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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

461 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: dsa7783 on 12-22-2007

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.
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Photo of Trevormcraig
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SoCaliC8
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a trust, deep walled 14oz mug.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with just the faintest ruby highlights when held up to a light. Pour produces a thin, slightly creamy sandy colored head that quickly reduces to a ring of lacing.

S: On opening the bottle, the first whiff is pure blueberry. Aside from the rush of blueberry fruitiness, I can faintly pick out what I assume is the toasted oats and roasted malts comprising malt backbone of this stout. Smells nice, but I know that can be the kiss of death with fruit beers (looking at you, Banana Bread Beer).

T: First sip is surprisingly a lot like the nose. A distinct, mild blueberry sweetness hits up front but is quickly moderated by the onrush of toasted oats that impart a chalky, oatmeal flavor. Mid sip, there is a tinge of hop bitterness, but it too fades into a slight smoky, toasted bready flavor. The aftertaste begins with some residual blueberry sweetness but dries out into a chalky, bready flavor that encourages another sip to refresh the blueberry sweetness on the palate.

M: To be honest, it might be kind of thin for the style, but I wouldn't go so far as to call this beer watery. The mouthfeel just isn't as full as other stouts, but still does produce a slightly oily slickness.

D: 7.5% ABV but I can't find it at all in the nose or taste, and I'm not really feeling any warming sensation in my stomach. Drinking more than one wouldn't be out of the question.

Another BA described the taste as liquid blueberry oatmeal, and that pretty much nails this beer on the head. Surprisingly pleasant. I think this stout does a servicable job, striking a balance between fruity sweetness and the oats and malts. An easy drinking stout and while it may seem gimmicky and I did pick it up on a whim, it was a nice change of pace.

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this one certainly has a blueberry aroma...it's notable immediately upon the pour. It has a grain and mild oat scent as well. I imagined something like oatmeal for breakfast with some bitter chocolate and blueberries mixed in....that's not quit what you get with this beer, but the scents are present...they just don't come together perfectly. The liquid itself is a deep, black-ish brown color with a lasting light-tan head. Ever present carbonation keeps the head replenished and adds some distracting bite to the mouthfeel. Drier than expected, and there's also a solid hop bitterness. This is a better than average stout, and the blueberry isn't as overpowering as the smell forecasted, but its not exceptional by any means.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown with very little head. Ringed with larger than normal bubbles, the highlights are scarce and of tawny port. No lace.

Heady oatmeal stout mixed with guess what? Blueberries! Somewhere between blueberry candy and the real deal, not off putting. Hop spice.

The sweet backbone of the stout rumbles up the tongue leaving a residue of pleasantly faint blueberry. Drying out near the end with a twang of Noble, spicy, earthy hops out the back end. Toffee, caramel. Phenolic when warmed, more syrupy as well.

You can bite into this, it really is a better beer than you're expecting. Subtle carb.

One to two. A novelty that turns out to be good.

Photo of Rutager
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours cola brown with a little haze and a small bubbly head that down't last loang.

Smell. Choclatey, lightly roasted grains with some nice sweet blueberry.

Taste. Floral blueberries, some chocolate and grains, some earthy bitterness, slightly tart.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Too bad this has the bitterness. The blueberry tastes okay but there seems to be some perfumy floral taste going on. Not really my thing.

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive beige head (do I detect a touch of purple?). Leaves plentiful amount of lace. Light barely passes through the otherwise black liquor.

Smells of caramelized sugar and fresh blueberries. I'm not sure if these aromas go together well. It's a little bit chalky and biscuity.

Sweet and sour, but not bitter from black patent malt. The blueberry is obvious but the Stout is not. I find this beer to be more tart than bitter. I'd almost make a new beer category for this one--there are darker, but sweet, malts present. The flavor is complex with just a touch of hop bitterness. The body is disappointingly thin, especially for an Oatmeal version of stout.

Photo of Lemke10
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this for a friend when he was in southwest Wisconsin. I traded him a beer since I never tried this but he did warn me about the huge head and he was right. These bottles probably went through a second fermentation because the bottle cap had a lot of force behind it and even with a slow pour there was 5 times more head than beer. The aroma is still sweet with malts and blueberries. There are some robust flavors mixed with sweet blueberries but this is way too yeasty and it almost has more of a Belgian texture. Oh well as least I got to try it, but I’m sure that this is not the way it is suppose to taste.

Photo of JMBSH
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark redish brown. A tan head that shrank to a good coating.

S - When the head was first formed, a great deal of blueberry. But after it had shrank a bit, a more subtle dried fruit smell.

T - Slight sweetness but the hops are also there adding bitterness. I really don't detect any really blueberry taste.

M - Smooth and not that heavy.

D - Very drinkable. Doen't really taste that heavy. I could have another one at a bar.

Photo of nezelrac
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A - dark brown/midnight blue-black; one finger of off white/tan head that has decent retention and a little lacing

S- blueberries and toffee roasted malts; citric hops seem to back up the blueberry; a little simple and four square

T - all of the elements are well-integrated - the blueberry fits nicely into the roasty palate with the help of the hops; surprising synergy here; still just good; decent length, but not exciting

M - really winning; CO2 with the blueberry creates a very decadent texture; well done

D - an oddity; for a single pint it is quite enjoyable - but would I have another???

Photo of ButterflyBethie
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- has a small caramel head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The color is dark black. The appearance reminds me of Coca-cola

S- faint blueberry and coca smell

T- the blueberry is very faint. it has a bitter coca taste with a distinct after taste

M - feels more carbonated than it looks

O- If you drink this too cold it has very little flavor. Also even though it is listed as 7.5% ABV it feels stronger than that

Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, black. Tan head that has little retention and is small. Head leaves a bit of foam at the top..layering it.

Aroma: Blueberries jump out on this one.

Taste: Sweetness, blueberries and some malts..but not much else. I don't get any of the characteristics of an oatmeal stout here

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at the most..somewhat creamy, and goes down fine

Drinkability: Fruity beer so that usually gives this category some points for me..higher ABV though. Also, not very much sticking to the style; I don't mind deviation, but this just seems a big jump. Too much blueberry sweetness, which tastes fine..but could use more. Worth trying, however.

Photo of olmatty
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a black beer with a low tan head with moderate retention and poor lacing.

Smell-Very Light roasted malt with a light blueberry aroma.

Taste-Simple stout, a little roasty, a hint of chocolate and coffee and a significant tang of fresh and not sweet blueberry.

Mouthfeel-Thin for stout, relatively low carbonation is right on though. If this were to fizz it would be ruined. If it were on Nirto it might be divine.

Drinkability-Very drinkable. Somewhat nice. I'd recommend this to a bridge the gap for someone new to stout. For me i wish it had more body and a bit more malt complexity.

Photo of Stebow1289
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin black/brown with a tiny blue tinged mocha head that didn't last very long, wait, it's gone.

Smells strong of blueberry bread, not much roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

Taste is a flash of hop(wtf?) up front. A touch of the malt is present, but alcohol overrides most, and a blueberry finish/aftertaste.

Feels thin, bubby, burny, easily my least favorite aspect of the beer.

While thankfully not listed as a imperial, one should note that it definitely delivers on the blueberry. Easy to drink since it feels light, yet still has a good abv.

DOA

Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darky black brew poured into the Corsendonk tulip - plenty of tan head, and a nice lip of lace. Time for the main event:
Yep, Blueberry in the aroma, with a dose of malt. The quaff is the key - and it's fitting the bill for me. Not overpowering blueberry, just a nice hint followed by the oaty malt and backbone. Bit thin, like most Buffalo brews, but a decent flavored oaty.
OK - not one I'd get on a regular basis - but a good crossover brew nonetheless.

Huh? BA says this is 7.5% - no freakin way.

Photo of LieutenantWort
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of fruit in beers. Makes me think of Zima, or Bartle's and Jayme's. But there are some standouts that keep me from writing them off -- Pyramid's Apricot Ale is one, and Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale is another. So when my fiance brought home a 12oz of BB's Blueberry stout, I figured it was worth a try.

Nothing exceptional or memorable to note about the pour. Maybe a little thinner and a little less head than you'd traditionally expect from a stout, but not dramatically "off," either.

Aroma is _all_ about the blueberries. Very distinct and recognizable from the mouth of the glass. The taste is actually more subtle; not as sweet as I'd feared from the smell and the oatmeal comes through as a kind of grainy undertone.

We split the single 12oz between us, so I didn't get as many sips as I'd usually have to work out the flavor profile. By taste alone, I'm not sure I could have identified this as "blueberry." Something-berry, yes, but if you told me it was blackberry or raspberry, I might have believed you. But the nose definitely gives it away -- it's unmistakable.

Photo of blakelive784
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter:

A - Presents a dark brown/black color with a creamy, tan head of 2 fingers. Retention is decent at best.

S - Strong blueberry aromas, but they don't seem entirely artificial. Roasted malt is countered with cream.

T - Blueberry opens, but is actually countered rather nicely by roasted malt and chocolate. I expected the blueberry to be overpowering, but it's not. Simple, but works well for what it is. Quite creamy.

M - Full, coarse and dry on the finish, nearly ideal for a stout.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Not an award winner, but certainly a good all around beer. (Also, the first blueberry beer I've had that's any good).

Photo of zak333
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a thick and fluffy 3" tan colored head that lasts.

Smell: blueberry rises easily from the glass. Some roasted malt sweetness lingers a bit more quitely.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee, and a fake blueberry concentrate taste. Bitterness is decent and helps balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: wierd flavor combo makes this a unique beer to try, but more than one bottle would not be an option for me.

Photo of Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another intriguing winter seasonal. A nice medium bodied stout with an authentic blueberry undertone. Pours a mahogony brown with light edges, some light shows through. Aromas are enticing with loads of blueberry and chocolate malt. Flavor is mellow, medium bodied, easy to drink. Finish reveals all of the blueberry with a berry skin aftertaste that makes it seem like you ate a fresh one. Well balanced, oddly bitter finish that seems almost like a berry tannin. Pair with chocolate and we're in business.

Photo of jgasparine
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A careful pour yielded a very thin, cream colored head which quickly vanished. No lacing. Body was an opaque dark brown, as expected from a stout. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Big blueberry aromas along side of classic smell of roasty chocolate malt. The blueberry is sweet smelling, and seems synthetic. For some reason (strangely), I'm also getting hints of nutmeg off the nose.

T- The roasty flavors of chocolate malt are up front, along with some restrained blueberry flavor- definitely less blueberry than I would have anticipated from the nose. Some low-alpha hop character comes into play about halfway through the sip. The finish is semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness.

M- Medium body with lots of soft carbonation. Could use a bit more backbone here... a little more texture and viscosity.

D- This bottle is enough for me. I didn't feel like I was choking it down, but I definitely won't care for another. The blueberry flavor that I perceived as synthesized was disappointing. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing...

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a faint, sugary blueberry is all I get. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, light roastiness, and a hint of blueberry. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty malt and small small blueberry aftertaste. Interesting blueberry, a bit light overall, but OK.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After picking this beer up earlier today, I often thought about how the flavors would come together. Other blueberry beers that I have tried before fall flat in the flavor after the aromas prove quite pleasant. However, Buffalo Bill's beers are pretty decent despite the fruit forwardness.

This one begins to emit strong blueberry, perfumy scents as soon as the beer is decanted. Admittedly, looking strange to smell that and see a firm stout appearance simultaneously. Getting my nose closer, the malt profile of roasted grains, soft maltiness, coffee and chocolate begin to round out the aroma.

The beer's dark brown hue gives good clarity with ruby highlights, a reluctant film of retention and mild lacing continues to substantiate the appearance.

Now I'm taken back... The taste is a total shock to the tastebuds! The robust malt character, combined with the immensely tart character of the blueberries hit with such a wave, that took me by surprise. The flavors came all at once with fresh blueberries and a new-beer character without warning, buffering, or in any steady progression. A total assault on the mouth. However, the complex malt characters balance well with the fruits-- neitehr allowing the other to dominate. Although the balance is there, a conflict among the two also commences which hurts the drinkability.

Textures are full, rich, but astringent because of the fruits, but also because of a tannin-driven malt sensation. Like in the flavors, there is a lot of conflict in the mouthfeel as well.

In the end, I appreciate the balance and aggression that this beer displays. But in the end, the conflict of flavors and textures cause the beer to be problematic and hurts the drinkability. The beer, as all Buffalo Bill's beers do, has a raw, homebrewed quality to them that I really do appreciate. Keep up the work, and keep challenging us.

Photo of kirok1999
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep garnet with just a bit of head that fades very quickly. After that it's still and shiny in the glass with no apparent carbonation.
Smell is sweet and fruity, I'm just not sure if it's blueberries or not. There's a decent amount of dark malt behind it all.
Taste is pretty mellow for a stout. The blueberries come through well but not too strong. Very mellow in the stout department. A bit fizzy as well. Thin mouthfeel and a bit weak overall.

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.