Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout - Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
A - A very dark redish brown. A tan head that shrank to a good coating.
S - When the head was first formed, a great deal of blueberry. But after it had shrank a bit, a more subtle dried fruit smell.
T - Slight sweetness but the hops are also there adding bitterness. I really don't detect any really blueberry taste.
M - Smooth and not that heavy.
D - Very drinkable. Doen't really taste that heavy. I could have another one at a bar.
12-25-2008 19:42:44 | More by JMBSH
3.75/5 rDev +13.6%
12 Oz Bottle poured into Pint Glass
A: Very dark with a hint of Violet... 2 fingers tan colored head, with very nice lacing.
S: Blueberries, Malt, and a hint of chocolate... Very nice.
T: Sweet blueberry right up front, then the malt and chocolate comes in.
M: Creamy and smooth.... With a nice sweetness.... a little fruity tangyness on the aftertaste.
D: This is my first Fruit Stout... and blueberry is a nice touch with the creamy stout... Well balanced.... I'll look for this one again...
12-23-2008 05:04:55 | More by mralphabet
2.48/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
12-23-2008 01:45:47 | More by whiterascal
3.88/5 rDev +17.6%
Shared a case with friends. This beer is good in a surprising way. As in its good, not great, but pleasantly surprising. At first look at the label, I didn't think blueberries could stand up to the dark malts, but Buffalo Bill's nailed a good balance. Blueberries, juicy, upfront that fade into more subtle dark chocolate malts and a hint of smooth oats. Worth a try. Easily the best blueberry beer I've had, and I don't usually like Blueberry beers.
12-19-2008 21:30:24 | More by tempest
3.3/5 rDev 0%
P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle
A- a very deep dull black pour. Looks like a crayon color. hints of dark red highlites. Not much in the head and it dissipates in seconds.
S- a strong presence of blueberry and then the oats round it out. hints of alcohol and some sort of lightly roasted nuts.
T- a roasted coffee malt with hints of blueberry that actually make it drinkable. Not overly flavorful.
M- roasted and creamy. reminds me of chocolate milk but with a splash of blueberry. different.
D- its nice to have but notnice to drink more than 1 or 2 of. This would be a nice beer to have with an apple walnut salad.
12-18-2008 23:20:43 | More by Dodo2step
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
1.4/5 rDev -57.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.
A: Your typical black stout. No light passes through...a small light head forms.
S: Little bit of blueberry in the nose, also a chemical like odor, fairly unpleasant.
T: Unfortunately, the taste of this beer reminded me very much of vomit. It had a harsh taste up front, a faint touch of blueberry on the palate, and then had the finish of bad artificial sweetener. Very unpleasant.
M: Somewhat thin in body.
D: I was really looking forward to this stout. It was a complete letdown for me. The taste was awful, and I could barely finish one beer. This was the closest I've ever come to a drain pour.
12-16-2008 16:17:39 | More by CoalCellar
4.05/5 rDev +22.7%
Pours a deep opaque brown with a fine creamy head that was retained for most of the enjoying.
The bouquet is an odd mix of roasted grains, sweet malts and blueberries. For me, it worked. The taste had at first a sweet acidy-bueberry bite. Subsequent sips yielded an interesting mix of sweet malt and berries.
The body is good for a beer of this style and has excellent mouthfeel. Thisi is a very drinkable beer, good as a session ale.
12-12-2008 21:29:28 | More by garcia2a
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
12oz to tulip glass, pours a slight berry colored opaque black, thin consistancy, creamy head fades down
smells of acidic sweet bitterness, slight berry, roastiness
taste is of bitter sweet astringent blueberry hidden behind roasty malts, thin body, not very balanced in my opinion.. meh
mouthfeel is thin and roasty, easy to drink, had no idea the alc was @ 7.5
12-10-2008 18:02:17 | More by drxandy
3.73/5 rDev +13%
Presentation: poured form a 12 oz stubby brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label show cartoon like blueberries and describes this as "oatmeal stout brewed with blueberries with natural flavor added." No apparent freshness date. I received this in a Winter Sampler pack. You know you have a reputation as a beer geek when your mom buys you beer for your birthday.
Appearance: Pours with 3/4 finger of tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam that doesn't quite cover the entire beer. Some lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque. Some sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Strong blueberry smell upfront. This has undertones of roastiness, but the blueberry smell dominates.
Taste: Very sharp carbonation bite greets the tongue. This is followed by a slightly more mild than the smell blueberry flavor, clear but not overly sweet. Finishes with roasted barley bitterness and hints of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is well above average, almost to the point of detracting from the beer. Body is good.
Drinkability: I enjoyed the blending of this stout, enough fruit to make its presence known without being cloying and enough roasted barley bitterness to balance the fruit without drowning it out.
12-09-2008 23:08:23 | More by beveritt
3.88/5 rDev +17.6%
A cola brown in color overall with very dark garnet highlights. Nice light beige, two-fingered head that recedes slowly. The aroma has a lot of blueberry fruitiness in the aroma. But still has a noticeable backbone of roasted malt and oats. Taste starts wih some lightly roasted oats, then some soft bread. Then the middle is all blueberry jelly. The finish then combines the roasted malts and sweet blueberries togther. Great, dry oatmeal palate with a splash of juiciness from the blueberries.
12-04-2008 05:26:28 | More by scruffwhor
2.85/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
11-23-2008 23:23:19 | More by rowew
3.65/5 rDev +10.6%
Another prize from beating Kevin in fantasy baseball. Thanks man.
Pours black but not quite opaque, slightly reddish at the edges. Nice, creamy tan head on top fills the pint glass and keeps very well, leaving a nice lace and a ton of stick.
Smell has a very nice, authentic blueberry aroma, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt, as well.
Flavor-wise it's slightly acidic and the blueberry flavor is not as nice as the aroma was. Has some roasted malt and a smoky, woodsy bitterness which lingers on the palate. Flavor is ok but it's a little rough around the edges.
Mouthfeel is a decently creamy medium body but it's not as smooth as it could be; suffers from the roughness previously mentioned.
This is decent, but it's not terribly smooth unfortunately. Blueberry aroma is nicer than the flavor. Not bad for a novelty now and again I suppose.
10-05-2008 23:42:56 | More by number1bum
3.8/5 rDev +15.2%
Just finished the last of our fresh blueberries yesterday...I had oatmeal for breakfast...I love a great stout: I'm qualified for this! Seriously though, this bottle looks a little roughed up, not sure how old it is but I'm giving it a whirl. (Another plea for clear bottle dating, anyone?!?)
No complaints on the appearance, the thin tan head remains on top of the black body a long while. Lace clings with just the slightest tilt.
Blueberry is definitely present in the aroma while the traditional stout characteristics remain strong. Roasted malts give a light coffee and slightly more aggressive dark chocolate tone with the blueberry smell nicely mingled. Smells natural enough, although the label text "with blueberries with natural flavors added" gives me some pause).
Flavor is...interesting. Definitely blueberry, although some sips it tastes more natural than other sips where I kind of wonder. Flavor of grape Bubble Yum is embedded within the watery coffee and dark baking chocolate base. The 7.5% alcohol doesn't really factor in to the flavor. With warming and some patient contemplation the flavor really grabbed me. Sort of like a liquefied version of some weird-ass breakfast cereal.
Feels a bit soda-like due to the grape-y flavor, the sweetness of the blueberries and especially the buoyant, slick mouthfeel. Not even a bad texture, it's round enough, but feels more like a Scotch Ale or something than a stout. But the dazzle of prickly carbonation at the finish is my only real complaint in this department. Doesn't need to be there. A gooey Expedition Stout-style texture would've been amazing here.
I enjoyed this a lot more than their Orange Blossom offering (alco-pop?), and I remember their pumpkin ale not being so hot. The blueberry is just strong enough to give some flair, but not overdone enough to intrude. A unique and laudable beer that is impressive without being mindblowing. Chuck some more malt and blueberry in it and it might just be a killer. Probably wouldn't have another in quite some time, but I look forward to another meeting with it somewhere down the road...
09-24-2008 22:17:25 | More by Metalmonk
3.35/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: black in color with a thick and fluffy 3" tan colored head that lasts.
Smell: blueberry rises easily from the glass. Some roasted malt sweetness lingers a bit more quitely.
Taste: roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee, and a fake blueberry concentrate taste. Bitterness is decent and helps balance out the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Short aftertaste.
Drinkability: wierd flavor combo makes this a unique beer to try, but more than one bottle would not be an option for me.
06-23-2008 23:35:19 | More by Gavage
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
4.05/5 rDev +22.7%
12oz single, i think from barriques on PD (a true gem of a beer store / general establishment)
appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass - big bold mahogany body with a huge (but well maintained) head and terrific retention...extremely nice looking beer to say the least
smell: sharp blueberry aroma, creamy, lightly roasted malts and oats...not much more to say about the aroma - about what you would expect from the title
taste: this is a good beer! the blueberry plays out really well for this one - its strong enough to be a major player but its not overly cloying either...the stout traits are downplayed but lightly roasted malts and oats play a nice complimenting factor to the berry - check it out
mouthfeel: a little sweet
06-05-2008 04:19:38 | More by dirtylou
3.38/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Pours darkest possible opaque brown, with a tight, foamy single-finger mocha head that rises after the pour and leaves polka-dot lacing around the glass as it falls rapidly to just a ring.
S: Lots of roasted malts and sweetness, faint oats and blueberry. The blueberry is very faint and I could only pick it up after the beer warmed a bit.
T: Sweet blueberry-tainted malts upfront, followed by some bitter chocolate and roasted flavors. The finish is bitter and accented with a different and somewhat tangy blueberry aftertaste that's dry and hangs around a while.
M: I'd have to say the mouthful, while nearly full bodied, is kind of thin and prickly. Would have liked a bit more heft and a tad less carbonation. Weakest part of the brew in my opinion.
D: I picked this up at OakTree in NJ as a single marked vintage. No date present whatsoever so I'm not sure how fresh this is. It was the last one they had on the shelf. I have a feeling it was somewhat dated. I'll try it again when I know it's fresh, but in the condition I drank this, I'd have to say that one would be enough for me.
05-29-2008 02:10:17 | More by kasper
3.8/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours tar, opaque black with a dark tan head. Carbonation looks a mixture of big and small bubbles fueling a two-fingered head that had excellent retention and lacing.
Aroma of perfumy blueberry pie. Smells like a dessert.
Flavor changes as you drink the brew. Fresh brewed coffee with some chalky, creamy middle is finished with a lingering blueberry aftertaste.
Thick at first, the carbonation leads this one towards the medium category. Chewy, but not overly so. Drying near the end with the touch of blueberries that only comes in the nose and onthe end. Unique, different, and worth a few.
05-05-2008 16:53:44 | More by Umbra
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Poured a dark, inky color with a beautiful foamy dark tan head that lasted for several minutes after the pour leaving a spotchy lacing.
S: fresh blueberries and not much else.
T: started out with lightly roasted coffee grains and blueberries, which seemed odd but actually blended quite well together. The oatmeal is detected providing a nice creaminess. Fruity, clean, and a light clean coffee flavor makes for an intriguing combination.
M: medium bodied with a decent fullness and creaminess to it. There was a nice dry bitterness of the tongue of fresh coffee grinds that became more noticeable after the swallow and upon warming.
D: Actually not bad, a strange and unique combination that works to some extent. Wouldn't drink in multiples but worth a try to see for oneself.
04-13-2008 16:10:42 | More by beerthulhu
4.5/5 rDev +36.4%
This is a good beer! I was interested to try it because I enjoyed Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale, but did not enjoy their Pumpkin Ale at all... so I figured this would be the final coin flip.
I was not disappointed - it's a typical quality oatmeal stout in appearance and mouthfeel. But it has a subtle but noticeable blueberry nose. The blueberry flavor is similarly subtle but pleasant and noticeable in the taste - a surprisingly good match with the sweeter oatmeal stout style. This beer is a candidate for a session beer, and might even be a good stout to drink well into spring.
04-08-2008 03:48:33 | More by forceten
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
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
3.6/5 rDev +9.1%
Picked up a six of this on way to byob- seemed interesting to try. bottle poured into wine glass.
A: Pitch black color with a khaki solid head and some lacing.
S: The weakest point of the drink, I think the fake sugar blueberry was a bit overpowering and hid the malt/oatmeal flavors that made an appearnce more in flavor.
T: Oddly enough, a good combination here. Blueberry and the malt was actually very good. The sweetness was a bit much at times but the stout really held up.
M: Chewy and biscuity.
D: Didnt read the abv on the bottle and was quite surprised. Well hidden and expected not to like, good surprise.
03-09-2008 14:18:31 | More by marcpal
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
02-24-2008 15:21:01 | More by Minkybut
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.