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

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 471
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 26.2%
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: 471
Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
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 GossageBrewery
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ButterflyBethie
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- has a small caramel head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The color is dark black. The appearance reminds me of Coca-cola

S- faint blueberry and coca smell

T- the blueberry is very faint. it has a bitter coca taste with a distinct after taste

M - feels more carbonated than it looks

O- If you drink this too cold it has very little flavor. Also even though it is listed as 7.5% ABV it feels stronger than that

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Photo of flexabull
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Aromas have a touch of blueberries and cocoa without much else.

Taste is just like the nose. Light blueberry up front, it's restrained, and not over the top though. Seems to meld pretty well with the light stout flavors of cocoa, light coffee, and dark grains. It's certainly on the lighter side of the stout spectrum, almost like a porter with blueberries.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not overly so.

Usually I'm not a fan of most fruits beers that aren't wilds/lambics, but this one was at least drinkable and decent. Not something I'd try to revisit though.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
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 wlevando
3.72/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -19%
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 TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cordovan brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Prominent blueberry aroma, overpowers much of the underlying stout character. Hints of oat, and even a touch of wild yeast character, slightly sour and funky, not unlike what you'd find in a belgian or wild ale.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong blueberry and a funky sourness hit first. Moderate malt roastiness comes through mid-taste, hitting on burnt toffee, then finishes with a strong grassy bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy profile. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A bit too much blueberry, not enough stout flavor for my liking. It's drinkable, but can get a bit too sweet with so much blueberry flavor dominating the profile.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, alcohol, and an artificial blueberry aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a fake blueberry flavor that is slightly medicinal. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but the blueberry presence is not very well done.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.99 + $0.04 recycling fee from Claymont Total Wine & More

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 JuicesFlowing
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red, nearly black in the middle, with lots of small, white sediment floating around. Thick, creamy tan head that has excellent retention. The smell is, as you would guess, full of blueberry. But it's not too overpowered. I was very worried that the blueberry would be overdone, but that is not the case. Rather, the blueberry meshes well with the other smells of oats and granola that it balances with the blueberry very the well. The taste is full of sweet malt, some blueberry notes, oatmeal, granola, and barley. And, what do you know, a nice dose of hops and a touch of bitterness shines through, right at the end of the sip. Thick body, slight chewy and sticky, medium bout of carbonation.

I'm surprised the reviews are relatively low for this beer. I feel that it was very well put together - good balance of flavor without being too heavy in any single department. My only complaint is the somewhat syrupy nature of the beer, which may lead to premature palate fatigue. Not something I'd stock up on, but not nearly as bad as others made it sound.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
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 Suds
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this one certainly has a blueberry aroma...it's notable immediately upon the pour. It has a grain and mild oat scent as well. I imagined something like oatmeal for breakfast with some bitter chocolate and blueberries mixed in....that's not quit what you get with this beer, but the scents are present...they just don't come together perfectly. The liquid itself is a deep, black-ish brown color with a lasting light-tan head. Ever present carbonation keeps the head replenished and adds some distracting bite to the mouthfeel. Drier than expected, and there's also a solid hop bitterness. This is a better than average stout, and the blueberry isn't as overpowering as the smell forecasted, but its not exceptional by any means.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has an overtone of blueberry - no surprise there! It pours a deep sable with a light tan head that leaves about average lacing. Flavor has firm notes of molasses, coffee, blueberry, semi-sweet chocolate and roast malt. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. If you like fruit beers and stouts, keep your eyes peeled for this one.

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Photo of mcss
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Konings Hoeven Chalice.

A - Virtually no head, a super light foam covers just part of the glass. Very inviting super dark brown color.

S - Detect the blueberries, possibly a touch of chocolate.

T - Just like the smell, definitely taste the blueberries. Slightly bitter start, finishes with the taste of blueberries, quite interesting.

M - Not too thin and good amount of super fine carbonation. No large bubbles here.

O - The first blueberry beer I have ever had that I enjoyed. It's an interesting stout, and far from the norm of blueberry beers.

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Photo of Dave128
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - dark brown body (looks black, but with a red/orange tint under light) under 2 fingers of medium tan head

S - blueberries and surypy sweetness; buscuity malt profile

T - toasty malt and blueberries; notes of chocolate and coffee; plenty sweet; more bitter in the finish, where the 7.5% makes its presence known

M - medium/full bodied with above average carbonation; smooth and slightly chewy

O - I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but the blueberries in this one blend well with the grain for a very balanced flavor.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
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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Photo of danedelman
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark black with small to no head. A bit on the still side.

S-fresh blueberries with a bit of a chocolate malt and anise smell.

T-big licorice flavor which I believe is supposed to be the blueberry. blueberry comes just a bit and finishes with a chocolate malt/maltiness with a hint of alcohol heat.

M-very low carb and medium body.

O-good beer but not a favorite by any means. Give credit to a small brewer though.

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Photo of GeneralZod
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Definitely has a very strong smell of sweet blueberries.

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

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

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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
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 thegodfather1076
4.24/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very colorful label with nice artwork. Nice but nothing great.

Appearance - Pours out a deep dark brown with a 1 finger tan head head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin foam ring. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Smells of sweet blueberry with hints of chocolate and toasted malts. Smell is absolutely fabulous!

Taste - Tastes very heavy on the sweet blueberry and chocolate on the front end before giving way to a very nice toasted oat and coffee taste on the back end. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with not much carbonation but still retains a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Easy to drink because of the flavor and light bodied feel, however, I would classify this a bit of a dessert beer.

I enjoyed this offering overall and would try this again if I had the chance. As I've said I would classify this a bit of a dessert beer and that is not meant to be a derogatory observation.

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Photo of TheTrevor
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a two-finger tan head that lingered for a while. Good on them for the smell, it actually smells like blueberries. Not the canned oversweetened pie filler kind, but the real fruit. The taste starts off with some sweet chocolately malt that is cut pretty quickly by a some blueberries and finishing off with a bit of coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is thicker than average with some light carbonation. Overall an interesting beer and the only one I've seen in the style.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter. Got this as an extra from Rizalini.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a billowing, thick, and fluffy light brown head. Wispy lace.
S: Very sweet and dominating notes of blueberry syrup and blueberry pie filling/pancake topping, with hint of doughy cake like malts. A bit synthetic smelling, but good.
T: I’m getting more of the base oatmeal stout in the taste than I did with the nose, and a few notes of roasted oats and dark malt are noticeable. The blueberries are even more synthetic tasting than the nose to the point where this beer tastes very chemically. I do get a few flavors of blueberry crumb cake, but for the most part this doesn’t taste natural. There is a vague hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Fizzy carbonation really bubbles up on my palate. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Body is medium-thick and the mouthfeel is greasy and a tad astringent.
O: Definitely not as bad as their pumpkin beer, and definitely not a drain pour, but this was just too chemically synthetic and sweet for me to really love it. Thanks for sharing though, Bryin, I have been meaning to try this.

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