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

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal StoutBuffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
3.33/5
502 Ratings
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:
#42,676
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
502
pDev:
18.62%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OK, one last review for 2013. It items like a cheap stout. Black and not a lot of head, bit nothing funky.

The aroma is fruity the taste similarly is donated by the fruit, but has a little bitter going on. Both taste, aroma and aftertaste are pretty clean.

It all sort of works, but just barely. I intend to avoid this and everything from this brewery going forward.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cordovan brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Prominent blueberry aroma, overpowers much of the underlying stout character. Hints of oat, and even a touch of wild yeast character, slightly sour and funky, not unlike what you'd find in a belgian or wild ale.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong blueberry and a funky sourness hit first. Moderate malt roastiness comes through mid-taste, hitting on burnt toffee, then finishes with a strong grassy bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy profile. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A bit too much blueberry, not enough stout flavor for my liking. It's drinkable, but can get a bit too sweet with so much blueberry flavor dominating the profile.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black wth a thick two finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Lots of bubbles are embedded in the surface giving it a rocky look. Strong stringy webby lacing.

The roasty malts sit far in the background behind a somewhat strong blueberry aroma. It's like the aroma of the blueberries that sit at the bottom of the yogurt cup. I have to say, the aromas don't mix quite well. I'm not liking the contrast. It's not a bad aroma though, and sure to please blueberry fans.

The roasted malts appear in the flavor like in the aroma, but the blueberries add a bit of a pleasant sweet distraction. The malts in the background are very smooth, and support the syrupy sweetness very well. Still, there is a little bit of a plastic-like flavor that's slightly unpleasant. Full bodied. The alcohol seems to sneak through as the beer warms.

This is a good beer, but I feel that the blueberry in the aroma and flavor clashes too much with the roasted malts.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Large dense tan head crowns a deep mahogany body. The head retention is quite good, thin lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Blueberries are very prominent in the aroma, outshining the base stout. Nonetheless, there are plenty of roasted barley and coffee notes to be had.

Taste: Opens with typical roasted stout flavors, as well as cold coffee. Soon afterward, the blueberries assert themselves, and dominate the taste to the close, although the underlying stout never vanishes; it is secondary to the blueberries. The relatively high ABV (7.5%) is quite artfully concealed, nothing hints of its presence. Finishes slightly sweet, with a moderate hop bitterness, and some charred flavors

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, quite pleasant, with no carbonation felt..

Drinkability/notes: Note bad at all, an interesting change of pace.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown,, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an oily black with a (blue-ish?) tan head that disappears pretty quickly. The berries are definitely apparent in the nose. The mouthfeel is solid--heavy body and tangy flavor, you can already sense the blueberries coming. The flavor ain't bad but it's strong! Blueberries on the tongue and blueberries kicking through the finish. Overall I think I like it albeit strange. Decently drinkable but semi filling, and the blueberry-ness is far to strong for my taste to have more than one at once.

Ohh.. a blueberry belch!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red, nearly black in the middle, with lots of small, white sediment floating around. Thick, creamy tan head that has excellent retention. The smell is, as you would guess, full of blueberry. But it's not too overpowered. I was very worried that the blueberry would be overdone, but that is not the case. Rather, the blueberry meshes well with the other smells of oats and granola that it balances with the blueberry very the well. The taste is full of sweet malt, some blueberry notes, oatmeal, granola, and barley. And, what do you know, a nice dose of hops and a touch of bitterness shines through, right at the end of the sip. Thick body, slight chewy and sticky, medium bout of carbonation.

I'm surprised the reviews are relatively low for this beer. I feel that it was very well put together - good balance of flavor without being too heavy in any single department. My only complaint is the somewhat syrupy nature of the beer, which may lead to premature palate fatigue. Not something I'd stock up on, but not nearly as bad as others made it sound.

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Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ebony with a thick finger of sand colored foam that leaves some fine lace behind. Smells pretty blueberry heavy with roasted malt. Tastes more blueberry than anything else, otherwise a fairly dry, lighter than most stout with mild hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. The oatmeal comes through in the creamy, chalky mouthfeel. A decent brew thats a little too light for an imperial stout but better than other BB's beer that I've had in the past.

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Photo of tchenery
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

No head onthe beer at all except for an active lace. Very dark, almost black except for deep reddish hues at points of little resistance for light.

Smells like you would think. Very blueberry. It pretty much masks anything else but there are a few chocolatey roasty stout smells in there.

Very malty upfront, that deep bitter dark chocolate kind of malt flavor that quickly transitions into a general fruit taste and plows thorugh with blueberries on the end. It's more of the blueberry flavor where you kind of get stems and things when eating them than just a 'blueberry flavor'. Finish is slightly dry but slightly sweet (maybe the fruit is playing with my mind).

Dryish mouthfeel, very full but not chewy. It's drinkable and interesting but it's such an odd combination I can't decide whether it's just interesting or if it's more than that. If only it turned your tongue blue.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

We're surprised that there are not more fruit stouts on the market, the roasted and sometimes chocolate-like flavors go well with fruit--it seems to work most of the time. Pours off a massive towering tan head, almost like foamy milk on a latte. Good head retention to boot. A shade or two away from pitch black with an ever-so-slight ruby hue. Smells of mouth-watering blueberry pie filling and mild earthy burnt malt. Smoothness is off the charts with a creamy full body. Mild burnt acrid flavor meets sweet blueberry for an interesting and certainly flavorful mix. Malt and oat sweetness plays very well with the perfect portioned blueberry character. Hint of bitter, unsweetened chocolate is present. Aside from the burnt malt sharpness, the hop bitterness plays a part in keeping the blueberry and malt/oat sweetness in check. Earthy, charcoal and a faint smokiness from the roasted malt fade slowly into the semisweet finish.

Yup, this one works and conjures up the thought of being a breakfast beer. The blueberry and roasted malt play well together. Balance is key and this beer is right on track.

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

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

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint

Pours ink black, opaque, with a big tan head and nice sticky lacing.

Huge blueberry nose. Smells of roasted malts, blueberries, and oats. It's actually quite appealing.

Wow, actually quite impressed. Tastes of an average oatmeal stout with a heavy dose of blueberries. Nice roasted malts and bittering hops. Leaves a nice blueberry oatmeal flavor. Impressive.

Surprisingly dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is slightly above average.

I couldn't resist picking this up when I saw it on the shelf. I must admit I was skeptical, but it delivered as I hoped it would. Worthy of a try, not the best oatmeal stout out there, but a nice unique take on one.

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

12 oz bottle into a Konings Hoeven Chalice.

A - Virtually no head, a super light foam covers just part of the glass. Very inviting super dark brown color.

S - Detect the blueberries, possibly a touch of chocolate.

T - Just like the smell, definitely taste the blueberries. Slightly bitter start, finishes with the taste of blueberries, quite interesting.

M - Not too thin and good amount of super fine carbonation. No large bubbles here.

O - The first blueberry beer I have ever had that I enjoyed. It's an interesting stout, and far from the norm of blueberry beers.

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Photo of crhensel
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into English pint) Poured a creamy dark brown almost black with little to no head to speak of. Aroma at first smacks of the blueberry smell, but over time a nice toasted malt flavor comes forward. The most surprising, however, was the subtlety of the blueberry in the mouth. A lively carbonation helps to pull the malts forward, with the blueberry actually as a nice undertone enhancing the roasted flavors. There is a nice smooth finish as both flavors linger just long enough to entice the next sip.

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

Pours dark brown to nearly black with off-white head. Nose has a true blueberry aroma (not artificial, contrary to what others have said). Some roasty notes are in the nose as well. This comes through on the palate as well, with some dusty cocoa, and of course blueberry sweetness. Hop bite at the end. Rather easy drinking, even with the fruit component.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Oatmeal stout Blueberry

I like the label on this beer, the blueberries look appealing. Anyway, it pours a dark brown with a head not lasting for more than a minute, but this usually happens with fruit beers. The brew glows a deep mahogany at the bottom of the glass; this beer doesn't seem lively but is still a pleasure to look at. Wow! They hit the nail on the head with the smell. It smells of sweet caramel malt complimented in accordance with blueberry, but it's not overwhelming. Not bad for a fruit beer. I can see myself drinking this on occasion, their pumpkin beer is better. Sweet caramel hits the tongue first followed by a combo of blueberry and maybe chocolate malt? I can't quite tell, the blueberry is dominant compared to the other flavor anyhow. Has a subtle boozy ending. Thick beer, heavy mouth feel, semi-wet finish.

That's all I got on this one. Give it a try if you enjoy fruit beers, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JamesS
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black, although with only a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Good scent, a huge whiff of blueberry along with a nice bit of burnt grain and smidge of coffee. Nice taste, decent stout characteristics on the way in, notably a bit of coffee and some nice dark grains; a huge mouth of blueberry at the end of the drink; mixes nicely after swallowing (Booberry cereal and coffee for breakfast); no one taste is completely dominant, which helped, too much blueberry would've been bad. Goes down quite well for a higher ABV stout.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a mixed 12 pack from Bevmo specifically for this beer. I loved going to Sunset Grill in Brighton MA to get the mixed beer drinks. The Wachusett Blueberry mixed with Guiness was always a favorite. I generally love blueberries and as soon as I opened this one I knew I would like it.

A-Light black with a slight reddish tent to it, almost a dark cherry color. Small head that leaves a nice lacing
S-alot of blueberries, some malts and a small amount of alcohol. Blueberry band aid
T-Blueberry with some chocolate. There is some malts to the the finish. This is not necessarily the same taste you get from putting fresh blueberries into a beer but more like the blueberry pie filling from a hostess pie. Even in the aftertaste, blueberry
M-This is pretty well balanced as well, it is medium bodied, what i would expect from an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is light, and disappears quickly from the tongue. Creamy, well balanced with the sweet blueberry and malts in the finish

Overall, I like this. I'm all for people trying stouts with dark red or berry fruits. If you like blueberries and fruit beers, you will like this

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Photo of ujsplace
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip

Pours a black colored brew with one finger thick creamy tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving some decent lacing.

Brew smells of ripe bluberries, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, blueberry and a bit of dark chocolate.

Smooth and creamy; clean, muted carbonation.

Good stuff here. I dig this, but being an imperial - I must admit that initially, I was mildly disappointed that it was not a bit bigger, but tere is plenty to enjoy here.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is more blueberries than stout. In fact, I'm picking up very little roasted malts in the nose like expected from most stouts.

T- The taste thankfully resembles a stout more than the aroma did. It starts out with a pretty smooth roasted malt backbone with a touch of sweet blueberry flavor in the finish. Not bad, definitely something different.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not outstanding but I would recommend trying this beer solely for its uniqueness. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Tred420
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice brew very well balanced and not over powering.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another prize from beating Kevin in fantasy baseball. Thanks man.

Pours black but not quite opaque, slightly reddish at the edges. Nice, creamy tan head on top fills the pint glass and keeps very well, leaving a nice lace and a ton of stick.

Smell has a very nice, authentic blueberry aroma, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt, as well.

Flavor-wise it's slightly acidic and the blueberry flavor is not as nice as the aroma was. Has some roasted malt and a smoky, woodsy bitterness which lingers on the palate. Flavor is ok but it's a little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel is a decently creamy medium body but it's not as smooth as it could be; suffers from the roughness previously mentioned.

This is decent, but it's not terribly smooth unfortunately. Blueberry aroma is nicer than the flavor. Not bad for a novelty now and again I suppose.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very deep dark brownish blue. In the light, the beer has a nice deep purple/bluish hue. The head was average and did not retain well.
Smell: A very sharp scent of blueberry jelly, and a nice subtle undertone from the oatmeal.
Taste: The blueberry taste has almost a dry characteristic picked up from the oatmeal. And the aftertaste almost makes me think of a wine.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Good heavy beer that still retains some good sweetness. Lightly carbonated but overall an interesting choice of style.

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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 502 ratings
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