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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
491
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 491
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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 asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised there aren't more review for this, as I've been seeing it everywhere lately. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is darker than most oatmeal stouts seem to be, verging on opaque with a hint of light getting through, though on the website they say it started as a stout and they added oatmeal later on. Not sure if that makes a difference. The pour leaves a mocha-colored and soapy head with big spots of bubbles and carbonation slowly dissipating. Sticky and raucous lacing hangs around.

Smell: A nice mixture of ripe blueberries and malt sweetness. I usually dislike blueberry bears on account of most of them being used for a lighter-bodied wine cooler-esque beer rather than a real beer. Here, though, whether it's because of the heavier body with the stout or not, it's pretty pleasant, and adds a bit of fruit to the malt, roasted characteristcs, and slight sweetness already present. I imagine this is extract instead of real blueberries, but I can't really tell, which I suppose is a good sign.

Taste: The colder this brew is, the weirder it tastes. So let it warm up a bit if it's been in the fridge. The oatmeal stout characteristics seem especially roasted and bitter, more so than other sweeter and creamier varieties, so I'm not sure the oatmeal is really doing that much, as it doesn't seem to be terribly detectable here. That said, the sweetness and ripeness of the blueberry, because of the bitterness and roasted malt of the stout, actually melds quite well here. It's a sipper, and it's more visceral than most fruit stouts, but I like that about. Finishes semi-dry with a shot of blueberries and bitter citrus, rounded out by some husk, grain, and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied though slightly watery with an odd burst of carbonation at the end that doesn't fit quite as well as it should.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised with this. With the higher alcohol content and the fruit backing the body, I imagine some folks wouldn't dig it too much, but especially since I'm not a big blueberry brew fan, this won me over. And around $9 a six-pack is certainly a good deal.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a 12 oz bottle with ABV and no freshness date on the label.
Very thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is predominantly blueberries with a hint of roasted malts in the background.
Taste is high on blueberries, although it doesn't seem excessive. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but overall the taste is more on the fruity side. Crisp and tart.
The alcohol makes it presence felt with every sip, warmed me up as I kept sipping. Mouthfeel is good, not as rich and silky as you'd expect an oatmeal stout to be. Decent lacing along the glass with good carbonation. If you look closely, you can see a whole stream of bubbles along the edge of the glass.
Drinkability is good. This stout is definitely different. Not a beer I would go out of my way to have, but not a beer that I regret having either. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the beginning, this beer asserts itself as a stout with its look: colored nearly black with brown hints in the light and a certain thickness to it, the light brown head a firm and frothy finger in height. It's not as assertive as it can be, with just more than moderate lace, but it' straightforward for sure.
There's a nice blueberry right up front in both aroma and flavor. Malts are sturdy and light on the roast, though that aspect is mildly present. the lighter roast lends the focus to the blueberry, though, as well as the creamier sweetness and the lightly earthy oat. Just a hint of baker's chocolate rides in, and a slight hint of creamy smokiness sneaks into the finish. This is a pleasant surprise from a brewery that hasn't wowed me before.
The mouthfeel follows the flavor nicely, smooth all the way as hoped in a mostly full body with some robustness to it. Roast is most noticeable in the feel, actually, leading into a roasty-dry finish. It COULD be a little fuller-bodied and ever so slightly smoother for the style.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, with two fingers of off-white head that subsides fairly quickly. Light can be seen shining through the beer when held up to the light. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of blueberries and chocolatey, sweet malt. Some nutty notes as well. The blueberry is definitely present, but not overpowering. Very nice.

Taste: A mild acidic bite from the oatmeal, backed by a mild sweetness from the blueberries. There is a fairly strong bitterness throughout the beer, though I can't distinguish if it's from roasted malts or from hops. A mild malt sweetness and a hint of blueberries on the finish. The overall flavor is mild, and the blueberry influence is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Good body, and good carbonation. Usually I like imperial stouts thicker, but for the combination of flavors, it works.

Drinkability: I was surprised to find out this one was an Imperial stout, with a 7.50 ABV. I thought it was much, much lighter. This tastes much more like a normal stout, with blueberry flavors. It doesn't have the depth of flavor to really be considered an Imperial. This beer tastes like one I could enjoy several of, but the high ABV prevents that. That being said, I really, really enjoyed this.

I liked this beer a lot. If this were a normal American Stout and not an Imperial, my ratings would be even higher.

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Photo of bfflo
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque purplish black, with a soft, cream-colored head that fell fast. Sort of a "wet" viscosity, and only minor lacing. The blueberry dominates the scent, and combines with bready, malty sweetness to create a very blueberry-muffin-like aroma. Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth; drinks nice and easy (particularly for a 7.5% ABV) with less blueberry in the flavor than I'd have anticipated based on the smell. Taste in general is malty and pleasant, a little grainy/bready; there is some mild carbonation spikiness and a wet, creamy mouthfeel on the front end, which overlaps into a contrastingly clean, smooth, almost dry middle; then, the subtle tart blueberry notes become a little more noticeable, along with some mellow but distinct herbal hop bite in the finish. Slight blueberry notes hang nicely in the aftertaste. While doing nothing really wrong, it's somehow not quite mind-blowing; but this is certainly a neatly balanced, very drinkable stout, that doesn't let the sweetness of its theme overpower. In fact, it is much better than I expected it to be, and a stout I would happily drink again. Give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good in the glass. Extremely dark drink, no light getting thru this thing. A thick head of tiny little brown bubbles sits on top. Surprisingly little head retention.

I like the smell a lot. The blueberry scent is obvious, but not obnoxious. Hiding in the background a little notes of chocolate.

The flavors aren't as intense as the scents and that's why I didn't give it a better scores. The blueberry flavor is hardly noticeable, playing quietly in the background. Bittersweet chocolate is the most obvious flavor but is subdued because of the blueberry and oatmeal.

This is really a creamy, milky drink. Despite the high alcohol, it goes down easy. It's a sweet drink, but not too sweet; it's only slightly bitter as the other ingredients balance well.

Even with the high alcohol, I never got that burning feeling in the back of my throat. It's a good tasting, creamy beer than goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of jonvan04
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. The first thing you notice is the blueberry aroma. The blueberry doesn't totally overshadow everything else, it works well with the rest of the beer. You get a nice roasty note up front, then the finish is all blueberry. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth for the style. This was very drinkable, I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Pint Glass.

The beer is dark, dark brown and almost completely opaque save for some very deep red, almost purple, glints around the edges. A full inch of foamy off-white head settles to a bit more than a quarter inch. Fair lacing.

Blueberry aromas aren't shy, but this beer doesn't smack you upside the head with them, either. Rather, they come with a toasty maltiness that matches them in intensity. Hints of green apple, wood, alcohol and coffee beans round it out.

The blueberry almost takes a backseat on this one. Very mild coffee or burnt toast flavor with a bit of sourness overlaying it that I can't readily identify. Blueberry fruitiness comes in just before the finish, which is dry and roasty.

The beer is pleasantly full, which I expect of a beer billing itself as an oatmeal stout, but it lacks the creaminess I also expect. Rather, there is an almost tangible roughness that is not unpleasant, but also unexpected.

The beer is complex and doesn't overcommit in any given direction, but it's weight and the blueberry character certainly limit it to no more than a couple of pints. Still, it's a great beer for the cooler months and I'm glad to have picked it up. There won't be any trouble finishing these off.

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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body, great huge massive caramel colored head.

S- straight up blueberry, but the real deal like freshly squeezed blueberry puree, with some milk chocolate in a stout, got to give credit to the brewmaster for making this thing work.

T- Blueberry takes more of a backburner role here, more of a stout/chocolate shake with some blueberries thrown in.

M- Nice thick and somewhat chewable.

D- not as tiring as you would think , and abv is very well hidden.

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Photo of noslenwerd
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical dark brown look of an oatmeal stout

S: Smells is slight coffee, but a lot of blueberry. But in a good way.

T: The purest may not like this one, but I really enjoyed it. Most fruit flavored beers usually overpower you with sweetness, but this one just hits the spot. Blueberry doesnt sound like it will mix well with a stout but it really does. Very smooth.

M: Typical stout mouthfeel, very nice.

Summary: If you are in the mood for a fruit beer or just something different, give this one a try

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Photo of matty
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is blueberry pie with fudge sauce.Taste also is blueberries and cocoa powder.Very smooth and goes down like silk.I thought this was a pretty damn good beer and would highly recommend.I'm pretty sure I will be buying this again shortly.

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Photo of TheTrevor
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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 lwillitz
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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 srandycarter
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it is weird. Having said that...

A - Very dark to black, small head leaves to disk. Tight bubbled small lacing.

S - BLUEBERRIES. It's true. How fun. I have a hard time discerning the malt around it.

T - Malt is 50/50 with the blueberries. Would never have anticipated this pairing, but I kind of like it.

M - Medium body, good balance, no complaints.

D - Fun, but could get tiring.

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Photo of ChrisDragon
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = Nice and dark.
Smell = Smells more like blueberries than beer.
Taste = Kind of a standard stout taste with a hint of blueberry flavor.
Mouthfeel: Okay.
Drinkability: Pretty good, but I can't see drinking a sixpack of this in one sitting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose is almost like coffee tones and blueberry. Flavor carries the blueberry too of course, but there is a biting tang that kind of detracts a bit. Still it is decent though. Pretty robust character overall. Sweet tangy tones are there for sure. Feel has a biting carbonation a bit and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Overall this is a pretty decent fruit stout. I can't say I have had a lot of them, but this one is working pretty well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was something I picked up just by chance. The pour was very nice, solid black and a large brown head. Really nice lacing. The smell of the beer has a great aroma of blueberry and roasted malts. The taste of the beer is also rather impressive too, it takes like a toasted blueberry muffin. It's sweet but bitter too. The mouthfeel was pretty thick feeling. Overall I really like this brew a lot. I look forward to trying it again one day.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Light beige, one finger head lingers above a black body. Aroma is of blueberry, and maybe some toasted malts. I suppose it smells about what I expected after having Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin. Smells refreshing actually. Taste is less sweet than expected after considering the aroma. No alcohol heat noted. Taste is malty with notes of blueberry of course. Pretty smooth. Overall, not very complex, but a very tasty treat...and interesting and pleasing.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with a fine creamy head that was retained for most of the enjoying.

The bouquet is an odd mix of roasted grains, sweet malts and blueberries. For me, it worked. The taste had at first a sweet acidy-bueberry bite. Subsequent sips yielded an interesting mix of sweet malt and berries.

The body is good for a beer of this style and has excellent mouthfeel. Thisi is a very drinkable beer, good as a session ale.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
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

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Photo of jdspears41
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks amazing once it is out of the bottle and in the glass. Has a redish wine tint.

S-SMELLS LIKE BLUEBERRIES! Awesome smell, couldnt wait to drink it!

T- Its a little blah when if comes to the first taste. After drinking it for a bit you can taste the blueberries everytime you breathe. I would say the aftertaste is what made it 3.5 for me, first taste is more of a 2.

M- No head on the beer, wish it had some sort of head. Other than that its not bad going down or anything like that. It was from the bottle so im guessing fresh it would have a head.

O-Ill buy this one again

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Photo of dsa7783
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Browsing around the Bottle King in Glen Ridge, I saw something that immediately caught my eye... "Blueberry Oatmeal Stout"... not one to pass up an invitation on so interesting a combination, I was eager to give this one a try, being a fan of blueberries in general and having a strong liking for oatmeal stouts, this was certainly something different... My only other beer from this company was their pumpkin ale, which I really enjoyed, so I decided to give this one a go... Pours a deep, dark, chocolate color that gave way to a decent amount of foam that lingered for a bit... Smell is out-of-this world, with a very strong aroma of fresh blueberries that just bursts out...The taste was somewhat peculiar... different, but very satisfying... the blueberry element was definitely there, but stronger in smell than in taste... the stout flavor really pulls through, and the brew packs quite a punch with a hefty 7.5% alcohol content... Mouthfeel was good, but being such a strange combination with a pretty high alcohol content, drinkability is only average, as I wouldn't want to down more than two in a single setting... If you can find this one, definitely recommended...

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Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ

A: Pours a dark brown body with a small, brown head. Pretty poor retention, but decent lacing along the top of the beer and along the glass.

S: Kind of a tart, blueberry smell.

T: A nice, blueberry taste with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Hints of a chocolate was also evident in the aftertaste. The beer kind of reminded me of chocolate covered blueberries.

M: A nice, silky, full-bodied mouthfeel that was pleasant to the palette.

D: A very drinkable beer. Excellent taste with a very good, smooth mouthfeel to compliment the taste. Definitely a well-rounded beer that I would highly recommend.

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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.
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