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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 115
Gots: 149 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with no light penetration, and a thick brown head that retains nicely, you can tell this one's gonna be good. Smell is thick and ripe, big coffee, chocolate and roasted malt overtones with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Taste matches the aroma well, big coffee, dark chocolate and roasted flavors come through with a dark currant background and a light molasses flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and very smooth, a nice oatmeal stout for sure, the finish is slightly sweet and lingering. The drinkablilty is pretty high despite this being an oatmeal stout because of the extremely smooth mouthfeel.

silver0rlead, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of malty
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque midnight brown - almost black with a healthy beige head that descends to a thin layer with semi-lumpy patches.

Smells like tootsie rolls right off the bat. As I swirl and smell again and process deeper, scents of Mackinac Island walnut & chocolate fudge envelope my nostrils. Malted milk soon follows with a sweet yet faint smokiness also. Nutty nougat and dark chocolate are pronounced as well.

The flavor that follows is well represented by it's vast scents...bitter dark baking chocolate and lush roasted malts balanced by a leafy herbal hops that are neither bitter or dry, just a well placed equalizer to even things out. Mild coffee notes preclude this earthy herbalness I keep detecting. Faint leather component in the long and lush finish.

Mouthfeel is well constructed with just enough carbonation to keep this medium-full bodied stout interesting.

Drinkability is very nice seeing this oatmeal stout isn't overly sweet or cloying. No alcohol detected.

Overall a solid American representation of this style. Absolutely one of the freshest and appetizing scents of any bottled stout I've had to date. Very well constructed and sturdy from one of the cornerstone micro's out west. Hats off to another fine ale from AVBC!

malty, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of axisjones
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Toronado (many, many times)

Served in a tall AV mug, Barney Flats pours espresso black with a milk chocolate brown head. Laces all the way down and maintains a bit of head until the finish.

The smell is exceptional. I love the smell of oatmeal stout, but this one is above average. Rich oatmeal smells with coffee and a wet smokiness invade the nose, but the hop presence makes itself known as well.

The taste is bittersweet. There is a great play going on here between the strong roasted bitterness and the hop bitterness. On the malt side there is a strong espresso bitterness with dark chocolate notes all over a bowl of oatmeal. On the other side, Barney Flats has a much stronger hop profile than most oat stouts. Its west coast heritage is in effect with the bittering hops which add a spicy floral quality. Goes down rich and indulgent and finishes dry.

This is the best oatmeal stout I have had, and I have had quite a few. While this is not as smooth as many, it has such a pronounced flavor while still maintaining the silky smoothness indicative of the style. For a hophead this is also a satisfying oat stout. Killer beer, I can session these all night long and feel decadent as hell.

axisjones, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Your typical oatmeal stout. Nothing special here, but a pretty good representation of the style. Poured out to dark brown coffee like color with a caramel colored head. Odors of coffee, malt and a touch of sugar, all very light. Flavor is that of cocoa, oats and an overall roasted tone to the taste. Finished slightly sweet, and quite thick. Not bad, but I would go with Samuel Smith. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very black color but certainly not the "pitch black" you find in some stouts. Decent head that quickly receedes. Low aroma-some roasted malt and what I can only assume is a copious amount of oats. Almost cookie like. Nice roasted flavor with a slight bitterness. Some coffee flavor. Velvety smooth though just a tad thin. A fine example of an oatmeal stout.

lackenhauser, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night, with a good head on it's shoulders (although it diminishes quickly. Smell is good, some buttery aromas are there, but it's mostly sweet chocolate aroma. Taste it full, mostly chocolate malt, some butterscotch as well. Nice, thick and just the right level of carbonation in my book. This one is a solid beer.

deejaydan, May 23, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes updated 1/6/2011: Still a tasty classic. Deep brown in color, lots of molasses, licorice, and dark barley in the rich roasted character. Clean, earthy hop flavors and a refreshingly crisp finish for a stout. Extra overall points - there's something about this you can't pin down - the style as it was meant to be.

original scores 4/4/4/4/3

NIce very dark brown short lived head. Almost black in color. Nice aromas of coffee, earthiness, and chocolate. The carbonation in this beer is done well. Nice smooth, almost silky mouthfeel. Nice flavors as well. Flavors of coffee, soil like earthiness, oatmeal of course, and the perfect touch of hoppiness. I really like this oatmeal stout.

blackie, May 18, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy an Anderson Valley beer. This one was no exception. Pours a deep dark black with shades of brown and red around the edges. Nice puffy brown head. Smells like singed barley and malt. Taste is equally roasty and malty. Lighty hopped too, with some buttery flowery statements. There's a really nice milky creamy quality to this one, which I love. Real smooth medium mouthfeel, lighter and not as thick as most stouts. Definate plus. And as a result of the more medium mouthfeel and texture it's less filling and super drinkable. I actually finished the whole sixer last night. I meant to save half for the Red Sox opener tonight, oops. Guess I'll have to scrounge between the cusions for change and go buy more goodness.

twelvsies, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Stimack
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a deep dark brown to almost black color with a fair sized dark brown head that had fair retention and lacing. The brew had aromas of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Nice smelling brew but I am having a hard time picking up much in the way of an oatmeal essence. The taste is very nice, roasted malts and chocolate are the first thing that I notice with highlight of caramel and coffee. Also notice the up front tastes breaking to a hop-ness that goes well with this brew. Not the best oatmeal stout or even stout I have had but a solid offering.

Stimack, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany. The head is slightly dark tan. It fades fast leaving minimal laces. From the second I opened the bottle, I was assulted by a strong malty aroma. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Slight coffee smell also. Maybe a hint of caramel. It tastes sweet. Malty with a good coffee flavor. It is rather creamy. It coats the inside of my mouth with a creamy, sweet layer. It goes down smooth. Good carbonation. This beer would make an excelent session beer because it is low in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not overly aggressive, but it is not too bland. If you see this beer, you should at least try it. I will buy it again. Good oatmeal stout.

OStrungT, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of BadBadger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather good oatmeal stout. Pours from the bottle pitch black. A beautiful foamy tan head forms and lasts for a resonable amount of time. The smell is mild, with just hints of the mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops containted within. The taste is good but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is certainly smooth but seems somewhat thin. A stout worth checking out if the opportunity arises. Enjoy.

BadBadger, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Actually, I rank this somewhat lower than most...

I love oatmeal stout, Sam Smith is my favorite, but this seems to lack distinction.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Aroma is very mild with hinds of toasty something or other.

Flavors, typical coffee, chocolate, roastedness expected from the style.

Lacked the body I was searching for, and the carbonation seemed slightly off. It is good, but I was unfortunately unimpressed. This beer lacked something that would make you say "ah!" which is what I think really matters.

beersarang, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Really liked this one. Heaps of flavour. Malts are porridgey, cooky-ish, roasted, sweetish to start, finishes bitter and slightly off-dry, long finish, tasty stout. Re-rate:Didn't like it as much this time, not as much flavour as i remembered the first time round. Still nice.

rastaman, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of HogHill
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror, whoops - that's another song...Darkness descends into the glass, it appears black, held against natural light I can see dark brown tones. The head is a pleasing tan foam which leaves a lace trail on the glass as I drink more. This stout smells great, lots of java and dark malt in the nose. The flavors that register first are roasted malts, with traces of dark chocolate and coffee. The hop bitterness shines through the more this sits in the mouth. I enjoyed this Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout on a cold overcast Saturday afternoon with a small dish of coffee ice cream with fresh banana slices.

HogHill, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: Dark chocolate pour with crimson undertones. Nice head retention with bubbles going from medium to small as you near the top. Completely opaque black when held up to light.

Smell: Light smoke, light chocolate cookie sweetness - a sort of hybrid between the sweet and smokey smells of Samuel Smith's and Wolaver's (respectively).

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey (without being cloying) paired with a generous infusion of hops up front. Hints of roasted coffee and smoke. Well balanced in the mouth and in the bittersweet dark cocoa aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without being watery. Refreshing. Medium crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Well balanced all around. Easy to go for a second pint.

EPseja, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank one of these babies after a North Coast Old 38 Stout, there's no comparison. It's black as midnight with a rocky milk chocolate colored head that has remarkable retention and leaves some patchy lace. Succulant malty aromas of dark, toasted grain, creamy caramel, dark fruits (cherries, plums), and chocolate. Taste is all that and then some! Lots of creamy caramel and chocolate flavors, buttery and bitter-sweet. Notes of dark, pit-fruits, creme-brule, figs, and raisens. There's the requisite oatmeal creaminess and texture. Mouthfeel is big and chewy, body is big. Oily and thick, just the way I like it. Finish is creamy, silky, and lush. Overall, a super stout. I'd love to see it on nitro-draft.

AlexJ, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of CVC
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 22 oz. bomber; served in a pint glass.

Pours a black as midnight color with NO reddish hues. Has a dark tan, pinky-finger head which dies very quickly. Leaves no lace. Bubbles float around in circles on the top. Smells faintly of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of plums and raisins. Tastes dark and plummy, with some coffee in there, too. Leaves little aftertaste. Has a very thick oatmeal mouthfeel, with some sharp carbonation.

The taste is certainly the best thing about this brew. The appearance and smell are nothing special. But it has that oatmeal stout look which makes it somewhat appealing to me. I like this beer though. It's one Anderson Valley's better ones. And it's good not pay $9 a six-pack for it (goes for no more than $7.49 around here). All in all, in conclusion, to wrap it up, I've bought this beer many times in the past, and I'd buy it many more times in the future.

CVC, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a creamy sticky brown head. Smells like sweet coffee with a little hops. Oh my God, I love the taste of this beer. It has a thick and creamy (almost chewy) chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The sweetness is blalanced well with some spicy hops. I love this beer that is all I have to say! Expensive, but well worth it! I could drink the beer for breakfast!

Luigi, Jan 19, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a black base with a dark tannish head with good rentention and a few lines of lacing. The aroma is like a bold french roasted coffee mixed with Hershey's cocoa.

Now this baby is a stout, it tastes more like a traditional stout versus an oatmeal stout but it works; roasted malts, and a french roast coffee with a kick of chocolate and a few hints of caramel. After the beer settles it's an absolute pleasure in the mouth, but early on it's a touch rough. Very drinkable for a stout, it tastes like a porter more than an oatmeal stout, but that doesn't bother me.

Final Thought: Yummy, one of my favorite styles shines in the tasting spotlight, this is a damn good beer.

mobyfann, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At one point this was one of my favorite stouts of all time, but that was early in my beer drinking days. It actually was one of the beers that contributed to my beer revelation, when, at college, a housemate of mine that was from Anderson valley brought a shitload of the beers to try.
Since then, I've had better stouts, and even better examples of an oatmeal stout, but this remains an excellent, easy drinking example. Smooth, bitter, sweet, roasty, and nutty all at once, but I like a bit more mouthfeel in my stouts.
Still, if this were available more readily in NYC, I'd have it on hand all the time.

bultrey, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled off tap last Wednesday. The beer came a nice black color with a finger of tan head that sticks around nicely as I drank the beer. The nose had a lot of chocolate and creamy oat character and a touch of coffee, though a touch too weak for my taste. The flavor was creamy chocolate and a bit of coffee on the finish, though all together a bit light. The feel was thick and creamy and smooth. Nice all around. Overall, a very solid offering from Anderson Valley, though maybe just a touch too thin for my senses on the flavor and nose.

kmpitz2, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of krberg
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours midnight black with a thick, chocolate milk head. Looks very much like a stout.

Light chocolate notes in the nose combined with an english-style tang.

Almost roasted-bitter but not quite. A sweet flavor rushes up on the CO2 just in time to balance this stout out. Very nice. There is a slight hop bitterness in the end followed by a smooth roastiness.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and chewy but not overly filling.

If my local gets this on tap I will spend hours this winter drinking this down. Great session beer!

Barney Flats may very well be the best oatmeal stout I have ever tried. Solidly balanced with lots of flavor, yet smooth and drinkable. Wow!

krberg, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mountain landscape with golden highlights and a humorous explanation about the local dialect on the back.

Black 98% opaque leaving nary a glint of light through the pour with a spumescent 1/2 “ frothy khaki brown head cap which leaves no lace.

Dark fruit prune scents and roasted malts. Some black coffee notes.

First Swigs: Toasted caramel malts with an immediate sweet ‘n sour character. Citrous lemon peel dryness in the aftertaste. Plain yogurt notes with a light nod towards black coffee and molasses.

Easy sudsy feel. Medium to full bodied feel. Fits the “one per night” limit for me, but is actually not too wild to enjoy in a session if need be.

Last Swigs: Toasted malt ease with lemon peel bite. This is missing something to be great. Leagues behind Sam Smith but then again, what ain’t? With 5.7% ABV, easy to drink. Admittedly, these stouts are not my fave.

Beer is good. Happy American West coast Oatmeal Stout beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of maltedmilk
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with no head to speak of , very low on carbonation. A sweet chocolate taste and caramel smell, perhaps a hint of coffee.

My first oatmeal stout so I don’t have a comparison to make. I do like this . Even with oatmeal and coffee, I’m not sure it’s breakfast food .

maltedmilk, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, looks like a stout, just a glint of light on the edges, tan head, moderate lacing sliding down the sides of the glass. Nose is malt and burnt malt. Nice roasted flavors, slick oily mouthfeel. Drying hoppy finish with more burnt notes, decent OS, good sessioner for stout lovers.

Billolick, Dec 17, 2004
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.