Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #33
Ranked #4,750
4.07 | pDev: 11.3%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout
Notes: 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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Todd from California

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this oatmeal stout. Very robust, complex, extremely flavourful and textured. In a market of wimpy and nitro'd stouts, this one stands out. However, the $9.99 a 6-pak price tag stood out the most. As much as I liked it, I would not drop that kind of money a second time.

Aug 06, 2001
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Stout black with a wispy light brown lace.

Smell: Sweet and tangy with a mild coffee and chicory aroma.

Taste: Rich, smooth and textured. A fight between the roasted flavour and hop oil … hop oil finally gives up. Hops give a good fight with a flowery bitterness and leave a short trail of flavour. Roasted flavour keeps on pushing on, full bodied and a bit of sweetness come through. The finish is of a faded tangy roasted ending.

Notes: Seriously hearty stout, very full bodied and pretty much no holds bared on your taste buds. This is what you call a beefed up stout … where is my cigar?

Hard to lay down $9-10 for this one though it is worth it. This is a kick ass stout with a long roasted finish.

Jan 25, 2002
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. The beer poured with a finger high head that died down very slowly.
S: There are aromas of semisweet chocolate morsels in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking stout because it’s relatively light-bodied for the style and doesn’t have that much alcohol content.

Apr 30, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Anderson Valley August 2009.

Pours a dark black with a bit of a bit of a dark tan head. Nose brings forward a good amount of roasted malt, a tad bit of smoke, molasses, and hints of coffee. The roast really stands out in the taste, which is really enhanced by the really nice and creamy mouthfeel this brings forward. Drinks really well and is one of the best American versions of the style that I have had.

Oct 07, 2010
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Beermanmiles from New York

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

Great beer!!! My favorite category of beer done better than I have ever had it before. This beer kicks ass. It has the heavy dark oaty after effect that you would expect of an oatmeal stout but it just tastes so much more pure than any oatmeal stout I have ever had. Some oatmeal stouts are overly fizzy due to low alcohol content but this one is overflowing chocolate and oat notes. Perfect pour, creamy mouth feel and all around tasty on any day. It is my number one favorite beer.

Jul 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some coffee bean and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout and one of my favorite Anderson Valley beers.

Feb 25, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have a soft spot for this one, its one of the beers that got me into the style, and one i always go back to when comparing and thinking hard about an oatmeal stout. maybe its not the best one out there, in fact, it definitely isnt, but i think its one of the truest to style around thats regularly available, and its a darn fine glass of ale, a good measuring stick. slick black look, and slick roasty viscous going down. medium sized coffee colored head, with cream lighter than coffee, but rich brown and big bubbles and lasting pretty well. sweet nose, almost like a milk stout. thank the oats for that. the flavor is rich with grain character, but the oat sweetness balances bitter roasted barley and specialty dark malts and the harmony is gorgeous and continuing long into the finish. there is even a mild yeast flavor to this, which is uncommon i think is most darker, maltier american beers. its bready and unifying, clean but noticeable. full bodied but i could still happily drink a sixer, in fact i have many times. this beer really made the style for me as a younger beer drinker, and its always a fond experience enjoying one now. emotionally important for me, foundational to my palate.

Oct 16, 2014
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DavidLuger from California

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weeee. My taste buds are happy. Very pleasant happy buzz. Should there be a category for buzz rating?
It is like dessert for dinner, but not too sweet.

May 16, 2017
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nomad from Kansas

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Sep 02, 2003
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Oct 21, 2013
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lonewolfcry from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 29, 2014
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WolfmanK from New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Mar 23, 2010
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draheim from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a slightly reddish glow on the edges where some light shines through. Tan head dissipates quickly, almost no carbonation and zero lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of bourbon.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt with a really nice warm mouthfeel.

I haven't had many oatmeal stouts and this is not one of my favorite styles - but I imagine this might be about as good as it gets in this category.

Jul 22, 2011
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 06, 2012
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retreminy from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jul 23, 2012
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Roberto11232 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Aug 25, 2013
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lochef81 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Oct 29, 2014
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Markbienvenu from Maryland

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

Feb 26, 2015
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Elemental from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sweet stout. Its very dark in color with a large foamy head that doesn't really dissapate very quickly. There is a nice bitter sweet smell which complements the taste nicesly. Nice and thick body with a good bitter aftertaste but the initial taste is sweet moving toward tart and then ending bitter. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

Nov 20, 2003
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Doomcifer from Rhode Island

4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's Stout, Porter, and Barleywine Season!!!! I love this beer.

Pours a midnight black, not allowing any light to peak through, with a tremendous frothy, light brown head that lingers on and keeps you company throughout the life of the beer. Tremendous lacing. A beauty of a beer to behold!

Smells of rich chocolate, very nutty, malty sweetness, and roastiness. Amazing.

Taste is, again, very nutty, rich and chocolately, coffee tones, sweetness from the oatmeal and dark malts, some toffeeish and caramel undetones. A slight hop bitterness comes in towards the middle/end and ends of dry. Pure bliss!

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkable? ABSOLUTELY! I could easily take down an entire sixer of these babies in the cold winter by a nice warm fire. Despite, it's heaviness, the drinkability is outstanding. It's so damn tasty, you don't want to stop drinking them. Absolute stunner right here. Anderson Valley are masters of their craft.

Oct 26, 2006
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Mar 16, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz. growler from City Swiggers poured into a pint glass.

pours a nice, 2 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a dark, moderately thick, opaque black. Lacing is thick and spotty but sticks mostly close to the head. Nice for the style.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and some slightly sweet sourness. Moderately aromatic and plain and simple.

Opens sweet. Chocolate, mocha, and coffee beans. Some roasted hop ashiness far in the background. Lactose towards the end. Finish is slightly sour. Milky. Very enjoyable.

Feel is thin with moderate carbonation. Smooth and watery in the mouth with some slight bubbles going down. Finish is accented with a mellow, lingering aftertaste. Goes down real easy.

A real big surprise and very very sessionable. This one's a bit sweeter than I'm used to for the style but combined with the nice feel, that's a positive thing here. Worth trying.

Dec 17, 2011
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Kuhnzie8637 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dec 01, 2013
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chasmandocharles from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jul 21, 2013
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hanlonrn from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jul 10, 2012
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2659 ratings