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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
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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:
#43,402
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
503
pDev:
18.62%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head with a bit of lacing, over super dark almost black very dark brown color with hints of light coming through.

Nose is exploding with blueberries, a light oatmeal, chocolate, and dark malts under it but mostly just lots of frozen blueberries.

Taste weird, starts with lots of frozen blueberries, then some darker malts but not much, and a weird toasty and earthy stem like flavor that I can't really describe but it's really weird. A light iffy bitterness and some earthy hops that don't blend well with the rest of the beer. Finishes ichy with more of the weird stem flavor and earthy hops as well as blueberries and a bit sticky.

Mouth is medium bodied, light creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall meh, not very good, lots of contrasting flavors, malts are there but waaay overpowered by the blueberries and some weird stem flavors and earthy hops that none of the above blend well.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark translucent/borderline opaque brown with ruby highlights. Pours with <1 finger of tan head, which fades almost instantly, leaving a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- Blueberries and a slightly unusual boozy quality. A rather unrefined aroma. Not quite off-putting, but certainly not enticing.

T- A slightly sour fruitiness/green blueberry is the first impression, with the more quintessentially mature blueberry flavor peaking on the finish/aftertaste. Sweetness is fairly restrained, and bitterness is minimal. Strange flavor, but not unpleasant when taken as a whole.

M- Moderately high carbonation, which is fairly biting. Rather thin, and not particularly smooth, and wholly lacking in creaminess. Quite off for what I'd expect in an oatmeal stout.

D- Not terrible, but I can't fathom wanting to drink more than one in a sitting.

Future outlook: Not a terrible beer, and was fine for a novel experience, but not something worth revisiting. I'd be interested in trying a full bodied, creamy blueberry-oatmeal stout if one exists (?), but this one doesn't fill that bill.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A creamy flat light brown head. Dark ruby highlights held up to the light. Another shade darker it would be opaque. Nice looking beer.

It smells like your normal Stout with blueberries thrown in it. I didn't think I was going to be able to pick up the aroma of the blueberries but they're noticeable. It's quite interesting.

Okay the taste is weird. The blueberries kind of give it a metallic taste. I get chocolate and burnt caramel in the beginning; then the after taste of metallic bitter blueberry mixed with booze. Weird is all I can say.

Medium body feels nice in the mouth. Light to medium carbonation.

What a let down. I thought the taste was going to be great since I liked the aroma. It really tastes weird, almost medicinal with the added blueberries.

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Photo of drxandy
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz to tulip glass, pours a slight berry colored opaque black, thin consistancy, creamy head fades down

smells of acidic sweet bitterness, slight berry, roastiness

taste is of bitter sweet astringent blueberry hidden behind roasty malts, thin body, not very balanced in my opinion.. meh

mouthfeel is thin and roasty, easy to drink, had no idea the alc was @ 7.5

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Photo of mgbickel
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. Man...little to no head was formed...hopefully not a sign of things to come. The body is dark brown with lighter edges when held up to the light.

Blueberries on the nose of course! This is followed by some toasted grainy malts, coffee and maybe a little dark chocolate in the background. There is something about this smell that reminds me of a barber shop or a hair salon...strange!

The blueberry flavor hits the palate first. It is an odd flavor...a little on the plastic/fake tasting side. The stout characteristics kick in once warmed. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium...a little dry and carbonated.

This is a very odd combo of flavors...didn't really work for me...will not be getting again.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack for the wife and grabbed a bottle for myself.Poured into a standard pint glass a a near opaque black except for a few ruby highlights,a thinner quick to fade toasted almond colored head atop,it was gone in a blink.All blueberry in the nose wich wasnt to bad,but honestly thats all I picked up.Sweet cereal-like blueberry flavors really stand out with very little other impy stout-like components,light chocolate comes in as I drink more but its all artificial fruit here.It could be good but its heavy handed on the sweet blueberry artificial flavor and not overly drinkable.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a rich, murky chocolate brown with a fairly creamy two-finger light chocolate head that leaves fair lacing down the glass. That's where the pleasantries cease, however.

aroma is decidedly blueberry, although in an unpleasant, funky, "is that fake blueberry?" sort of a way. Hints of roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee are all but completely masked by the overwhelming blueberry that isn't quite blueberry muffin enough to be pleasant. verging on sickly.

Taste isn't an improvement. There's hints of some dark malt and cocoa, but it's fairly weak... and quivers in the shadows of the monstrous and brash blueberry. An oatmeal stout? It's hard to tell... the stout qualities are weak, the blueberry overbearing and intrusive. There's an unpleasant citrus bitterness on the finish that isn't helping anything.

Mouthfeel is thin, light, and fairly carbonated. not the creamy oatmeal stout I long for. If this were a bit thicker, I might be able to get past the over-blueberriness and lack of roastiness. but it's not. it's thin and slick enough to let the almost-artificial blueberry completely assault my taste buds.

I had high hopes for this one. but they were quickly quashed. If there was more of a stout to stand up to the blueberry, this could actually be great. But the stout wasn't there... and the blueberry definitely was. Not awful, but not really enjoyable. a novel idea that is fun for a sip or two but not quite solid enough to enjoy the whole bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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 danedelman
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a very deep mahogany color with a small tan head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is kind of muddled. I get some blueberry and some roasted malt smells, but they don't seem to mesh very well and rather compete for dominance.

Tastes like it smells - blueberries and roasted malts, but just not that complimentary of each other. Medium bitterness, dry finish.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Stout and blueberries sounds like a nice combo, but not quite so in this beer. Not offensive, just disappointing.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

A: Pours out a deep reddish black and topped with a sandy brown one inch thick head, but
it bubbles away into a ring and leaves no lacing. Does not really look like a stout, looks
lighter than the beer would indicate.

S: Lots of blueberries but not a natural blueberry, more like a blueberry ice-cream
kind of sugaryness. It's a shame there is not more going on beyond this.

T/MF: Tastes like blueberry sun-tan lotion, not much stout, more like a blueberry strong
ale, syrupy with traces of malt sweetness but really the blueberry dominates and takes
over what could have been an interesting flavor combination if some flavors were dialed
up and others dialed down. things are just a bit out of balance here and it detracts from
the overall drinking experience. Feels light for a double stout, a bit too effervescent and dry.

D: Not terrible, an interesting beer in its own right, but as far as style guidelines go
does not match up like it should.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of fresh Blueberries, faint lemon, chocolate, & malt. Taste sweet Blueberries, burnt brown sugar, malt, faint chocolate, bitter finish.

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Photo of urwithdave
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

drops to 1/4'' that sticks around for the duration. Minimal lacing left.

S- This was the highlight of the beer for me....Blueberry,malts, and coco.

T- The malt/hops blend seems to be off. Maybe it's the high level of carbonation that's throwing me off here. The blueberries are present on the backend of the brew. I'm not getting much of the coco that I smelled. It's very sweet and not as bitter as I would have preferred. As it warms the blueberries become more prevalant.

M- Wayyy to much carbonation for me. Not creamy at all, it was very thin.

D- Easy to drink despite being overly carbonated. I could drink it all night, however, I don't think I would want to. I'd drink it again, but there are def better options out there. This was a different stout for sure. I'm just not sure if it's a good different.

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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 smbslt
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - super dark mahogany with ruby highlights. struggled to create a 1/2 finger but still nice deep tan color. A lot of carbonation but a bit fizzy.

S - Something sweet - too many months since blueberries were in season to compare but I'll assume that's what it is.

T - More nondescript sweetness with not a distinct flavor to be found. Hops tried to finish but it seemed to be just a confused combination of flavors.

M - Not bad but did not much matter at this point.

O - I had high hopes for this combination based on how well I thought they did with their pumpkin ale. It never really was as distinctive as it should have been.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Charred chestnut brown with a slim band of reddish gold at the bottom edge of the glass. All 7.5% stouts should be opaque, as this one is. The large lid is pale milk chocolate in hue and exudes quality. It looks fantastic as it melts and is laying down extensive curtains of tattered lace. This is a solid looking American stout, without a doubt.

The nose is definitely blueberry-like and is only marginally stout-like. I'm glad that so many berries are used (30 lbs per batch), but the 'natural' blueberry flavor smells a tad perfumy. Not too bad, though. More stoutness probably would have led to the next highest score.

I'm usually a proponent of adding a boatload of fruit to any given fruit beer. That said, I'm not sure it works in this case. The reason why BBBOS is no better than average is that the stout is nothing to shout about. The roasted maltiness comes close to being obliterated by too much blueberry.

That would be fine, except the blueberry tastes even more artificial and perfumy than it smells. It shouldn't be too much work to get through this bottle, but I have no desire to drink another (now or ever). An out of place bitterness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel, although full enough, doesn't make a great impression. It's more 'corn syrup' full than 'chock full of malt' full, if that makes any sense. It's also slightly chalky.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (my first review) isn't that good and Orange Blossom Cream Ale is even worse. Even though Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is the best of the lot, it isn't good beer by any stretch of the imagination. If you're curious, start with a single.

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Photo of DavidST
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is mostly of artificial blueberries. The feel is medium to light, lighter than most stout. The taste is okay, blueberries and bitter stout, but not something I'd get again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of blueberries along with a little bit of roasted malts and chocolate but not much else.

T: The taste starts out the same way the smell would lead you to expect with a strong and sweet blueberry flavor. Then a light roasted malt character comes in along with some faint chocolate flavor. The hops presence is very mild as it which is expected in this type beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this one is certainly more fruit-beer-like than stout-like, overall it’s just a mediocre beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours Black with very light tan head that houses bubbles both large and small.

S- I smelled the bottle and thought, "Gross, this smells like blueberry pancakes mix." And then I read the random neck label, "It's What's for Breakfast". So I guess that's what they were going for? In the glass the blueberry smell isn't quite as potent, and there's more malt. But it's still quite the fruit bomb.

T- Tastes like a wierd kind of bitter soda. The blueberry is really artificial tasting. It reminds me of blue raspberry candy or sherbet. Some roast and nuttiness, but a lot of sweet fruit.

M- It's not overly syrupy for the mouthfeel. But there's a disconnect between the sweetness in the front of my mouth and the bitterness at the back. It's almost like the beer seperates in my mouth into two distinct liquids before I can taste it.

O- My first impression was "Oh boy this is going to be awful", but in the end it wasn't awful, just not very good. A blueberry stout or porter, or even brown ale could be a delicious combination, but this one falls short by quite a bit.

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Photo of DasPuma
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly black pour with ruby hues at the edges; insane amounts of head, even with a gentle pour. Some sweetness to the smell but blueberries don't stick out in the smell or the taste. Don't get any of the silky smoothness I would expect from an oatmeal stout. A standard stout with not much else going on. Drinkable but nothing special about it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a weak blueberry aroma. It's not very impressive. The taste is average as well. It has a muddled array of flavors ranging from chocolate and roasted malts to a sweet blueberry fruit taste. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a disappointing beer. It's sounds delicious, but it falls flat.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (around 6,000 feet).

A - Nice, two-finger tan head with good lacing. The beer itself has a deep amber color.

S - Not as much blueberry as I expected, and reminds me more of a lambic beer.

T - Good blueberry flavor, but the beer's body doesn't hold up to it. The alcohol comes through a little too strongly for my taste as well.

M - Wet all the way through until the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't really give the beer's flavors a chance...

D - Alcoholic tasting as well as fruity. I might have one in a night...

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Photo of justincolts
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very thin head which dissipated quickly. It had a dark coloration like typical Oatmeal Stouts and had the texture of a typical one. The smell wasn't bad, however I found both the smell and taste (referring to the blueberries) more absent of the blueberry I would have preferred. Subtle is good, absent is less so. Overall it wasn't a bad brew, but just a very average one. Certainly I've had worse blueberry beers, and its worth trying. The texture of the stout was typical, and I was glad that it didn't have a syrupy flavor to it.

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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 503 ratings
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