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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,121
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 119
Gots: 154 | FT: 3
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 tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown color with reddish highlights. Nice creamy tannish head with modest lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is an enjoyable combination of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and caramel. Maybe a hint of molasses. Taste is very pleasant with strong coffee and chocolate notes, some dark fruitiness, and a bit of hop bitterness. Excellent combination. Very creamy mouthfeel, with a nice bitter chocolate finish. A very weel-done stout. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a creamy deep brown head. No lacing.

S - A bit of chocolate and char.

T - A delightful balance of caramel, chocolate and burnt malts. The flavor isn't uverwhelmingly potent, but it is good.

M - Very smooth, creamy and refreshing.

D - Good, I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these. Easily sessionable. A great, fairly sweet, oatmeal stout.

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

Pours black with a dense, creamy tan head. Heavy burnt roasted malt aroma with an underlying creamy sweetness. Slight earthy hops round out the smell. Full, richly roasted bittersweet chocolate and nuts flavor - there's an overall pleasant sweetness. Hops become more noticeable as it warms. Nice, creamy smooth, full mouthfeel...a little dry.

Rich and roasty. I wish the aroma was less burnt, but maybe its just the bottle. Very tasty...not the very best, but it's hard to find a really good oatmeal stout.

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

Rich brown/black with cocoa/creamy bubbly head which quickly disappears.
Excellent malty aroma with something toasty hovering in there.
Delicious first sip, smooth maltiness, a touch of creaminess and a sense of drinking liquid toast. Very satisifying from beginning to end. The light cream taste added a lot and elevated it a notch above other stouts.
The taste lingered for a long time throughout the mouth/nose. I really enjoyed taking a sip and just letting it linger for a while.
I don't usually think of stouts in terms of knocking down one after another but I was ready for second.
My new favorite stout.

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

Appearance: Very dark, opaque, chocolatey brown, a nice contrast to the Newcastle pint glass it was served in. Creamy latte-colored head is long-lasting.

Smell: Actually kind of weak, but good. Smells mostly of chocolate and oatmeal.

Taste: Mmm! It's quite sweet, an amalgam of powdered sugar, chocolate pudding, and maple syrup, with a slight coffee-ish bitterness. More like a milk stout than any other oatmeal stout I've had. There is a subtle orange tang, as well, most likely from hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but with a slight sugary cloy in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a good rainy day beer - rich, creamy, and fortifying.

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

Bottled special at Tria's Sunday School this week.

Pours out dark brown/black with a thick brown head of big bubbles. Head lingers nicely.

Smell is coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla, and roasted malts.

Flavor is heavy on the coffee and roasted notes, without a lot of alcohol or hoppiness to distract you from the smooth chocolate and roasted flavors. The hops come in a bit on the back end, but not in a huge way. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth.

Overall: A very nice stout, one I'll try again.

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

I had this in a bottle at the local Winking Lizard.

I love stouts. Stouts of any kind. I have really been trying to drink as many oatmeal stouts as I can get my hands on. I love the bready/toast characteristics of a good oatmeal stout and the stronger the better.

This stout failed in the strong catagory. There are hints of oatmeal and toast but just slightly. There is none of the hop bitterness you find in regular stouts and if that is what you are going for then this stout would be your thing. But if you like a little character and depth, then you may want to try something else before opening this up.

Is that to say this is a beer you shoudl avoid? No. This is a solid beer. But there are better examples of the style out there that you may want to try first.

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks quite thick during the pour and ends up with only a slight dark tan head that dissipates fast. The overall color is quite black. Smell is strong. Very sweet like a mocha latte with a robust toasty aroma. Taste is much less sweet than anticipated from the smell. It starts out slightly smokey and toasty, with only subtle hints of the coffee and chocolate flavor. Finish is dry and only slightly bitter. Alcohol seems well hidden. The brew carries a nice thickness, but remains smooth with nice carbonation. It was easy to drink, although the flavor could have been a touch sweeter. This was not like most oatmeal stouts in this respect. I found it more comparable to a double stout, or imperial stout, yet not as strong. I definitely liked it though...

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

12 oz bottle from Shoreline poured into a chalice. The body is dark black - as it should be. Chunky, tawny head with delicate lace.

To the nose, roasted coffee sweetness with a little sour kick in the back. Very substantial aroma.

In the mouth, this stuff is big - smooth with layers and layers of maltiness from the roasted grains. The oats are heavily present - but are partnered well with a juicy hop character.

It is very rich and satisfying. A chewiness on the tounge helps it go down so easily. The finish is dry grains, ver organic and earthy. Very nice.

Musings: This is a great oatmeal. It's a little on the expensive side - but is substantial and filling. The taste is the thing here. You will be rewarded.

Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/12/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color. Maybe a tiny bit of light creeps through. 1/2 inch off white head at first which truns into maybe a slight rim at most over the next minute. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Super dark and malty for sure. Scents of roasted malt with a side of coffee beans.

Taste- As the scent would predict....dark, dark and darker. Almost a burnt charcoal like flavor. Not really any sweetness to be had. Touch of coffee at best. Mid range bitter hop texture.

Mouthfeel- Soda like (fizzy), carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not liking this one as much as I thought. Much better oatmeal stouts out there in the market IMO.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense opague black with a lovely one inch creamy mocha head. Easily rivals any Rogue stout in appearance.

Rich chocolate malts all in the nose. Sweetness.

Tastes incredibly smooth, rich, and creamy. Very balanced and even. Slightly roasted/burnt finsh.

Mouthfeel is the lowest point, but is still better than many stouts. There is a somewhat watery feel in the middle, where it seems that there should be some more flavor or body.

A very drinkable stout. Dare I even say this is "mild"? Could possibly have a big crossover potential for Guinness fans.

Photo of descartes
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 Fluid Ounce bottle.

Apperance: Black body with brownish red head which quickly dissipates.
Smell: Toasted grain, chocolate and slight carmel reminds on of the Chimay blue.
Taste:Heavy roasted front with strong hops aftertaste.
Drinkability: More more more!

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

Anderson Valley- Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark black. Pitch black with a billowy tan head. The head doesn't disappate and laces nicely.
Smell- roasted coffee and chocolate. Slight toasted grain bread aroma.
Taste- strong roast coffee meets a multi-grain roll. Toasted sesame seeds.
Mouthfeel- warm but not as smooth as I was hoping slight bitterness up front with alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall- A very robust Oatmeal Stout. This 1 has some balls to it. Very good- just wished it could of been a tad smoother.

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

22oz bomba from half time

dark mahogany-tinged beer.. mocha colored ring around the edge. continental haze patterns on the surface. as i stare, i notice a dirty malt smell coming from the stout. earthy with unwashed, still-on-the-vine hops and balanced somewhat something creamy and nutty in the nose. taste is borderline excessive in its hoppiness and less creamy than i usually care for in an OS. although, the body is light and bubbly which is a decent compromise. weak coffee flavor and off botanical sourness in the finish. overall wish this was a fuller beer. not my favorite but still rather clean and flavorful. probably wont revisit.

Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild chocolate, but it has some depth. Deep black. Pours nice, but the head fades too soon. Flavor is pretty big. Some tobacco in the fore followed by bitter baker’s chocolate and medium roastiness throughout. Never gets around to being sweet really. Definitely more in the Foreign Stout side of a Sweet.

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

Pours an opaque black with a brief light brown head which leaves a very slight lace. Sweet malt and heavy burnt aromas in the nose. The flavor features a robust roasted profile: burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, etc., plus sweet grain, caramel and more of the burnt coffee flavor in the lingering finish. A fairly thick mouthfeel with very mild carbonation.

Tasty and very drinkable; not only a great example of the style but probably Anderson Valley’s best brew (of the ones that I’ve tried anyway). Highly Recommended.

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

On tap at the Toronado. Pours a dark, black stout with frothy tan head, good lacing. Rich, smooth, creamy and full bodied. Has some coffee and chocolate flavour. The oats give it a nice fluffiness. A mocha sweetness coats the tongue, and it finishes with tonnes of roastedness. A beer that drinks like a meal. Tasty.

Photo of delicious
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foamy coffee colored head and a black cherrie body.
It smells like a breakfast cereal with nuts.
There's a burnt coffee taste that turns into dark chocolate and burt toast.
The mouthfeel is small and very smooth.
This beer has an interesting assortment of flavors, but there's more burntness than I like.

Photo of ctdfalconer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is stout the way I like it. It's rich and malty first, with a roasty-toasty backbone. The hopping level is restrained as it should be. It is bit of a surprise, though, how it can be so very, very dark without overtly bitter roast character. I have had this beer several times over the years and right now, it's not coming off as dry and sharp as I remember. This is not a bad thing, mind you. Comparing Barney Flats to the classic stout, Guinness, this is more malty, nowhere near as dry, less roasty-bitter and more fun to drink, nitrogen slow-pour be damned. That's simply not necessary here. I'd recommend it to stout drinkers anywhere.

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

Appearance: Extra dark opaque black. Brown lacy head

Smell: Coffee and chocolate. Hints of sweet milky flavors

Taste: Rich. More roasted tastes than expected at least up front. Roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Some sweet lactose tastes right before the finish. Finish is smokey and roasted and then leaves some hoppy residue behind. Medium to full body. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

Overall, a fairly drinkable stout. It seems a little less "oatmeal stout" than I was perhaps expecting and more "imperial" or just "stouty". Still a very fine beer and definately recommended.

Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

December 05
Mmmmm oatmeal stout. Black, brown milky head that sticks decently. Good retention. Nicely aromatic, sweet and soft. Caramel, molasses, a bit of fruit and a hint of spice in there. Very pleasant in smell and taste. Nicely balanced. Taste is a mix of bitter hoppy and sweet roasted malts. Very well rounded but still robust. Perfect medium-low carbonation for this stout. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. This is also one of the most drinkable stouts I've had. That fact that its so pleasant has a lot to do with this I think.

A very friendly and satisfying stout. I like it a lot, its got all the right stuff.

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

dark beautiful oatmeal stout color. smell is amazing..chocolatey, malty...smells like you've just entered 'flavor country.'
the description on the side of the bottle is very apt, so if you read it in the store you can believe it. complex chocolate malty flavor, nice smooth finish, slighlty sweet...but also dry and a nice dose of hops.

kick ass!

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

Pours deep, deep black with a dark tan head of about an inch. Smell is heavy with coffee and a touch of smoke and unsweetened chocolate. On tasting there's the tiniest bit of hops with the big roasted taste and the coffee and smoke. Chocolate is hard to find but it's there; I do notice something that tastes like soy sauce; it's very slight and not offensive at all. Taste is dry throughout. A little bit of lacing clings to the glass but most of it doesn't last. As the beer warms the soy or maybe oat becomes apparent in the smell. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and carbonation is low; the beer coats the tongue and that's just fine.

I really like this beer. It reminds me of a less sweet, slightly smoother Kalamazoo Stout. If we're talking about the first bottle, this beer is extremely drinkable--the flavor pulls you back until you're looking at the bottom of the glass. At a slower pace I could drink this all evening. Although the brewers suggest it, I find it a bit dry for dessert; I'd use it to replace your after-dinner coffee instead.

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

Pours almost black but not quite. More like a super dark brown that only lets a shade of light in. The head was very dark but it fell very quickly. Smells like a sweet barley wine that has been roasted dark along with a slight brown ale sourness. Tastes of dry caramel, coffee, and chocolate. The overall flavor is dominated by the dryness. Mouth feel is dense and a bit lingering with a medium carbonation.

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

Appearance: Dark brown instant coffee appearance crowned with a head resembling chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Mostly mild coffee in the nose coupled with a bit of chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookie sweetness.

Taste: All the classic flavors are present: sweet malts, good coffee, earthen roastiness, and a bit of smoke. All flavors are nicely layered with a rich milkiness. Also, there's a gentle hoppiness that emerges near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation. A good soothing beer.

Drinkability: The unaggressive nature, and overall smoothness of the oatmeal stout style certainly lends to an ease in drinkability. Do I "love" the beer? No, probably not. I do like it a great deal, though, as well as recommend it to others. Enjoy!

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,121 ratings.