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

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BA SCORE
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239 Reviews
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 470
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 470
Photo of rowew
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Short bottle, twist cap. Label is dominated by blueberries, ABV is marked, date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Very dark with just a hint of ruby around the edges, tan colored head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Almost entirely blueberry - smells like a real blueberry, with just a hint of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Fruit juice, a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin to back up the berry flavor.

Overall impression: Smells good, but the taste just doesn't back it up. I think its going to be a bit of a challenge getting through this six pack. (602 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first new Buffalo Bill's beer I've seen in 10 years or more. This is a quite dark beer, with a thin film of tan foam across the top. The nose is overwhelmingly blueberry-ish: no stout character detectable. Blueberries completely dominate the flavor as well, sweet, tart, almost tannic. It does seem to have a surprising amount of hop bitterness to offset the sweetness, but that just makes the beer even more odd. Why choose an oatmeal stout over an ordinary stout? There's no oatmeal stout flavor that can be found under the strong fruitiness.

I've found Buffalo Bill's to be a quirky brewery, but one which makes interesting beers (or, at least, they were interesting in the 90s when everyone else was just doing pale/amber/stout combinations). This one is, frankly, just not very good. (794 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a flyer on this at Goebbels

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average lacing & near zero head retention

S: Blueberry syrup

T: Blueberry , iron, & charred grain & dryness up front. Dryness, a touch of booze warmth & coffee kick in once warm, along with just a bit too much blueberry for me once warm. Finishes Powdery dry , too sweet (all blueberries) & with a touch of baker's chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & warming, fairly noticeable carbonation

Drinks okay, but, too much blueberry & not enough stout going on for me right here. One & done for me. If I'd read the label closer I would've ditched this, for some reason I thought Pyramid did this. Time to start carrying some reading glasses on my beer safaris... (775 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured rom 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown but if held to direct light it appears a dark burtn umber

S-blueberries are apparent as soon as the bottle is opened and really come out in the pour

T-metallic blueberry with some pepper not a lot of other flavors come through the metallic taste for me

M-medium body and good carbonation

O-I can't get by the metallic aftertaste in this one (397 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a verry small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of blueberry, malt, and some cocoa.

taste is slightly watery, sour malt, blueberry, cocoa, and tad amount of coffee in the back, end is sour, dry, and a little bitter.

overall better than most beers with fruit. (289 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is a solid black beer with a foamy, light brown head that has decent retention and lacing. It took a heavy pour. It has a big, sweet blueberry aroma with a touch of roast. It smells pretty artificial, but pleasant. It's pretty full bodied and pretty smooth with a chewy finish that leaves the tongue a little chalky. The flavor is a little disjointed. It starts with a dark, roasted flavor that's bound to a faceless (but well present) bitterness. That's followed by a sweet artificial blueberry flavor that reminds me of the Dum-Dum that I swiped off someone's desk in the office last week. There's a little touch of something poison in there. I do appreciate that it's a stout and that it tastes like "blueberry", but the excitement fades after about eight ounces. (805 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of blueberry.
The taste starts with roasted malt, then some blueberry, chocolate and finishes with lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
The flavor is fine, the texture is too fizzy though. (275 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this strange brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar and had a big tan head. The smell was nice and really had the blueberrys too it. The tase however was a clash i thought. The blueberry was fake tasting and really soapy or perfummie taseting. I will not buy again. (297 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of jmich24
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A:Very dark brown. One finger light tan head disipates very fast. Not a lot of lacing.
S: Blueberry! A whole lot of blueberry.
T: Sweet blueberries, roasted malt, finishes with a much needed slight bitterness.
M: Thin mouthfeel for the style
D: This one is weird. Thin body, lots of blueberry. One bottle is enough.

This dose not scream out stout too me except for the color. I appreciate the creativity but I dont think the blueberry works that well. (478 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of blueberries along with a little bit of roasted malts and chocolate but not much else.

T: The taste starts out the same way the smell would lead you to expect with a strong and sweet blueberry flavor. Then a light roasted malt character comes in along with some faint chocolate flavor. The hops presence is very mild as it which is expected in this type beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this one is certainly more fruit-beer-like than stout-like, overall it’s just a mediocre beer. (908 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours Black with very light tan head that houses bubbles both large and small.

S- I smelled the bottle and thought, "Gross, this smells like blueberry pancakes mix." And then I read the random neck label, "It's What's for Breakfast". So I guess that's what they were going for? In the glass the blueberry smell isn't quite as potent, and there's more malt. But it's still quite the fruit bomb.

T- Tastes like a wierd kind of bitter soda. The blueberry is really artificial tasting. It reminds me of blue raspberry candy or sherbet. Some roast and nuttiness, but a lot of sweet fruit.

M- It's not overly syrupy for the mouthfeel. But there's a disconnect between the sweetness in the front of my mouth and the bitterness at the back. It's almost like the beer seperates in my mouth into two distinct liquids before I can taste it.

O- My first impression was "Oh boy this is going to be awful", but in the end it wasn't awful, just not very good. A blueberry stout or porter, or even brown ale could be a delicious combination, but this one falls short by quite a bit. (1,073 characters)

Photo of DasPuma
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly black pour with ruby hues at the edges; insane amounts of head, even with a gentle pour. Some sweetness to the smell but blueberries don't stick out in the smell or the taste. Don't get any of the silky smoothness I would expect from an oatmeal stout. A standard stout with not much else going on. Drinkable but nothing special about it. (344 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a weak blueberry aroma. It's not very impressive. The taste is average as well. It has a muddled array of flavors ranging from chocolate and roasted malts to a sweet blueberry fruit taste. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a disappointing beer. It's sounds delicious, but it falls flat. (534 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (around 6,000 feet).

A - Nice, two-finger tan head with good lacing. The beer itself has a deep amber color.

S - Not as much blueberry as I expected, and reminds me more of a lambic beer.

T - Good blueberry flavor, but the beer's body doesn't hold up to it. The alcohol comes through a little too strongly for my taste as well.

M - Wet all the way through until the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't really give the beer's flavors a chance...

D - Alcoholic tasting as well as fruity. I might have one in a night... (574 characters)

Photo of justincolts
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very thin head which dissipated quickly. It had a dark coloration like typical Oatmeal Stouts and had the texture of a typical one. The smell wasn't bad, however I found both the smell and taste (referring to the blueberries) more absent of the blueberry I would have preferred. Subtle is good, absent is less so. Overall it wasn't a bad brew, but just a very average one. Certainly I've had worse blueberry beers, and its worth trying. The texture of the stout was typical, and I was glad that it didn't have a syrupy flavor to it. (550 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it had a dark almost black color body with a 2 inch cream colored head to it. The smell is of malts and artificial blueberries. It taste like oatmeal with fresh blueberries, and to me a little disappointing, was hoping for a more fruity taste. The mouth feel is nice and leaves a chalky taste on the tongue. The drink ability is ok. (378 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is mostly of artificial blueberries. The feel is medium to light, lighter than most stout. The taste is okay, blueberries and bitter stout, but not something I'd get again. (269 characters)

Photo of smbslt
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - super dark mahogany with ruby highlights. struggled to create a 1/2 finger but still nice deep tan color. A lot of carbonation but a bit fizzy.

S - Something sweet - too many months since blueberries were in season to compare but I'll assume that's what it is.

T - More nondescript sweetness with not a distinct flavor to be found. Hops tried to finish but it seemed to be just a confused combination of flavors.

M - Not bad but did not much matter at this point.

O - I had high hopes for this combination based on how well I thought they did with their pumpkin ale. It never really was as distinctive as it should have been. (634 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Charred chestnut brown with a slim band of reddish gold at the bottom edge of the glass. All 7.5% stouts should be opaque, as this one is. The large lid is pale milk chocolate in hue and exudes quality. It looks fantastic as it melts and is laying down extensive curtains of tattered lace. This is a solid looking American stout, without a doubt.

The nose is definitely blueberry-like and is only marginally stout-like. I'm glad that so many berries are used (30 lbs per batch), but the 'natural' blueberry flavor smells a tad perfumy. Not too bad, though. More stoutness probably would have led to the next highest score.

I'm usually a proponent of adding a boatload of fruit to any given fruit beer. That said, I'm not sure it works in this case. The reason why BBBOS is no better than average is that the stout is nothing to shout about. The roasted maltiness comes close to being obliterated by too much blueberry.

That would be fine, except the blueberry tastes even more artificial and perfumy than it smells. It shouldn't be too much work to get through this bottle, but I have no desire to drink another (now or ever). An out of place bitterness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel, although full enough, doesn't make a great impression. It's more 'corn syrup' full than 'chock full of malt' full, if that makes any sense. It's also slightly chalky.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (my first review) isn't that good and Orange Blossom Cream Ale is even worse. Even though Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is the best of the lot, it isn't good beer by any stretch of the imagination. If you're curious, start with a single. (1,642 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

drops to 1/4'' that sticks around for the duration. Minimal lacing left.

S- This was the highlight of the beer for me....Blueberry,malts, and coco.

T- The malt/hops blend seems to be off. Maybe it's the high level of carbonation that's throwing me off here. The blueberries are present on the backend of the brew. I'm not getting much of the coco that I smelled. It's very sweet and not as bitter as I would have preferred. As it warms the blueberries become more prevalant.

M- Wayyy to much carbonation for me. Not creamy at all, it was very thin.

D- Easy to drink despite being overly carbonated. I could drink it all night, however, I don't think I would want to. I'd drink it again, but there are def better options out there. This was a different stout for sure. I'm just not sure if it's a good different. (816 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

A: Pours out a deep reddish black and topped with a sandy brown one inch thick head, but
it bubbles away into a ring and leaves no lacing. Does not really look like a stout, looks
lighter than the beer would indicate.

S: Lots of blueberries but not a natural blueberry, more like a blueberry ice-cream
kind of sugaryness. It's a shame there is not more going on beyond this.

T/MF: Tastes like blueberry sun-tan lotion, not much stout, more like a blueberry strong
ale, syrupy with traces of malt sweetness but really the blueberry dominates and takes
over what could have been an interesting flavor combination if some flavors were dialed
up and others dialed down. things are just a bit out of balance here and it detracts from
the overall drinking experience. Feels light for a double stout, a bit too effervescent and dry.

D: Not terrible, an interesting beer in its own right, but as far as style guidelines go
does not match up like it should. (995 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter. Got this as an extra from Rizalini.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a billowing, thick, and fluffy light brown head. Wispy lace.
S: Very sweet and dominating notes of blueberry syrup and blueberry pie filling/pancake topping, with hint of doughy cake like malts. A bit synthetic smelling, but good.
T: I’m getting more of the base oatmeal stout in the taste than I did with the nose, and a few notes of roasted oats and dark malt are noticeable. The blueberries are even more synthetic tasting than the nose to the point where this beer tastes very chemically. I do get a few flavors of blueberry crumb cake, but for the most part this doesn’t taste natural. There is a vague hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Fizzy carbonation really bubbles up on my palate. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Body is medium-thick and the mouthfeel is greasy and a tad astringent.
O: Definitely not as bad as their pumpkin beer, and definitely not a drain pour, but this was just too chemically synthetic and sweet for me to really love it. Thanks for sharing though, Bryin, I have been meaning to try this. (1,134 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a very deep mahogany color with a small tan head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is kind of muddled. I get some blueberry and some roasted malt smells, but they don't seem to mesh very well and rather compete for dominance.

Tastes like it smells - blueberries and roasted malts, but just not that complimentary of each other. Medium bitterness, dry finish.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Stout and blueberries sounds like a nice combo, but not quite so in this beer. Not offensive, just disappointing. (539 characters)

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.