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

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

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States
buffalobillsbrewery.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal stout brewed with blueberries with natural flavor added.

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.

Added by dsa7783 on 12-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,353
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
503
pDev:
18.62%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
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Photo of GaryColeman
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabtos
1.91/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Murky brown with a light tan, bumpy foam.

Smell is kind of tart, almost spoiled blueberry with stale Melba toast.

Taste is tart, metallic blueberry with chewy, crackery toast.

Thin, powdery dry, yet I'm starting to get unwanted hints of cough syrup. Blech!

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottled on date, sadly.

Look: Clear other than a pinch of yeast from the bottom of the bottle, very dark brown with a big tan head which goes down to a cap of foam after a few minutes. Good lacing and tight bubbles.
Smell: Some fruitiness, roasted grain, and blueberry oatmeal and fruit pie aromas with a faint, creamy coffee background. A hint of alcohol, nuttiness, little hop aroma. It makes me hungry for breakfast.
Taste: More roasted grains, coffee with sweet cream, dark chocolates. There's much less fruit than the aroma until it warms up and a hint of alcohol pricks my tongue with a bite of sweet blueberry pie filling. The hops come through in the aftertaste with coffee and oatmeal for a lingering medium-dry finish.
Feel: Classic creamy oatmeal stout.

A note on the hops: This bottle's hops are much more dank, piney and even fruity than the subtle noble, earthy hops I remembered, which makes me wonder if it's from their Nov/Dec 2015 batch using (from what I briefly gathered) Kent Goldings and Cascade, or from 2016 using Northern Brewer, Kent Goldings, and Chinook. Whichever it is I like the upgrade, they're more noticeable and better complement rest of the beer while sticking to style.

Foremost it's an oatmeal stout with blueberry to complement everything. It's worth noting that too cold (straight out of the fridge) and it's all roasted grains, coffee and bitter chocolate, but a little warmer is where the blueberry comes through and the balance between oats, burnt grains, hops, and sweet fruits comes together.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. No date on the bottle. Colour is black, not dark brown or caramel, but black. A little light sneeks through when held up to one. A thin tan head and some lacing leads me to the aroma. Smells of mild malt and blueberry oatmeal. Tastes of mild malt and blueberry oatmeal. Aftertaste is of mild malts and blueberry oatmeal. I think you get where I'm coming from. Mouthfeel is pleasant. A nice sipping beer. If you are looking for a stout that is not overly malty you may enjoy. Prost!

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Photo of porters4life
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: This beer was almost pitch black until shining a light to it then you could see the light come through it pretty good. The head was very solid it was 2 and a 1/2 to a 3 finger head on a somewhat aggressive pour.
S: The smell is almost all blueberries with a little bit of your basic oatmeal stout smells coming through.
T: Blueberries and then more blueberries. This beer is a blueberry oatmeal stout and that's exactly what it tastes like. Blueberry oatmeal is about the best way to describe this beer or maybe blueberry pancakes either way it's a pretty good tasting beer.
F: It was a little thinner than what I like, especially for a stout.
Overall: A pretty good beer not anything that wowed me or something I would go out of my to get but if it was at a bar I wouldn't mind having one of these again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black liquid; some light passes 'round the edges.

A khaki head which quickly dissipates; no lacing.

Fairly strong blueberry nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Blueberries recede in the taste; the oatmeal comes forward. Fairly plain after a promising nose, but this is drinkable & is by FAR the best I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, and lightly tart blueberries; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, blueberries, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, and lightly tart blueberries; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, blueberries, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, blueberries, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly silky/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.9%. Overall this is a very nice fruited oatmeal stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, blueberries, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Good presence of blueberries without being overly tart; with a really nice tasting base oatmeal stout on malt complexity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black beer that looks black but doesn't produce much beyond a thin tan head over the top of it. The aroma smacks of roasted malt and a feint berry like notion that isn't super discernable as blueberry.

Taste is nice, not overly sweet, has that bramble quality to it. Some chocolate malt, not overly roasty, smooth enough. Hides alcohol decently.

I thought of it as the best thing Buffalo Bill's has done. The oats give a smooth mouthfeel, the sugar isn't overdone, and the berry quality is just enough.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, nice dark brown topped with a beautiful light brown head and nice lacing. The smell is dominated by blueberry. The blueberry taste is strong with good roasted malt and significant carbonation. It went well with cheese and crackers!

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TFMyriad
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, khaki head
Smell is blueberry. Its sweet. Roasty
Sweet blueberry. Cream, roasty, slight coffee
Smooth, silky. But my taste buds got wiped out afterwards its a very strong flavor. Hides that abv so well.

This is an excellent beer. One is enough and it wipes your taste out but its so good. A shame to have such a low rating.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I'm not impressed by gimmicky, fake tasting beers.
This is not one. :)

Pours smooth and easy. Nice creamy head retention. Dark black with a deep cola color coming through the edge of the glass in the light. Blueberry in the nose, like a blueberry muffin. Also a slight hop-like crispness, chocolaty, malty. More sparkly and carbonated on the tongue than I expected, but that oatmeal smoothness is there. A little sticky, even. Some fruity flavors are present, but not as prominent as in the smell. They are fleeting, and a nice grainy flavor picks up from there. Finished malty and bitter while straddling ashy char and fruity ester hints.

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Photo of jheimiller
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mooseo
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miami66
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tim725
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Emjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This stout pours a rich blackish brown with a moderate heal of brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thing layer, and nice lacing. Nose of blueberries and roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with bitter coffee and and bitter chocolate malts with substantial char awash in a blueberry note that is decent bit overbearing with the heft of the roasted notes and bitter malt aftertaste. I expected to like this more, but no dice without the smoothness of the oatmeal that I was looking for. Decent mouth feel, lightly creamy, and a bitter finish. Decent but not what I was thirsty for.

Cheers

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Photo of Cappzilla
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.37/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm halfway through my second six-pack of this beer and am loving it. They must have changed some stuff up because the older reviews are horrible, but recent ones have gotten better. It's a totally different bottle and labeling now than what is pictured above.
Look: Man this is near perfect. Beautiful two finger head with great retention. It's seriously thick tan clouds that don't move no matter how much you swirl. Lacing is magnificent. My HydroFlask Perfect Pint 'glass' (it's stainless steel) might help with that but truly great. Nice and dark, hardly any light gets through the corners (when I had it in a normal glass).
Smell: Definite Blueberry with subtle classic stout characteristics. As I get past the blueberry, I get tons of chocolate and coffee. It's still muted a bit too much to call it perfect. Not a slap in the face.
Taste: Here is where this stout shines, among other places. I love the slap of blueberry I get, and how the bitterness cloys at the coffee bitterness to combine for a well rounded, but coffee and blueberry forward stout. There's a bitter chocolate there as well. As I type this I can understand how some people might argue it's not balanced great, but this favors my palate and I love it.
Feel: The other only part that is slacking in this beer is that it is a bit thin *compared* to other great stouts I've had. It's still got that chewiness but I just want more. Carbonation may be a bit too much as well, but it's not overpowering. I want a little less to let it sit in my mouth and let it die there before jumping into the pits of my stomach.
Overall: If you couldn't tell, or if you just skipped to here (I do it too) I really admire this beer. I fell in love with my first blueberry stout in Norway three months ago and have been on a hunt for an available substitute ever since. I have found that substitute. Exactly what I look for in an adjunct stout; noticeable berry flavor, with distinct classic stout flavors of coffee and chocolate. I can imagine the beer being better with a bigger aroma and a died down mouthfeel, but hey those are petty complaints. Oh and look at that, I'm near the end of the beer and the head is still there, albeit reduced. Try it, if a bluberry oatmeal stout sounds good to you, you will enjoy it. Cheers to a few more sixpacks!

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Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 503 ratings
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