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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,153
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 119
Gots: 180 | 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 rarevos
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A: Opaque near-black with thick, creamy tan head. Head didn't stick around long.

S: Roasty, sweet and malty, hint of coffee and chocolate. A bit of hops in the nose, as well.

T: Very creamy, with a trace of coffee, mostly roasted malt with a nice creaminess from the oatmeal. Finish is roasty and nicely bitter. Very well balanced, very inviting stout.

M: It's an oatmeal stout, so the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth.

D: I could drink quite a few of these. This is a wonderful beer.

Photo of dbalsock
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown, but not quite eblack with about a finger of very brown head. This is the brownest head I've ever seen. There's a ton of carbonation, but in the end, the head retention is kinda poor.

Smell: The citrus hops dominate on my first sniff, however, for the rest of the bomber, I get loads of caramel malts, peanut butter, and chocolate. Really, it smells like a snickers bar, or something close.

Taste: Tastes like it smells for the most part. Grapefruit comes into play and I actually think it detracts a little because it's so present. There's also more of a coffee taste and it gets a little buttery after awhile.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal stouts are great because of how smooth and creamy they are. This one goes overboard on the carbonation, which detracts from its magnificence.

Drinkabillity: The first few sips go down way easy, but the hops and carbonation hold it back after awhile. I think this would be much better on tap, and I can't imagine how great it would be from a nitro-tap.

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

Poured from 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - The beer pours very thick, with a nice steady head build-up even with an unhurried pour. The head finishes at about a finger and half in thickness. It is dark tan in color, very velvety, and dissipates to a thin cap quickly. The beer is pitch black in the full glass, although it pours a very dark brown and slightly copper color, which is fairly hazy.

Smell - This beer has a very rich roasted malt aroma right from the first bit of the sniff. The hops are bitter in smell and are quite noticeable for a stout. There is also a nice sour smell to this brew. There is an extremely slight alcohol aroma at the end of the smell.

Taste - The dark roasted malt flavors hit you first. In close second are the perfectly bitter hop flavor, accompanied by an earthy flavor from the oats and wheat. The finish is sweet and the oat flavor really shines here. The aftertaste is dominated by the roasted malt and wheat flavors. This is a very rich and hearty tasting brew. As with the smell, there is almost no alcohol burn at all.

Mouthfeel - This is obviously a full-bodied brew, being a crafted stout. It is very creamy and silky in the mouth. The is almost no carbonation...just a slight "fizzy" sensation in your mouth (that is mainly felt in the aftertaste). Excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability - For a full-bodied and rich style which is a stout, this stuff is very easy to drink, mainly due to its rich, warm flavors, and smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good stout. The flavors are rich and hearty, with a nice level of hop character (something I personally feel most stouts lack, notwithstanding the style reputation). There is almost no alcohol presence, and it is very creamy. Highly recommended

Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours pitch black with a nice creamy off white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving a little lace behind. The smell is dark roasted chocolate and coffee but with some added sweetness that comes from the oatmeal. The taste hits you first with its roasted qualities. The chocolate and coffee flavors shine through. As the taste lingers in your mouth, however, it is taken over by its rather sweet qualities. This is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is nicely thick. It has a smoothness about the carbonation that complements the body well. Overall, a highly drinkable stout. A good one to pick up.

Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, off-white/tan head, very little retention, hint of lace.

S: Mocha, cantelope/melon (weird).

T: Fairly dry, malty (bread, nut, mocha), lightly roasty, light bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is VERY silky, slightly chalky; light to moderate carbonation.

D: Decent drinker.

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

Picked this up on a whim at my local beer supplier and was pleasantly surprised. Such a drinkable stout!

No bottle date

Very nice nearly black color with small head which diminishes quickly. A thin veil and ring remain throughout the glass.

Smooth, sweet taste with very little of the typical stout bite. While many high quality stouts hit you with their various tastes, this is much more subdued with the oats shining through in tastey fashion. The finish retains sweetness, but hangs on only briefly. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this stout even though it is sweeter and milder than most.


Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head that goes to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and lactose and some earthy grains.

The flavor is slightly sweet chocolate and strong roastiness followed by some acidic, bitter hoppiness. I got some sour notes towards the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low on carbonation.

Overall, a decent stout. More bitter and roasty than I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. This is a good beer, but nothing too special and a bit overpriced.

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

Thickish and boldly roasted stout. Fine to share at end of meal, but was too much for earlier in the day or even with anything but dessert. Coffee in there. A tad sourish. Very dark. Bittersweet chocolate and nutty. Smooth but some grain on tongue.Dry finish.

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

A: Pours neary black with a two-finger tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Oddly, this one smells a bit fruity and almost port-like.

T: A nice roasted character is balanced nicely with some malty sweetness, followed by a bit coffee-like bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft, creamy texture.

D: I don't consider this to be a stellar beer, but overall is very drinkable and enjoyable. Great taste and mouthfeel make this a nice one to keep around.

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

This is a beautiful oatmeal stout in every way. I am a fan of the style and a fan of this beer! Thanks froggyfrog for sharing this one.

Appearance: This beer looked black to me with a light chocolate brown head.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: This is what beer is all about. When it enters your mouth and time seems to go in slow motion, like the caramel topping on a commercial takes forever to drip down around the ice-cream, the slow-motion effect happens when a beer is both rich in body and flavor. The burnt caramel, espresso, dark malt, oat flavor drizzled over my tongue in slow motion. This is the sensation that heaven will be like =) This beer is so well balanced with just the perfect hoppy finish I don't have words to describe.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth. The texture is what the chocolate looks like when you go on the ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Drinkability: Fat Dog step aside. I'm placing my order for Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque. Nice. Even with hi lumens flashlight, it soaks it up. Tan head, but oh so dark.

Nose is very roasty, big roasted malt character. There's a pleasant soy sauce armoa too, seriously.

Big deep chocolatey espresso like malt, dry cocoa powder finish. Hop bitterness rounds out the flavor at the end, but the roasted malt & chocolate are center stage.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, dark brown color that is slightly translucent. Smell must be teased out, but it hints at sweet malt and dark grains. A slight tinge of alcohol as well. Taste is very surprising and refreshing for a west coast stout. Too many these days try to knock-you-off-your-feet with HUGE flavor, but this really appreciates the finer subtleties of taste. The dark grains leave a lingering taste in the mouth that is both sweet and bitter (sweet towards the middle of the tongue, bitter on the sides). There aren’t many complexities to the finish, which is why it loses points there. Overall a very solid stout.

Photo of blitz134
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Vancer in 2MBBif...thanks...

Nice black brew. Light chocolate head, 1/2" initially, thin layer with intermitten bubble pockets after reducing.

Aroma is a bit light. Dark toasted malts, dark chocolate and toffee prevail though.

Dark toasted malts prevail again, coming on with a bit of char. Dark chocolate once again. Taste is much more upfront than the aroma and very similar overall. Mild bitterness from the toasted malts finish this one out.

Mouthfeel approaches full bodied. Coats the cheeks well and really lingers. Relatively low carbonation.

Really good drinkability; strong flavor that I look for in a stout and sits light on the stomach while still having a solid feel going down.

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

If you are to ever wake up and want a beer (and you should), this would be a great way to kickoff the morning. Several eggs, even more bacon, and a glass of oatmeal....yes please

This beer pours into a deep rich dark chestnut, topped off with a rich tan froth with a thin lingering layer throughout. As far as the nose, have you ever thrown a handful of oats into a pint of stout? Me neither, but add a little brown sugar, and that's probably what it smells like...Lightly sweet, not overly as you would expect. Roasted chocolate barley shines through with creamy oats and a velvety, mildly hoppy finish. Great night cap beer. Great beer period. Stands very well alone.


Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a pleasant suprise for me because I was expecting a sweet stout which I am not crazy about. Instead what I got was a very well balanced beer with only the slightest hint of sweetness and a nicely balanced bitter finish (but not too bitter). Even my girlfriend who *hates* dark beer said it was "not bad".

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, black with a half-inch fizzy brown head. I noticed reddish tints on the edges when I held it up to the light. Left no ring or lacing.

Smelled of roasted barley and malt, with perhaps a hint of coffee.

The barley and coffee scents give way to a slightly grainy malty sweetness. It finished moderately bitter, but the malty sweetness was the predominant flavor sensation.

As for the mouthfeel, it was lighter than expected. I wouldn't describe this beer as "creamy" as the bottle does. In fact, I thought it was slightly watery. There was a medium amount of carbonation and a slight metallic tanginess left behind.

As a light-bodied stout with moderate flavors, I found it to be highly drinkable. I've had this beer on tap at the Lionheart in Albany and went back for more than one without hesitation.

All in all a good sweet stout. Not necessarily a perfect example of the Oatmeas Stout style, but a good, drinkable stout nonetheless.

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

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, small creamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, chocolate, caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is very sweet and malty.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew, but the first sip was quite different after a few more sip's I loved it.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an obsideon black-brown with a large tan head whihc unfortunately dissapated quickly. The pour looked watery, or rather, less creamy thna most stouts I enjoy.
The smell was of sweet oats and barley, brown sugar and bittersweet and dark chocolate. Not much coffee or caramel.
The taste was a levely deep dark chocolate which was rather impressive. The caramel and coffee come out a bit here, but aren't dominating. Smoke, wood, possible dark fruits round out the palate. Also a bit of alcohol is noticable.
I hate to say it but the mouthfeel started weak and ended weak. Between these two uninteresting feelings lay a bit of bittersweet, fading into a semi-dry feel. Nothing to write home about.
Drinkability. It was a decent stout, but pretty much middle of the road. I could have a few but there are many better examples out there.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Nice and dark with a tan one finger head. This smelled and tasted very strongly of soy sauce. It was creamy and sweet but salty, which was distracting. Nice and smooth mouthfeel though! Very drinkable. However, there's other oatmeal stouts I prefer over Anderson's.

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

i really liked this beer. be warned, tho, you really have to be a dark, rich, sweet-toothed oatmeal stout lover. i mean, i would call this beer molasses-ey, if it were a word. coinage, baby. good stuff, tho. i mean, over all, very competitve in the category. rich, chocolatey, with a certain bitterness that stays with you even after the whole molasses thing has left. really a nice balance i would say.
that being said, i wouldnt think that you could have more than, say, two of these. i even stopped at one.
overall very good, and thats coming from one whose favorite stout thus far is young's double choc:)

Photo of pjwilson
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark black color, completely pitch dark no light or red. on top a two finger head of large tan bubbles which hold for awhile. marvelous

smell: very strong smell of roasted barlely. nice sweet malts to back it up. i forget sometimes to let stouts warm up. all the nice smells come out then. very, very roasty though.

taste: at 70 degrees tons of flavor flies out. the roasted flavor, which dominates at colder temps, suddenly is balanced with a very good sweet and toasty oatmeal flavor. lots of oaty goodness, but i'm not a huge oat fan.(rye on the other hand....) yet, seems to be good.

mouthfeel: very watery, yet not light drinking. it's very watery. way too much for a stout.

drinkablity: goes down a nice medium pace. it's not a fast drinker. Hands down the weakest of the anderson vallye regulars, and yet still very good. the anderson valley porter kills this beer however, and should be avalable year round in six packs. i don't think i'll get this one too often and then only a bomber from now on.

Photo of Yegg
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brownish foamy head. Smells like natures heaven, roasted coffee, malts, even hazelnuts. The taste is exquisite. Has a rich roasted flavour, with a hint of caramel and coffee. This is a very robust stout, very smooth packed full of flavour. This brew is all good.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin, offwhite head that disappeared almost instantly to create a very thin lace, then nothing.
An aroma was present, but a bit thin for this style. It was chocolately caramel sweet with a hint of hops.
If you can get past the wateriness, which is certainly present, there is a good, complex taste, though a tad subdued for this style. Chocolate and caramel were blended with pale malts to make it flavorful, but very sweet. The alcohol is covered well.
Despite its somewhat watery qualities, it left a sweet sticky flavor behind. It's not quite as creamy and rich as the bottle claims.
It's not bad, but not something I would want a second of at a time. After I drank it, and came to that conclusion, I read that it is good for a dessert beer or a nightcap. That is true because of the overwhelming sweet, sugary aftertaste it leaves behind.
Overall, I thought that it was good, but know of oatmeal and other stouts that are just as good or better for less the cost.

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

Pours a near-black color with somewhat lacking head amount. Aroma is not exceptional, but has some roasted sweetness. Taste is good, sweet with a roasted bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice with good body and a clean feeling at the finish. A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that's not too strong and has a pleasant taste and feel. Nothing that special really, though, either.

Photo of DogFood11
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice solid brown head that leaves marginal lacing, overall this is average to below average for the style.

Toasted characteristics, alot of the bitterness comes from a charred wood type presence, a bit acidic at times. Chocolate, woody, metallic, Hops are everpresent but more in the mouthfeel than the taste to me.

Notes: I don't know man, this was just OK to me. I love a good stout and this one to me seems run of the mill. Pretty rich bodied, kinda milky yet the hops sharpen it up in the end west coast style. ehhh decent but for the style fairly forgettable.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,153 ratings.