Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

940 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 940
Hads: 2,364
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 275 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 940 | Hads: 2,364
Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too impressed with Anderson Valley's other selections, but I decided to give this beer a shot. Here goes:

A: OK, nothing special though. The beer pours pitch black with a sufficient, dark brown, one-fingered head.

S: OK, but nothing special, like the appearance. Smells of dark fruit, raisin, plum and some brown sugar. No hops, which is expected for an oatmeal stout.

T: Rather good, actually. Some dark fruit, but the oats and dark chocolate were far more apparent. I was actually rather surprised because I was expecting the taste to follow the nose. A good oatmeal backbone that I rather liked.

M: OK, but not perfect. It tastes somewhat watery, but the actual flavors of the beer make up for the lack of mouthfeel. However, since the beer has a low alcohol content, I suppose the brewer's intention was to make it easily drinkable.

O: Good, but not great. Would probably try this again if I was offered it. (920 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super refreshing oatmeal stout. pours into a pint glass thick black. some roasty aromas coming through. flavors are roasty, a bit hoppy, a little sweet . really natural, clean, semi chewy but medium/thin thickness, a real snack in a glass. can easily drink several of these in a sitting (286 characters)

Photo of leitmotif
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love stouts. Especially oatmeal ones. Or so i think.
Pours abyss black. One finger head foam. Soft, watery lacing that retreats to form an outer coating. Coffee like appearance.
I get raisins, figs, plums and some roasted notes. The smell is dry and a bit earthy.
Might just poured it too warm. Alcohol present.
A bit watery and creamy at the same time. A slight taste of milk, caramel and lovely malts. Calming mouthfeel.
In the end it's very drinkable but not quite what i was expecting. (496 characters)

Photo of toppoop
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out nicely with an aggressive pour. Decent ring of head. Smell is good with malty oats and sweet chocolate. The taste is pretty good. The oatmeal definitely stands out here with some milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is pretty light for a stout. If a touch thicker I would really like this beer. (294 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts off with a finger-thick dark cream-colored head. It's very persistent and foamy. Aggressive carbonation surges upward through the black liquid. The creamy head is a beautiful contrast to the dark beer beneath it.

Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal and is very grain heavy with a cream-like aroma. The dark roasted malt is a heavy presence as well.

Sweet malts initially hit the palate, but they're accompanied by a dry bitterness. There's a thick oatmeal flavor, hints of vanilla tossed in and the finish is a big dose of baker's chocolate. I eventually get a taste of dark coffee as well.

I feel the body is on the lighter side of medium and could be thicker. Yet, the creamy quality redeems this aspect a bit.

This beer is good and pretty refreshing. I can drink this out of the can in the park or slowly sip it. Very well done. (838 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Thin head when pored into a tulip glass. Same small layer of head remains after a short time. The stout is a nice coffee black.

S: Malts and coffee. Slight caramel scents. The coffee is most pronounced.

T: Deep coffee flavor. Some hint of bitter chocolate but the coffee dominates throughout.

M: Slightly more carbonation than I expected. This cut down a little on what would have been a smoother stout.

O: The carbonation feel is the biggest ding against a pretty solid stout. If you like coffee I think this will be a hit. It is drinkable and repeatable. (563 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/18/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, oats, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, toast, oats, caramel, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, dark bread, toast, oats, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/bready moutfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,298 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color. Tan head, looks very creamy.

Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

Very rich, deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. Hop bitterness is very mild, I could taste some leafy-earthy. Finish dry, roasted, smooth. Body is full, silky, creamy.

It's an excellent beer. (338 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I score is high because it's very dark, not quite pitch black, but close. Some brown around the edges. However, the head never really forms and what little is there doesn't retain. The bubbles are a nice shade of brown, but they just don't stick around long. That said, each swirl is attractive and leaves a spotty lace.

The scent kills. Roasted notes of chocolate and expresso. A slight fruity nose for a stout is what really does it.

It tastes merely ok. You get the toasty flavor and some burnt coffee, but I couldn't pick up the other stuff from the nose.

A bit thin for the style. It is smooth, but lacks the creaminess I was looking for. Needs a bit more body. Despite the smoothness, there's enough graininess to provide a slight bit of complexity. From mid-sip on, it's fairly bitter and dry.

Good, but not as good as I was hoping. Easy to drink if you don't mind a bitter forward stout. (902 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Tan head forms a nice crown.

Hefty roasted oatmeal stout with coffee notes and black malt char. Faint maple woodiness, which I didn't expect.

Great English stout maltiness with a heavy roast character, leathery char, coffee grounds, mealy oat bitterness, and earthy grit. Minerally and showing slight herbal hop. Hint of oxidation, maybe. Burnt toffee and topsoil.

Medium-full and chewy. Very smooth. Low carbonation diffuses well.

An example oatmeal stout. Absolutely solid. (492 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The color is a deep opaque black/brown. At room temperature it makes a huge tan head; from out if the refrigerator it makes a thinner head but beautiful persistent lacing. The aroma is deep and rich--coffee, nutty, and hops. The flavor is full of coffee, a hint of chocolate, a bit smokey, and nicely balanced hops. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and a bit creamy. Overall this is an outstanding oatmeal stout, which is one of my favorite styles of ale. (500 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of semi-sweet chocolate chips with light aromas of oatmeal and roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of oatmeal and just a touch of sweetness. That is combined with a light amount of semi-sweet chocolate. There is a very light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Super easy to drink and enjoyable, I could easily have a couple of these in a session. Lighter bodied for a stout and with a well hidden alcohol. Definitely one to grab again. (1,024 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind tasted alongside Obsidian Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout.

A - Frothy, toffee-coloured head.

S - A little reminiscent of Guinness but without the sickliness.

T - Noticeably sweet with chocolate on the finish. An inkling of flat coca cola.

M - Not as rich and full-bodied as Obsidian.

O - Smooth, very easy-drinking and tasty. A great off-the-shelf option, particularly as it should be affordably priced.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, although this drinks more easily, with SN Stout slightly behind in third. (516 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is deep, dark brown, approaching black. Atop the beer sits a thick head the color of wet sand. Really appetizing. The aroma offers chocolate, bread, roast, malt. Smells nice true to style. Very tasty. Big oatmeal character and everything is well balanced. Oatmeal cookies and chocolate with a mild sweetness. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Great feel. I could enjoy a few bottles of this in a sitting. In fact... (430 characters)

3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown color headed by beige froth leaving a thin crown on top. Caramel & roasted malt aromas, hints of oats & forest fruit to the nose. Creamy upfront. Resiny, bitter, slight acidic flavors follow. As well as some chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is not as dense as expected from oat flakes. Dry bitter finish. (372 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Smells of chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness. Tastes of chocolate with some coffee, but a little bit of coffee. Beer is carbonated well, but medium bodied and still finishes nicely. Overall, a nice beer. (308 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter. Pours a good mocha head. Very dark dirty oil color, but you can tell it is a thin beer which makes sense for 5.7% abv. Aroma is fairly light but notes of coffee and chocolate come through. Taste leaves more to be desired. Seems to have a bit of a cloying mouthfell also which is strange for such a light beer. (343 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger bubbly mocha head, lots of lacing, and a pure black coal colored body.

Milk chocolate, slight cocoa and cola smell.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice, slight nutty and roasty notes, and some black coffee. Leaves a dry nutty aftertaste.

Medium body, silky smooth. Nice carbonation. (301 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English style pint glass.
Just a lovely looking beer! Black used oil looking body during the pour which then forms a beautiful fluffy foamy head. Light tan and dark reddish brown tints.
Delicious roasted flavor with a easy drinking smoothness; dark chocolate covered cherries, some coffee and fruitiness throughout.
Little carbonation which helps to make this very easy to drink.
Love me some stouts, dry, sweet, milk, oatmeal, BA, etc. doesn't matter! If they are done right,and this one is(!), they are truly enjoyable and worthy of drinking all year long, however this time of year does seem to make them even more enjoyable. Pick this one up folks! It's a winner! (704 characters)

Photo of wac9
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

found this beer we dont get many anderson valley beers and at 17 doolars a six pack wow but i found a 20 dollars in the street and let me you tell it was worth it worth it this is the stuff dreams are made of creamy dark goodness great from the frist taste to the last taste thank you puts a big smile on my face just a delicious wonderful beer (344 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is very dark brown with a small amount of tan colored head.

Smell is really nice; chocolate, raisins, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste is an incredibly smooth mix of chocolate and roasted malts, with just a hint of a bitter finish. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer with gentle carbonation. Very creamy.

Overall an excellent example of the style, delicious. (427 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Two finger head that looks like it belongs on a mug root beer. Seems to have some decent retention. Nice deep black color, not too much lacing as the head begins to subside. After the initial pour it appeared to have a nice level of carbonation, but that receded with the head I suppose (it was a bit of an aggressive pour).

S: The smell is really lovely, mellow, and sweet. Picking up some caramel or toffee. The sweetness could be attributable to a blend of dark and milk chocolate. Not picking up any hop or bitter character.

T: Sweet coffee mocha as an initial taste. Dark chocolate melds with an oat woodiness, which cascades along with the mouth feel as it resides on the tongue. Agitating it around the mouth a bit reveals a faint hoppiness. There is some level of roasted maltiness, but it seems somewhat subdued in my opinion, possibly by caramel-maple syrupiness. The experience on the whole is pretty sweet.

M: Smooth and soft. Very faint carbonation dances on the tongue. The body seems slightly to the left of medium, and transitions into a light cream. Not an overwhelming after taste, but it reflects the elements of the beer.

O: This was damn tasty, with a sweetness that was at the pinnacle of the inverted parabola. I could hardly keep it around long enough to tease out its flavor. Admittedly, I probably poured this brew at warmer temperature than I typically would. Never had Stout from a can so I’m interested to see how/if that affected the flavor. In any event, I highly recommend. (1,557 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark, Dark and Dark. Looks like oil that needed to be changed about 9000 miles ago.

S - Surprising alcohol for such a low ABV beer. Coffee, roasted malt, Fig, Tobacco.

T - First taste is roasted malt followed by some hops and coffee taste. Aftertaste is kinda hoppy. Very, very tasty.

M - Full and rich. Carbonation was perfect.

O - Just a wonderful oatmeal stout. Sweet roasted taste followed by coffee and hops, doesn't get much better than that. Every craft beer lover should try this beer. (502 characters)

Photo of ChelseaMae
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

The Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company tasted a bit sour to me. The mouthfeel was not very full. I like almost a coating mouthfeel when I drink a stout. I poured it into a pint glass from a bottle. I have had it before and remember enjoying it. I hope that this was just a bad bottle. (313 characters)

Photo of anarchia
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black stout with a very thick, dark tan head.Head dissipates and settles into a thin layer of foam. Roasty, raisin bread aromas. Very creamy, flavor is dominated by roasty bitterness, hints of figs and some warming from the alcohol. Exactly what an Oatmeal stout should be: Smooth as silk, dark and roasty, dry finish with a long-lingering aftertaste of coffee. (361 characters)

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.