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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

430 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has an overtone of blueberry - no surprise there! It pours a deep sable with a light tan head that leaves about average lacing. Flavor has firm notes of molasses, coffee, blueberry, semi-sweet chocolate and roast malt. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. If you like fruit beers and stouts, keep your eyes peeled for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 21:56:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:20:52 | More by twiggamortis420
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illidurit

California

2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 09:15:58 | More by illidurit
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cjgator3

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is more blueberries than stout. In fact, I'm picking up very little roasted malts in the nose like expected from most stouts.

T- The taste thankfully resembles a stout more than the aroma did. It starts out with a pretty smooth roasted malt backbone with a touch of sweet blueberry flavor in the finish. Not bad, definitely something different.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not outstanding but I would recommend trying this beer solely for its uniqueness. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:21:29 | More by cjgator3
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%

02-06-2013 21:14:23 | More by DmanGTR
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First thing is, this is from a bottle that's over a year old. Interesting. Poured aggresively and got a small to medium fine tan head and some lace. Head quickly settled to a thin cover. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is blueberry traditional stout. Flavor's about the same. Nice thing is, the blueberry doesn't hit you over the head. Actually not too bad, although it wouldn't be one of my favs. Little bit of a weird finish. Don't pick up much of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:45:34 | More by drpimento
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Brenden

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 14:32:33 | More by Brenden
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tpd975

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:12:08 | More by tpd975
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a leather couch brown with some seethruness and a thin head that died quickly and didn't leave lace. Blueberry notes abound but that's all I'm smelling - like I am smelling blueberry syrup. A little too sharp blueberry taste and a rather thin body give this beer, which is smooth and contains a good malt base, somewhat of a fruit soda overcarbonation feel. Not a bad beer and the ABV is hidden but this reminded me a little of cherry soda with the crispness a little too much. If they tweak the blueberry tartness they could have a great beer here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 02:05:39 | More by clayrock81
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of blueberries, chocolate, and some roast. Tastes of blueberries, chocolate, light roast, and a touch of caramel. Medium sweet with a light tart finish.

Notes from: 3/6/08

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:03:21 | More by hopdog
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.8%

01-14-2012 19:23:52 | More by enelson
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wrightst

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -24%

06-23-2013 01:39:16 | More by wrightst
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New to BC this is a better beer than the bottle and the concept appears. Pours like a standard stout but the blueberry notes pick up in the nose and the finish. The beer has a nice fruit note with the blueberry but not overbearing. Not the biggest stout but still reasonably full bodied for the style. Worth trying

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 05:15:05 | More by canucklehead
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint

Pours ink black, opaque, with a big tan head and nice sticky lacing.

Huge blueberry nose. Smells of roasted malts, blueberries, and oats. It's actually quite appealing.

Wow, actually quite impressed. Tastes of an average oatmeal stout with a heavy dose of blueberries. Nice roasted malts and bittering hops. Leaves a nice blueberry oatmeal flavor. Impressive.

Surprisingly dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is slightly above average.

I couldn't resist picking this up when I saw it on the shelf. I must admit I was skeptical, but it delivered as I hoped it would. Worthy of a try, not the best oatmeal stout out there, but a nice unique take on one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 02:17:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:36:55 | More by Suds
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AngusOg

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24%

05-06-2013 02:03:31 | More by AngusOg
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Vancer

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:44:21 | More by Vancer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:35:59 | More by tigg924
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:41:43 | More by tectactoe
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -69.6%

12-04-2011 03:40:02 | More by deapokid
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack ,12 oz bottles from Fred Meyer, N.Salem. $6.99 dark mahogany brown in colour with a small tan head . looks like a porter. Strong blueberry aromas but also almost naked alcohol aromas at afirst though after a few more sniffs a more typical tasty maltiness shows and the alcohol goes down. Taste is really more toasty,toffee malts with blueberry basking in the back,a slight alcohol tinge in the back of the throat. Not bad really. Ok on the palate long lasting semi-bitterness fro the mats i presume, which i enjoyed. Overall i kind of enjoyed this though i would say this is a porter rather than a classic stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:54:24 | More by Reidrover
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harrymel

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 07:39:07 | More by harrymel
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flexabull

California

3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Aromas have a touch of blueberries and cocoa without much else.

Taste is just like the nose. Light blueberry up front, it's restrained, and not over the top though. Seems to meld pretty well with the light stout flavors of cocoa, light coffee, and dark grains. It's certainly on the lighter side of the stout spectrum, almost like a porter with blueberries.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not overly so.

Usually I'm not a fan of most fruits beers that aren't wilds/lambics, but this one was at least drinkable and decent. Not something I'd try to revisit though.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 16:25:23 | More by flexabull
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srandycarter

California

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it is weird. Having said that...

A - Very dark to black, small head leaves to disk. Tight bubbled small lacing.

S - BLUEBERRIES. It's true. How fun. I have a hard time discerning the malt around it.

T - Malt is 50/50 with the blueberries. Would never have anticipated this pairing, but I kind of like it.

M - Medium body, good balance, no complaints.

D - Fun, but could get tiring.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 06:25:38 | More by srandycarter
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scottfrie

California

3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:27:20 | More by scottfrie
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76 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.