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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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1,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 1748
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%

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 ThisWangsChung


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. There's a nice two finger head with a khaki shade that caps the body off nicely. Retention is good, texture is great, and plenty of lacing is left behind. This one looks damn good.

S: This is what I'd want a solid oatmeal stout to smell like: decent chocolate notes, plenty of roast, and oatmeal to tie everything together. No twists or turns, just a really good aroma.

T: It starts with a bit of cola flavor. The finish, though, is excellent: it's chocolaty, roasty, and bitter in all the right ways. While simplistic, it really makes good use of what it has to deliver an enjoyable experience.

M: Yes, this is rather thin in body. The rich flavor means this is still a good one to savor. But man...if it had a full body, that would really take it over the top. I still enjoy how creamy it is in the mouth, and there's only enough carbonation to help it go down well.

O: Oh yeah, now this is the stuff. It's not perfect, but it's damn enjoyable - it would be in the 4+ range if it weren't so thin or overly cola-flavored. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:04:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours black with a 1 1/2 finger khaki head. Nice aroma filled with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Roasted coffee is the main note. The taste starts off with chocolate in the forefront, then hints of vanilla and coffee start to arrive. It's all a very smooth experience, one of the smoothest stouts I've ever had. On top of that it's very session able and nicely priced as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:05:21 | More by screamking
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3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark, black/brown color and when held up to the light some red(garnet) can be seen. There is a thin mocha colored head and light lacing.

The smell is heavy roasted malts, chocolate, oats and coffee.

The taste is heavy on the roasted malts then the chocolate comes in. There is just enough hop bitterness in order to prevent this brew from becoming too sweet.

The feel is silky smooth with no aftertaste.

Overall this is a good oatmeal stout. Heavy on the burnt/roasted malt taste almost to the point of distraction but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 19:31:33 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of BergBeer


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a nice thick mocha head. Great head retention especially for a stout!

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, prune, fig, and dark chocolate!

T: Chocolate covered dark fruit, fig, coffee, roasty notes, dark grapes, prunes, honey, and backt to roasted malt. Super tasty!

M: Outstanding. Smooth and goes down like silk! Big and flavorful considering the ABV. Big stout flavor provided in a nice drinkable package.

O: Outstanding brew! Some might consider this thin but i disagree it's not selling itself as a RIS. It's a damn near perfect everyday stout that i would have as dessert every night if given the chance! One of my new go to beers. Get it!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 20:20:13 | More by BergBeer
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Brewing Co 'Barney Flats' Oatmeal Stout @ 5.8% , served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $17

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-hints of sweet creamy oatmeal

T-sweet , creamy & delicious ,

MF-ok carbonation , medium to full bodied , dry finish on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , bit pricey , glad I tried it

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:54:14 | More by LampertLand
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with ½ inch of khaki head that settles to a thin film on top. Nice lacing.

Smell is mainly coffee. Some cocoa and faint dark fruit. Faint bread scent.

Taste is of black coffee. Some grainy bitterness. Faint dark fruit and a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid oatmeal stout. Flavorful and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 12:19:57 | More by Furlinator
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New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As opposed to the freshly squeezed initial batch I reviewed below, I am currently drinking some Barney Flatts from the bottle and it is not nearly as good. I'm pretty disappointed. I'd drop my score to a 3.5 based on this tasting. I was so excited after trying it on tap that I had to buy it, but I won't buy it again.

Initial review:
Appearance: Typical of a stout - dark with a nice, lazy head that poured very cleanly, with small carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Coffee notes, typical of a stout, with an underlying citrus, sweet, hop quality.

Taste: The hope notes on this were what made the beer exceptional. I was lucky enough to have this beer extra fresh, on-tap, at a special event. The hop profile added a hop citrus quality to the beer that immediately made this juicier than any stout I've ever had, without the cloying creaminess that some stouts over do.

Mouthfeel: Although I am not a stout person, so I do not have too many points of reference for the style, I thought this was a little thinner than the average stout, with a nice subtle sense of oiliness from the hops. As I understand it, this is slightly more alcholic than the average stout, too, perhaps accounting for the differences.

Overall: I hope this beer bottles and lasts as well as it tastes fresh on-tap, because, if it does, this will be added to my "always-keep-on-hand" selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 14:43:26 | More by tkdchampxi
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stout. Bold and full of flavor.
The color was deep muddy brown with a mocha head. Wispy lacing in it's wake.
The aroma is rich and malty hints of coffee, too.
The taste is has bold roasted malts coffee and chocolate with perhaps some suggestive hints of dark fruits.
Flows smoothly over the palate but thinnly.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:23:02 | More by micromaniac129
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Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This is such a dark brown color, it is almost black....almost, and is very thick in appearance, as I cannot see through it whatsoever. There is a half inch of tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a thin, yet dense film over the brew. Lacing is alright, with impressive clumps of protein fueled foam clinging to the glass, but it slips back into the liquid rather quickly, only leaving behind a couple of small spheres.

S- There is a primary blend of dark chocolate/cocoa powder and coffee....mocha like! Also noted to a lesser degree are aromas of blackstrap molasses, dark fruit....perhaps prune, perhaps raisin....can't put my finger on it. There is a dry grain smell too....likely from the oatmeal, but it's a smell that I quite like! The finish smells dry and roasty....perfect for the style!

T- The flavors are very distinct and very much a pleasure to enjoy within this style of beer! Following closely to the aromas are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses (in the context of sweetness), dry oat grains, and well roasted malt. I quite like the aftertaste on the palate...a mouth drying choco/coffee that makes me want more!

M- This is a rich and creamy beer that has a wonderfully creamy carbonation....velvety infact! This is full bodied, as this style should be, and fully reminds me of a dark chocolate bar or coffee cake even! Very nice!

O- I highly recommend this beer to anybody who appreciates a rich, full brew with lots of character and is made with the standard set very high! The alcohol is well hidden, and would make an excellent beverage to enjoy with dinner or on it's own! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:27:06 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of 57md


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown to black with a half finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose has mild roasted notes. The flavor profile is dry and lightly roasty with a fine bitterness on the finish that appears to come from a well-balanced combination of roasted malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 04:17:32 | More by 57md
Photo of Doogflaggat


4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass at the Warwick Hotel.

A: Pours a thick jet black color with a nice tan head about a finger's worth. Dissipates slowly.

S: Smells great! Dark toasty malt goodness upfront for sure.

T: Creamy and delicious. Chewy oatmeal flavors at the front end with lingering coffee at the end. P.s. I know this is NOT brewed with coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but I was hoping for something even creamier.
I'm thinking this would be GREAT on Nitro.

O: Fantastic oatmeal stout. Definitely up there with Sam Smith's and Founder's Breakfast Stout in terms of quality ingredients and taste. Cheers!

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 03:17:32 | More by Doogflaggat
Photo of barczar


3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque onyx, with a frothy, dense mocha head that lingers.

Chocolate, roast malt, and a hint of tar form the initial aroma. Oats and nutty, toasted malt surface. Subtle dark fruit nuances of dark cherries and raisins add complexity.

Flavor is rich and roasty, with huge chocolate character dominating. Dark berry notes underlie a roast malt body that's given the impression of sweetness from the chocolate, but finishes roasty and a touch dry. Nuttiness emerges in the aftertaste. There's a touch of an acrid character that is slightly offputting.

Body is moderate to slightly full, but is velvety smooth and creamy, with slightly low carbonation, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Very rich brew with nice balance of roast and nutty malt characters. Chocolate and oats dominate, which is somewhat unusual, considering the proliferation of coffee dominant stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:46:10 | More by barczar
Photo of Noah_

New York

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark and coffee-colored with a thick, tan head.

Smell - Sweet and carmelly.

Taste - Fantastic! Stouts rarely resonate with me, but this one has a fantastic balance that isn't too sweet or gimmicky; however, it is certainly a little sweet. No bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Feels much thicker in the mouth than most beers, but this is to be expected of an oatmeal stout.

Overall - This is definitely one of my top five beers. I had it for the first time on my honeymoon in late-winter in Boston, and it was the perfect beer for that occasion. I had another today and it was still as good as ever, but I feel like it is best enjoyed in the wintertime.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:44:53 | More by Noah_
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, sounds like a recipe for deliciousness. So far the only Oatmeal Stout I've had was an Aussie brewer from years back who had a nice looking bottle but I can't for the life of me remember who it was (I drank too many beers over the years) anyway I've got this in front of me now so rather than my failed attempt at a reminisce let's get stuck into this fine drop.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: The (semi) hard pour was a big mistake - now I have an even body to head distribution, yikes. Colour is a pleasing rich obsidian, cloudy no doubt, with a very large and slowly dissipating khaki head.

S: Aroma is rich and bold with: coffee, sweet malts, cocoa and earthy hops. The earthiness of this brew gives it a very pleasing organic scent which promises a rich taste.

T: And it delivers that expected rich flavour: coffee, sweet malts, cocoa, earthy hops, with an added touch of smoke as well. Very smooth and heavy stout, delightful flavours that are robust and well balanced. It is slightly on the sweet side, if you're used to your stouts being primarily dry then there may be a surprise in store for you.

M: Mid to heavy body, light carbonation, some resin hop oils in there with a smoothness that is characteristic to this type of brew and makes me wonder why other ales aren't brewed with oats. [note: apparently it is quite laborious and expensive to brew with oats, oh well]

D: An all round winner of a beer! The oats give real dimension to what would otherwise be a regular, i.e. boring, stout. I think I may be in love with this style. Shame they aren't readily available in Australia... oh yeah and the price will break the bank at $8 per bottle.

Food match: Cigars and after-dinner mints.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 09:27:01 | More by doktorhops
Photo of Chessmaster


5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a stein.

Pours a dark black color with 1-2 fingers head. Aroma contains extremely pleasant roasted malt, chocolate notes. The flavor is more of the same ... Dark, rich, malty, toasty and just all around one of the most drinkable and delicious stouts around.

I make a point of buying a six pack whenever I can.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:32:59 | More by Chessmaster
Photo of elNopalero


4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a thick coffee cola black with creamy cocoa colored foam. There’s a cola-cocoa caramel aroma on this. The flavor has a mix of caramel and cocoa with a touch of coffee and a lingering finish. There’s a slight roast and some bittering on a smooth and creamy body. This is a terrific everyday stout.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 07:05:02 | More by elNopalero
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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to be fading rather quickly. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is a dark chocolate black which remains that way when held up to the light. Very spotty instances of lacing.

Nose- Quite subtle when I smell from the glass- fainted roasted notes. The can, however, suggests chocolate, roasted and nutty malts, and a hint of coconut. Some caramel and toffee as well. This appears also in the aroma from the glass.

Taste- Roasted notes are dominant with some cola present. The oatmeal is quite conspicuous and informs the entire flavor profile. Sour roasted malts and coffee appear in the finish. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes are very subdued at the moment. The sweetness of the malt bill can be a little cloying but the dry and slightly bitter finish tries (and is mostly successful) to balance this out. Lots of raisin and hints of cherry are the dominant sweet notes and seem to reference the dubbel style. Pretty good beer. Definitely a good stout for the price tag. After a while, some toasty notes pop up. The sweetness also begins to fade and more of the coffee and woody bitterness of the finish begins to show itself.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a chewy/gritty texture that comes from the oatmeal. Slight carbonation and a slight thinness. Slight dryness on the finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and pretty complex for a stout. It's around 9 bucks for a six pack which seems pretty fair. I would definitely get this again. No heat and quite sessionable.

Overall- Not the greatest stout in the world but still a solid brew. In many ways, it seems like a poor man's Founders Imperial Stout. Definitely worth a try but may seem a little average to many stout drinkers.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 04:13:34 | More by artoolemomo
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3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer sounded great on the menu, looked great on the pour, and smelled great in the glass. But, the taste fell flat. I was expecting a rich tasting oatmeal stout and what I got was a bit disappointing. The taste was stout but almost like it was water down or missing some complexity. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it's not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:54:48 | More by RyV
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4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, brown, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail, and solid persistent lace.

S: Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Creamy smooth roasted malt flavor with a slight sweet toasted flavor. Some coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Impressive oatmeal stout – top notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:58:41 | More by ckollias
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering on black. Tan head that is compact and dense. Good lacing.
Aroma: Roasted medley (coffee, barley). Pie and fresh oatmeal come though as well.
Taste: Chocolate and coffee up front. A bit of sweetness comes through that is finished by some fruity overtones (apple and peaches). The roast and sweet balance is phenomenal.
Feel: Smooth and creamy. Low-medium carbonation.
Overall: The best standard oatmeal stout I have tried. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 22:01:21 | More by mxchap
Photo of Why-P-A


3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours fairly dark with a tall thick head, just the way it should be.

S: No overwhelming aromas, some darker malts and a hint of alcohol from the thick head.

T: Starts creamy and transitions quickly into chocolate and coffee malt flavors. Minimal esters but the variety of dark malts provide plenty of flavor.

M: This is one of the keys to an oatmeal stout and Barney Flats delivers. Creamy but not thick, the slight dryness leaves you wanting more.

O: This style varies widely and the Anderson Valley offering is a good beer. Great for a cold winter night, enough alcohol to stay warm and a nice creamy finish from the first sip to the last.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 21:18:44 | More by Why-P-A
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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with lots of thick caramel head with good retention.
Grainy aroma with hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts.
Pleasant flavor of roasted malts and lots of mocha, with some earthy hops. Relatively to style it has a mild dry aftertaste with residual notes of oatmeal and roasted malts.
Smooth medium to full body with low carbonation.
Not overly complex but quite assertive on its flavors, specially chocolate and coffee. Very good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 01:14:18 | More by FLima
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(copied from blog - written January 6, 2013)

Appearance – Pours dark dark brown/black with a one finger brown head that dissipates quickly leaving light but good looking lacing.
Smell – Smells sweet with dark malts and refreshing
Taste – Sweet and chocolaty.

A good sized gulp starts out with a velvety slightly carbonated, slightly dry/bitter mouthfeel which slowly turns into this sweet chocolaty oat flavor which finishes bouncing between the two differing flavors. This isn’t a terribly complex brew and that’s what makes it so good… Where complexity applies to the best beers, so can simplicity…

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:37:13 | More by RummyRedbeard
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3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a foamy, quickly dissolving brown head.

Roasty, cocoa upfront, with light sweetness from the oats coming through in the finish.

Smooth, creamy medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done oatmeal stout, the body was quite creamy with a tasty, mild flavor profile.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 08:14:43 | More by vkv822
Photo of DenverLogan


3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle...poured in St Bernardus chalice.
Pours black with small brown, creamy head with lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate, fresh cut grass, funky fruit.
Modest carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of funky fruit juice mixed with burnt roasted dark malts, oats, white grapefruit rind, cream of tartar. Overall bold but not too rich in malt sweetness, flavorful but not fully tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 05:16:30 | More by DenverLogan
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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