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

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BA SCORE
77
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239 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 470
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 470
Photo of Koufax21
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown and puts up a 1" tan head. Smells of blueberries (surprise, surprise) and mild chocolate, with the oats giving it a bready aroma. Taste is not that great. If I put a bunch of blueberries in my armpits and ran 10 miles and put the into a beer. This is what I think it would taste like. Somewhat bitter on the palate. Good carbonation. Not the stout I reach for if I got a hankerin' for one. (455 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (908 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark brown/black with a very thin head that recedes quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.

Smell: Blueberries dominate the aroma along with oatmeal and a hint of banana.

Taste: Definitely some blueberry flavor but, unfortunately, it comes across as a bit synthetic. Moderate hop character. Not tasting too much of the oatmeal. Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is not right and gets in the way of the taste. The body is also much lighter than one expects from a stout.

Overall: This was not a terrible beer but it is certainly not something that I will be purchasing again. (622 characters)

Photo of smbslt
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - super dark mahogany with ruby highlights. struggled to create a 1/2 finger but still nice deep tan color. A lot of carbonation but a bit fizzy.

S - Something sweet - too many months since blueberries were in season to compare but I'll assume that's what it is.

T - More nondescript sweetness with not a distinct flavor to be found. Hops tried to finish but it seemed to be just a confused combination of flavors.

M - Not bad but did not much matter at this point.

O - I had high hopes for this combination based on how well I thought they did with their pumpkin ale. It never really was as distinctive as it should have been. (634 characters)

Photo of exodus1369
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blueberry for sure. The appearance is very nice, dark and rich looking, after that... just goes down hill. The aroma is nice, smells like... blueberry. The taste like an unsweetened blueberry with a hit of what seems to be molasses. But goes down with a syrupy bitter stickiness. Not horrible but I think this is a one hit wonder in my book. (341 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoying this in the comfort of home. 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy dark amber-brown color with two finger light caramel colored head that hangs out for a bit.

Nose: Fruit loops, slight roast, caramel, citrusy-acid, slight vegetal hop notes.

Taste: Trix cereal, extremely bitter, lemon-lime cleaning solution. Aftertaste is medicinal and sharply bitter with very faint cocoa notes.

Moderate carbonation with biting but long finish. Overall I'm pretty thrown off by the harsh aspirin-like bitterness in this beer. Don't know if it's old, a bad batch, or I'm just very sensitive to whatever flavor combinations exist in the beer. Won't seek out. (658 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: pretty much pitch black opaque body. one finger brownish white head looks frothy. retention is good and there is some lacing.

S: the aroma is a lot of sugar. some from the stout of it all and most from the fruit in there. the sources of lacto vary, but otherwise a bit one note. meh.

T: the flavor starts with the blueberries. sort of unpleasant. the transition is odd. a little metallic even. then quickly turns into a stout. roasted grain. chocolate. tons of sweetness

M: fizz is low. lazy. medium body.

D: i couldnt imagine drinking more than one of these. one sip is moderately pleasant, the next makes me cringe. i boo this offering. too much of a gimick then a beer. (682 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin black/brown with a tiny blue tinged mocha head that didn't last very long, wait, it's gone.

Smells strong of blueberry bread, not much roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

Taste is a flash of hop(wtf?) up front. A touch of the malt is present, but alcohol overrides most, and a blueberry finish/aftertaste.

Feels thin, bubby, burny, easily my least favorite aspect of the beer.

While thankfully not listed as a imperial, one should note that it definitely delivers on the blueberry. Easy to drink since it feels light, yet still has a good abv.

DOA (563 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured rom 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown but if held to direct light it appears a dark burtn umber

S-blueberries are apparent as soon as the bottle is opened and really come out in the pour

T-metallic blueberry with some pepper not a lot of other flavors come through the metallic taste for me

M-medium body and good carbonation

O-I can't get by the metallic aftertaste in this one (397 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of dark khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – actually, the blueberry aroma seems a bit allusive. It’s there, but masked behind the smell of stout and even a hint of chocolate.

Taste – again, the taste of blueberry isn’t quite noticeable, in fact, it seems less noticeable in the taste than in the smell. General dark taste of a stout, lacking some of the thicker qualities of an oatmeal stout, and tinged with more bitterness than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel – more on the creamier side, as one would have expected from a stout.

Overall – not a bad concept, but it seems a little half-hearted. I only say that due to the blueberry’s lack of presence. Had it been a little more prominent, this brew might gained a little more noteworthiness. Not at all bad tasting though. (904 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is mostly of artificial blueberries. The feel is medium to light, lighter than most stout. The taste is okay, blueberries and bitter stout, but not something I'd get again. (269 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random pick at Beer Crazy.

It's a nice and cloudy dark red with a copious amount of foam. The aroma has a decent amount of blueberry and a bit of wheat. The taste is more wheat with the blueberry component more noticeable at the end but seeming kind of artificial. It's quite smooth and the 7.5% doesn't come on fast. It's decent. (331 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Black in color but when held at light was transparent. Poured a small tan head with medium sized bubbles. The beer lacked any head after a short while that left the glass streak free.

S - Big blueberry nose, I find it to be a little bit of an extract smell but quite pleasing and natural as well. Very faint milk chocolate notes present.

T - There are some burnt coffee flavors trying to squeeze through but are overcome by the blueberry presence. Not completely one-sided though. Finishes dry which is a little surprising. The oatmeal gives the beer a silky start but is lost when the blueberry shows up.

M - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

O - I am a huge fan of oatmeal stouts and I am usually accepting of fruity experiment beers but this lacked many qualities of a good oatmeal stout. The blueberry was pleasant but on the side of overwhelming. (874 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours cola brown with a little haze and a small bubbly head that down't last loang.

Smell. Choclatey, lightly roasted grains with some nice sweet blueberry.

Taste. Floral blueberries, some chocolate and grains, some earthy bitterness, slightly tart.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Too bad this has the bitterness. The blueberry tastes okay but there seems to be some perfumy floral taste going on. Not really my thing. (458 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch of head that quickly dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some light surface foam.

S- Plenty of sweet blueberry notes and not a whole lot else.

T- Spicy and slightly tart blueberry that's relatively intense but not so much that it's a sugary overload. Pretty well-balanced compared to other blueberry beers. Could be due to the oatmeal characteristic. Some black pepper notes linger as well.

M- Slick and creamy making it fun to drink. Also kind of light for a stout. Medium-low carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable brew in all aspects. I'm beginning to think there may be something to this Buffalo Bill's. (745 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
2.21/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium brown pour. Super dark brown and very light on the edges. One finger light tan head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Big blueberries. Kind of a metallic blueberry aroma. Slight caramel, chocolate, and roasted notes.

T: Light caramel and chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Big blueberries dominate. Very artificial. You can almost taste the can they were in. The metallic flavors are bitter. A touch of sweetness comes towards the finish, along with oatmeal and big alcohol. Big for a 7.5% beer. Not much of an alcohol sting but just a rubbing alcohol taste.

M: Light body, bordering on watery. Not much else besides a light alcohol sting lingering on the tongue and in the throat.

O: My first Buffalo Bill's beer and disappointed. I think I've heard good things about their pumpkin ale. This was pretty bad. Not much works with this beer at all. Not a drain pour, but damn close. Definitely stay away, unless you need the tic. (985 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter:

A - Presents a dark brown/black color with a creamy, tan head of 2 fingers. Retention is decent at best.

S - Strong blueberry aromas, but they don't seem entirely artificial. Roasted malt is countered with cream.

T - Blueberry opens, but is actually countered rather nicely by roasted malt and chocolate. I expected the blueberry to be overpowering, but it's not. Simple, but works well for what it is. Quite creamy.

M - Full, coarse and dry on the finish, nearly ideal for a stout.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Not an award winner, but certainly a good all around beer. (Also, the first blueberry beer I've had that's any good). (691 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark muddy brown with a tan head.

Before this beer even gets in the glass it's straight up blueberry muffins in the room. That's really all I'm getting, but that's a good thing because I like blueberry muffins.

Two things on the palate, it's got a lot of tartness and the alcohol is out of whack. I was a bit nervous when I saw the 7.2% on the label and it is hot. (395 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a typical stout color....not quite black, but very dark brown and I can't see much of anything against a white background. The head is a tan color, and isn't all that impressive in terms of thickness, and also settles rather quick into a patchy, albeit dense layer. Lacing is pretty much non existent...overall a somewhat underwhelming look.

S- The primary aroma is of blueberry, both fresh and concentrated candy like versions. There is some other sweet elements noticed, such as caramel, burnt sugar, and dark molasses. There are some tinges of roasty malt and just a slightly boozy smell that reminds me of a liqueur. Not much in terms of traditional stout aromas.

T- The flavors are much better, being much more balanced between sweet and bitter. Of course, the blueberry essence is there, but it is much more subdued and natural tasting. The oatmeal used is much more noticeable, creating a very welcome dryness that lacked in the aroma. Along with this, there is some distinct bitter grain flavors that taste burnt to a point. Overall a nicely flavored stout and great use of the fruit here.

M- Thick to look at and thick on the palate...I really like that balance between fruit and dry stout. It's creamy and really fulfilling...it kind of reminds me of a variation on a dark fruit cake and has hints of a blueberry syrup. Very nice!

O- With the exception of the look and smell, this beer redeemed itself to become quite a nice beverage. Well balanced flavors, not being overly sweet, and a nicely textured mouthfeel, I feel that this is a well done take on a fruity style of stout. One knock I'd give it though is that, especially as it starts to warm, the booze becomes increasingly noticeable in both aroma and taste. Otherwise, a decent brew! (1,766 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours Black with very light tan head that houses bubbles both large and small.

S- I smelled the bottle and thought, "Gross, this smells like blueberry pancakes mix." And then I read the random neck label, "It's What's for Breakfast". So I guess that's what they were going for? In the glass the blueberry smell isn't quite as potent, and there's more malt. But it's still quite the fruit bomb.

T- Tastes like a wierd kind of bitter soda. The blueberry is really artificial tasting. It reminds me of blue raspberry candy or sherbet. Some roast and nuttiness, but a lot of sweet fruit.

M- It's not overly syrupy for the mouthfeel. But there's a disconnect between the sweetness in the front of my mouth and the bitterness at the back. It's almost like the beer seperates in my mouth into two distinct liquids before I can taste it.

O- My first impression was "Oh boy this is going to be awful", but in the end it wasn't awful, just not very good. A blueberry stout or porter, or even brown ale could be a delicious combination, but this one falls short by quite a bit. (1,073 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Claudius424
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille in Allston MA. Pours a purple/black with a very thin head. Smells of roasted malts and plums/blueberry like it's namesake. Taste is alright, the blueberry is there but is pretty faint behind the general stout taste. Overall not bad but nothing to write home about. (296 characters)

Photo of jdspears41
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks amazing once it is out of the bottle and in the glass. Has a redish wine tint.

S-SMELLS LIKE BLUEBERRIES! Awesome smell, couldnt wait to drink it!

T- Its a little blah when if comes to the first taste. After drinking it for a bit you can taste the blueberries everytime you breathe. I would say the aftertaste is what made it 3.5 for me, first taste is more of a 2.

M- No head on the beer, wish it had some sort of head. Other than that its not bad going down or anything like that. It was from the bottle so im guessing fresh it would have a head.

O-Ill buy this one again (596 characters)

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.