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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 207 | 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 udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm torn...I thought I knew the style, but this doesn't seem that much like an oatmeal stout. (I guess I need to do more research!)
...but I like this a lot. I'll go ahead and grade based on my feelings for the individual beer and ignore my preconceived notions of what an oatmeal stout is like.

12 oz. bottle.
Nearly black color, tan head fading soon but clinging to the side.
Smell is composed mostly of coffee and a bit of chocolate. There's a suggestion of sweetness there. I find I can hardly wait for a taste.

Taste is as smell - wonderful, and the touch of sweetness is nice. Feels a bit thin in the mouth, at least compared to some other oatmeal stouts. Not bad...just not what I expected. I'm not getting too much oatmeal. I'd rate this highly on my sweet stout scale. Carbonation is low, and the beer is a bit drying on my tongue with a subtle lightly bitter coffee taste; it makes me want another sip...

...which makes the drinkability very high. A little higher than I'd like, frankly, but I can't hardly fault the brewer for making a "too delicious!" beer!
Nicely done. Look forward to my next trip out west, otherwise this 6-pack will have to suffice.
updated 2/13...after some more "research" I think I understand the style better. And this is one of the best.

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

I bought a 12oz bottle due to a recent interest in oatmeal stouts and tried it right after Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. Barney Flats was slightly better overall, definitely better appearance with a creamy looking foam and more opaque liquid. The smell had a little more chocolate too, but was mostly roasted malt aroma. The flavor was roasted malt and as per spec the mouthfeel was a creamy texture. Nice, now onto Samuel Smiths.

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

Yes I must agree with the last reviewer, but this is my first time trying this one, and damn, I wish I had more than one. Nice chocolatey malts with slight twingy hops at the end with of course an oatmealish background, and maybe a slight bit of coffee. Pours a nice tan head with a very black colored beer. Just an outstanding stout and I cannot say this about many stouts, but I could make this a session brew.

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

I loved this stout. Even my father liked it and he doesn't like dark beers.

A - Very dark, typical stout color. The head was a creamy, light brown which stuck to the glass the whole way down.

S - Bittersweet Chocolate, Coffee, and dark roasted malt.

T - Very smooth throughout. The chocolate & coffee were always there to keep you happy.

M - Left a nice subtle coffee taste on the tongue.

D - A great stout to have anytime. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a nice creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweetness, chocolate, roasted grains and a slight coffee.

Taste: Starts with a bitter chocolate flavor and then moves to a roasted oat and finishes with a coffee flavor. The chocolate and coffee really standout. Leaves a nice sweet coating in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. Great for a stout.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another good beer from Anderson Valley. Keep up the good work!!

Photo of theopholis
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Wow! This stuff is black, even when held up to the light. Pours a very VERY creamy, dark tan head to. Looks like it has some impressive staying power. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma- Great toasted, roasted malt and grains. The roasted nose is really impressive. Has a distinct coffee smell, but not good coffee, GREAT coffee. Some chocolate hints in there to.

Taste- Nice balance of rosted malt and oats. Just a hint of hop bitterness. No floral hops at all. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel- Beautiful. Slightly heavy body. Very creamy for a non-nitrogenated beer. Perfect carbonation. Lingers in the mouth very nicely with a chewy oatmeal feel. If you like oatmeal stouts, give this one a whirl.

Drinkability-If you don't like stouts, and especially oatmeal stouts, you may not like this one. But as an oatmeal stout; WOW!! Not overly heavy, but heavy enough to be interesting.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A pitch-black bitch on a cold winter's night, this gold medal winner was just what I was looking for tonight. For some reason I have never reviewed this beer even though it's one of my favorites. I've got one now, so here we go...

Dark as night with a shallow mocha head. The nose on this one is enough to make your eyes roll back in your head. The aroma is that of the perfect mixture of pale, toasted and caramel malt. It is truly like no other beer I have experienced. Like a milk chocolate toffee bar formed around sweet caramel malt husks.

The flavors continue the almost erotic imagery from the nose but swirl in a heavenly roastiness, like perfectly French-roasted and pressed coffee beans, only better. This beer is everything it should be with an emphasis on the toasty caramel malt sweetness. Medium-bodied for a stout, the high kiln roasts provide just enough fullness on the tongue.

Brown sugar sweet with a chewy oatmeal presence, this may well be the best sweet stout beer on the planet. How's that for a review? I dig it. If you haven't had this beer yet, stop reading this immediately and go get some. 'Nuff said.

Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Dark dark black with a very small weak tan head. Smell is roasted malts and a little smokey.

Taste is a little coffee, nutty, with a fairly slick mouthfeel but the carbonation is present enough to make it feel a little rough. A little more watery feeling than I thought for this Oatmeal stout.

It's not a bad beer, so I'd say it's pretty drinkable, it just doesn't live up to what I think is a very good oatmeal stout. It really reminds me of a porter in both mouthfeel and taste. After reading the Alstrom bros' reviews from a few years ago I really think they must've dumbed this beer down lately.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Cactus Grill during my recent trip to Boston. Typed up from notes.

Poured a dark, almost black color. Thick and foamy head that was a bit tan. Lots of lace. Nose was hiding from me. Just some hoppy bitterness. No softness.

Where were the oats? Made me think more of a baltic porter with coffee and a touch of sourness. Dark, botter chocolate too. Minty hops more than anything else. Not smooth or rich. Not soft. Mostly biting. No real lingering flavors. Boring and disappointing because I have enoyed most of the other offerings from this brewery.

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love me some oatmeal stout...

Appearance: Dark, velvety smooth as if poured into my pint glass, light coffee colored head.

Smell: Oatmeal and some roasted notes.

Taste: Oaty flavor with a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel: Semi-bodied, not completely full.

Drinkability: I'm not necessarily all about the smokey finish but I have had several bottles because overall it is quite delicious.

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 2 1/2" dark beige dense head. Black stout with a little brown around the edges. Good retention, full lace.

S - Sweet grain. Chocolate. Sour flash. Faint grassy hop. Smells great.

T - Earthy, roasty malt. Coffee. Big caramel as it warms. Minty eucalyptus?? Generously hopped, drys out the finish and leaves only a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. Low to middle on the carbonation. Much less sweet than I expected from an oatmeal stout.

D - Good drinkability. Solid stout.

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

Very dark, opaque brown with a big oily tan head. Nutty, charred malt smell, with a little floral alcohol scent not too far from hair spray.

Tastes sharp, tangy and alcoholic. A little bitter chocolate. Loose mouthfeel. Pretty powerful carbonation for a stout.

I'm not an oatmeal stout guy, and this one hasn't changed that.

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

Finally got around to reviewing this old time favorite. I remember this was one of my first favs about 10 years ago.

Pours from a bomber a jet black color with a nice small retaining head.

Smells of burnt chocolates, very bittersweet aromas.

This is a very drinkable stout, not overpowering or strong on the flavors, but tasty and drinkable. Body is a bit light, but the flavors of oats, chocolate, and just a touch of bitter hops is quite good.

This isn't a stout that is going to blow you away, but it's very session worthy. Good stuff.

Photo of mnesporov
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 12 fl oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A dark chocolate black with a 1 finger head that is mocha colored.

Smell: Sweet and roasted smell with hints of coffee and oats.

Taste: A very rich stout with a lot of sweetness. I also hinted caramel, hops and chocolate with a very bittersweet finish.

Mouth-Feel: an extremely full-bodied, creamy stout with an assume finish.

Drink-Ability: A good addition to anyone who likes stouts!

Notes: This stout tastes don’t truly come out until it warms up a little.

Photo of shirfan
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown highlights give way from an otherwise opaque blackness. Very little foam remains after the initial pour.

Aroma of rich, dark sweet malt. A whiff of dark coffee beans and chocolate syrup.

Ultra smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel and light bitterness make this an easy-drinking stout. Middle of the road between sweet and dry. Nice dark malt flavor with hints of coffee and cream.

A refreshing change from ever bigger and bolder stouts.

Photo of Pooba001
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with light brown tannish head that doesn't quickly dissipate. Real dark, pretty. Smell is roasted grain, chocolate, sweetness, oat and coffee are barely present.

Taste is a great blend of this style's flavors: sweet, roasty, earthy, grainy, chocolatey. Hop bitterness is low. One of the best in its genre.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, good even for an oatmeal stout. Smooth, full, and creamy without being slick or overpowering. Drinkability is very good, a few more of these might disappear tomorrow night.

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color with a massive beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

Smell: Mocha aromas with a touch of brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge

Taste: Starts with a rich mocha and chocolate flavor; mid-palate, the brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge arrives; after the swallow, a hoppy/coffee bitterness with a touch of acidity blends to make for a satisfyingly complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth as silk from the oatmeal addition

Drinkability: If there is a more drinkable outmeal stout, one would be hard-pressed to find it

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head, with some decent retention and some decent lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown, almost black. This is a very good looking beer.

Smell - chocolate, caramel, maltbread. Very inviting.

Taste - same as the smell. Chocolate, caramel and maltbread. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - full, and sort of fluffy.

Drinkability - this is good beer and very sessionable.

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

Beautiful beer! Pours a very dark black with a foamy, small tan head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicious -- sweet, dark chocolate, a hint of licorice -- very solid smell. The taste is also sweet, with a bitter semisweet chocolate aftertaste. So nice. For a sweet, bitter beer, the mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is high. I would love to drink these all night. Great beer!

Photo of peabody
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark with just a tad of lacing. the suds are few and tan but stay around in the pint glass for quite some time.
Aroma is chocolate and coffee and sugar and fruity malt and slight hop.
The taste is very nice here. Just as good as Samuel Smiths. But SS is just a tad better all around. Fruity chocolate and just a slight
bitter coffee flavor followed by a nutty semi-sweet flavor. The hop bitterness shines through here quite nice.
Mouthfeel is clean and leaves a maltyness along with the bitterness of the hops.
Yep, one could drink a 6-er of these bad boys without even blinking.
Great at any temperature.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's Stout, Porter, and Barleywine Season!!!! I love this beer.

Pours a midnight black, not allowing any light to peak through, with a tremendous frothy, light brown head that lingers on and keeps you company throughout the life of the beer. Tremendous lacing. A beauty of a beer to behold!

Smells of rich chocolate, very nutty, malty sweetness, and roastiness. Amazing.

Taste is, again, very nutty, rich and chocolately, coffee tones, sweetness from the oatmeal and dark malts, some toffeeish and caramel undetones. A slight hop bitterness comes in towards the middle/end and ends of dry. Pure bliss!

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkable? ABSOLUTELY! I could easily take down an entire sixer of these babies in the cold winter by a nice warm fire. Despite, it's heaviness, the drinkability is outstanding. It's so damn tasty, you don't want to stop drinking them. Absolute stunner right here. Anderson Valley are masters of their craft.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impressive aroma of dark roast malts and huge fruity fermentationm esters of ripe pit fruit like plums and nectarines. Plus you're usual assortment of chocolate and cofee hints of a good big ass stout.

Very dark with a small but very thick brown head. Exactly what I want to see in my glass if I'm having a stout.

First flavor is very sweet from hihg levels of malt. But in the mid-palate that's countered but great roast flavor and nice, but not high hop bitterness. There's some fruit fermentation character but it is way underneath the roasty, malty flavors and a bit hard to pick out. Aftertaste is both chocolatey and a little bit roasty.

Full bodied and extra creamy in your mouth. This is where the oatmeal seems to be most apparant. Very good.

Extremely drinkable big stout. It's not an RIS so it doesn't just wallop you with hops or roast. It all comes together nicely and makes a good sipping beer or a great food beer. It's actually smooth enough that you might get people who "won't drink stout" to find some common ground here. One of my favorites of this style.

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

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout poured in to the glass not quite black in color, call it a dark brown. The head was camel in color and would not look out of place on a rootbeer float, fluffy, but firm. The lacing began thick and heavy, leaving a generous coating on the glass.
The smell is toasty with roasted malts, chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of grassiness and hint of earthiness.
The taste follows the scent fairly well with the chocolate coming across more as unsweetened cocoa and the addition of hop bittering in the middle and a nicely dry finish.
The flavors balance very well on a medium-heavy body with a lighter carbonation giving it a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
I found this to be very well crafted. There is nothing over the top here and that may be another of its strengths.

This is my first time trying anything from Anderson Valley. If this is typical of their other products I will have to make more of an effort to track down their other offerings.

Photo of uberabr
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.