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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

446 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
At 7.5% alcohol, this award-winning brew is a true winter warmer. Blueberry Oatmeal Stout has hints of chocolate, oatmeal and fresh blueberries. A wonderful pairing of flavors! Great for the holidays and for those who enjoy discovering new beers.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 12-22-2007)
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, with two fingers of off-white head that subsides fairly quickly. Light can be seen shining through the beer when held up to the light. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of blueberries and chocolatey, sweet malt. Some nutty notes as well. The blueberry is definitely present, but not overpowering. Very nice.

Taste: A mild acidic bite from the oatmeal, backed by a mild sweetness from the blueberries. There is a fairly strong bitterness throughout the beer, though I can't distinguish if it's from roasted malts or from hops. A mild malt sweetness and a hint of blueberries on the finish. The overall flavor is mild, and the blueberry influence is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Good body, and good carbonation. Usually I like imperial stouts thicker, but for the combination of flavors, it works.

Drinkability: I was surprised to find out this one was an Imperial stout, with a 7.50 ABV. I thought it was much, much lighter. This tastes much more like a normal stout, with blueberry flavors. It doesn't have the depth of flavor to really be considered an Imperial. This beer tastes like one I could enjoy several of, but the high ABV prevents that. That being said, I really, really enjoyed this.

I liked this beer a lot. If this were a normal American Stout and not an Imperial, my ratings would be even higher.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack for the wife and grabbed a bottle for myself.Poured into a standard pint glass a a near opaque black except for a few ruby highlights,a thinner quick to fade toasted almond colored head atop,it was gone in a blink.All blueberry in the nose wich wasnt to bad,but honestly thats all I picked up.Sweet cereal-like blueberry flavors really stand out with very little other impy stout-like components,light chocolate comes in as I drink more but its all artificial fruit here.It could be good but its heavy handed on the sweet blueberry artificial flavor and not overly drinkable.

Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red, nearly black in the middle, with lots of small, white sediment floating around. Thick, creamy tan head that has excellent retention. The smell is, as you would guess, full of blueberry. But it's not too overpowered. I was very worried that the blueberry would be overdone, but that is not the case. Rather, the blueberry meshes well with the other smells of oats and granola that it balances with the blueberry very the well. The taste is full of sweet malt, some blueberry notes, oatmeal, granola, and barley. And, what do you know, a nice dose of hops and a touch of bitterness shines through, right at the end of the sip. Thick body, slight chewy and sticky, medium bout of carbonation.

I'm surprised the reviews are relatively low for this beer. I feel that it was very well put together - good balance of flavor without being too heavy in any single department. My only complaint is the somewhat syrupy nature of the beer, which may lead to premature palate fatigue. Not something I'd stock up on, but not nearly as bad as others made it sound.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

We're surprised that there are not more fruit stouts on the market, the roasted and sometimes chocolate-like flavors go well with fruit--it seems to work most of the time. Pours off a massive towering tan head, almost like foamy milk on a latte. Good head retention to boot. A shade or two away from pitch black with an ever-so-slight ruby hue. Smells of mouth-watering blueberry pie filling and mild earthy burnt malt. Smoothness is off the charts with a creamy full body. Mild burnt acrid flavor meets sweet blueberry for an interesting and certainly flavorful mix. Malt and oat sweetness plays very well with the perfect portioned blueberry character. Hint of bitter, unsweetened chocolate is present. Aside from the burnt malt sharpness, the hop bitterness plays a part in keeping the blueberry and malt/oat sweetness in check. Earthy, charcoal and a faint smokiness from the roasted malt fade slowly into the semisweet finish.

Yup, this one works and conjures up the thought of being a breakfast beer. The blueberry and roasted malt play well together. Balance is key and this beer is right on track.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wlevando
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Caveat lector: The can opener set off a bottle rocket. I didn't knock or warm the bottle as far as I can tell, but the beer is not skunked or anything.

Appearance: Fine, I guess. In a juice glass, filled in two ounce increments, the beer is nearly opaque brown with a soda-like head (bubbles nearly mm diameter)

Smell: Whole wheat blueberry pie. I've never had such a thing, but it would smell like this beer. A little complexity comes through the berry, but the former is overwhelmed.

Taste: Bold, to say the least. Strong, somewhat artificial, blueberry flavor is held up by a good malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Not much more viscous than a soda.

Aftertaste: Tens of seconds duration malty flavor with faster fading estery blueberry.

My take: A very good blueberry beer. Similar in quality to Sea Dog's, but less refreshing, longer lasting, and more satisfying. Pretty good for a fruit beer, though the blueberry flavor itself leaves something to be desired.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: oats and blueberries—really interesting smell

Taste: chocolate, cream, and oats at first.. blueberry in the middle to the end—light coffee towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that becomes slightly more bitter to the end, medium carbonation

Overall: Interesting combination. I love the blueberries as they do not seem artificial as some blueberry taste can. Wish this was a bit less bitter, but I would still get it again. I prefer Dark Horse Tres as a similar beer though.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with a strong, syrupy blueberry component. The beer is artificial smelling. The flavor is full of blueberry and chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in. Once again, the fruit in the beer seems artificial and fake. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Stebow1289
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wer
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. Just past its best buy date.

Appears black from a distance but when u look down at it there is some definite ruby brown colors showing. Pours with a skim layer of light tan head head that eventually fades to a ring. No real lacing to it, after a swirl of the glass some spotty ale shows but is quick to fall back into the beer.

A bit of blueberry mixes with? I don't know, something stout like, a light stout. Not a whole lot to the aroma on this one. Maybe a touch of something roasted or burnt, but still pretty light.

It's drinkable, but not a whole lot going on for a stout. Some blueberry mixes with a bit of light chocolate, light roast. Finishes with a slight burnt bitterness then back to a kind of fruit flavor.

Hard to say that this is actually an oatmeal stout, I'm getting pretty much no slick creaminess that I almost always find when oatmeal is used in the mash. Lighter bodied than it probably should be.

This was a let down, which was pretty much on par with my expectations. The stout flavors were just lacking. Nothing really off about it, and its pretty drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer, not much head or lacing.

Great unconventional beer. Was skeptical at first, but then decided that was all the more reason to check it out. Blueberry is present, but not overwhelming. Plays well with the roasted malt, can't really decipher any typical coffee or chocolate notes with the malt, kind of muted by the blueberry I guess.

The hops are noticeable, but nowhere near overwhelming. The alcohol is amazingly hidden, as this is a decently potent stout.

I dunno why the reviews are so "meh" about this beer, maybe its from people who don't like stouts, or only like conventional stouts, or are turned off by the fact that it is contract brewed, corporate hands (the people who hate "corporations" sure seem to be judgmental and close minded, but that's another topic) on it or who knows, maybe they just don't like this stout. I happen to like it very much.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 360 degree difference from Dark Horse Tres that utilizes blueberry within a stout. Just from the first whiff after pouring, I'm getting artificial Fruity Pebbles like nots that are found in Sunset Wheat from Leinenkugel's. This one looks alot better, pitch black with no ruby highlights forms a tan thick head forming fine layers of lacing. Aroma like I said un-natural as it gets what is going on here sharp candy blueberry pie notes not earthy blueberry skin. Flavor is horrible big layer of roasty alcoholic notes from the minimal 7.5% with off flavors hailing from the artificial blueberry flavoring to the actual hop additions that are just clashing with the dark roasts. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation, meaning too much. Body is medium bodied though it work work better if it had more balls. Drinkability overall is shite, this is a one and done beer, I will never drink this again as long as Dark Horse is alive and well producing Blueberry Stouts.

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No date, but states "brewed and bottled by Pyramid Brewing Co." for BB's.

I popped the cap, letting out a bit more gas pressure than expected, but the beer didn't come frothing out. Nonetheless, upon pouring what eventually would be only about 3 cm of beer in my glass, a creamy thick foam arose that would have poured over the top and down the sides if I hadn't quickly filled my mouth! Another huge head formed with the 2nd and 3rd and 4th pours (yes, just one 12 oz bottle)!! Under the tan head is a nearly opaque but clear dark mahogany liquid.

Aroma of a rich, malty, blueberry ale, with more typical oatmeal stout flavoring in the taste. Blueberry, malt, and hops are very nicely balanced, and all three linger in the finish and aftertaste. Great interplay of flavors, and good use of hops to cut the sweetness. I do wish the moderately high ABV was not so obvious in the aroma.

M - full, smooth and creamy.

Interesting and fun to drink, this bold brew is very drinkable.

A yummy Black-and-Blue for home consumption. Highly rated, yes, but with virtually no deduction for over the top head, or for departure from traditional oatmeal stout characteristics.

Photo of riotinmyskull
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of JasonFromLA
1.25/5  rDev -62.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the beginning, this beer asserts itself as a stout with its look: colored nearly black with brown hints in the light and a certain thickness to it, the light brown head a firm and frothy finger in height. It's not as assertive as it can be, with just more than moderate lace, but it' straightforward for sure.
There's a nice blueberry right up front in both aroma and flavor. Malts are sturdy and light on the roast, though that aspect is mildly present. the lighter roast lends the focus to the blueberry, though, as well as the creamier sweetness and the lightly earthy oat. Just a hint of baker's chocolate rides in, and a slight hint of creamy smokiness sneaks into the finish. This is a pleasant surprise from a brewery that hasn't wowed me before.
The mouthfeel follows the flavor nicely, smooth all the way as hoped in a mostly full body with some robustness to it. Roast is most noticeable in the feel, actually, leading into a roasty-dry finish. It COULD be a little fuller-bodied and ever so slightly smoother for the style.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, an impulsive grocery store grab in Montana a few months ago.

This beer pours a solid black, with cola sides and edges when exposed to the light of day, and two fat fingers of foamy, puffy, speckled beige head, which leaves a few scattered swaths of lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes. It smells of acrid, yet sweet fruit - blueberry, I suppose - bready caramel malt, and a faint boozy edge. The taste is acerbic, fruity, um, evil! There's booze, weak roasted malt, and overwhelmed blueberry essence, almost like someone put out multiple cigarette butts in this horror show. Ugh. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, but tainted by the same edgy stank, somehow, as the taste. It finishes off-dry, sort-of, with otherwise agreeable malt still suffering egregiously from that unpleasant boozy fruitiness whose name I shall not utter further.

Fuck me, I haven't had reaction like this to a beer outside of a crappy malt liquor/Euro-fuel lager, in well, ever. This one hurts, on a physical and psychological plane. Subtle malt, fruit from hell. 'Nuff said.

Photo of jdspears41
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks amazing once it is out of the bottle and in the glass. Has a redish wine tint.

S-SMELLS LIKE BLUEBERRIES! Awesome smell, couldnt wait to drink it!

T- Its a little blah when if comes to the first taste. After drinking it for a bit you can taste the blueberries everytime you breathe. I would say the aftertaste is what made it 3.5 for me, first taste is more of a 2.

M- No head on the beer, wish it had some sort of head. Other than that its not bad going down or anything like that. It was from the bottle so im guessing fresh it would have a head.

O-Ill buy this one again

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cordovan brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Prominent blueberry aroma, overpowers much of the underlying stout character. Hints of oat, and even a touch of wild yeast character, slightly sour and funky, not unlike what you'd find in a belgian or wild ale.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong blueberry and a funky sourness hit first. Moderate malt roastiness comes through mid-taste, hitting on burnt toffee, then finishes with a strong grassy bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy profile. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A bit too much blueberry, not enough stout flavor for my liking. It's drinkable, but can get a bit too sweet with so much blueberry flavor dominating the profile.

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised there aren't more review for this, as I've been seeing it everywhere lately. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is darker than most oatmeal stouts seem to be, verging on opaque with a hint of light getting through, though on the website they say it started as a stout and they added oatmeal later on. Not sure if that makes a difference. The pour leaves a mocha-colored and soapy head with big spots of bubbles and carbonation slowly dissipating. Sticky and raucous lacing hangs around.

Smell: A nice mixture of ripe blueberries and malt sweetness. I usually dislike blueberry bears on account of most of them being used for a lighter-bodied wine cooler-esque beer rather than a real beer. Here, though, whether it's because of the heavier body with the stout or not, it's pretty pleasant, and adds a bit of fruit to the malt, roasted characteristcs, and slight sweetness already present. I imagine this is extract instead of real blueberries, but I can't really tell, which I suppose is a good sign.

Taste: The colder this brew is, the weirder it tastes. So let it warm up a bit if it's been in the fridge. The oatmeal stout characteristics seem especially roasted and bitter, more so than other sweeter and creamier varieties, so I'm not sure the oatmeal is really doing that much, as it doesn't seem to be terribly detectable here. That said, the sweetness and ripeness of the blueberry, because of the bitterness and roasted malt of the stout, actually melds quite well here. It's a sipper, and it's more visceral than most fruit stouts, but I like that about. Finishes semi-dry with a shot of blueberries and bitter citrus, rounded out by some husk, grain, and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied though slightly watery with an odd burst of carbonation at the end that doesn't fit quite as well as it should.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised with this. With the higher alcohol content and the fruit backing the body, I imagine some folks wouldn't dig it too much, but especially since I'm not a big blueberry brew fan, this won me over. And around $9 a six-pack is certainly a good deal.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just finished the last of our fresh blueberries yesterday...I had oatmeal for breakfast...I love a great stout: I'm qualified for this! Seriously though, this bottle looks a little roughed up, not sure how old it is but I'm giving it a whirl. (Another plea for clear bottle dating, anyone?!?)

No complaints on the appearance, the thin tan head remains on top of the black body a long while. Lace clings with just the slightest tilt.

Blueberry is definitely present in the aroma while the traditional stout characteristics remain strong. Roasted malts give a light coffee and slightly more aggressive dark chocolate tone with the blueberry smell nicely mingled. Smells natural enough, although the label text "with blueberries with natural flavors added" gives me some pause).

Flavor is...interesting. Definitely blueberry, although some sips it tastes more natural than other sips where I kind of wonder. Flavor of grape Bubble Yum is embedded within the watery coffee and dark baking chocolate base. The 7.5% alcohol doesn't really factor in to the flavor. With warming and some patient contemplation the flavor really grabbed me. Sort of like a liquefied version of some weird-ass breakfast cereal.

Feels a bit soda-like due to the grape-y flavor, the sweetness of the blueberries and especially the buoyant, slick mouthfeel. Not even a bad texture, it's round enough, but feels more like a Scotch Ale or something than a stout. But the dazzle of prickly carbonation at the finish is my only real complaint in this department. Doesn't need to be there. A gooey Expedition Stout-style texture would've been amazing here.

I enjoyed this a lot more than their Orange Blossom offering (alco-pop?), and I remember their pumpkin ale not being so hot. The blueberry is just strong enough to give some flair, but not overdone enough to intrude. A unique and laudable beer that is impressive without being mindblowing. Chuck some more malt and blueberry in it and it might just be a killer. Probably wouldn't have another in quite some time, but I look forward to another meeting with it somewhere down the road...

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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.