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

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239 Reviews

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 473
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 26.13%
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: 473
Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a bit of opacity. A thin bit of tan head, weak lacing and bad retention.

Smell is super sweet, not even blueberry sweet, but closer to brown sugar sweet. Overpowering.

Taste is also very sweet. Brown sugar and malt sweetness dominate, not even a hint of blueberry except when I burp. A bit of spice in the finish but its hardly worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel is sticky. Medium bodied, carbonated as if its a soda, which makes it hard for me to drink.

Drinkability is low. I finished this out of respect for beer in general but I'll never drink this again. Not a hint of blueberry anywhere..

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Photo of swierczt
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours charcoal black. However, not dark enough to block out the sunlight. Foamy tan head billows up the sides of the glass. Lingers around for a short time before settling.

S: Sweet blueberries. Almost reminiscent of some of the fruit bubble gum that I chewed as a child. Some toasted malts. Blueberry flavor is not overwhelming though.

T: Roasted malts, vanilla, caramel. Then blueberries are apparent in the finish. A bit too sweet for me up front, but this brew balances out a bit by the finish. The oatmeal stout comes out more for me as this offering warms up.

M: I thought that the mouthfeel was too thin and watery for the style. Carbonation was moderate.

D: Overall, I wasn't too fond of this beer. I appreciated trying a new style however. For me, it was two completely different flavors (roasted malts and sweet fruit) that did not mesh well. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger mocha head. Low retention, but peaked lacing. Brown and murky.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate and definite blueberry. Nice smelling.

T- Acrid, chocolate, blueberry and some sourness. Not bad, but not something I'd like to drink a lot of.

M- Fizzy carbonation. Not a good feel.

O- Smells good, but the rest is forgettable or just bad.

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Photo of tpd975
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours more brown than black. Nice tall creamy with good retention and lace. Looks a bit thin as it pours.

S: Well there is blueberry for sure. Nothing else can really be detected. Very artificial as well.

T: The blueberry is there for sure, artificial in taste as well. No real roast which one would expect in a stout. No slick mouthfeel which is common in the style. A hint of watered down coffee can be picked up when the beer lost what little chill I put on it.

M: Thin, watery, no creamy slick mouthfeel.

D: Not really my cup of tea. I see some others like it. Seems to be hit or miss really.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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A: Dark cherry maple tones. A deep, rich center. Solid half inch khaki head immediately after pour; fades down quickly with heavy lacing. Beer itself looks a little thin.

S: Heavy blueberry filled the area when I popped the cap. Strong oat scents once poured, but oddly, no blueberry hints.

T: No blueberry! What happened?! Heavy caramelized malts, baked oats, and frontal alcohol. Reminiscent of a bitter English Dry Stout.

M: Very thin. Hops leave slight tingling on the tongue.

OVERALL: It's a decent hopped out Brown Ale, but far from an Oatmeal Stout. I felt a little ripped off due to the lack of blueberry on the palette. If you're looking for a great blueberry stout go with Tres Blueberries by Dark Horse. Buffalo Bill's version is just too thin and too misleading for me to give it a thumbs up. On the bright side, the bottle was cheaper than dirt and the ABV is 7.5%, so I'm digging a buzz.

NOTE: Live review.

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Photo of TaySuth
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of whiterascal
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
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

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured (into a tulip) a thin dark brown with a tiny amount of head which quickly disappeared. smells of toasted oats, greek olives.. not getting a blueberry scent aside from smelling the neck of the bottle. yeesh, the taste does not mix well at all. tastes like bitter/sour blueberries, ashes, cedar wood. i was really hoping for a tasty midnight treat but this is almost undrinkable. i'm giving it a 2 for creativity - but really wish it had followed through with what i had in mind (a sweet fruity stout). for a 7.5% stout, the mouthfeel does not fit - it is a light bodied (MAYBE leaning towards medium bodied) very watery low carbonated ale.. more like a porter honestly.

overall i am not happy with this beer. luckily it has a high abv so it wasn't a total waste of money, but i do feel like i've been screwed with a little. i really hope the orange cream ale is a bit better than this one. the aftertaste is almost straight up wooden - which could be a good thing if it were a different wood than cedar which leaves its presence strongly.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black color with good carbonatio and a tannish head. Nose is whhhholly BLUEBERRY. To much berry, no enough oats. Taste is pretty thin, blueberry heavy, not much oats but a roastiness going on. Mouthfeel is pretty much dominated by roasted malt, hints of oats being smothered by bllueberry. No way will I try this again but someone else might dig it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I didn't know Mr. Cody was a brewer... Anyway, this stuff pours a midnight garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises blueberry syrup, blackened pretzel, and, oddly enough, pancake batter. The taste is a harsh double penetration, with artificial blueberry on one side and a starkly bitter helping of burnt malts on the other. You have to be into this sort of thing, and I guess you can count me out of that particular fetish group. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fluid feel, and a dry finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. Though things were placid enough in the smell, the flavors clash painfully, and it's unsure whether or not they would have tasted better apart from each other anyway. Add to that an oatmeal stout base that's just way too thin and not very creamy, and you have a rather subpar beer on your hands, son.

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Photo of illidurit
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
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 BeerWithMike
2.56/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

When I first opened the bottle, it was like opening a very high carbonated soda with lots of noise! Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that took forever to dissipate. I have never seen this before. The aroma was pleasing with like a wheat blueberry pie. Just one sip and your mouth filled up with the carbonation! Damn Sam! Didn't taste too bad but the excessive carbonation killed it overall. Ended up poring the last 1/4 in the sink.

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Photo of claminat420
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-poured a typical stout dark color. surprised it doesn't have a reddish purplish color considering the blueberries. nice hearty two and a half finger off white/light brown colored head.

S- all i smell is the blueberries and the alcohol.

T- not alot going on with this brew. the blueberry just chills in the back which i thought was going to be more dominant. no real malt presence which bums me out.

M- light bodied. a little to much carbonation for my taste.

D- i'm glad i only bought a single.

Overall- i'm not a stout fan but i thought i'd give this one a try considering my favorite stout is dark horse's tres. to me when i think of stout i think of malts and theres no malt taste to this beer. i say buy a single first or don't even waste your money.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.53/5  rDev -24%
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 brantadid
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with an 1 1/2 inch head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Tons of Blueberry in the nose. some malt come through later with some bitter notes.

Blueberry in the nose is hardly reflected in the taste. Some faint blueberry on the front palate which are quickly replaced by burnt malt flavors. Almost an immediate bitterness on the med palate which is present on the back palate as well. Some faint fruit in the finish...might be blueberry.

Moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation helps to cut come of the stickiness.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.53/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The BB Blueberry Oatmeal Stout poured black with a tiny foam head and not much lacing. Quick dissipating head.

The aroma had a faint blueberry smell to it and not much more. It was pretty bitter and a little sour. In the mouth it left a bittering note on the top of the mouth. Overall it seem very thin, lacked smoothness I am used to with an oatmeal stout. The label was more appealing than the beer itself. The 7.5 percent abv is pretty well hidden. It is worth a try but I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Tons of foam. Looks like a black lager. Some blue tint to this as well.

Smell: Fresh blueberries.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely sour and bitter. Mostly fake blueberries with some flavorless oatmeal.

Overall Drinkability: This tastes very dreadful. Everything else is ok though.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for AKBelgianBeast for this one in that I lost the LNBA FF.

A- Dark in the glass, but when poured is very light brown. The tan head is there, but leaves quickly.

S- The blueberry is there, and smells like blueberry pie. There is a nice chocolate smell coming through too. It isn't a bad smell.

T- Now the blueberry comes though, but it feels like the makers made some random standard "stout recipe" and threw blueberries into it. The stout portion isn't developed very well and this has a real acrid bitter taste to it. The blueberry flavor is there for sure, so that part has come though, but this bitterness just kills the whole thing all together. I know dark beers and fruit are a great idea, but make sure you have a rocken dark beer recipe for a backbone to allow the fruit flavor to fall back upon. If not it just becomes this crap beer with fruit flavor, making this just a mess.

M- Medium bodied, with carbination, but the bitterness is not a pleasant mouthfeel. Kinda drys out the tongue too.

D- Yeah you can drink this, but I wouldn't advise in buying it.

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Photo of Keager
2.44/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a 6 pack of bottles, first one not quite cold, so it went down the drain when it got too warm for my taste. Second one turned out to be a little better, but still searching for that blueberry taste. Not the best blueberry I've had. Should of only grabbed one and let it chill properly.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It was a murky brown. It looks like it had chunks of yeast floating in it. It was topped with two inches of tan head.

S - It got the blueberry, but there was something off about the smell.

T - I got the blueberry again. I also got some alcohol. It was a very artificial taste.

M - Moderate

O - The taste was terrible. It tasted like blueberry, alcohol, and plastic. I would not drink this crap again.

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Photo of Koufax21
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of psycle
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
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 jsisko01
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a dark brownish/black color with a VERY small frothy tan head.. Has thin lacing.

Smell - Strong scent of blueberries that mostly drowns out everything else. I also

Taste - Toasted malts up front, with blueberries and a hint of chocolate. Quite bitter with a strong alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - To be honest.. I can't stand this beer lol. Maybe it's just because I don't like stouts, but I thought this one would be different. I didn't really taste any oatmeal either.

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