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

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76
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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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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 Jimmys
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: pretty much pitch black opaque body. one finger brownish white head looks frothy. retention is good and there is some lacing.

S: the aroma is a lot of sugar. some from the stout of it all and most from the fruit in there. the sources of lacto vary, but otherwise a bit one note. meh.

T: the flavor starts with the blueberries. sort of unpleasant. the transition is odd. a little metallic even. then quickly turns into a stout. roasted grain. chocolate. tons of sweetness

M: fizz is low. lazy. medium body.

D: i couldnt imagine drinking more than one of these. one sip is moderately pleasant, the next makes me cringe. i boo this offering. too much of a gimick then a beer.

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

When I first opened the bottle, it was like opening a very high carbonated soda with lots of noise! Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that took forever to dissipate. I have never seen this before. The aroma was pleasing with like a wheat blueberry pie. Just one sip and your mouth filled up with the carbonation! Damn Sam! Didn't taste too bad but the excessive carbonation killed it overall. Ended up poring the last 1/4 in the sink.

Photo of illidurit
2.57/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. It's roughly the color and transparency of the bottle it used to be in, making it too light for a stout, and the pour recalls urination in that it makes plenty of noise but every bubble produced is full of air, not CO2. What little froth ever existed evaporates with the precipitance of a bullet.

Generic brown malts override what might've been a pleasant blueberry character. It doesn't help matters that, in order to produce any head and thereby a more vivid aroma, I'd have to agitate my glass with enough fervor that if it were a baby's throat I'd be sentenced to death.

Aside -- The common complaint with fruit beers is that they taste and smell artificial, and this is no exception according to several reviews, but how can a beer made with real blueberries have artificial blueberry notes? Ridiculous. Get a real palate.

Back to business; the aroma evokes blueberry and oatmeal the way a Big Mac evokes tenderloin and pugliese.

The flavor is chiefly brown malts but with accents of the cheapest dark chocolate, the never-cleaned coffee machine in the office kitchen, dusty blueberries harboring untold microorganisms, and an unexpected and unwelcome black pepper finish.

This mouthfeel is like a woman trying to bulimia her way into a smaller dress: flabby and thin all at once. Watery in heft but sticky and persistent on the palate.

I think I'll go forget I ever had this.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I didn't know Mr. Cody was a brewer... Anyway, this stuff pours a midnight garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises blueberry syrup, blackened pretzel, and, oddly enough, pancake batter. The taste is a harsh double penetration, with artificial blueberry on one side and a starkly bitter helping of burnt malts on the other. You have to be into this sort of thing, and I guess you can count me out of that particular fetish group. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fluid feel, and a dry finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. Though things were placid enough in the smell, the flavors clash painfully, and it's unsure whether or not they would have tasted better apart from each other anyway. Add to that an oatmeal stout base that's just way too thin and not very creamy, and you have a rather subpar beer on your hands, son.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black color with good carbonatio and a tannish head. Nose is whhhholly BLUEBERRY. To much berry, no enough oats. Taste is pretty thin, blueberry heavy, not much oats but a roastiness going on. Mouthfeel is pretty much dominated by roasted malt, hints of oats being smothered by bllueberry. No way will I try this again but someone else might dig it.

Photo of whiterascal
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark blackish, very little head that disappeared quickly
S: blueberry and sweetness
T: dark malty beer with blueberry sweetness. I enjoyed the first sip and the second a little less... and then the third not at all. It now reminds me of something awful that I can't place. I want to say medicine, but I just can't figure it out.
M: thinnish

Photo of facundoCNB
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured (into a tulip) a thin dark brown with a tiny amount of head which quickly disappeared. smells of toasted oats, greek olives.. not getting a blueberry scent aside from smelling the neck of the bottle. yeesh, the taste does not mix well at all. tastes like bitter/sour blueberries, ashes, cedar wood. i was really hoping for a tasty midnight treat but this is almost undrinkable. i'm giving it a 2 for creativity - but really wish it had followed through with what i had in mind (a sweet fruity stout). for a 7.5% stout, the mouthfeel does not fit - it is a light bodied (MAYBE leaning towards medium bodied) very watery low carbonated ale.. more like a porter honestly.

overall i am not happy with this beer. luckily it has a high abv so it wasn't a total waste of money, but i do feel like i've been screwed with a little. i really hope the orange cream ale is a bit better than this one. the aftertaste is almost straight up wooden - which could be a good thing if it were a different wood than cedar which leaves its presence strongly.

Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
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 TaySuth
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark brown/black with a very thin head that recedes quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.

Smell: Blueberries dominate the aroma along with oatmeal and a hint of banana.

Taste: Definitely some blueberry flavor but, unfortunately, it comes across as a bit synthetic. Moderate hop character. Not tasting too much of the oatmeal. Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is not right and gets in the way of the taste. The body is also much lighter than one expects from a stout.

Overall: This was not a terrible beer but it is certainly not something that I will be purchasing again.

Photo of RobertColianni
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.99 + $0.04 recycling fee from Claymont Total Wine & More

A: Dark cherry maple tones. A deep, rich center. Solid half inch khaki head immediately after pour; fades down quickly with heavy lacing. Beer itself looks a little thin.

S: Heavy blueberry filled the area when I popped the cap. Strong oat scents once poured, but oddly, no blueberry hints.

T: No blueberry! What happened?! Heavy caramelized malts, baked oats, and frontal alcohol. Reminiscent of a bitter English Dry Stout.

M: Very thin. Hops leave slight tingling on the tongue.

OVERALL: It's a decent hopped out Brown Ale, but far from an Oatmeal Stout. I felt a little ripped off due to the lack of blueberry on the palette. If you're looking for a great blueberry stout go with Tres Blueberries by Dark Horse. Buffalo Bill's version is just too thin and too misleading for me to give it a thumbs up. On the bright side, the bottle was cheaper than dirt and the ABV is 7.5%, so I'm digging a buzz.

NOTE: Live review.

Photo of tpd975
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours more brown than black. Nice tall creamy with good retention and lace. Looks a bit thin as it pours.

S: Well there is blueberry for sure. Nothing else can really be detected. Very artificial as well.

T: The blueberry is there for sure, artificial in taste as well. No real roast which one would expect in a stout. No slick mouthfeel which is common in the style. A hint of watered down coffee can be picked up when the beer lost what little chill I put on it.

M: Thin, watery, no creamy slick mouthfeel.

D: Not really my cup of tea. I see some others like it. Seems to be hit or miss really.

Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger mocha head. Low retention, but peaked lacing. Brown and murky.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate and definite blueberry. Nice smelling.

T- Acrid, chocolate, blueberry and some sourness. Not bad, but not something I'd like to drink a lot of.

M- Fizzy carbonation. Not a good feel.

O- Smells good, but the rest is forgettable or just bad.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a bit of opacity. A thin bit of tan head, weak lacing and bad retention.

Smell is super sweet, not even blueberry sweet, but closer to brown sugar sweet. Overpowering.

Taste is also very sweet. Brown sugar and malt sweetness dominate, not even a hint of blueberry except when I burp. A bit of spice in the finish but its hardly worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel is sticky. Medium bodied, carbonated as if its a soda, which makes it hard for me to drink.

Drinkability is low. I finished this out of respect for beer in general but I'll never drink this again. Not a hint of blueberry anywhere..

Photo of swierczt
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours charcoal black. However, not dark enough to block out the sunlight. Foamy tan head billows up the sides of the glass. Lingers around for a short time before settling.

S: Sweet blueberries. Almost reminiscent of some of the fruit bubble gum that I chewed as a child. Some toasted malts. Blueberry flavor is not overwhelming though.

T: Roasted malts, vanilla, caramel. Then blueberries are apparent in the finish. A bit too sweet for me up front, but this brew balances out a bit by the finish. The oatmeal stout comes out more for me as this offering warms up.

M: I thought that the mouthfeel was too thin and watery for the style. Carbonation was moderate.

D: Overall, I wasn't too fond of this beer. I appreciated trying a new style however. For me, it was two completely different flavors (roasted malts and sweet fruit) that did not mesh well. Will not purchase again.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(Bottle coded B3209 510 E):

Pours a very dark brown color body, with a huge tan head, average sized bubbles, somewhat diminishing. Very hoppy aroma. Some acidic fruit too. Light fruit taste, berries. Some roasted notes too. Inhaling deep, blueberry, fruit. Almost a fake taste, plasticy. Blueberry aftertaste. Some graininess, but not very good. Sour. More roasted as it warms, but still that fake fruit taste or something. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not offensive, but not very good either. A bit bitter.

Photo of zac16125
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

Appearance: C- , Pours a dark brown/black with almost no head. What little head it had disappated almost immediately and didn't even leave a film to sit atop the beer. Absolutely no lacing.

Smell: B- , Heavy blueberry aromas with some hop accents as well.

Taste: C , It starts off pretty bad. The blueberry accents are initially pretty weak, being overwhelmed by a poorly balanced malt and hop combo, too heavy on the malt characters for my liking. Its also overly carbonated which masked the smoothness I expect in an oatmeal stout. As it warms in the glass it did get significantly better. The blueberry characters drew out and the smoothness starts to peak through, but still not great by any means. Part of this may have been my fault, I think I drank this beer too cold, and if I had another I would make sure I let it sit for a minute outside of the fridge before I drank it.

Mouthfeel: B , lighter than I expected, and overly carbonated, but leaves a good aftertaste and post-drink mouthfeel which is probably the best part of the beer, which says something.

Drinkability: B , really easy to drink, I could certainly have a couple, but I don't think I would choose to.

Overall not awful, but nothing to write home about. It wasn't what I expected from an oatmeal stout, it reminded me more of a not very good Americal Pale Ale infused with blueberries. I don't plan on getting this again and its not something I would recommend.

Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A little cola-like in the color profile for a stout and the head doesn't retain or lace particularly well, but the appearance is acceptable

Smell: No mistaking the blueberry aroma on this one; just hard to find the oatmeal stout elements

Taste: A little hint of chocolate, up front, and then the blueberries take over, creating an almost off-putting sweet flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer tastes like a blueberry puree; hints of roast and oatmeal on the finish are long overdue

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks the thickness and creaminess I would expect

Drinkability: Is this ever disappointing but, then again, I wasn't expecting much given my past experiences with this brewery

Photo of harrymel
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a brown beer with a fleeing underfinger of light latte foam. The beer smells of - blueberry and oatmeal. Huh, spot on for the name. Tastes of - oats and peppercorns and some sweet cardboard. Once I've tasted it, when I smell it again, it's got a bit of a musty smell to it. Medium bodied with some lighter moderate carb. Meh.

Photo of syrupjoe
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoying this in the comfort of home. 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy dark amber-brown color with two finger light caramel colored head that hangs out for a bit.

Nose: Fruit loops, slight roast, caramel, citrusy-acid, slight vegetal hop notes.

Taste: Trix cereal, extremely bitter, lemon-lime cleaning solution. Aftertaste is medicinal and sharply bitter with very faint cocoa notes.

Moderate carbonation with biting but long finish. Overall I'm pretty thrown off by the harsh aspirin-like bitterness in this beer. Don't know if it's old, a bad batch, or I'm just very sensitive to whatever flavor combinations exist in the beer. Won't seek out.

Photo of Jparker37
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Black in color but when held at light was transparent. Poured a small tan head with medium sized bubbles. The beer lacked any head after a short while that left the glass streak free.

S - Big blueberry nose, I find it to be a little bit of an extract smell but quite pleasing and natural as well. Very faint milk chocolate notes present.

T - There are some burnt coffee flavors trying to squeeze through but are overcome by the blueberry presence. Not completely one-sided though. Finishes dry which is a little surprising. The oatmeal gives the beer a silky start but is lost when the blueberry shows up.

M - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

O - I am a huge fan of oatmeal stouts and I am usually accepting of fruity experiment beers but this lacked many qualities of a good oatmeal stout. The blueberry was pleasant but on the side of overwhelming.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
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 twiggamortis420
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this as a single and curiosity finally killed the cat. 12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color showing a few highlights around the edges. Tan foam is decent enough and even leaves a little bit of lacing.

Nose is blueberry pie with a side of blueberry cream cake. Really not much else, but at least is smells fairly natural unlike the abomination that is Wild Blue.

Chocolate blueberry pie? The alcohol is not hidden well enough and the body lacks the creaminess of a good oaty stout. This should most definitely be classified as a fruit beer as the blueberry is quite prominent, calling it an imperial stout is not cool. The blueberry tartness clashes with the chocolaty and roasty malt, which I am glad it has in the fist place. I can actually finish this, not sure I would make it going into this beast. Most definitely not worthy of a six-pack purchase, but makes for a decent little novelty brew.

Photo of Claudius424
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille in Allston MA. Pours a purple/black with a very thin head. Smells of roasted malts and plums/blueberry like it's namesake. Taste is alright, the blueberry is there but is pretty faint behind the general stout taste. Overall not bad but nothing to write home about.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why is this in the Imperial category?

appearance: low light tan creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body. Poured thin for an imperial

smell: some fruit aroma, fruity cereal aroma. Like Boo Berry cereal.

taste: oatmeal tamed it and this had little alcohol bite for a 7.5. A little as a Guiness, very suprised! Blueberry muffin taste, but not overly dominate. Came across as a little macro but not horrible.

mouthfeel: medium bodied but extremely light for the style. Again why is this imperial?

drinkability: a solid stout but I would pass on it in a heartbeat. Very low compelxity for an Imperial Stout. If that's what they were trying to accomplish, then A plus.... Also, it's gettign worse as it gets warmer....

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a wispy, light beige head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of light chocolate and roasted barley, all set against some particularly strong wafts of blueberry additive.

Taste: A taste of darkened grains with a subdued taste of unsweetened chocolate powder. Curiously, there's an inherent, unpleasant astringency to whole thing. But, then here comes the tart blueberry tones, though, unfortunately, they have some rather artificial qualities to them. A pity. Finishes with a touch of roasty bitterness and more of that displeasing astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No, thank you. If you're in desperate need for a blueberry-based stout, please turn your attention rightfully to Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout. The unrewarding blueberry flavoring couldn't (and could never) make up for a deficient stout.

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.