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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 954
Hads: 2,446
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 152
Gots: 317 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 czechsaaz
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impressive aroma of dark roast malts and huge fruity fermentationm esters of ripe pit fruit like plums and nectarines. Plus you're usual assortment of chocolate and cofee hints of a good big ass stout.

Very dark with a small but very thick brown head. Exactly what I want to see in my glass if I'm having a stout.

First flavor is very sweet from hihg levels of malt. But in the mid-palate that's countered but great roast flavor and nice, but not high hop bitterness. There's some fruit fermentation character but it is way underneath the roasty, malty flavors and a bit hard to pick out. Aftertaste is both chocolatey and a little bit roasty.

Full bodied and extra creamy in your mouth. This is where the oatmeal seems to be most apparant. Very good.

Extremely drinkable big stout. It's not an RIS so it doesn't just wallop you with hops or roast. It all comes together nicely and makes a good sipping beer or a great food beer. It's actually smooth enough that you might get people who "won't drink stout" to find some common ground here. One of my favorites of this style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark black, monster 3+ inch head and tons of thick lacing. About perfect for a stout.

Smell - Oatmeal, malts, Chocolate, coffee, some spices, cocoa, some hops.

Taste - Bakers chocolate? Malts, roasted/nutty. Cocoa and some dark fruits also. Oatmeal flavor also, which is grainy and smooth. Not overly sweet, nor bitter, very very balanced. Chocolate comes in near the end to give it a complete flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thick beer, but light and smooth on tounge, lots of malts, some light fruits and a little sweet chocolate. Palette gets remaining malts and chocolates with some cocoa. Aftertaste is mild, smooth, malty and cocoa.

Overall - Excellent, so drinkiable and enjoyable. Perfect balance of sweet, bitter and roasted. The price is insane affordable, which only adds to it. World class, must find more!

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Photo of rembrant
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look, Opaque black with a hint of deep brown.

Aroma Malts,grain,fresh bread,a hint of raisin and coffee

Taste, Rich and Malty. I have liked this chilled up a bit more than what some folks want stout at, but I have had it before at cellar temp,and warmer does bring up some of the subtle tastes.

The hops give a subtle edge but don't dominate. There's a subtle graceful dance with the hops and malts in a fine harmony,and the oatmeal showing up to take a bow. The Oats are present,seem gently toasted. Some O-stouts have no oats in the flavor,this blends it into whatever array of malts for a very nice base.

Don't expect the big bang of an Imperial Stout like Storm King This baby is smooth as silk and balanced,but no big fanfare that blows away your taste buds.
There's a caramel,raisin,coffee,toffee thing,with the hops to balance and then step up some in a nice aftertaste with another sweet hint...granola?

Mouth A tad bit confusing here but in a nice way There's some slight of hand as it seems rather full bodied and viscous at first then lightens up and seems to thin some as the hops and carbonation appear. Sort of unique,how you get robust and drinkability woven together.

Drinkability is high for a beer with the word "Stout" on the label. Alcohol %..whatever it is,isn't noticed aside from you won't call it "Lite"
Seabright Brewery had a draft Oatmeal Stout that was big,beefy,intense...lunch in a mug,this,is no less but the target was different. The brewer WANTED tasty-smooth as silk-drinkable...and nailed it.

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Photo of WolfmanK
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like pitch with a tan to nearly brown head that is thick and has some staying power.

It smells of smoke and caramel

Taste is really nice. Tastes of smoke and very slight coffee, but let it warm up a bit there is a nice coco/bitter chocolate flavor that comes through once the beer hits 50 degrees or so.

Finishes sweet and clean but not too sweet, for an oatmeal stout this leans toward the dry side which I really like.

This is a great example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assuredly, this is one of the best stouts I have had in awhile. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a creamy, meringue-like tan head. Looks very inviting. The aroma is full and well rounded with the sweetness of chocolate, ripe raisins and caramel among other things. Complex and very appealing. Makes me want to take a sip, so here goes…

The flavor is very smooth and chocolaty and layered with the pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts. The body is velvety and light to medium in texture. Not as chocolaty as Rogue’s CS, this one is more mellow. Overall, this is a beautiful looking and great tasting stout. Not too sweet or dry or overbearing in any way. It’s just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Source
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the 12oz bottle as part of a mix-n-match 6 pack.

A: Stout black with 1mm tan head which quickly faded to a nice lace ring.

S: Subtle malt, chicory, and milk chocolate.

T: Full bodied and complex with malt, coffee, and cocoa up front with a nice lingering hop sour cherry finish.

M: Really a pleasure to let warm and sip slowly. The kind you want to let roll around on your tongue for several seconds before you swallow to get all the flavors. Would pair nicely with a fine maduro cigar.

D: I could easily drink these all night. Nice moderate abv. Really a fine beverage.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on nitro at Heroe's, on to the beer:

This beer arrive opaque in color with a very thick and creamy head. One smell of soft and sweet milk choclate lured me into drinking the beer in no time....wow! Exceptionally smooth and creamy, this was like drinking chocolate cake batter. Surprisingly easy to quaff. I'll have to try the non-nitro version sometime, but on nitro-tap this was a pleasure!

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Photo of mschind
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

A- Huge creamy mocha colored head that lasts and lasts. Very dark reddish brown, slightly translucent. Good lacing on the way down.

S- Roasted malt, cinnamon, faint hops in the background.

T- MIld malt sweetness up front with some mocha elements giving way to a slightly dry finish.

M- Silky smooth and rich. Full bodied but not heavy.

O- Once I let it warm up a bit above 60 degrees, the flavor really came through. Tried it with some Belgian dark chocolate from Trader Joes which is a good match. It has the richness and body of an imperial stout without the alcohol kick. I'll definitely have this again especially at 7.99 a six here in N CA.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.


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Photo of The_1084
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, almost black, color; has a mocha colored head roughly 2 fingers in width that fades to some nice lacing.

S - Very neutral on the aroma; nothing really stands out.

T - Presents the flavor of roasted oats, dark chocolate, and caramel with a hint vanilla cream. A very flavorful beer with a nice bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Full-bodied, thick, and creamy with medium carbonation.

O - Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout and I am looking forward to drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of bensiff
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at my local overpriced beer joint for swells. Can't say too much about the appearance do to the dark lighting. Nice head that sticks around for a while. Coffee and caramel flavors with a bit of roasted smokiness, but none of that ash-tray over done the roasted malt problem so many stouts suffer from. The hops hang around in the background nicely balancing the character without announcing their presence unless you look for them. The oatmeal provides a nice smoothness that doesn't require you to wait between sips. A great example of what a stout should be.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color with a massive beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

Smell: Mocha aromas with a touch of brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge

Taste: Starts with a rich mocha and chocolate flavor; mid-palate, the brown sugar and maple syrup sweetened porridge arrives; after the swallow, a hoppy/coffee bitterness with a touch of acidity blends to make for a satisfyingly complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth as silk from the oatmeal addition

Drinkability: If there is a more drinkable outmeal stout, one would be hard-pressed to find it

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown body with shades of red around the edges. Head is initially two-fingers in height, but dissipates fairly quickly, clinging to the sides of the glass as it falls. Head is tight, creamy-ish, and tan. Overall, pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Flowery hops, sweet smokey BBQ aromas, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and oats. Very aromatic for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Mirrors the smell in terms of the floral and barbecue notes. Add in some dry dark chocolate, molasses, burnt malts, and prickly hops. Oat flavor is large, but mixes in very nicely with the other components. Very flavorful for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation for the style, which I kinda dig. Maybe a bit too much carbonation though... A very smooth ride with a mild bite at the end. Mouth coating is on par for the style, and body is medium-full. Milky goodness.

Drinkability: This is a gorgeous oatmeal stout! Maybe the best I've had. Kind of reminds me of an English RIS. Way more flavorful than all other oatmeal stouts I've had. Will buy again.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep oily color with a tall, frothy, tan head. There is a luscious aroma of caramel, chocolate and malts. The flavor follows the aroma nicely- the roasted grains taste nice and rich. There is a subtle undertone of floral hops as well. Oats and chocolate really come out in the finish. The mouth feel is not nearly as thick as one might expect - a few points off for that in my book. Maybe Imperials have me spoiled... At any rate this is an excellent stout overall.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is a very nice looking brew; the color of black coffee topped with a huge long-lived mocha head that looms large but surprisingly only deposits minor lace.

S - Big fudge and graham cracker notes leap from the glass from start to finish. It is almost reminiscent of s'mores, without the sweetness of the marshmallow... but the fudge, graham cracker and campfire are all there. While the aroma is not terribly complex, it is immensely enjoyable.

T - The promise of the nose is fulfilled in the taste. It is pleasantly roasted, with a tea-like hoppiness and lots of chocolate on the finish. The hoppiness is really the only newcomer to the flavor party, and it is a sublime addition. The roasted chocolate graham cracker flavor deftly straddles the line between sweet and savory, tending toward the latter. Again, this is a tremendously enjoyable brew.

M - Smooth, deliciously rich, and very nicely effervescent.

D - Very nice stuff here; easy-drinking, substantial, complementary with cuisine; what more could you ask for?

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Photo of goblue3509
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost cola color with reddish brownish highlights and an off white two finger head that gives way to nice lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, oats, and roasted nuts as well as a very small earthy hop note. The taste is of an oat backbone, the over the top taste is of roasted nuts and of chocolate and a slight coffee flavor. There is a very faint earthy hop taste on the back end of the taste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and is silky but not slick. The overall drinkability is very high you can enjoy this beer over and over again.

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Photo of happy5930
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep black, with a small amount of lacing. Head dissapeared quickly. Smells sweet with tons of chocolate. Tastes medium bodies, with tons of well balanced flavor. Goes down smooth, with little to no bitterness. An excellent stout, with exceptional chocolate flavor.

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Photo of mxchap
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Reema
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours a rich black color with no visible light coming through. Smell is of roasted coffee grounds, dark bitter chocolate, slightly plum like, with a nice charred wood scent. Taste reflects the smell, initial coffee dark chocolate tastes lead into a noticeable coffee bitterness that mellows out into a silky almost milk like sweetness. It is extremely nice. The feel is extremely silly and thick, the ideal for the flavor profile. Overall, this is an exceptional oatmeal stout that is tasty and easy to drink. A definite treat.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very sweet version of a stout, with a nice chocolate coffee flavor with a malted smell and a decent hop presence on the back end. One of the few great sessionable stouts due to the very low alcohol content, it's refreshing to find one so smooth and kind of low-key.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured very dark, not black but brownish black. Served after 10 minutes in the freezer.

I smell some licorice maybe, kind of has the smell of an imperial.

Wow, this was a really nice stout. Definitely surprised me. Some cocoa, some milk maybe, and some oats, and a roasted oat / chocolate. Not bitter at all.

Full bodied. Crisp. Not too much carbonation at all. Very much how I like my stouts. Missing a fresh feeling, but that is about it.

Drinkability. You could drink all night until it catches up to you. This goes down extremely smooth!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So far, the best oatmeal stout I've had...(Still anticipating Sam Smith's)

A: Deep black, head is about a finger thick but dissipates soon after the first sip.

S: Chocolate, slight burnt wood aroma.

T: Silky smooth, Anderson Valley Brewing Company hit a home run. Very crisp, no charred wood aftertaste. The oats are delicate and the hops are pronounced well.

M: Creamy but not. It's not like drinking a milky stout, rather a perfectly balanced beer. Oats hit the back of the throat at the perfect time.

D: Even though they claim "it's not just for breakfast anymore" the beer would be good at any time of the day. Perfect for casual shindigs, or just relaxing. I'm still working on a dish it would pair nice with. I made a beef stew with it as the base and it turned out phenomenal.

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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.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.