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

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 471
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 26.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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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 illidurit
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - An impressive dark black with very little head that forums a moderate lace

S - Blueberries ahoy! It smells rich and nice maybe slightly artificial but I like it that way.

T - Very good. I can taste some stout components like chocolate that quickly moves to a more fruity berry like taste. Even though kind of novelty it clashes well! Great blueberry taste

M - Seriously 7.5 ABV? I thought it was 5! Light to medium at best

D - Overall whats to expect? You get blueberry full of flavor and smell on top of slight chocolate and bitter tones of a stout. Simple but perfect. If this sticks around I may pick up a whole sixer on the cheap. Good brew!

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Photo of GradyS1
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a mixed 12 pack from Bevmo specifically for this beer. I loved going to Sunset Grill in Brighton MA to get the mixed beer drinks. The Wachusett Blueberry mixed with Guiness was always a favorite. I generally love blueberries and as soon as I opened this one I knew I would like it.

A-Light black with a slight reddish tent to it, almost a dark cherry color. Small head that leaves a nice lacing
S-alot of blueberries, some malts and a small amount of alcohol. Blueberry band aid
T-Blueberry with some chocolate. There is some malts to the the finish. This is not necessarily the same taste you get from putting fresh blueberries into a beer but more like the blueberry pie filling from a hostess pie. Even in the aftertaste, blueberry
M-This is pretty well balanced as well, it is medium bodied, what i would expect from an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is light, and disappears quickly from the tongue. Creamy, well balanced with the sweet blueberry and malts in the finish

Overall, I like this. I'm all for people trying stouts with dark red or berry fruits. If you like blueberries and fruit beers, you will like this

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Photo of Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of samie85
1.95/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A-Pours a dark brown color with three fingers of light brown sugar head. Glad to see it's not a fake-looking shade of purple.

S-Smells of a bit of cocoa and some ripe blueberries on the finish.

T-There's a weird medicinal bitterness that I'm associating with the blueberry, along with some rubbing alcohol on the finish.

M-This feels really thin, although smooth, with moderate carbonation and a distracting alcohol warmth.

D-The weird bitterness along with the the rubbing alcohol and the complete lack of any malt notes render this one almost totally undrinkable. Had to drain-pour this one.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark pour with no head to speak of, like blueberry juice and dark rootbeer. Smells sweet, not much else. A piney and woody taste up front with a sweet noticeable blue berry back, actually more complex than I thought it would be. Complex but not entirely pleasant. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied and plenty of small medio carbonation. Not too drinkable. Maybe one was enough.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with barely a ring of too-white foam around the top that fizzles away. Aroma is blueberry and cardboard - with extra cardboard.

First sip is... oddly spiced. I swear I'm picking up cinnamon and clove flavors. Also, there is a strange lingering non-hop bitterness - quite harsh. You can kind of taste the blueberry in the back a little, but barely.

What I don't taste is the real problem. No malty sweetness, no roasted bitterness, no hops, and a thin mouthfeel to boot. There should be a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal, but that is lacking as well.

Drinkability suffers due to the strange bitter aftertaste and lack of balancing sweetness. This is not the first sub-par beer that I've had from this brewery (see pumpkin ale). Will be extremely wary of them in the future.

Do not recommend.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a black body with a large tan head that has decent retention, good carbonation and reallly good lacing. The smell is some chocolate, hints of malts and hops, but mostly all blueberry. The taste is strong with blueberries and chocolate with hints of malts, hops, oats and a pine taste to it. It has a dry finish to the taste with some bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but yet rather dry. The sweetness of the blueberries and the bitterness of the chocolate is very well balanced, and with the smoothness the oats provide make this a nice drinkable beer. Very good beer and for just $1.59 not a bad price either.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a 12 oz bottle with ABV and no freshness date on the label.
Very thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is predominantly blueberries with a hint of roasted malts in the background.
Taste is high on blueberries, although it doesn't seem excessive. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but overall the taste is more on the fruity side. Crisp and tart.
The alcohol makes it presence felt with every sip, warmed me up as I kept sipping. Mouthfeel is good, not as rich and silky as you'd expect an oatmeal stout to be. Decent lacing along the glass with good carbonation. If you look closely, you can see a whole stream of bubbles along the edge of the glass.
Drinkability is good. This stout is definitely different. Not a beer I would go out of my way to have, but not a beer that I regret having either. Worth a try.

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.24/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown/black with next to no head, only a beige ring around the glass.

smells very malty with a mix of blueberry.

strong, bold taste. smokey with a blueberry hint. complex taste. the blueberry hint is what lingers. this is a rather smooth brew, especially for a stout.

good drinkability, although I'm not sure if I could handle more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of olmatty
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of psycle
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a dark brown in color. Not much of a head. Faint smell of blueberries but thats it. Now the taste was not very good. Initially the blueberries hit you but then the finish is almost medicinal. Could not really taste much of any oatmeal stout. Medium to thin in body.

Hopes were high since I love blueberries as well as stouts but this I will not be drinking again.

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Photo of bfflo
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque purplish black, with a soft, cream-colored head that fell fast. Sort of a "wet" viscosity, and only minor lacing. The blueberry dominates the scent, and combines with bready, malty sweetness to create a very blueberry-muffin-like aroma. Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth; drinks nice and easy (particularly for a 7.5% ABV) with less blueberry in the flavor than I'd have anticipated based on the smell. Taste in general is malty and pleasant, a little grainy/bready; there is some mild carbonation spikiness and a wet, creamy mouthfeel on the front end, which overlaps into a contrastingly clean, smooth, almost dry middle; then, the subtle tart blueberry notes become a little more noticeable, along with some mellow but distinct herbal hop bite in the finish. Slight blueberry notes hang nicely in the aftertaste. While doing nothing really wrong, it's somehow not quite mind-blowing; but this is certainly a neatly balanced, very drinkable stout, that doesn't let the sweetness of its theme overpower. In fact, it is much better than I expected it to be, and a stout I would happily drink again. Give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of tchenery
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

No head onthe beer at all except for an active lace. Very dark, almost black except for deep reddish hues at points of little resistance for light.

Smells like you would think. Very blueberry. It pretty much masks anything else but there are a few chocolatey roasty stout smells in there.

Very malty upfront, that deep bitter dark chocolate kind of malt flavor that quickly transitions into a general fruit taste and plows thorugh with blueberries on the end. It's more of the blueberry flavor where you kind of get stems and things when eating them than just a 'blueberry flavor'. Finish is slightly dry but slightly sweet (maybe the fruit is playing with my mind).

Dryish mouthfeel, very full but not chewy. It's drinkable and interesting but it's such an odd combination I can't decide whether it's just interesting or if it's more than that. If only it turned your tongue blue.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with tan creamy head....
smell is fruity with some fresh hop. the hop surprised me.
low carbonization on the tounge. there is really low blueberry taste which surprised me.
I had held out on this prior due to bo wanting a fruity beer. it is not fruity.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

We're surprised that there are not more fruit stouts on the market, the roasted and sometimes chocolate-like flavors go well with fruit--it seems to work most of the time. Pours off a massive towering tan head, almost like foamy milk on a latte. Good head retention to boot. A shade or two away from pitch black with an ever-so-slight ruby hue. Smells of mouth-watering blueberry pie filling and mild earthy burnt malt. Smoothness is off the charts with a creamy full body. Mild burnt acrid flavor meets sweet blueberry for an interesting and certainly flavorful mix. Malt and oat sweetness plays very well with the perfect portioned blueberry character. Hint of bitter, unsweetened chocolate is present. Aside from the burnt malt sharpness, the hop bitterness plays a part in keeping the blueberry and malt/oat sweetness in check. Earthy, charcoal and a faint smokiness from the roasted malt fade slowly into the semisweet finish.

Yup, this one works and conjures up the thought of being a breakfast beer. The blueberry and roasted malt play well together. Balance is key and this beer is right on track.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown, thin off white head with very little retention or lace. Some sediment. Not much like a stout.

Aroma: Blueberry, lavender. Interesting.

Taste: Blueberry, lavender, liquorice. Hint of chocolate. Very smooth, perhaps from the oatmeal. Slight sweetness, no bitterness. Maybe soapy or medicinal but in a good way. Doesn't really taste like a stout, but there is something very moreish about the flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little dry.

Drinkability: A good sipper, and surprisingly moreish. Just expect something unusual and you'll be satisfied.

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Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good in the glass. Extremely dark drink, no light getting thru this thing. A thick head of tiny little brown bubbles sits on top. Surprisingly little head retention.

I like the smell a lot. The blueberry scent is obvious, but not obnoxious. Hiding in the background a little notes of chocolate.

The flavors aren't as intense as the scents and that's why I didn't give it a better scores. The blueberry flavor is hardly noticeable, playing quietly in the background. Bittersweet chocolate is the most obvious flavor but is subdued because of the blueberry and oatmeal.

This is really a creamy, milky drink. Despite the high alcohol, it goes down easy. It's a sweet drink, but not too sweet; it's only slightly bitter as the other ingredients balance well.

Even with the high alcohol, I never got that burning feeling in the back of my throat. It's a good tasting, creamy beer than goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of jonvan04
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. The first thing you notice is the blueberry aroma. The blueberry doesn't totally overshadow everything else, it works well with the rest of the beer. You get a nice roasty note up front, then the finish is all blueberry. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth for the style. This was very drinkable, I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Appeared a dark brown with some ruby hued highlights...a small tan head formed and fell pretty quickly...some lacing left at the top

S - The blueberry aroma teters between being "real" and fake...not much else going on in the nose

T - The blueberries dominate up front...they are sweet and again they don't taste fake which is a plus...the stout part of the beer isn't well developed...the chocolate malts present an almost burnt, not roasted, flavor...that burnt taste brings out the bitterness in the chocolate flavor

M - Medium bodied...thin for a stout...dry

D - The idea for this one was okay but it didn't work out too well...the blueberry flavor was nice but the stout part came up a little short

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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