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

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal StoutBuffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
76
okay

421 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.45%


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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phiberoptik

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a thick head on this one. It dissipated pretty quickly when poured into a standard pint glass.

I get a lot of blueberry, roast malt, and I think some hops in the nose. I like the blueberry that comes from it. It smells real, not candied.

I get really fresh blueberries, coffee, a little dark chocolate in the taste. The alcohol is well masked but you get a little heat in the throat. My wife says she tastes plums in it (she didnt know it was a blueberry stout when she tasted it).

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It comes across the tongue smoothly but actually feels more carbonated than a lot of imperial stouts Ive had. I dropped the rating a bit for that and also its quite filling so I lowered the drinkability for that and the alcohol might slow down the drinking of this beer.

I truly enjoy the taste of this beer and for the price, its worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:00:42 | More by phiberoptik
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iceball585

New York

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that faded slowly

S- Fresh blueberries, dark malts, creamy, milk chocolate, earthy, grains

T- Toasted grains, dark malts, blueberries, raspberries, cocoa powder, hint of alcohol

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, dry bite then oily finish

D- Worth trying

Very nice blueberry auroma but slightly lacking in berry flavor. Definitely interesting and worth trying one if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 21:11:04 | More by iceball585
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Docer

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roomie brought this number home.. given my dislike for their pumpkin beer (although the original and first I believe to be bottled), I am interested in this one.

- Very nice dark black/brown.. minimal light tan fizz, leaves some spotting and a small ring in my cheater pint glass.

- The zesty bright fresh blueberry aroma is very present.. and smells very good. Not much in the roasty grain department though.. blueberry certainly dominates. Little light cocoa and perhaps a tad bit of bitter grassy hop..

- Grainy, chocolate, sweet, subtle oats and grain.. nice zesty fresh blueberry flavor without seeming fake and synthetic... rather good and balanced. Certainly good.

- Medium bodied, slightly creamy... tad bit chalky..

- Overall an interesting, and quite a good beer if you are into blueberries.. which I happen to be. A well made and balanced brew.. a great buy/.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:33:01 | More by Docer
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:29:54 | More by ChrisCage
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Umbra

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 16:53:44 | More by Umbra
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:17:25 | More by Metalmonk
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First thing is, this is from a bottle that's over a year old. Interesting. Poured aggresively and got a small to medium fine tan head and some lace. Head quickly settled to a thin cover. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is blueberry traditional stout. Flavor's about the same. Nice thing is, the blueberry doesn't hit you over the head. Actually not too bad, although it wouldn't be one of my favs. Little bit of a weird finish. Don't pick up much of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:45:34 | More by drpimento
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weller1js

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique take on an oatmeal stout. Hadn't seen it the last couple of holiday seasons; had to special order it from the store I work at part-time.

Appearance: dark brown as a stout should, not a very foamy head with a clean pour. Unfiltered bits of sediment present.

Smell: essence of blueberry compliments stronger oatmeal aroma. Have to agree with other review, does smell like Boo Berry cereal.

Taste: mild blueberry taste serves to mellow the stronger bitter hints of oatmeal; blueberry provides a cleaner finish.

Drinkability: while a moderately heavy beer (just by nature, it is a stout), the blueberry provides the cleaner finish than you would expect with an oatmeal stout. Fans of oatmeal stouts will appreciate the different take without an overpowering variation.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:25:37 | More by weller1js
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New to BC this is a better beer than the bottle and the concept appears. Pours like a standard stout but the blueberry notes pick up in the nose and the finish. The beer has a nice fruit note with the blueberry but not overbearing. Not the biggest stout but still reasonably full bodied for the style. Worth trying

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 05:15:05 | More by canucklehead
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isualum12

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with tan creamy head....
smell is fruity with some fresh hop. the hop surprised me.
low carbonization on the tounge. there is really low blueberry taste which surprised me.
I had held out on this prior due to bo wanting a fruity beer. it is not fruity.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:25:58 | More by isualum12
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:35:59 | More by tigg924
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GeneralZod

California

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE
Pours of a very dark brown. Retains very little head.

SMELL
Definitely has a very strong smell of sweet blueberries.

TASTE
It is made of roasted malts with a hint of sweetness. If there is some oats, it is not very prominent.

MOUTHFEEL
It is well-carbonated, but has a creamy feel.

OVERALL
It is an ok beer. It is different from the Seadog Blueberry because this is a stout. It is a very good attempt and is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 04:16:54 | More by GeneralZod
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +14%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 05:04:55 | More by mralphabet
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 16:43:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz twist off cap bottle into a KY Bourbon Barrel snifter.

A - A medium pour yields almost no head, but of what there is is fizzy and tan in color. Body is cloudy and black in color with the occasional ruby highlight. Lacing is only slight.

S - Smells of blueberries and dark malts. Alcohol more and more noticeable as it warms.

T - Blueberries aren't quite as pronounced in the taste as they are on the nose. Mostly malty sweetness upfront with a blueberry and chocolaty finish. Not sure if I should put this in taste, but the burps are like I've been eating chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes.

M - Medium bodied and way overcarbonated. This stout suffers because of it.

O - This oatmeal stout has some great and unique flavors, however the overcarbonation made me not enjoy this beer as much as I should have.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:20:15 | More by Dave128
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beveritt

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:08:23 | More by beveritt
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:07:19 | More by tmoneyba
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about two fingers of dense ecru foam. Smell and taste is dominated by blueberries followed by notes of dark roasted grains, cocoa dusted dried blueberries, and milk chocolate. Roasty, bitter and sweet. A notch better than medium in body with ample carbonation for the style. One of the better blueberry flavored beers on the market. Worth a try if you dig blueberries.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 02:17:20 | More by ClockworkOrange
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cjgator3

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is more blueberries than stout. In fact, I'm picking up very little roasted malts in the nose like expected from most stouts.

T- The taste thankfully resembles a stout more than the aroma did. It starts out with a pretty smooth roasted malt backbone with a touch of sweet blueberry flavor in the finish. Not bad, definitely something different.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not outstanding but I would recommend trying this beer solely for its uniqueness. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:21:29 | More by cjgator3
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wlevando

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Caveat lector: The can opener set off a bottle rocket. I didn't knock or warm the bottle as far as I can tell, but the beer is not skunked or anything.

Appearance: Fine, I guess. In a juice glass, filled in two ounce increments, the beer is nearly opaque brown with a soda-like head (bubbles nearly mm diameter)

Smell: Whole wheat blueberry pie. I've never had such a thing, but it would smell like this beer. A little complexity comes through the berry, but the former is overwhelmed.

Taste: Bold, to say the least. Strong, somewhat artificial, blueberry flavor is held up by a good malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Not much more viscous than a soda.

Aftertaste: Tens of seconds duration malty flavor with faster fading estery blueberry.

My take: A very good blueberry beer. Similar in quality to Sea Dog's, but less refreshing, longer lasting, and more satisfying. Pretty good for a fruit beer, though the blueberry flavor itself leaves something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:21:34 | More by wlevando
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:28:38 | More by DesMoinesMike
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very deep dark brownish blue. In the light, the beer has a nice deep purple/bluish hue. The head was average and did not retain well.
Smell: A very sharp scent of blueberry jelly, and a nice subtle undertone from the oatmeal.
Taste: The blueberry taste has almost a dry characteristic picked up from the oatmeal. And the aftertaste almost makes me think of a wine.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Good heavy beer that still retains some good sweetness. Lightly carbonated but overall an interesting choice of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:15:50 | More by pzrhsau
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crhensel

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into English pint) Poured a creamy dark brown almost black with little to no head to speak of. Aroma at first smacks of the blueberry smell, but over time a nice toasted malt flavor comes forward. The most surprising, however, was the subtlety of the blueberry in the mouth. A lively carbonation helps to pull the malts forward, with the blueberry actually as a nice undertone enhancing the roasted flavors. There is a nice smooth finish as both flavors linger just long enough to entice the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:18:54 | More by crhensel
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 23:42:56 | More by number1bum
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JamesS

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:42:54 | More by JamesS
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.