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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

455 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of jkdrummer
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got all excited over this one in the grocery store. I love stouts and blueberries. Looks like a stout but the head is there and gone in a second. Initial aroma is medicinal with a hint of fruit. The mouth feel is thin and lacks that stout body, this is lighter than a porter too. Taste is begging for more stout and less fruit. The bitterness is pronounced as well as some blueberry sweetness with a tart finish. Tastes better as it warms up. But near the end, a flat beer. Disappointed.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured clear ruby color with a medium frothy brown head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium berry friut and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This soft fruity beer met my expectations.

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a rich, murky chocolate brown with a fairly creamy two-finger light chocolate head that leaves fair lacing down the glass. That's where the pleasantries cease, however.

aroma is decidedly blueberry, although in an unpleasant, funky, "is that fake blueberry?" sort of a way. Hints of roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee are all but completely masked by the overwhelming blueberry that isn't quite blueberry muffin enough to be pleasant. verging on sickly.

Taste isn't an improvement. There's hints of some dark malt and cocoa, but it's fairly weak... and quivers in the shadows of the monstrous and brash blueberry. An oatmeal stout? It's hard to tell... the stout qualities are weak, the blueberry overbearing and intrusive. There's an unpleasant citrus bitterness on the finish that isn't helping anything.

Mouthfeel is thin, light, and fairly carbonated. not the creamy oatmeal stout I long for. If this were a bit thicker, I might be able to get past the over-blueberriness and lack of roastiness. but it's not. it's thin and slick enough to let the almost-artificial blueberry completely assault my taste buds.

I had high hopes for this one. but they were quickly quashed. If there was more of a stout to stand up to the blueberry, this could actually be great. But the stout wasn't there... and the blueberry definitely was. Not awful, but not really enjoyable. a novel idea that is fun for a sip or two but not quite solid enough to enjoy the whole bottle.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark translucent/borderline opaque brown with ruby highlights. Pours with <1 finger of tan head, which fades almost instantly, leaving a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- Blueberries and a slightly unusual boozy quality. A rather unrefined aroma. Not quite off-putting, but certainly not enticing.

T- A slightly sour fruitiness/green blueberry is the first impression, with the more quintessentially mature blueberry flavor peaking on the finish/aftertaste. Sweetness is fairly restrained, and bitterness is minimal. Strange flavor, but not unpleasant when taken as a whole.

M- Moderately high carbonation, which is fairly biting. Rather thin, and not particularly smooth, and wholly lacking in creaminess. Quite off for what I'd expect in an oatmeal stout.

D- Not terrible, but I can't fathom wanting to drink more than one in a sitting.

Future outlook: Not a terrible beer, and was fine for a novel experience, but not something worth revisiting. I'd be interested in trying a full bodied, creamy blueberry-oatmeal stout if one exists (?), but this one doesn't fill that bill.

Photo of kirok1999
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep garnet with just a bit of head that fades very quickly. After that it's still and shiny in the glass with no apparent carbonation.
Smell is sweet and fruity, I'm just not sure if it's blueberries or not. There's a decent amount of dark malt behind it all.
Taste is pretty mellow for a stout. The blueberries come through well but not too strong. Very mellow in the stout department. A bit fizzy as well. Thin mouthfeel and a bit weak overall.

Photo of Domingo
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

My local CB& Potts makes a great blackberry stout, so I had high hopes for this.
Pours a pretty thick dark brown to black color with only a little bit of head.
Smells like a mild (dry Irish'esque) stout with blueberry essence. Not too bad so far.
The taste is weird. The blueberries hit up front, but they aren't really very sweet. The stout flavors are almost non-existant and I pick up a wave of (out of place) hops in the finish. There's also something that just tastes "off" in the finish. The Sunset Wheat blueberry flavors are much better than these and the stout base is pretty weak. It tastes like a homebrew gone wrong.
I finished one glass without too much of a problem, but I'm regretting this six-pack already. My wife flat-out couldn't stand it.
I won't be revisiting this one and I bet this 6-pack lasts a while.
There are definitely worse options, and I admire the idea, but the result is a bit of a bust. This score is probably inflated a little because I wanted to like this.

EDIT: Future tastings of this are actually making me think it's even worse. The hops in the finish combined with that "off" (burnt plastic?) flavor really make this a complete dud. I normally don't change reviews, but every subsequent bottle has made me think this was even worse than the last. Worst beer I've had in years.

Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black, although with only a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Good scent, a huge whiff of blueberry along with a nice bit of burnt grain and smidge of coffee. Nice taste, decent stout characteristics on the way in, notably a bit of coffee and some nice dark grains; a huge mouth of blueberry at the end of the drink; mixes nicely after swallowing (Booberry cereal and coffee for breakfast); no one taste is completely dominant, which helped, too much blueberry would've been bad. Goes down quite well for a higher ABV stout.

Photo of BeerSox
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black wth a thick two finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Lots of bubbles are embedded in the surface giving it a rocky look. Strong stringy webby lacing.

The roasty malts sit far in the background behind a somewhat strong blueberry aroma. It's like the aroma of the blueberries that sit at the bottom of the yogurt cup. I have to say, the aromas don't mix quite well. I'm not liking the contrast. It's not a bad aroma though, and sure to please blueberry fans.

The roasted malts appear in the flavor like in the aroma, but the blueberries add a bit of a pleasant sweet distraction. The malts in the background are very smooth, and support the syrupy sweetness very well. Still, there is a little bit of a plastic-like flavor that's slightly unpleasant. Full bodied. The alcohol seems to sneak through as the beer warms.

This is a good beer, but I feel that the blueberry in the aroma and flavor clashes too much with the roasted malts.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a faint, sugary blueberry is all I get. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, light roastiness, and a hint of blueberry. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty malt and small small blueberry aftertaste. Interesting blueberry, a bit light overall, but OK.

Photo of hophead247
4.38/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a local to Buffalo Bill's I get to experience alot of their beer from the tap, but picked up a sixer of this at bevmo and it didn't dissapoint.

Poured a nice dark color, like it should, and left the perfect head...because of my pouring expertise. I love oatmeal stout's so I was excited to see it added with blueberries, and Buffalo Bill's did not let me down. Oh good Lord, it smelled like those blueberry pancakes mama used to make, but not too strong, just enough to taste the berries. The taste was great too..a great balanced stout with just the right flavor of the berry. Went down nice and smooth...all 6 of them

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout reminds me of my childhood. I spent many a summers eating oatmeal with blueberries. It had a very pleasing aroma of blueberries. The taste was very appealing with hints of blueberries and hops. I enjoyed this beer to the fullest potential.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles.
A nice dark liquid with a dark tan head.
Aroma strong of blueberries, some chocolate in there too. Smells very sweet.
Tastes pretty good. A lot of blueberry flavor, toasted malt with a char edge. Hint of oats/grains.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and semi-smooth.
Drinkability is very solid given the style of fruit stout and its strength. I would say this would make a good dessert beer, but its also fine to drink on whenever its around.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an oily black with a (blue-ish?) tan head that disappears pretty quickly. The berries are definitely apparent in the nose. The mouthfeel is solid--heavy body and tangy flavor, you can already sense the blueberries coming. The flavor ain't bad but it's strong! Blueberries on the tongue and blueberries kicking through the finish. Overall I think I like it albeit strange. Decently drinkable but semi filling, and the blueberry-ness is far to strong for my taste to have more than one at once.

Ohh.. a blueberry belch!

Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, black. Tan head that has little retention and is small. Head leaves a bit of foam at the top..layering it.

Aroma: Blueberries jump out on this one.

Taste: Sweetness, blueberries and some malts..but not much else. I don't get any of the characteristics of an oatmeal stout here

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at the most..somewhat creamy, and goes down fine

Drinkability: Fruity beer so that usually gives this category some points for me..higher ABV though. Also, not very much sticking to the style; I don't mind deviation, but this just seems a big jump. Too much blueberry sweetness, which tastes fine..but could use more. Worth trying, however.

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of blakesell
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz twist off cap bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with light shining through pretty well and a half finger of tan head that quickly dies down to a light murk across the top. Lacing is thin and not too substantial.

Smell- I'm getting a lot of blueberry here and not a lot of oatmeal. There are some nice roasty grains in there, but not a lot in the way of oatmeal, or much else for that matter. No real hop presence, and no real yeasty scents in there.

Taste- There is blueberry in the flavor which is a plus, and a hoppy roast in the flavor but the two flavors and a really light body in the mouthfeel really don't compliment the beer too well. There is a light peppery spiciness that is somewhat pleasant, but I wouldn't go out and buy a six pack from this flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, somewhat spicy, not very warming, I find it very hard to believe that it is really 7.5%. Medium light in carbonation.

Drinkability- Not the greatest.. I'll be finishing this pint, but I'm fairly sure that this one will be my last. Perhaps I'll give it a chance again if I ever find it on tap.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up a few weeks ago at New Vintage in Meridian... Don't remember the price, but it was probably about $1.50. Shared with Brenda, mine poured into my Chimay goblet.

1 finger lite tan head.. die back to a descent cap and minimal splotchy lacing.. the brew is dark dark brown but does let some light shine through when held to a lamp.

The aroma is more fruity than anything else... definitely blueberry... no mistake... yet not much in the way of a traditional stout.

Flavor is again very very fruity with only touches of roasty grains.. only enough sweetness to make the blueberry's shine... finish is a little bit of chocolate with a fairly long dry blueberry essence... the body is medium and the carbonation is fine...

There isn't alot wrong with this brew... just nothing too great. I just normally don't appreciate fruit beers and especially traditional beer styles with a bunch of fruit thrown in. Again, not for me but alot of people will probably appreciate it.

Photo of jwinship83
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- very dark brown to black with a small khaki colored head that leaves very little if any lacing.

S- lots of blueberry in the nose. faint roasted odors. not much else.

T- the taste is pretty bland. very faint blueberry. not very roasted. very lightly hopped. pretty smooth though.

M- very thin and watery. not what it should be.

D- ill pass on this next time. the smell is about what it should be, but everything else falls short. i picked up the single because dark horse's blueberry stout isnt available yet, and this one didnt satisfy the craving. the alcohol is pretty well hidden or this would have been a complete disaster.

Photo of JMBSH
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of whiterascal
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.
M: thinnish

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.