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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
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
494
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
26.35%
 
 
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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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 OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a faint, sugary blueberry is all I get. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, light roastiness, and a hint of blueberry. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty malt and small small blueberry aftertaste. Interesting blueberry, a bit light overall, but OK.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of blueberry.
The taste starts with roasted malt, then some blueberry, chocolate and finishes with lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
The flavor is fine, the texture is too fizzy though.

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Photo of illidurit
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. It's roughly the color and transparency of the bottle it used to be in, making it too light for a stout, and the pour recalls urination in that it makes plenty of noise but every bubble produced is full of air, not CO2. What little froth ever existed evaporates with the precipitance of a bullet.

Generic brown malts override what might've been a pleasant blueberry character. It doesn't help matters that, in order to produce any head and thereby a more vivid aroma, I'd have to agitate my glass with enough fervor that if it were a baby's throat I'd be sentenced to death.

Aside -- The common complaint with fruit beers is that they taste and smell artificial, and this is no exception according to several reviews, but how can a beer made with real blueberries have artificial blueberry notes? Ridiculous. Get a real palate.

Back to business; the aroma evokes blueberry and oatmeal the way a Big Mac evokes tenderloin and pugliese.

The flavor is chiefly brown malts but with accents of the cheapest dark chocolate, the never-cleaned coffee machine in the office kitchen, dusty blueberries harboring untold microorganisms, and an unexpected and unwelcome black pepper finish.

This mouthfeel is like a woman trying to bulimia her way into a smaller dress: flabby and thin all at once. Watery in heft but sticky and persistent on the palate.

I think I'll go forget I ever had this.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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 buschbeer
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It was a murky brown. It looks like it had chunks of yeast floating in it. It was topped with two inches of tan head.

S - It got the blueberry, but there was something off about the smell.

T - I got the blueberry again. I also got some alcohol. It was a very artificial taste.

M - Moderate

O - The taste was terrible. It tasted like blueberry, alcohol, and plastic. I would not drink this crap again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack ,12 oz bottles from Fred Meyer, N.Salem. $6.99 dark mahogany brown in colour with a small tan head . looks like a porter. Strong blueberry aromas but also almost naked alcohol aromas at afirst though after a few more sniffs a more typical tasty maltiness shows and the alcohol goes down. Taste is really more toasty,toffee malts with blueberry basking in the back,a slight alcohol tinge in the back of the throat. Not bad really. Ok on the palate long lasting semi-bitterness fro the mats i presume, which i enjoyed. Overall i kind of enjoyed this though i would say this is a porter rather than a classic stout.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New to BC this is a better beer than the bottle and the concept appears. Pours like a standard stout but the blueberry notes pick up in the nose and the finish. The beer has a nice fruit note with the blueberry but not overbearing. Not the biggest stout but still reasonably full bodied for the style. Worth trying

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Photo of tpd975
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours more brown than black. Nice tall creamy with good retention and lace. Looks a bit thin as it pours.

S: Well there is blueberry for sure. Nothing else can really be detected. Very artificial as well.

T: The blueberry is there for sure, artificial in taste as well. No real roast which one would expect in a stout. No slick mouthfeel which is common in the style. A hint of watered down coffee can be picked up when the beer lost what little chill I put on it.

M: Thin, watery, no creamy slick mouthfeel.

D: Not really my cup of tea. I see some others like it. Seems to be hit or miss really.

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Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of blueberries, chocolate, and some roast. Tastes of blueberries, chocolate, light roast, and a touch of caramel. Medium sweet with a light tart finish.

Notes from: 3/6/08

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with minimal fizzy head and decent lacing. Aroma is full of blueberry, kind of halfway between natural and artificial. Taste is decent, light and has a nice blueberry taste up front and in the finish. Once again, the blueberry flavor almost borders on artificial, but nonetheless, it is pretty good. Mouthfeel is nice, with a good amount of carbonation and a good creaminess. Also, a touch chewy. A light bodied stout. 7.50 ABV you can feel the more you drink, slight burn.

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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 Vancer
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darky black brew poured into the Corsendonk tulip - plenty of tan head, and a nice lip of lace. Time for the main event:
Yep, Blueberry in the aroma, with a dose of malt. The quaff is the key - and it's fitting the bill for me. Not overpowering blueberry, just a nice hint followed by the oaty malt and backbone. Bit thin, like most Buffalo brews, but a decent flavored oaty.
OK - not one I'd get on a regular basis - but a good crossover brew nonetheless.

Huh? BA says this is 7.5% - no freakin way.

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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 allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first new Buffalo Bill's beer I've seen in 10 years or more. This is a quite dark beer, with a thin film of tan foam across the top. The nose is overwhelmingly blueberry-ish: no stout character detectable. Blueberries completely dominate the flavor as well, sweet, tart, almost tannic. It does seem to have a surprising amount of hop bitterness to offset the sweetness, but that just makes the beer even more odd. Why choose an oatmeal stout over an ordinary stout? There's no oatmeal stout flavor that can be found under the strong fruitiness.

I've found Buffalo Bill's to be a quirky brewery, but one which makes interesting beers (or, at least, they were interesting in the 90s when everyone else was just doing pale/amber/stout combinations). This one is, frankly, just not very good.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 harrymel
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a brown beer with a fleeing underfinger of light latte foam. The beer smells of - blueberry and oatmeal. Huh, spot on for the name. Tastes of - oats and peppercorns and some sweet cardboard. Once I've tasted it, when I smell it again, it's got a bit of a musty smell to it. Medium bodied with some lighter moderate carb. Meh.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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 flexabull
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Aromas have a touch of blueberries and cocoa without much else.

Taste is just like the nose. Light blueberry up front, it's restrained, and not over the top though. Seems to meld pretty well with the light stout flavors of cocoa, light coffee, and dark grains. It's certainly on the lighter side of the stout spectrum, almost like a porter with blueberries.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not overly so.

Usually I'm not a fan of most fruits beers that aren't wilds/lambics, but this one was at least drinkable and decent. Not something I'd try to revisit though.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just finished the last of our fresh blueberries yesterday...I had oatmeal for breakfast...I love a great stout: I'm qualified for this! Seriously though, this bottle looks a little roughed up, not sure how old it is but I'm giving it a whirl. (Another plea for clear bottle dating, anyone?!?)

No complaints on the appearance, the thin tan head remains on top of the black body a long while. Lace clings with just the slightest tilt.

Blueberry is definitely present in the aroma while the traditional stout characteristics remain strong. Roasted malts give a light coffee and slightly more aggressive dark chocolate tone with the blueberry smell nicely mingled. Smells natural enough, although the label text "with blueberries with natural flavors added" gives me some pause).

Flavor is...interesting. Definitely blueberry, although some sips it tastes more natural than other sips where I kind of wonder. Flavor of grape Bubble Yum is embedded within the watery coffee and dark baking chocolate base. The 7.5% alcohol doesn't really factor in to the flavor. With warming and some patient contemplation the flavor really grabbed me. Sort of like a liquefied version of some weird-ass breakfast cereal.

Feels a bit soda-like due to the grape-y flavor, the sweetness of the blueberries and especially the buoyant, slick mouthfeel. Not even a bad texture, it's round enough, but feels more like a Scotch Ale or something than a stout. But the dazzle of prickly carbonation at the finish is my only real complaint in this department. Doesn't need to be there. A gooey Expedition Stout-style texture would've been amazing here.

I enjoyed this a lot more than their Orange Blossom offering (alco-pop?), and I remember their pumpkin ale not being so hot. The blueberry is just strong enough to give some flair, but not overdone enough to intrude. A unique and laudable beer that is impressive without being mindblowing. Chuck some more malt and blueberry in it and it might just be a killer. Probably wouldn't have another in quite some time, but I look forward to another meeting with it somewhere down the road...

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Photo of Floydster
2.29/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My dad bought a six pack of this stuff from the store, after recently visiting their brewery and tasting most of what they had to offer, I was not exactly jumping for joy to try a bottle but I got around to it and today, poured into a Stone pint glass, color is dark brown color with purple highlights, thin vanilla colored head that lasted about five minutes, not much lacing, read that there was thirty pounds of blueberries in each batch and I believe it after sticking my nose in my glass, pretty much dominates except for a little bit of roasted malt and artificial sweetness, taste was straight fruit at first, then faded into some dark malts but not many, it is a bit tart and it does not work at all with the other flavors, just too sweet, mouthfeel is mostly cloyingly sweet with some roastiness, medium bodied, pretty flat as far as carbonation goes, could not drink more than six ounces of it, just finished pouring the rest down the drain, another beer I would never drink again from these guys, probably will steer clear of this brewery period in the future, not recommended

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Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown. The 1/2 inch tan head fades to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of roasted dark malt, cocoa, faint blueberry and earthy hops.

The taste is of roasted dark malt, chocolate and a hint of blueberry with a bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The packaging makes this look like a novelty beer but, this is a solid oatmeal stout with just a hint of blueberry flavor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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 schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev +6%
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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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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