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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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Reviews: 976 | Ratings: 2,514
Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled off tap last Wednesday. The beer came a nice black color with a finger of tan head that sticks around nicely as I drank the beer. The nose had a lot of chocolate and creamy oat character and a touch of coffee, though a touch too weak for my taste. The flavor was creamy chocolate and a bit of coffee on the finish, though all together a bit light. The feel was thick and creamy and smooth. Nice all around. Overall, a very solid offering from Anderson Valley, though maybe just a touch too thin for my senses on the flavor and nose.

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Photo of krberg
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours midnight black with a thick, chocolate milk head. Looks very much like a stout.

Light chocolate notes in the nose combined with an english-style tang.

Almost roasted-bitter but not quite. A sweet flavor rushes up on the CO2 just in time to balance this stout out. Very nice. There is a slight hop bitterness in the end followed by a smooth roastiness.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and chewy but not overly filling.

If my local gets this on tap I will spend hours this winter drinking this down. Great session beer!

Barney Flats may very well be the best oatmeal stout I have ever tried. Solidly balanced with lots of flavor, yet smooth and drinkable. Wow!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mountain landscape with golden highlights and a humorous explanation about the local dialect on the back.

Black 98% opaque leaving nary a glint of light through the pour with a spumescent 1/2 “ frothy khaki brown head cap which leaves no lace.

Dark fruit prune scents and roasted malts. Some black coffee notes.

First Swigs: Toasted caramel malts with an immediate sweet ‘n sour character. Citrous lemon peel dryness in the aftertaste. Plain yogurt notes with a light nod towards black coffee and molasses.

Easy sudsy feel. Medium to full bodied feel. Fits the “one per night” limit for me, but is actually not too wild to enjoy in a session if need be.

Last Swigs: Toasted malt ease with lemon peel bite. This is missing something to be great. Leagues behind Sam Smith but then again, what ain’t? With 5.7% ABV, easy to drink. Admittedly, these stouts are not my fave.

Beer is good. Happy American West coast Oatmeal Stout beering.

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Photo of maltedmilk
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with no head to speak of , very low on carbonation. A sweet chocolate taste and caramel smell, perhaps a hint of coffee.

My first oatmeal stout so I don’t have a comparison to make. I do like this . Even with oatmeal and coffee, I’m not sure it’s breakfast food .

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, looks like a stout, just a glint of light on the edges, tan head, moderate lacing sliding down the sides of the glass. Nose is malt and burnt malt. Nice roasted flavors, slick oily mouthfeel. Drying hoppy finish with more burnt notes, decent OS, good sessioner for stout lovers.

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

12 ounce bottle. Pours out very dark with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet, like brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet, but not too sweet. Some hop bitterness and flavor as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This beer doesn’t taste like oatmeal, but oatmeal stouts rarely taste like oatmeal to me. Nevertheless, this is a good example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Harmony Inn in historic Harmony, PA. Very dark beer, wint some reddish color around the edges. Had a nice brown head, that fell after a few minutes and left minimal lacing. The smell was of chocolate, coffee beans and roasted malts. The taste was of dark coffee and some chocolate. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, and very drinkable. This is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't remember where the hell I got this. It's not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very dark beer. Almost black except around the extreme edges where the light revealed a deep ruby hue. A brown, two-finger head rose up and sunk back into the beer at an average pace. There was no lacing

Smell: Cocoa and rich cream dominated the smell right after the pour. After the head had settled down, the aroma became sharper, adding coffee and smoke to the mix. A light hoppiness was stirred up when the glass was agitated.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy on the tip of the tongue. The carbonation became apparent as the beer roughened up in the back of the mouth. The smoothness up front is great.

Taste: Strong, heavily-roasted malt and black, bitter coffee dominated the flavor. The finish became smokey and charred and dried out somewhat. There were very light hints of hops in the aftertaste

Not very complex, but damn good. Overall, a very dark and burnt tasting stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of Ego
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great dark black with minimal head that actually snaps, crackles and pops (at least from a 12 oz bottle), minimal lace at best

heavy chocolate coffee tones without big malt sweetness, more towards bitter choc on the sniff. BIG nose on this brew from maple syrup to coffee malt.

a bit light for stout but as in other Anderson Valley beers there is a nice kick of hops (subdued here compared to their outstanding ESB and IPA - which is good for this style). It tastes on the back end like syrup without that weight on the tongue, very drinkable.

you wont be dissapointed by this beer, big flavor if not "full feeling" enough compared to others of this style, but a very tasty brew anyway you cut it.

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Photo of jvajda
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black and very dark head. Looks like a great stout.
Smell: Fresh malt and roasted notes in the nose.
Taste: Great bitter-sweat stout with hints of oatmeal. Very good, but maybe too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.
Drinkability: I could handle a couple of these in one sitting.

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

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

Poured a black as night color but has a dissapointing head. Nose is of traces of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very solid, starts with a creamy chocolate coffee flavor and it finishes with a chocolate coffee dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel is good for it's style, creamy smooth and reasonably full. Drinkability is near perfect for it's style. I can enjoy a few more of these but unfortunately I am out. Will have to try this again!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a midnight black with a tiny brown collar of a head. Smells very fresh and bobust. Nice malted notes shining through predominately. Tastes like caramel and chocolate made love and this is their love child. Great. Smooth and clean and robust. Strong and ass-kickingly delicious this is not a beer for the meek. Once again Anderson Valley has represented a style very well. A very dark, very heavy, and very profound tasting beer. This will put you in your place and teach you a thing or two before the glass is finished. And thats good.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great presentation. This beer poured an opaque, used-motor-oil black with a light brown head (the color of brown sugar) that disolved until present just around the edge. With only a few ounces left, you could see a dark mahogony with glimpses of ruby.

A nice roast aroma is the first sensation, followed (especially as the beer warms) by malt -- some caramel -- and hops.

A very nice balance of roasty chocolate malts, hop bitterness, and sweetness. Very smooth, probably thanks to the oatmeal. Finally, that bittersweet aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ink black with a supple khaki head.
Mocha nose, pure, simple, and delicious.
Roasty upstart, but not as aggressively so as many a US version. Settles into dark chocolate and an organic, earthy, burnt bark notion. Then it turns as authentically "oatmeal" as anything stout I've tasted that bears it name. The mellow, oatmeal creaminess lingers as does the seared earthen tones on through a downplayed floral hop conclusion. The hops do their job, and dry this out, but are surprising tame from a West Coaster. Not a criticism...just an observation. Actually, the balance is wonderful.
This pushes full bodied, but the carbonation is a touch too hectic for something so otherwise laid-back.
A fantastic stout, especially for sessions.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch-black looks sparsely covered with tan haze. Nose was very weak and never really developed into much, some light caramel and maaaybe a hint of smokiness. Taste had alot of sweetness and reminded me of the coffee-flavored caramel Nips, which continued into the aftertaste. Pretty significant hop background mixing in with the aftertaste.

A bit on the thin side I thought for an oatmeal stout, but developed to have some tenuous body. Something tangy and not too together.

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

poured black with a very little head that didn’t last long so no lacing. aroma, molasses, chocolate, malts, alcohol,hints of coffee. flavor malts, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cherry hints a caramel and honey. not like other oatmeals I have had not bad.

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

Impenetrable mahogany topped with a light milk chocolate brown head that is both solid and stubborn. I'll have to wait before doing a lace check since the head is giving no quarter. When it finally does relent, the glass is surprisingly clean. The two major components of the nose are hops and chocolate, which suits me just fine.

This is a soft, moderately sweet, approachable, easy drinking stout that appears to have benefitted from the use of oats. It's as if the folks at Anderson Valley resolved all questions during the creation process with the question 'what would improve drinkability the most?'

The roasted maltiness doesn't venture into burnt or bitter, the sweetness is understated and doesn't impact drinkability, and the level of hoppiness is just enough to satisfy the hop lovers among us, but isn't so much that newbies will be turned off. The body is closer to medium than to full, is smooth as the day is long and is somewhat creamy.

Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a polished, well-rounded stout that, as far as I'm concerned, gives Samuel Smith's version a run for its money. It isn't quite flavorful enough or distinctive enough to be considered truly great, but it disappeared with frightening ease. Good stuff.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice toasted scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It is sweet smelling with a touch of hops. The taste is good also. It has a dry dark malt flavor that is slightly sweet and has a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The oats add a bit of texture to the flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine oatmeal stout. It has excellent taste and aroma; good drinker.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My expectations were high as I waited to try this stout last in a flight of 5 5 oz. tastes. Maybe I was hoping for too much but I was not disappointed. Fantastic sensations of flavors in the mouth and rather easy to drink (although not all evening). Appeared not as dark as some traditional stouts. Hints of chocolate and caramel more noticeable in the smell than in the overall taste. Enjoyed it but would like to compare to other oatmeal stouts.

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

Pours a deepest brown color with a thick, light brown colored head. Lacing is minimal. Aromas of chocolate and black patent malts, rolled oats, semi-sweet dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of meadowy hops. Roasty assault up-front, followed with a mellow malt smoothness that's enriched with clean flavors of oat and finishes off with the combination of drying hop bitterness and the bitterness of scorched malts. Mainly sweet, overall, but dry enough in the finish that it makes it drinkable. Oat seems used in this beer not as a flavor profile, moreso an agent to mellow and smooth out the whole experience which would come across as just a hoppy stout. Well done.

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

this is one tasty treat of an oatmeal sout. it was my first sampling of an anderson valley brew and now certainly not to be my last. let's hope all their brews are up to these standards. it pours an awesome near black colour with a hearty, though mid-sized, head on top. the smell is mainly sweet (oat, chocolate, caramel) anlong with some roasted noted here and there. very well done and nicely balanced as well. the flavour is fairly close to the smell, though i think the roasted malt may come out a bit more here. it is still predominantly a sweet tasting brew, with creamy chocolate and caramel throughout. the finish is of the slightly dry earth kind. very tasty. the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than many of the oatmeal stouts that i have sampled in the past, but still nothing to scoff at and still well done, just worth noting. yum.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with an opaque black body and a dark tan smallish head. The head quickly died leaving little lace in its wake. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate fill the nose. Taste is similar with a bitter dark chocolate flavor backed by a slight grainy taste and some caramel. The finish is bitter with a roasted hoppy flavor that is dry. The body is medium to full with a slick mouthfeel. This went down fairly easy with a very filling quality about it that would discourage me from having another in the same session but I would definitely pick this one up again. Its a good oatmeal stout but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of ken3c
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with a hint of red at the corners. Thin head. Wisps of foam remain and leave only a little lacing.

Very little smell but a slight flowery hop sense.

Sweet creamy chocolate. Extra bitterness.

Very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation. Heavy.

Very drinkable for such a heavy brew.

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

Nearly solid black liquid with a thin and creamy brown head. Roasted barley and hop aroma. Smells of coffee, smoke, and touch of hops. Some oatmeal stouts have a notable oat smell. Although that quality is present here, it is very subdued. The beer is grainy and rough-edged. Roasted barley flavors follow-through. Oat sensation, again, is muted. Chocolate and grain are prominent. Moderately bitter, with a lingering finish. The beer is full, with considerable heft and richness. Medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable, solidly good stout.

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

Beautiful onyx in it's color capped with about a finger of beige head. The smell was of roasted almonds, coffee and hints of chocolate. The taste was fantastic. Deep chocolate, vague hints of malt and coffee with a gracious settling of hops - very little. Slick creamy and chewy this had a nice way of coating with residue. Extremely dinkable, I can't wait to pair this in the winter with a nice roast or steak.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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