head. Very inviting roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the nose with a nice sweet maltiness with roasted edges. Slight mineral graininess and astringency. Definately some cold black coffee and dark chocolate notes. Very well rounded and tasty, more integrity than many oatmeal stouts I've had. Decently filling which affects the overall drinkabilty. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a tasty stout that I will be having again.

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

Pour black with two finger khaki head. Retention is quite good with decent lacing.

An overall sweet aroma, think coffee and sweet cream. Chocolate notes are in there as well.

Sweet twang there that I was not expecting. Roasted malt and coffee flavors behind. Nice balanced bitterness.

Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall a very decent brew.

Photo of sleazo
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a dark cola looking liquid. Actually resembles coca cola down to the large bubbled carbonation in the glass.

S_Sweet coffee laced chocolate aroma. Minor alcohol notes

T_Coffee dominates at first followed by a nicely roasted grain note. Not overly complicated but it gets down to the correct stout notes one would expect.

M_Rather light bodied and overly carbonated. No oatmeal silk at all. The look turned out to be indicative of the feel.

D_A decent beer, but as an Oatmeal it just doesn't stand out. The thicker mouthfeel is absent and the overall complexity is lacking. A shame as I have enjoyed other beers from the brewery.

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

This oatmeal stout poured a rich dark brown with a brown two-finger head in a pint glass.

The smell had predominately roasted malt aroma and a touch of hop aroma as well. The flavor had a rich and sweet malt body with a medium hop flavor and very smooth finish. Bitterness was managed and pleasant, with additional coffee and chocolate flavors present as well. Consistency was heavy and carbonation was medium/low.

This was an exceptionally well-balanced stout that was very smooth and enjoyable to drink. It would be well-suited to meals as well as cold winter months. Definately worth a try!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate with some light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is also a well balance mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some nice black chocolate notes. Creamy texture is really enjoyable with some good carbonation. Very well done and well balance while still being easily drinkable.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet molasses, a touch of diacytl and a good burnt grain.

The taste was a touch sweet with a drying burnt grain. Good coffee and chocolate elements as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and complex oatmeal stout.

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

A: Black! Off white/tan head. A bit of head retenetion

S: A chocolaty roasted smell. A lot of sweetness coming through as well.

T: Chocolate flavours come through a lot, but a raosted bitterness comes through at the end to balance it out. The beer is quite tasty and has a perfect balance.

M: Creamy, but could be a bit thicker.

D: Yep

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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