Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 2,338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 133
Gots: 259 | 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.
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Photo of nomad
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poure a black color with an enormous tightly-packed bubbly foam head that was pretty slow to decrease and extremely tan. Had some staining and clumpy but appropriate looking lace.

Smelled of dark chocolate, oats, floral hops. Opened to highly noticeable pine scent dripping with citric tones. A little different scents from expected for an oatmeal, but laudable. Taste at first was sweet and bright fruity hops, surprisingly not that bitter, and then a quiet dark middle, barely sweet, then a definite but nice espresso finish from the hops mixed with some roasted notes -tough to distinguish between them. Moderate length finish was roasty, fruity, and dark, with a nice smooth mouthfeel, not yet thick which I expect.

Highly drinkable with interesting combination of flavors, kudos to Anderson Valley for holding back the hop bitterness which is probably hard for them. So easy to drink which is surprising from a company that typically uses strong hop flavors. (970 characters)

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

This is one of the better sweeter stouts I have had in a quite awhile,pours a deep brown not quite black with a nice looking almond colored head.Aroma is very earthy and of bitter chocolatetaiste is lightly sweet but not overpowering by any means with some nice earthiness and french roast coffee.A real nice brew on a cooler day like today,very nice. (351 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black beer with a brown quickly dissipating head. Quite a roasted aroma to it, coffee and notes of biscuits. Quite smooth, finishes with a hint of acidity. A very smooth roast character, the brewer left out the astringency that can often be found in roasted beers. Not as thick bodied as some examples but still quite nice. As this beer warms up it develops some malty complexity. (388 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark color with a moderately fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a burned malt and coffee smell. The flavor has a very unnecessary hop character with the most prominent flavor being the roasted malts and coffee. I really did not enjoy this beer because it reminded me more of a porter than it did a sweet stout. The hops gave it a bite where it should have been smooth and easy to drink. (428 characters)

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

Black in color with a nice well-retained head. Aroma is very chocolatey with a bit of roasted quality. Taste is very sweet. Chocolate stands out the most. Slight floral hop taste in the finish, but overall a very sweet brew. There aren't many oatmeal stouts out there, but this one rivals even the most well known of them. (322 characters)

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

A very solid oatmeal stout. This pours a dark, black colour with a tan head. The aromas are heavily roasted malts, background hops, and other roasted goodness. The taste is very roasty, heavy, and sweet all at once, with a bitter, oily, malty and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and the drinkability is great.

Cool. (329 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black color, decent size light brown lasting head, chocalate and burnt coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate- burnt coffee flavors, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, starts sweet and ends with a nice bitter roasty finish with a noticable hop bite, good stuff here. (292 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle
An excellent stout. I turn to stouts now and again and I find I am purchasing more of this particular stout.

It pours a deep dark brown. When held up to the light it absorbs it. No visibility through the glass. A great tan head that holds up well. Lacing until the end. The scent is chocolate with some oatmeal sneaking through.

It starts sweet but gains bitterness and a tart quality. The flavors are roasted coffee and floral. The floral does not make it too sweet though. Chocolate and oats come through in the malts as well.

It drinks well. It is not overpowering with the flavor or the mouthfeel. A decent amount of carbonation though. It finishes smooth with a chocolate resonance.

A very well crafted and thoughtout stout. (756 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

Poured a dark, dark blackish-brown with a small beige head that left great lacing through out.

Aromas of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, and slightly sweetened espresso.

Increadibly rich, creamy, and smooth with a slightly light body for a stout, but great non the less. Tastes of sweet malt, bitter coffee, and hops. Finishes slightly dry and bitter and goes down very smooth. (441 characters)

Photo of BigHead
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, Barney Flats, he was a good man....oh wait, that's Barney Fife, anyways on to the beer. Pours out into a nice black stout with cappucino colored head standing about 1/4" thick. Roasted malts and chocolate dominate, but I also pick up scents of the oatmeal and coffee. Pick up scents? What am I a trail man? Concentrate, dang me. Nice, smooth, and boy there are some hops to be tasted at the end. Initially, the caramel and chocolate malts are all I taste but as the brew works back, the coffee undertones chime in nicely, and then, out of nowhere a little hop bite at the end. A good combination. A smooth beer, not outstanding, but good. The sweet chocolate, creamy feeling comes crawling in after a feel sips, now I am hell bent on Dairy Queen. Ah, beer and ice cream, I wish there was a planet of thee just for me. (821 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. I'm glad to know that according to the label, "[i]t's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer!" (If you'd like to know what the hell that means, you'll just have to go buy some and find out!)

Appearance: Nearly opaque in color. Light can be seen around the edges, but just barely. Not as dark and sinister as other stouts I've sampled. A coffee-colored head greets me upon pouring and yields a very nice amount of thick, sticky lace on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Deep, dark chocolates. Coffee. Chocolate-chip & oatmeal cookies. Dessert in my glass!

Taste: Very good. A hefty chocolate-coffee burst, followed by soft toffee notes, with a mildly dry and bitter aftertaste. Right at the very end a slight smoky flavor skirts across the flavor profile. Nothing lingers on the palate for too long.

Mouthfeel: I think I may have expected a "thicker" mouthfeel. However, I really liked this one. Not as watery as other stouts I've had. A little more carbonation that I cared for, but still very nice. Good creamy coating of the lips and palate.

Drinkability: Excellent finish. Not a heavyweight in the alcohol department, so you can have more than one. As the bottle states, perfect for dessert (who says you can't drink dessert?) or a nightcap. Quite tasty.

Note: 3 cheers to fellow BA PhantomVoDoo (he know about the whole "VoDoo" thing already...) for this one. (1,429 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

First things first. Uh, folks, do *NOT* pour this beer vigorously!!! Follow-up question to that statement - How do you measure head size when you run out of fingers?!?!. Opaque black, but this will take some time to pour the rest into the glass. Ridiculously large head, if you didn't get that by now, easily the biggest I've seen on a stout.

Aroma - smells 'stouty' enough with the roasted malts, coffee notes, etc., but there seems to be a fruity, sugary smell, like PEZ candy.

Taste - this is one unique stout. Very carbonated, not near as thick as I'd have thought. Fine roasted coffee flavor. I think the hops are trying to make their presence known. The dark malts, the roastiness, they repress the bitterness, but not the fruitiness that I picked up on the nose. This stout has a significant floral taste to it, very out of the ordinary. Finishes with charcoal, espresso, and then a dry hoppy aftertaste, but still not very bitter. More alcohol vapor taste in the mouth as it warms, mixes well with the smoky charcoal taste..

Mouthfeel - not within style, I'm not sure why. There's plenty of flavor here, I'd think the oatmeal would make this thicker, but it doesn't. It's smooth, but I want more body. This could be a Top Beer in my book if it had more weight to it.

Drinkability - It's only 5.7%, and until the novelty wears off, I'd drink the hell out of it. This beer represents, in a bottle, why I like to try new beers. I like to find the ones that are not necessarily the front runner of the style, but are certainly the most unique. (1,559 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium head. Slight caramel aroma. Deeply roasted malts, slight chocolate and coffee flavor, not very oaty. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Lighter bodied Oatmeal Stout. Very drinkable. (273 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with an evaporating head, excellent lacing. Some chocolate and coffee beans aroma are present here. Initial taste of some chocolate, chicory, light coffee taste are delicious. Some dark roasted malts are noted, towards the end some carbonation is detected, but does not take anything away from the quality. A pleasant dry and charcoal like finish make this an appetizing oatmeal stout. (405 characters)

Photo of zerk
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Aroama of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of vinegar. Vinegar? That can't be right... no, it's vinegar. The flavors are the same, but the sour acidity is stronger in the flavor than in the aroma. It's not undrinkable, but not desireable either. I have to think this beer was infected. I have had two bottles, each from a different source, and both had this problem.

Luckily, the sourness dimishes as the beer warms, and it becomes much more drinkable. (520 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, big flavor in this one. Pours jet black with a wispy tan head. Mild, sweet coffee aroma with some chocolate. Taste is both tangy and sweet. Roasted flavor with hops. Finish is tangy. This stuff is brutal. Definitely good for a nightcap, but there's no way you can pound down any more than two of these (if that). Still, this is good stuff. (344 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The prodigious, creamy, dark tan head sits upon a beer which is utterly black in color. It’s one of those heads where you can tell, just by looking at it, that it’s not going anywhere – it’ll lace your glass all the way down to the bottom. The aroma is coffee-like, with the standard roasty malt notes, and a somewhat bready scent. The flavor is smooth, hearty and dominated by a roasty graininess. An extremely pleasant chocolate sweetness develops mid-palate, but is more than balanced by a coffee-like roastiness, and a bittersweet, dryish finish. A wonderfully balanced beer, and eminently drinkable. (608 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a most excellent oatmeal stout that is both flavorful and very drinkable. Anderson Valley does it again.

The beer pours inky black with a creamy tan head that disappears quickly, very little lacing probably due to the oil content provided by the oats.

The smell is warm and inviting, roasted barley with chocolate undertones and a spike of hop aroma well in the background, enticing and complex.

The taste is both sweet and full-flavored with a nice dry bitterness and bite from the hops and roasted malts.

I could come back to this beer again and again. What a stout! (588 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Artistic label with background info on back label. Pours deep and dark with little carbonation and a dark tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is mix of chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley malts. Starts like a dry stout then the chocolate and caramel malts kick in on the back of the tongue, dries out a bit, again and finally leaves a roasted malt/licorice like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry for a stout at first, then hits you with body. I like this because it's a good balance between dry/bitter and malty/full flavored. (528 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barney Flats poured a flat dark with a very dark tan head and a clingy lace. The smell abounded with aromas of sweet chocolate, burnt wood and smoke. I was expecting a more oatmeal flavor, however, but all I got was a bitter coffee some toffee and more of the chocolate and smoke flavors. The mouthfeel was thick. If the taste can be worked up to where the smell is now this will become a much better beer, but for now I will stick with Heart of Darkness or a Sammy Smiths. (473 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, dark pour, with very little head, and no lace. Nice subtle, sweet aroma, with a hint of alcohol, and a lot of bubbles on the side (much carbonation, it appears). On first drink, carbonation is very evident. The taste of the hops is evident throughout, from beginning to end. Not very complex, this is a consistently nice tasting brew, with a pruney aftertaste. On final analysis, its not terribly complex, but definately worth a taste. (443 characters)

Photo of goz
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep black, with a thick dark tan head, quickly receeding to leave pretty srong lace. Aroma is lightly chocolate, some roasted malt (coffee, a little caramel), and some decent floral hops tacked on for good measure. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, some caramel, in the middle some roasted coffee, and ends with a good hoppiness. Body is medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Maybe more hops that I expect from a stout, but being a hophead, I welcome them. (466 characters)

Photo of plrooney
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a glass and it looked like the black hole of beer ... no light could escape this liquid. As I got to the bottom it turned to a nice deep reddish brown. The head was tan and creamy but it went away rather quickly much to my disappointment. Nice rich stout taste which stayed around for a while after each sip. I would not call it an aftertaste as much as a warm feeling in my mouth. This stout was also nice and smooth. I drank one while I ate a few small pieces of good german chocolate, which improved the already wonderful taste of both. (554 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a jet black color with obvious viscocity and a thick brown head with medium retention and lace. The smell was mainly of chocolate malts, with other usual stout characteristics. The taste is absolutely awesome - a combination of sweet, creamy chocolate and a touch of bittering hops at the end. The rich, velvety mouthfeel simply added to this luxurious taste. A definite must buy for dark beer fans. As the label says, "It's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer!" I would have to agree. (501 characters)

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

Big, thick, cocoa brown head, and a color as black as the night. Aromas of chocolate, and espresso. Texture and mouthfeel are ideal for this style, one of my favorites: luscious, rich, and wonderfully roasty! Dark and bitter finish, but alive with hoppiness. Excellent balance, smooth and tasty, absolutely delicious. Beautiful and rewarding finish that goes on and on... This one is my #3 American oatmeal stout, behind Rogue and Bell's. Good job, AV! (452 characters)

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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