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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

439 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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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 smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive beige head (do I detect a touch of purple?). Leaves plentiful amount of lace. Light barely passes through the otherwise black liquor.

Smells of caramelized sugar and fresh blueberries. I'm not sure if these aromas go together well. It's a little bit chalky and biscuity.

Sweet and sour, but not bitter from black patent malt. The blueberry is obvious but the Stout is not. I find this beer to be more tart than bitter. I'd almost make a new beer category for this one--there are darker, but sweet, malts present. The flavor is complex with just a touch of hop bitterness. The body is disappointingly thin, especially for an Oatmeal version of stout.

smcolw, May 22, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass in high altitude Denver, CO around Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger slightly tan head of decent thickness.

Sm: Estery. No roasted barley scent, which is a problem in a stout. Dirty barley. Hardly an oat smell.

T: Unremarkable open to strange body (for a stout). The blueberry is unbalanced against the weak body. More blueberry would be nice if the body could compensate. Maybe they added the blueberry in primary instead of secondary. The finish is bland and the body is too weak to stand alongside the blueberry. No oats, strangely.

Mf: Way too slick and wet. You slide through all the flavour until the finish, which dries a little, only to expose the blandness.

Dr: At this price, it's an interesting buy for a stout lover like me. I'd like to try more fruit stouts. It does hide its abv quite well. Beeradvocate's categorization handles beers like this especially wrong.

kojevergas, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +14%

oriolesfan4, Dec 11, 2012
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 imperialking
3/5  rDev -8.8%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I visited Buffalo Bill's once, over the Holiday Break in 2005. I used to have a girlfriend who lived in Hayward when we were stationed in Alameda in the late-1980s. I awoke this morning, ready for my usual repast of oatmeal (maybe with blueberries, I have that) and coffee, only to realize that the dishwasher was running and all of the necessary utensils were inside of it! Desparate times call for desparate measures and so my day begins in earnest. Random thoughts at 0614 (Local, EDT).

From the bottle: "Handcrafted"; "oatmeal stout brewed with blueberries and natural flavor added".

A screw-top!?! Really?!? I just felt like I went to a lot of unnecessary work and to take out my frustration, I nearly inverted the bottle until I realized what I was doing. At base, it is a stout, so if you do not think that there was a pseudo-cascade going on, you are deluding yourself. It settled into a dense finger of deep-tan head that acted as a cap above the beer. Nose was very fruity, very blueberry, and while I do not enjoy them quite as much as when I was a kid, blueberry pie remains my favorite. Ah, sweet blueberries ... Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Mouthfeel was full, kind of creamy, dense with carbonation. The flavor was more blueberry than stout, so depending on your preference, it may or may not work for you. At this hour, it was working for me since I am positive that I would not have wanted a regular stout just now. The blueberry flavor was very evocative of summer and my youth and nostalgic drinking is one of my favorite things to do. Finish was semi-dry, since blueberries do not tend to be downright sweet anyway and when coupled with a non-sweet stout, they negated it being sweet. Very nice.

woodychandler, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -24%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a case with friends. This beer is good in a surprising way. As in its good, not great, but pleasantly surprising. At first look at the label, I didn't think blueberries could stand up to the dark malts, but Buffalo Bill's nailed a good balance. Blueberries, juicy, upfront that fade into more subtle dark chocolate malts and a hint of smooth oats. Worth a try. Easily the best blueberry beer I've had, and I don't usually like Blueberry beers.

tempest, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a normal sized brown head that doesn't last. About the lightest oatmeal stout I have ever seen.

Smells of blue berries and roasted malt. The blur berry scent reminds me a bit of blueberry soda. Malt isn't much here.

The taste starts out light blue berries with only a little patent malt in the aftertaste to suggest a stout. Not much stout in this, it really is more of a fruit beer. That being said it doesn't taste bad just not much stout here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Fairly drinkable but don't buy this expecting a stout. Buy this if you are seeking a blueberry beer.

Zorro, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +21.6%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 25, 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 chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 and taste.

M - full, smooth and creamy, but not as full as ideal for style.

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.

chinchill, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer, not much head or lacing.

Great unconventional beer. Was skeptical at first, but then decided that was all the more reason to check it out. Blueberry is present, but not overwhelming. Plays well with the roasted malt, can't really decipher any typical coffee or chocolate notes with the malt, kind of muted by the blueberry I guess.

The hops are noticeable, but nowhere near overwhelming. The alcohol is amazingly hidden, as this is a decently potent stout.

I dunno why the reviews are so "meh" about this beer, maybe its from people who don't like stouts, or only like conventional stouts, or are turned off by the fact that it is contract brewed, corporate hands (the people who hate "corporations" sure seem to be judgmental and close minded, but that's another topic) on it or who knows, maybe they just don't like this stout. I happen to like it very much.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up a few weeks ago at New Vintage in Meridian... Don't remember the price, but it was probably about $1.50. Shared with Brenda, mine poured into my Chimay goblet.

1 finger lite tan head.. die back to a descent cap and minimal splotchy lacing.. the brew is dark dark brown but does let some light shine through when held to a lamp.

The aroma is more fruity than anything else... definitely blueberry... no mistake... yet not much in the way of a traditional stout.

Flavor is again very very fruity with only touches of roasty grains.. only enough sweetness to make the blueberry's shine... finish is a little bit of chocolate with a fairly long dry blueberry essence... the body is medium and the carbonation is fine...

There isn't alot wrong with this brew... just nothing too great. I just normally don't appreciate fruit beers and especially traditional beer styles with a bunch of fruit thrown in. Again, not for me but alot of people will probably appreciate it.

JohnGalt1, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PEIhop, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a lighter amber along the edges. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of blueberries, slight hops, and hints of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Not thick like many other double stouts, but not a watery feel. Tastes of blueberries upfront, very slight hop background, and finish is roasted malts. There's a dryness associated with this brew. I'm not getting a lot out of this besides the blueberries (as far as malt and hops). A new type of beer that I'm glad I tried, but not really my forte.

Tone, Apr 24, 2009
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 dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, i think from barriques on PD (a true gem of a beer store / general establishment)

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass - big bold mahogany body with a huge (but well maintained) head and terrific retention...extremely nice looking beer to say the least

smell: sharp blueberry aroma, creamy, lightly roasted malts and oats...not much more to say about the aroma - about what you would expect from the title

taste: this is a good beer! the blueberry plays out really well for this one - its strong enough to be a major player but its not overly cloying either...the stout traits are downplayed but lightly roasted malts and oats play a nice complimenting factor to the berry - check it out

mouthfeel: a little sweet

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cola brown in color overall with very dark garnet highlights. Nice light beige, two-fingered head that recedes slowly. The aroma has a lot of blueberry fruitiness in the aroma. But still has a noticeable backbone of roasted malt and oats. Taste starts wih some lightly roasted oats, then some soft bread. Then the middle is all blueberry jelly. The finish then combines the roasted malts and sweet blueberries togther. Great, dry oatmeal palate with a splash of juiciness from the blueberries.

scruffwhor, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Nonic. 7.5% ABV, 3149 on the label.

A - Clear dark brown with a tiny hint of purple prune-ish color. Almost black in the glass with a one-and-a-half finger head. Creamy and cream colored, it had alright retention with some thick lace left over.

S - I never thought I'd be smelling blueberry yogurt aroma out of an oatmeal stout. Real blueberries with a strong roasted malt nose. The juxtaposition of these two scents is rather odd but it's slowly growing on me.

T - Again, the juxtaposition of the flavors is a bit odd. A tart smack of blueberries hits right away followed by a roasted malt flavor and bitterness that balances sort-of awkwardly with the tart blueberry flavor. It tastes fairly real though, not syrupy.

M - Not as creamy as I'd like to see it for an oatmeal stout. The bitter and tart finish isn't too bad but I'm not getting into the high level of carbonation (for the style).

D - Definitely different. Not awful at all but not that good. Just different. It's an ok drinking beer I don't think I'll ever have again. One of Buffalo Bill's gimmicky beers I guess.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - An impressive dark black with very little head that forums a moderate lace

S - Blueberries ahoy! It smells rich and nice maybe slightly artificial but I like it that way.

T - Very good. I can taste some stout components like chocolate that quickly moves to a more fruity berry like taste. Even though kind of novelty it clashes well! Great blueberry taste

M - Seriously 7.5 ABV? I thought it was 5! Light to medium at best

D - Overall whats to expect? You get blueberry full of flavor and smell on top of slight chocolate and bitter tones of a stout. Simple but perfect. If this sticks around I may pick up a whole sixer on the cheap. Good brew!

DrDemento456, Jan 11, 2011
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.