Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout - Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, alcohol, and an artificial blueberry aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a fake blueberry flavor that is slightly medicinal. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but the blueberry presence is not very well done.
12-14-2012 05:15:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.05/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
03-20-2008 14:27:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.75/5 rDev -16.7%
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
08-12-2009 01:31:41 | More by brentk56
3.38/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-18-2008 05:16:19 | More by BEERchitect
2.85/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
06-04-2009 00:36:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +22.1%
This beer was something I picked up just by chance. The pour was very nice, solid black and a large brown head. Really nice lacing. The smell of the beer has a great aroma of blueberry and roasted malts. The taste of the beer is also rather impressive too, it takes like a toasted blueberry muffin. It's sweet but bitter too. The mouthfeel was pretty thick feeling. Overall I really like this brew a lot. I look forward to trying it again one day.
06-27-2011 03:58:36 | More by Knapp85
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
02-09-2011 23:32:20 | More by oberon
2.53/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
02-20-2013 20:11:03 | More by TMoney2591
3.28/5 rDev -0.6%
Slight head of tan foam, black body. No lace or much that is visually appealing. Pretty typical in appearance. Subtle blueberry is there in the aroma, pretty mild though. Not getting much roast or anything stout worthy.
Flavor is similarly mild, some lightly tart fruit and vague toast flavor. It disappears fast on the palate. Sort of sweet at first, becoming dry in the finish. Average body, it's not something i'd reach for again, but a decent transition beer for the non-craft drinker. 12oz. was from a gift pack sampler.
01-13-2010 01:00:24 | More by emerge077
2.6/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
09-18-2011 00:40:49 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +22.1%
Pours black with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose is almost like coffee tones and blueberry. Flavor carries the blueberry too of course, but there is a biting tang that kind of detracts a bit. Still it is decent though. Pretty robust character overall. Sweet tangy tones are there for sure. Feel has a biting carbonation a bit and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Overall this is a pretty decent fruit stout. I can't say I have had a lot of them, but this one is working pretty well.
06-10-2008 13:57:40 | More by RblWthACoz
3.03/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-16-2012 01:42:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.83/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
02-12-2011 18:41:14 | More by WVbeergeek
2.9/5 rDev -12.1%
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...
03-22-2010 01:31:39 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -1.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark brown (not quite black) with 2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Retains around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving just a smallish smattering of lacing back. Blueberries dominate the aroma, with some additional notes of oatmeal sweetness, roasted chocolate, and light coffee mixed in.
The Stout is a bit more prominent in the taste, with chocolate sweetness and a combination of roasted bitterness, and coffee notes in the back that mix with blueberry character to give off a somewhat unappealing astringent feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but luckily this still stays smooth and overall silky in the mouth from the oatmeal.
This was just OK. Enough blueberry was present but it overall didn't seem to meld well with the Stout qualities. I was one and done with this.
02-18-2009 17:56:16 | More by Kegatron
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head with a bit of lacing, over super dark almost black very dark brown color with hints of light coming through.
Nose is exploding with blueberries, a light oatmeal, chocolate, and dark malts under it but mostly just lots of frozen blueberries.
Taste weird, starts with lots of frozen blueberries, then some darker malts but not much, and a weird toasty and earthy stem like flavor that I can't really describe but it's really weird. A light iffy bitterness and some earthy hops that don't blend well with the rest of the beer. Finishes ichy with more of the weird stem flavor and earthy hops as well as blueberries and a bit sticky.
Mouth is medium bodied, light creamy, decent carbonation.
Overall meh, not very good, lots of contrasting flavors, malts are there but waaay overpowered by the blueberries and some weird stem flavors and earthy hops that none of the above blend well.
04-01-2011 01:31:50 | More by jlindros
3.03/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-08-2011 21:45:04 | More by WesWes
3/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
08-04-2011 01:01:56 | More by Mora2000
3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours black with a thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover.
The smell is of blueberries - powerful - I smelled them clearly even as I poured. I do have to give credit for the genuine blueberry aroma. Some "stout" (chocolatey/roasty) character is underneath.
The taste is sweet - blueberries dipped in alcohol. Blueberry waffles come to mind, as there is some bready notes underneath. The stout character lags a bit though there is some chocolatey/roasty notes. Blueberries not quite as strong in the taste as in the smell, though they reappear in the aftertaste.
There is something I don't quite care for about the feel. It does have a fullness about it but the oily texture replaces a full-bodied creamy texture.
This one would pair well with blueberry waffles or pancakes. As one to drink alone...well...it lags a bit there.
04-06-2008 15:07:57 | More by jwc215
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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