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

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239 Reviews
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 469
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of phiberoptik
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to admit, I was pretty intrigued when I saw this on the shelf right before the holidays. The Orange Blossom Creme was the only offering from Buffalo Bill's that I've seen (and sampled) before, and I hadn't seen any beer that had fruit and stout together. Even though this isn't perfectly balanced, I am glad that I got to try this out!

This beer pours pretty much like any other stout, but it's not "motor oil" in any sense of the term. It's brown, like one would expect in an oatmeal stout, with a nice head and very little lacing present. The taste is even and balanced, but there's very little blueberry to be felt here. The roasted, caramel aspect dominates from start to finish here, with just a hint of the fruit in the back. It's malty, strong, and goes down smoothly, but I was expecting more bluberry. If it wasn't on the label of the bottle, I would just think that this was a slightly more potent version of a standard oatmeal stout.

The 7.50% ABV is pretty detectable here, but it doesn't detract from the experience at all. This was one of the more interesting beers that I've tried lately, but I was just a bit let down by this. There's a lot of potential here, but everything comes up just a bit short. This is filling, easy-drinking, and not overpowering, but if I had some blueberries with me, I'd squeeze a few a toss 'em in. That's all this beer is missing... (1,389 characters)

Photo of manahansf
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light and clear brown color with no head, just a few white bubbles here and there. The aroma is very sweet and very blueberry with a subtle malty aroma to balance it. This is echoed in the flavor which is also sweet and the blend of strong blueberry flavor and the supporting maltiness creates the illusion of a blueberry pancakes in liquid form. The body, however, is very light and slightly flat which brings out a little tartness and makes the drink and finish very quick. More body and perhaps a more grain flavored malt and this is a beer you can drink at breakfast with some eggs and bacon. (604 characters)

Photo of Umbra
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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... (2,115 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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/. (878 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No date, but states "brewed and bottled by Pyramid Brewing Co." for BB's.

I popped the cap, letting out a bit more gas pressure than expected, but the beer didn't come frothing out. Nonetheless, upon pouring what eventually would be only about 3 cm of beer in my glass, a creamy thick foam arose that would have poured over the top and down the sides if I hadn't quickly filled my mouth! Another huge head formed with the 2nd and 3rd and 4th pours (yes, just one 12 oz bottle)!! Under the tan head is a nearly opaque but clear dark mahogany liquid.

Aroma of a rich, malty, blueberry ale, with more typical oatmeal stout flavoring in the taste. Blueberry, malt, and hops are very nicely balanced, and all three linger in the finish and aftertaste. Great interplay of flavors, and good use of hops to cut the sweetness. I do wish the moderately high ABV was not so obvious in the aroma.

M - full, smooth and creamy.

Interesting and fun to drink, this bold brew is very drinkable.

A yummy Black-and-Blue for home consumption. Highly rated, yes, but with virtually no deduction for over the top head, or for departure from traditional oatmeal stout characteristics. (1,207 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 LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Buffalo Bill's Brewery 'Blueberry Oatmeal Stout' @ 7.5% served from a 350 ml bottle purchased for $2.65

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a small tan head leaving a minimal lace along the pint

S-some hint of blueberries

T-boozy oatmeal stout

MF-ok carbonation , feels full body

Ov-ok beer , glad I only bought the single bottle ,

prost LampertLand (418 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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... (498 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of GeneralZod
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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 (314 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.74/5  rDev +12%
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. (837 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 isualum12
3.74/5  rDev +12%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of wlevando
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of vpipkt
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, dark with a deep tan head over 1 inch on initial pour. The head diminished quickly but a thin fine lacing forms all the way down the glass.

Aroma is heavy of wild blueberries on pouring and over the glass aromas of stout, oatmeal, and blueberries. As it warms, the stout aroma grows and so does an alcoholic twinge. Note, wild blueberries are a bit different than the enormous ones at your local grocery chain, both in taste and aroma. This nicely captures the wild blueberries!

Flavor is initially good stout, oatmeal, toffee, and then developing a stronger core of blueberries. Aftertaste is malty and often bitter. Aftertaste grows more alcoholic as the beer warms and the blueberries do give way to malty notes. Sad to see the blueberries give way as the beer reached temps more typical of a stout serving (50+ F).

Mouthfeel is great - very smooth and not too heavy, but definitely a stout.

Drinkability is fairly good because it is not overly heavy. A bit of a downgrade on drinkability due to the deterioration in flavor as it warms.

Overall a fun stout to try in a smaller serving. Good capturing of the wild blueberries. Complex and challenging but not overly heavy. (1,200 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 Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown. The 1/2 inch tan head fades to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of roasted dark malt, cocoa, faint blueberry and earthy hops.

The taste is of roasted dark malt, chocolate and a hint of blueberry with a bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The packaging makes this look like a novelty beer but, this is a solid oatmeal stout with just a hint of blueberry flavor. (452 characters)

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