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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

976 Reviews
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours to an inpenetrable black with a thin chocolate head, which recedes to a ring around the glass soon after pouring.

The smell is very sweet and chocolatey. The taste is rich and creamy chocolate with a bit of a smokey bitter bite in the finish. Very smooth with a hint of vanilla up front. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not exactly thick and chewy as I would like.

This is a good drinkable stout. Recommended if you can't get an even more drinkable stout for the price, such as Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of woemad
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at The Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane for $2. No freshness date to be found. I was somewhat surprised to discover I hadn't reviewed it yet.

Poured a viscous, crude oil black, with a smallish tan head that vanished quickly. Slight lace. When held up to the light, all one sees is darkness.

Smell is glorious! There's a brandyish smell that makes one think this is more potent than it actually is. Dark fruit scents come to the fore, along with chocolate and coffee smells. Smells almost like an imperial stout, really.

Like the smell, this tastes like a treat! Much more flavorful than Sammy Smith's version. Roasty, coffee & dark cherry flavors vie with sweet chocolatey flavors. There's also a very slight hoppy bite. An absolutely yummy stout.

This is one thick-ass full-bodied beer. Practically a meal in a glass. Very little carbonation in this one, just enough to keep it from tasting flat.

If one likes big, flavorful stouts, this is very drinkable. It might be a tad filling for repeated pints however. Nevertheless it is a tasty treat. Probably ideal for a dessert beer, as it's bitter aspects are perfectly matched by sweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of ZAP
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And another re-rate in 2005-

What an awesome aroma to this...sweet, roasty..nutty (hazelnuts) and a bit of vanilla...THE best smelling stout I have had...

This is damn near a 5.0 in my book for the style....taste is real close to a 5.0 but I'll leave it at 4.5...Perhaps my favorite stout of all-time....what a drinker...great flavors that mimick the nose...creamy texture...lbody is on the lighter side of medium....great, great stuff...
Re-rate 2003 I think this was one of my first reviews on this site...let me add a little more...this is an excellent Oatmeal stout..has a bit of an espresso taste to it but also a nice sweet stout flavor....I had it a 5.0 and am lowering it slightly..
-Perfect Oatmeal stout...thick, rich, creamy and sweet...a unique taste I can't identify(maybe the oats?)

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Photo of JMazzic
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, using a Newcastle pint glass.

Appearance - Poured thick and black. Stiff, tan 2" head, slowly vanishes, thin lacing. It just looks delicious

Smell - Definite chocolate and coffee upfront. Slight hop bite.

Taste - Nutty and chocolatey. Not too sweet, pretty earthy. Bit of coffee bitterness. Well balanced oatmeal stout.

Mouthful - Thick almost like milk. Nice creamy texture.

Drinkability - Very smooth. A pretty solid stout. I like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout a little bit more, but I would drink this one again.

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

Served at celler temp. (72 deg. F in July in Indiana).

In bright sunlight this pours very dark brown (almost black) with hints of amber around the edges; with a thick carmel tan head of fine bubbles that fades to a thin ring with lacing around the rim after a couple of minutes.

First taste is SMOOTH sweet malt, simple and clean, no harshness here! The first taste fades to well balanced subtle hops and roasted barley.

This seems like a very straightforward stout, an enjoyable easy drinker.

Thanks to my wife who knows that I love stouts, she saw this one at the store, and didn't remember that I had ever had it around so she picked up a sixer for me. I think I will rate her BETTER than Good !

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Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is jet black with a huge dark tan head that disappeared almost instantly. It leaves a small ring around the outside of your glass and laces nicely.

Aroma is of oatmeal and chocolate.

The flavor is a wonderful match to the aroma, chocolate and oatmeal.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side of the medium bodied spectrum and is nicely carbonated.

A highly drinkable stout. Give it a try.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a big, roasty stout, yet very smooth and drinkable. Had it on tap at the new Hop Devil Grill. As it warmed the roasty flavors made themselves known, and there was a lot of hops to balance out the malt roastiness. Finishes smoothly, with roasted malt aftertaste. Maybe the best oatmeal stout I have tried yet.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with a huge caramel head. The head really stuck around and was impressive, very dark and rich. There was some good lacing too, very nice to look at. Malty aroma with sweet, date like qualities too it. Pleasant, but not outstanding. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Lots of milk and toasty flavors. Mocha and toffee come out as well. I didn't get a lot of hop flavoring here, but that's fine. Very smooth, tasty, drinkable stout.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sharp citric hop note with a slightly soapy (ivory to be exact) edge.

Appearance: 3 fingered head of leather on a pitch black glass. The clumpy head left little islands of lace.

Flavor: Solid oatmeal stout characteristics, but an American Stout to me, very hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich texture, to style for the oatmeal

Overall Impression: Mmm… hoppy oatmeal. Easy to drink, but not earthshaking. A good quencher. Thanks to Pegasus for sharing the bottle.

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

Appearance: Pours massive dark tan head, with incredible persistence and an abundance of scattered, patchy lacing. The body is deep mahogany, nearly black in color.

Aroma: Rich toasted oats dominate the aroma, as well as chocolate, coffee, and lesser earth and citrus hops, and a faint note of Ivory soap.

Taste: Roasted oats, coffee, and chocolate dominate the taste. There is a toasty, earthy note characteristic throughout, and a fairly strong citrus hop note, though is lesser to the roasted flavors. Overall, it was quite pleasant.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, soft, no sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing oatmeal stout, holds up well in comparison to English examples.

Thanks to Sebastian for hand carrying this from California.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with no light penetration, and a thick brown head that retains nicely, you can tell this one's gonna be good. Smell is thick and ripe, big coffee, chocolate and roasted malt overtones with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Taste matches the aroma well, big coffee, dark chocolate and roasted flavors come through with a dark currant background and a light molasses flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and very smooth, a nice oatmeal stout for sure, the finish is slightly sweet and lingering. The drinkablilty is pretty high despite this being an oatmeal stout because of the extremely smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of malty
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque midnight brown - almost black with a healthy beige head that descends to a thin layer with semi-lumpy patches.

Smells like tootsie rolls right off the bat. As I swirl and smell again and process deeper, scents of Mackinac Island walnut & chocolate fudge envelope my nostrils. Malted milk soon follows with a sweet yet faint smokiness also. Nutty nougat and dark chocolate are pronounced as well.

The flavor that follows is well represented by it's vast scents...bitter dark baking chocolate and lush roasted malts balanced by a leafy herbal hops that are neither bitter or dry, just a well placed equalizer to even things out. Mild coffee notes preclude this earthy herbalness I keep detecting. Faint leather component in the long and lush finish.

Mouthfeel is well constructed with just enough carbonation to keep this medium-full bodied stout interesting.

Drinkability is very nice seeing this oatmeal stout isn't overly sweet or cloying. No alcohol detected.

Overall a solid American representation of this style. Absolutely one of the freshest and appetizing scents of any bottled stout I've had to date. Very well constructed and sturdy from one of the cornerstone micro's out west. Hats off to another fine ale from AVBC!

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Photo of axisjones
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Toronado (many, many times)

Served in a tall AV mug, Barney Flats pours espresso black with a milk chocolate brown head. Laces all the way down and maintains a bit of head until the finish.

The smell is exceptional. I love the smell of oatmeal stout, but this one is above average. Rich oatmeal smells with coffee and a wet smokiness invade the nose, but the hop presence makes itself known as well.

The taste is bittersweet. There is a great play going on here between the strong roasted bitterness and the hop bitterness. On the malt side there is a strong espresso bitterness with dark chocolate notes all over a bowl of oatmeal. On the other side, Barney Flats has a much stronger hop profile than most oat stouts. Its west coast heritage is in effect with the bittering hops which add a spicy floral quality. Goes down rich and indulgent and finishes dry.

This is the best oatmeal stout I have had, and I have had quite a few. While this is not as smooth as many, it has such a pronounced flavor while still maintaining the silky smoothness indicative of the style. For a hophead this is also a satisfying oat stout. Killer beer, I can session these all night long and feel decadent as hell.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Your typical oatmeal stout. Nothing special here, but a pretty good representation of the style. Poured out to dark brown coffee like color with a caramel colored head. Odors of coffee, malt and a touch of sugar, all very light. Flavor is that of cocoa, oats and an overall roasted tone to the taste. Finished slightly sweet, and quite thick. Not bad, but I would go with Samuel Smith. Worth a try.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very black color but certainly not the "pitch black" you find in some stouts. Decent head that quickly receedes. Low aroma-some roasted malt and what I can only assume is a copious amount of oats. Almost cookie like. Nice roasted flavor with a slight bitterness. Some coffee flavor. Velvety smooth though just a tad thin. A fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night, with a good head on it's shoulders (although it diminishes quickly. Smell is good, some buttery aromas are there, but it's mostly sweet chocolate aroma. Taste it full, mostly chocolate malt, some butterscotch as well. Nice, thick and just the right level of carbonation in my book. This one is a solid beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes updated 1/6/2011: Still a tasty classic. Deep brown in color, lots of molasses, licorice, and dark barley in the rich roasted character. Clean, earthy hop flavors and a refreshingly crisp finish for a stout. Extra overall points - there's something about this you can't pin down - the style as it was meant to be.

original scores 4/4/4/4/3

NIce very dark brown short lived head. Almost black in color. Nice aromas of coffee, earthiness, and chocolate. The carbonation in this beer is done well. Nice smooth, almost silky mouthfeel. Nice flavors as well. Flavors of coffee, soil like earthiness, oatmeal of course, and the perfect touch of hoppiness. I really like this oatmeal stout.

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

I always enjoy an Anderson Valley beer. This one was no exception. Pours a deep dark black with shades of brown and red around the edges. Nice puffy brown head. Smells like singed barley and malt. Taste is equally roasty and malty. Lighty hopped too, with some buttery flowery statements. There's a really nice milky creamy quality to this one, which I love. Real smooth medium mouthfeel, lighter and not as thick as most stouts. Definate plus. And as a result of the more medium mouthfeel and texture it's less filling and super drinkable. I actually finished the whole sixer last night. I meant to save half for the Red Sox opener tonight, oops. Guess I'll have to scrounge between the cusions for change and go buy more goodness.

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Photo of Stimack
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a deep dark brown to almost black color with a fair sized dark brown head that had fair retention and lacing. The brew had aromas of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Nice smelling brew but I am having a hard time picking up much in the way of an oatmeal essence. The taste is very nice, roasted malts and chocolate are the first thing that I notice with highlight of caramel and coffee. Also notice the up front tastes breaking to a hop-ness that goes well with this brew. Not the best oatmeal stout or even stout I have had but a solid offering.

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

This beer pours a dark mohogany. The head is slightly dark tan. It fades fast leaving minimal laces. From the second I opened the bottle, I was assulted by a strong malty aroma. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Slight coffee smell also. Maybe a hint of caramel. It tastes sweet. Malty with a good coffee flavor. It is rather creamy. It coats the inside of my mouth with a creamy, sweet layer. It goes down smooth. Good carbonation. This beer would make an excelent session beer because it is low in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not overly aggressive, but it is not too bland. If you see this beer, you should at least try it. I will buy it again. Good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather good oatmeal stout. Pours from the bottle pitch black. A beautiful foamy tan head forms and lasts for a resonable amount of time. The smell is mild, with just hints of the mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops containted within. The taste is good but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is certainly smooth but seems somewhat thin. A stout worth checking out if the opportunity arises. Enjoy.

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Photo of beersarang
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Actually, I rank this somewhat lower than most...

I love oatmeal stout, Sam Smith is my favorite, but this seems to lack distinction.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Aroma is very mild with hinds of toasty something or other.

Flavors, typical coffee, chocolate, roastedness expected from the style.

Lacked the body I was searching for, and the carbonation seemed slightly off. It is good, but I was unfortunately unimpressed. This beer lacked something that would make you say "ah!" which is what I think really matters.

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Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Really liked this one. Heaps of flavour. Malts are porridgey, cooky-ish, roasted, sweetish to start, finishes bitter and slightly off-dry, long finish, tasty stout. Re-rate:Didn't like it as much this time, not as much flavour as i remembered the first time round. Still nice.

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Photo of HogHill
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror, whoops - that's another song...Darkness descends into the glass, it appears black, held against natural light I can see dark brown tones. The head is a pleasing tan foam which leaves a lace trail on the glass as I drink more. This stout smells great, lots of java and dark malt in the nose. The flavors that register first are roasted malts, with traces of dark chocolate and coffee. The hop bitterness shines through the more this sits in the mouth. I enjoyed this Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout on a cold overcast Saturday afternoon with a small dish of coffee ice cream with fresh banana slices.

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

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: Dark chocolate pour with crimson undertones. Nice head retention with bubbles going from medium to small as you near the top. Completely opaque black when held up to light.

Smell: Light smoke, light chocolate cookie sweetness - a sort of hybrid between the sweet and smokey smells of Samuel Smith's and Wolaver's (respectively).

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey (without being cloying) paired with a generous infusion of hops up front. Hints of roasted coffee and smoke. Well balanced in the mouth and in the bittersweet dark cocoa aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without being watery. Refreshing. Medium crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Well balanced all around. Easy to go for a second pint.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.
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