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
Ratings:
502
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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 spycow
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After picking this beer up earlier today, I often thought about how the flavors would come together. Other blueberry beers that I have tried before fall flat in the flavor after the aromas prove quite pleasant. However, Buffalo Bill's beers are pretty decent despite the fruit forwardness.

This one begins to emit strong blueberry, perfumy scents as soon as the beer is decanted. Admittedly, looking strange to smell that and see a firm stout appearance simultaneously. Getting my nose closer, the malt profile of roasted grains, soft maltiness, coffee and chocolate begin to round out the aroma.

The beer's dark brown hue gives good clarity with ruby highlights, a reluctant film of retention and mild lacing continues to substantiate the appearance.

Now I'm taken back... The taste is a total shock to the tastebuds! The robust malt character, combined with the immensely tart character of the blueberries hit with such a wave, that took me by surprise. The flavors came all at once with fresh blueberries and a new-beer character without warning, buffering, or in any steady progression. A total assault on the mouth. However, the complex malt characters balance well with the fruits-- neitehr allowing the other to dominate. Although the balance is there, a conflict among the two also commences which hurts the drinkability.

Textures are full, rich, but astringent because of the fruits, but also because of a tannin-driven malt sensation. Like in the flavors, there is a lot of conflict in the mouthfeel as well.

In the end, I appreciate the balance and aggression that this beer displays. But in the end, the conflict of flavors and textures cause the beer to be problematic and hurts the drinkability. The beer, as all Buffalo Bill's beers do, has a raw, homebrewed quality to them that I really do appreciate. Keep up the work, and keep challenging us.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, an impulsive grocery store grab in Montana a few months ago.

This beer pours a solid black, with cola sides and edges when exposed to the light of day, and two fat fingers of foamy, puffy, speckled beige head, which leaves a few scattered swaths of lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes. It smells of acrid, yet sweet fruit - blueberry, I suppose - bready caramel malt, and a faint boozy edge. The taste is acerbic, fruity, um, evil! There's booze, weak roasted malt, and overwhelmed blueberry essence, almost like someone put out multiple cigarette butts in this horror show. Ugh. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, but tainted by the same edgy stank, somehow, as the taste. It finishes off-dry, sort-of, with otherwise agreeable malt still suffering egregiously from that unpleasant boozy fruitiness whose name I shall not utter further.

Fuck me, I haven't had reaction like this to a beer outside of a crappy malt liquor/Euro-fuel lager, in well, ever. This one hurts, on a physical and psychological plane. Subtle malt, fruit from hell. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass in high altitude Denver, CO around Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger slightly tan head of decent thickness.

Sm: Estery. No roasted barley scent, which is a problem in a stout. Dirty barley. Hardly an oat smell.

T: Unremarkable open to strange body (for a stout). The blueberry is unbalanced against the weak body. More blueberry would be nice if the body could compensate. Maybe they added the blueberry in primary instead of secondary. The finish is bland and the body is too weak to stand alongside the blueberry. No oats, strangely.

Mf: Way too slick and wet. You slide through all the flavour until the finish, which dries a little, only to expose the blandness.

Dr: At this price, it's an interesting buy for a stout lover like me. I'd like to try more fruit stouts. It does hide its abv quite well. Beeradvocate's categorization handles beers like this especially wrong.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight head of tan foam, black body. No lace or much that is visually appealing. Pretty typical in appearance. Subtle blueberry is there in the aroma, pretty mild though. Not getting much roast or anything stout worthy.

Flavor is similarly mild, some lightly tart fruit and vague toast flavor. It disappears fast on the palate. Sort of sweet at first, becoming dry in the finish. Average body, it's not something i'd reach for again, but a decent transition beer for the non-craft drinker. 12oz. was from a gift pack sampler.

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Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A little cola-like in the color profile for a stout and the head doesn't retain or lace particularly well, but the appearance is acceptable

Smell: No mistaking the blueberry aroma on this one; just hard to find the oatmeal stout elements

Taste: A little hint of chocolate, up front, and then the blueberries take over, creating an almost off-putting sweet flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer tastes like a blueberry puree; hints of roast and oatmeal on the finish are long overdue

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks the thickness and creaminess I would expect

Drinkability: Is this ever disappointing but, then again, I wasn't expecting much given my past experiences with this brewery

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No date, but states "brewed and bottled by Pyramid Brewing Co." for BB's.

I popped the cap, letting out a bit more gas pressure than expected, but the beer didn't come frothing out. Nonetheless, upon pouring what eventually would be only about 3 cm of beer in my glass, a creamy thick foam arose that would have poured over the top and down the sides if I hadn't quickly filled my mouth! Another huge head formed with the 2nd and 3rd and 4th pours (yes, just one 12 oz bottle)!! Under the tan head is a nearly opaque but clear dark mahogany liquid.

Aroma of a rich, malty, blueberry ale, with more typical oatmeal stout flavoring in the taste. Blueberry, malt, and hops are very nicely balanced, and all three linger in the finish and aftertaste. Great interplay of flavors, and good use of hops to cut the sweetness. I do wish the moderately high ABV was not so obvious in the aroma.

M - full, smooth and creamy.

Interesting and fun to drink, this bold brew is very drinkable.

A yummy Black-and-Blue for home consumption. Highly rated, yes, but with virtually no deduction for over the top head, or for departure from traditional oatmeal stout characteristics.

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Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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 oberon
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Kegatron
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown (not quite black) with 2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Retains around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving just a smallish smattering of lacing back. Blueberries dominate the aroma, with some additional notes of oatmeal sweetness, roasted chocolate, and light coffee mixed in.

The Stout is a bit more prominent in the taste, with chocolate sweetness and a combination of roasted bitterness, and coffee notes in the back that mix with blueberry character to give off a somewhat unappealing astringent feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but luckily this still stays smooth and overall silky in the mouth from the oatmeal.

This was just OK. Enough blueberry was present but it overall didn't seem to meld well with the Stout qualities. I was one and done with this.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a flyer on this at Goebbels

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average lacing & near zero head retention

S: Blueberry syrup

T: Blueberry , iron, & charred grain & dryness up front. Dryness, a touch of booze warmth & coffee kick in once warm, along with just a bit too much blueberry for me once warm. Finishes Powdery dry , too sweet (all blueberries) & with a touch of baker's chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & warming, fairly noticeable carbonation

Drinks okay, but, too much blueberry & not enough stout going on for me right here. One & done for me. If I'd read the label closer I would've ditched this, for some reason I thought Pyramid did this. Time to start carrying some reading glasses on my beer safaris...

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive beige head (do I detect a touch of purple?). Leaves plentiful amount of lace. Light barely passes through the otherwise black liquor.

Smells of caramelized sugar and fresh blueberries. I'm not sure if these aromas go together well. It's a little bit chalky and biscuity.

Sweet and sour, but not bitter from black patent malt. The blueberry is obvious but the Stout is not. I find this beer to be more tart than bitter. I'd almost make a new beer category for this one--there are darker, but sweet, malts present. The flavor is complex with just a touch of hop bitterness. The body is disappointingly thin, especially for an Oatmeal version of stout.

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