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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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947 Reviews

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Reviews: 947
Hads: 2,407
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 150
Gots: 292 | FT: 3
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 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 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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Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours jet black with a creamy 3 fingers+ mocha head. Super lacing & head retention

Smell: roasted grain, bakers choclate, fruitiness

Taste Bitter choclate, fruittiness, grainyness, iron & slight hops edginess. Finishes fruitty & dry with a little alcohol twang

MF: smooth & great carbonation.

Pretty sessoinable. Great example of the style that really works. One of the best oatmeal stout's I've had, yummy& reccomended

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Photo of JISurfer
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy Lord, this is one kick arse stout! I was simply amazed with the smell and taste, as well as everything else. The only prob with it, is that it's a little on the heavy side, so it fills you up rather quickly, but then again, isn't that what a Oatmeal Stout is all about? Hell Yeah! When I drink stuff like this, I just want to lock myself up in the house and drink it all day long. That probably wouldn't be too healthy, but oh well, you only live once. The appearance was super dark, with a tan head that stayed around the whole beer. The smell and taste had caramel and chocolate hints to them, which matched up perfectly. The alcohol was barely present in the taste, which made it even more enjoyable. This was really smooth and coated your throat like whiskey and honey. If you have a shot at this stuff, don't let it get away!!!

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a chalice. At first it appears dark brown, but with greater volume fades to black. Brown rather than ruby highlights. Thick head the color of beach sand starts large and then recedes, but there's at least three millimeters of foam still on it when I'm nearly done, so great retention. Looks like the cap of foam on a full coffecup of espresso. Thick creamy and an appealing toasted brown.

Aroma - Malts and roastyness and alcohol. The smell isn't particularly engaging. In fact it's rather muted.
EDIT: Updating the aroma section. The bottle of AVBC BFOA I had was likely old. Binny's in Chicago has recently given the AVBC much greater shelf space. Their volume has increased a lot too so it is fresher. When fresh the aroma is like a hot brownie, with roast and coffee in equally balanced roles.

Taste - First there's a sweet note almost, caramel-like. Then roasted malt, the lovely barley notes, so familiar and yet so refreshing. Then there's the oatmeal, which manifests itself as a nutty, earth flavor. Then the hops tangyness and its accompanying bitterness. All around lovely. It is not strong, but it is flavorful. This beer seduces the tastebuds rather than assaulting them. The flavor is for lack of a better term 'well blended'. Meaning the different components harmonize so well that they become greater than the sum of their parts. They blend and swirl together, making this beer outstanding for it's incredibly balanced taste, creamy, soft yet substantial body, and the fact that it is subtle rather than assaulting, yet still stout and formidable. A beer of wonderful, somehow harmonic juxtapositions. It's easy to make a brash, violent, powerhouse of flavor in a stout; much harder is the accomplishment of subtlety and depth. I greatly respect its carefully balanced and deeply nuanced flavor, mild, but nonetheless stout as can be.

Mouthfeel - Mmmm creamy as all hell! It slides down so so smoothly! This is some amazing stuff for mouthfeel, really altogether terrific. It stands out, even amongst oatmeal stouts. Both hearty yet light-footed on the palatte. The carbonation supports a lovely head but more importantly it perfectly complements and lifts the lovely creamy liquid, making it airy and refreshing.

Drinkability - Due to the pleasant yet mild flavor and the smooth mouthfeel and low alcohol content, this is an ideal beer to drink in large quantities. You can't get tired of appreciating its layers of lovely delicious, dark flavors. It does not become sticky or cloying ever, at any temperature. The carbonation is lively and refreshing, perfectly placed at its ideal level. Never fizzy, but light and fresh.

Great stuff! My top oatmeal stout. This is always in my fridge, without exception. I can't suggest it to people more strongly.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-black with a thick tan head

S-slightly roasted malts, creamy with a hint of oatmeal. This has an extremely tasty scent! 

T-comes in with a great taste of burnt malts similar to a chocolate covered espresso bean. It's a such a creamy and smooth taste. This is awesome! Great roasted after-taste. 

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-this is an amazing oatmeal stout. It's so creamy and it's so completely drinkable. The flavors are just awesome too. 

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Photo of OldEngineOil
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Few stouts I have had surpass Barney Flats in balancing drinkability with a good, solid stout flavor. The ratio of flavor to ABV is very good, allowing it to be more of a session beer than most stouts. Also check out their IPA if you have a chance. Overall AV makes good stuff.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.