Black Pumpkin
Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #84
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,477
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
85
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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  4
Gots
  19
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of EnderFett11
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Lots of frothy head on initial pour that faded to around a finger soon after. Smells malty and with a bit of vanilla. Not a strong pumpkin flavor, but good maltiness and a surprising bite of carbonation. Finally a pumpking stout that gives Warlock a run for its money. Definitely a must have for pumpkin-stout fans.

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Photo of akaizer
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a fluffy 2ish inch tan-beige head that slowly bubbled down to 1/4-1/2 inch. Looked dark, dark brown-black. Scent is sweet, with pumpkin and cinnamon/clove as primary and anise (black licorice) as a secondary scent. Taste is boozy and has a bit of bitterness to it from the previously mentioned anise. Feel is full bodied and creamy. Enjoyed it, but would have been more enjoyable if smell and taste lined up for me.

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Photo of erk0607
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pretty close to black, clear body, with a dark tan that reduces to a overall layer in a few minutes. Super fluffy head on initial pour.
Smell: Sweet, cinnamon, pumpkin spices on the nose, vanilla, sugary with background roastiness
Taste: Moderate roastiness (despite the dark color) flavor, offset by sweetness of caramalized sugar, pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon (toast crunch-iness)
Feel: Creamy, airy, soft foam, but when swallowing it's on the slick and heavy side
Overall: First pumpkin beer of the season and I like it. Would get again when available and in season.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light, topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of pumpkin spice, and vanilla.

Tastes of pumpkin spice, vanilla, and overall a lot like a well toasted pumpkin pie.

Medium, syrupy body, with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Sac, drinking in Redding, Oct 22nd, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a tan/biege head. Smells uncannily like ginger ale, some nutmeg, malts. Taste also has that ginger ale hint up front. Really not picking up too much pumpkin. Yet, it's a good beer and definitely easy drinking.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a 3/4", foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: A very enticing aroma of pumpkin, malt, spices, and oatmeal.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (present throughout), lots of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), some light vanilla notes, some pumpkin, and a tinge of oatmeal. A well done pumpkin flavor. It's not overly spiced, so it gives the other ingredients to shine. It very much captures the feeling of a Thanksgiving meal without overpowering your palate. Subtle, balanced, and tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, likable beer. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of teromous
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the shoulder in yellow letters: "BATCH 3189 1420072518"

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and it has a short light khaki head with a creamy texture. Moderate head retention.

Aroma: It smells fantastic. It has this wonderful oatmeal cookie aroma with cinnamon. It smells like a lightly toasted graham cracker crust.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is also great. It has this wonderful cinnamon flavor that is mellow with this very lightly toasted cookie-bottom flavor of caramelized sugar.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with a slightly slick finish. The body is medium-full and perfectly carbonated.

Overall: This is a very rewarding beer. It definitely steps outside the realm of the standard Pumpkin Ale but it shines in what it truly delivers. It gives this nice and mellow but memorable flavor that sings of Autumn and Winter. Really this beer would work very well in either season. It is an Oatmeal Stout first and a Pumpkin Ale second, so I would obviously recommend it as such. The spice is mellow enough that if you aren't that much of a fan of spice you could still enjoy it, and the Oatmeal Stout qualities of this beer only strengthen its qualities as a Pumpkin Ale. I would buy it again.

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Photo of tp1962
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at friar tucks
I enjoyed this beer .
Look jet blackssmell of pumpkins and spice smells great
Tastes very good. Can taste the pumpkin. Very smooth .
Would definitely purchase again!!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber color with medium to heavy bubbles to the body. Orange tinted white head rises roughly just a nudge over one fingers length off the body. Almost zero lacing after one sip.

Smell: Heavy pumpkin and light malts with a touch of cinnamon spice. Good and hearty but light.

Taste: sweet pumpkin and a coffee bitterness that goes along great with it. Light malts with doses and doses of caramel.

Mouth: might be debatable but as the brew warms up it becomes very sticky. Carbonation slightly drops just a little but worth savoring.

Overall: descent brew took me a while to finish it considering pumpkin was a read over powering. Not too bad at all...salud!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The black pumpkin pours nice to my pint glass with a nice finger to two head. Nice lacing all around. The nose is more around a pumpkin pie with all the usual suspects from the pie coming to play. The beer puts you in the mood for thanksgiving with the aroma. The taste of the beer was a semi bitter with spiced ale on the tongue. It was a very thin more my liking when we are talking stouts. This had the feel of a porter to me more than a stout. Overall not a bad beer if you like it spicy.

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Photo of rmtrout
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a heavy, overly sweet oatmeal stout. Instead I got a very, very nice balance of flavors. Sweetness so moderate I can drink it like an IPA, almost perfectly offset by bitter and spices, and a nice lingering finish to boot. Wanted slightly more carbonation, but this may be typical of stouts- I don't drink many- they are usually too heavy and filling for me. I'm stocking up with a case for the holidays, found it at Costco for 3.99/22oz:)))

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown or black with a modest head, which soon reduces to a thin layer. Pumpkin pie spices in the nose. ..and mouth. The oatmeal stout is smooth in the background. Not bad.

2018 update: Yum!

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Max Lager glass. Pours nears black with a very durable tan head. Exceptional lacing.

Delicious, bready aroma with a very fine mix of spices. The flavor follows but is not quite as enticing. The flavor contains notes of oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, baked pumpkin, faint ginger and brown bread. Lightly sweet but leaves an overly bitter (given preceding flavor) aftertaste.

Feel: full and creamy smooth body with excellent, soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a pleasant surprise, this is one of the very best pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.81/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A new favorite pumpkin beer. I just might have to pick up another bomber or two because it was THAT good. This beer definitely has all the things you want in a stout - roasted, nutty, chocolate flavors without being overly sweet. This beer was actually a bit on the drier side which is actually a good thing. So take all of those awesome stout things and now add pumpkin spice. It's almost like drinking boozy, chocolate, pumpkin oatmeal.

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Photo of Trenary
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black. The head was a thick light tan.

There's a lovely roastiness to the smell, but ultimately gingerbread & vanilla notes prevail with some clove and nutmeg coming trailing through.

This beer likewise has a great roasty taste upfront that is tempered and smooth. The gourd is present is this one. It's not just pumpkin pie spice dumped into a stout. The beer has a solid pumpkin base on which the spices sit, which to me is always the mark of a good pumpkin beer. That's not to say the spice is not present, or even muted. There's strong vanilla and gingerbread notes in here, but it works well in concert with the roastiness of this stout. The creaminess from the oatmeal gives it great body and almost desert-like qualities.

I really liked this beer and as a pumpkin oatmeal stout, it definitely delivers a great fall afternoon sipping experience. Not a thing to quaff, as it begins to get a little cloying, but a great one-offer to top off an October afternoon.

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Photo of FBarber
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black. Thin tan head dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell has notes of roasted oats, malts and a hint of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste is mostly an oatmeal stout initially. Roasted malts, oats, nice hints of chocolate and cocoa. Then as you sip it and the beer warms you get this lovely pumpkin pie spice note start to come through. Definitely more of a pumpkin pie rather than pumpkin/squash flavor. But it works so well in the stout and yet its not over sweet.

Feel was spot on for an oatmeal stout. Medium carbonation. Smooth feel.

Overall this is a really nice pumpkin beer as well as a solid oatmeal stout. If you are looking for a heftier pumpkin beer, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, graham cracker, toasted oats, and chocolate; with lighter notes of coffee, cocoa, molasses, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, graham cracker, toasted oats, and chocolate; with lighter notes of coffee, cocoa, molasses, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, graham cracker, toasted oats, chocolate, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy, fairly silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.9%. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin/spices, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is black with a small tan head. The aroma is malt and pumpkin with spices. The taste follows the nose. A very good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, label says 7.9% ABV. Not sure of the age, but I think it's a 2016 bottle since it just showed up at my local store over the past few weeks. Served in a Spiegelau stout glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like pumpkin spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon), roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some graham cracker and clove flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a pretty good pumpkin stout, I know I'd like to buy this again in the future. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a small khaki colored head that leaves some nice lacing behind

S- aroma consists of pure gingerbread cookies, with undertones of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar & molasses. Also picking up notes of cinnamon & nutmeg

T- lots of ginger up front that brings flavors of gingerbread, nutmeg & clove. Undertones of toasted malt and chocolate. The finish brings flavors of graham cracker and toasted malt

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp Gibson

O- drinks more like a gingerbread stout but very tasty

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look very dark with a tan head that dissipates to lacing.
Smell: Kind of sweet, a bit saccharine, but with hints of pumpkin and nutmeg.
Taste: god damn amazing so developed for the price a real good oatmeal stout.
Feel: a ltittle gritty but a smooth finish.
Overall: a good stout an excellent one for the price.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bomber at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of clove and cinnamon, lasts entire glass
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial creamy layer
Lacing good – wide curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with spice, mostly clove and cinnamon as the nose implies, followed by the earthy, musty taste of pumpkin; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of rosenkrantzz
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Simply a great pumpkin stout. Not very sweet (which is good) and a decent kick. I put three bottle away for thanksgiving and christmas. HEB had these for $4.50 for a 22oz which is just a great price.

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Photo of elliott_1701
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku completely black. Outstanding balance, respectable smell with dominant notes of pumpkin and oatmeal. The pumpkin flavor was more than subtle, but did not dominate over the other flavors. I wish I had bought a 2nd for cellaring, I would like to have the 2015 next to the 2016 next year..,

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into glass. Nice dark color, solid head that lingered. Nice even pumpkin and spice up front, clean finish. For the price, nothing else out there.

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