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

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of Rutager
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Rutager, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

blakelive784, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this for a friend when he was in southwest Wisconsin. I traded him a beer since I never tried this but he did warn me about the huge head and he was right. These bottles probably went through a second fermentation because the bottle cap had a lot of force behind it and even with a slow pour there was 5 times more head than beer. The aroma is still sweet with malts and blueberries. There are some robust flavors mixed with sweet blueberries but this is way too yeasty and it almost has more of a Belgian texture. Oh well as least I got to try it, but I’m sure that this is not the way it is suppose to taste.

Lemke10, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.


Drinkerofales, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of LieutenantWort
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of fruit in beers. Makes me think of Zima, or Bartle's and Jayme's. But there are some standouts that keep me from writing them off -- Pyramid's Apricot Ale is one, and Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale is another. So when my fiance brought home a 12oz of BB's Blueberry stout, I figured it was worth a try.

Nothing exceptional or memorable to note about the pour. Maybe a little thinner and a little less head than you'd traditionally expect from a stout, but not dramatically "off," either.

Aroma is _all_ about the blueberries. Very distinct and recognizable from the mouth of the glass. The taste is actually more subtle; not as sweet as I'd feared from the smell and the oatmeal comes through as a kind of grainy undertone.

We split the single 12oz between us, so I didn't get as many sips as I'd usually have to work out the flavor profile. By taste alone, I'm not sure I could have identified this as "blueberry." Something-berry, yes, but if you told me it was blackberry or raspberry, I might have believed you. But the nose definitely gives it away -- it's unmistakable.

LieutenantWort, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Vancer
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.

Vancer, May 17, 2009
Photo of Thads324
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a lighter shade of black with ruby edges when held up to the light. thick tan head that goes nowhere.

S : immediate and intense blueberry smell. A bit of sour grape at the end. No stout aromas.

T : very much unlike the smell. Starts a smooth and chewy bread flavor, then hits with a subtle roasted coffee. Blueberry is subtle at the tail end of the beer, which is quite warming on the mouth and belly.

M : well carbed and balanced, but there is an odd astringency. It may be the alcohol or the odd blueberry aftertaste.

D : while easy to drink from a flavor standpoint, I'd only go for one since it is a much different flavor.

I really don't prefer fruit beers, but I thought this was original so I gave it a whirl. The aroma is pretty terrible, but the flavor is good. The oatmeal adds a good heartiness to the beer. It would probably be better with a little less booze and a little less blueberry to mask it. A unique beer that should be tried at least once.

Thads324, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jgasparine
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A careful pour yielded a very thin, cream colored head which quickly vanished. No lacing. Body was an opaque dark brown, as expected from a stout. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Big blueberry aromas along side of classic smell of roasty chocolate malt. The blueberry is sweet smelling, and seems synthetic. For some reason (strangely), I'm also getting hints of nutmeg off the nose.

T- The roasty flavors of chocolate malt are up front, along with some restrained blueberry flavor- definitely less blueberry than I would have anticipated from the nose. Some low-alpha hop character comes into play about halfway through the sip. The finish is semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness.

M- Medium body with lots of soft carbonation. Could use a bit more backbone here... a little more texture and viscosity.

D- This bottle is enough for me. I didn't feel like I was choking it down, but I definitely won't care for another. The blueberry flavor that I perceived as synthesized was disappointing. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing...

jgasparine, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

kirok1999, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of kasper
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

kasper, May 29, 2008
Photo of Tripphop
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Tripphop, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Gavage, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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

thain709, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a barely translucent black with a deep tan head that dissipated a bit on the quick side and left decent lacing.

The aroma was mostly roasted malt with a definite blueberry scent. The flavors were similar with the blueberry being a little stronger on the tastebuds than it was in the nose.

The body was typical for this type of stout. The drinkability was decent, but will depend on your taste for sweetness of the blueberries.

Overall, a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of thespaceman
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours an opaque black - nice size tan head emerges and slowly rises up the glass. Head leaves a thin wisp of lacing on the glass.

Smell: No real blueberry in the smell, I get more of those coffee and toasted notes here like a typical stout, small bits of blueberry hits the back of the nostrils but it's very subtle.

Taste: Big roasted notes up front, I get some vanilla, coffee bean and a hint of toasted malt up front, the oatmeal plays in towards the middle and really smooths things out, giving this stout a dry earth like element. The blueberry is hidden deep in the finish here, not overpowering like other blueberry beers. The malt sweetness really smooths thing out in the finish without making the blueberry too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for a stout here, mouthfeel is thin yet this one sits nicely on the tongue. Decent carbonation although I think a bit too much for a stout.

Drinkability: I hate blueberries, and was very pesimistic about trying this beer because I'm not a big fan of blueberry flavor. What sold me is this is a oatmeal stout, and I love oatmeal stouts. I think the flavors tie in nicely. Good balance between the roasted stout elements and the sweetness of the blueberry. Not something I can drink a whole six pack of in a sitting as the flavor profile gets a bit over the top but a decent offering nonetheless. I would have this again.

thespaceman, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of drcarver
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a very dark brown body with a quickly fading off-white head

S - Strong smells of oats and blueberries

T - The taste is not as blueberry as the aroma. It is smooth and creamy in flavor with a hint of pepper. It is a strange combination

M - Smooth with little if any carbonation

D - The blueberry flavor is a nice change, but it's not something I could have to many of.

drcarver, May 07, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerthulhu, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Alright, I needed something to drink to wash that terrible taste out of my mouth from my previous review.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Not very stout-like as this beer can be seen through when held up to the light. Head is very small, but is creamy and leaves light lacing on the glass.

A: Smell is actually very faint. Maybe a light touch of oatmeal and blueberry, but thats it.

T: Yes, you do get quite a bit of blueberry in the flavor. There is also a peppery characteristic that accomodates each sip. Other than that, there are hardly any Stout flavors in here. No roast, coffee or chocolate. A touch of oatmeal, but thats it.

M: Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Coats the mouth somewhat. Again, not very Stouty, but decent overall.

D: Its a pretty easy drinking beer. I get no detection of the 7.5%ABV at all. Drinks more like a 5% beer instead. Not bad.

This beer is pretty decent. I don't mind Buffalo Bill's brews. Their Orange Blossom is pretty good and their Pumpkin Ale is okay. This is a winter seasonal (I believe), so it might be kind of hard to find in the summer. But, if you can find it, check it out. The six-pack won't last long as this beer is very easy to drink.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of hopdog
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

hopdog, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Oatmeal Stout poured a poured a brownish color, produced a nice tan head, decent retention and it left a little lacing on the glass.
The aroma consisted of fresh blueberries and roasted malt. Medium in body, ultra smooth and creamy. Foundation of roasted malt, blueberry, and chocolate. Overall, nice session beer, first fruit Stout that I have sampled, it was well balanced.

GossageBrewery, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Dodo2step
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Dodo2step, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a cola chocolate black, with ruby coming through the light. A creamy, foamy head recedes to a film with light lacing sticking to the glass.

The aroma is dominated by metallic alcohol with a sweet blueberry covering. Oh, it definitely smells of blueberry.

The taste is interesting. At first, it's extremely bitter and sour. Eventually it opens up to a creamier malty taste, with a blueberry pie note. A bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this beer is just too weird. 7.5% ABV? I beg to differ. The alc is undetectable. But it's just too sour and tastes like dandelion milk. Oatmeal stout? i think not.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a six-pack of Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout in a grocery store. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a black walnut color, nearly opaque with some garnet red hues when held up to the light. A modest beige head caps the brew.

Smell is decidedly blueberry. Not much besides that.

Taste is a sweet berry flavor up front, with a charcoal and coffee flavor in the middle and a dry blueberry fllavored finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Dry and not cloying.

Overall a drinkable beery flavored stout. Better than I thought it would be.

RJLarse, Dec 16, 2013
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.