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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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States

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

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a thick head on this one. It dissipated pretty quickly when poured into a standard pint glass.

I get a lot of blueberry, roast malt, and I think some hops in the nose. I like the blueberry that comes from it. It smells real, not candied.

I get really fresh blueberries, coffee, a little dark chocolate in the taste. The alcohol is well masked but you get a little heat in the throat. My wife says she tastes plums in it (she didnt know it was a blueberry stout when she tasted it).

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It comes across the tongue smoothly but actually feels more carbonated than a lot of imperial stouts Ive had. I dropped the rating a bit for that and also its quite filling so I lowered the drinkability for that and the alcohol might slow down the drinking of this beer.

I truly enjoy the taste of this beer and for the price, its worth getting again.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours an opaque black - nice size tan head emerges and slowly rises up the glass. Head leaves a thin wisp of lacing on the glass.

Smell: No real blueberry in the smell, I get more of those coffee and toasted notes here like a typical stout, small bits of blueberry hits the back of the nostrils but it's very subtle.

Taste: Big roasted notes up front, I get some vanilla, coffee bean and a hint of toasted malt up front, the oatmeal plays in towards the middle and really smooths things out, giving this stout a dry earth like element. The blueberry is hidden deep in the finish here, not overpowering like other blueberry beers. The malt sweetness really smooths thing out in the finish without making the blueberry too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for a stout here, mouthfeel is thin yet this one sits nicely on the tongue. Decent carbonation although I think a bit too much for a stout.

Drinkability: I hate blueberries, and was very pesimistic about trying this beer because I'm not a big fan of blueberry flavor. What sold me is this is a oatmeal stout, and I love oatmeal stouts. I think the flavors tie in nicely. Good balance between the roasted stout elements and the sweetness of the blueberry. Not something I can drink a whole six pack of in a sitting as the flavor profile gets a bit over the top but a decent offering nonetheless. I would have this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 360 degree difference from Dark Horse Tres that utilizes blueberry within a stout. Just from the first whiff after pouring, I'm getting artificial Fruity Pebbles like nots that are found in Sunset Wheat from Leinenkugel's. This one looks alot better, pitch black with no ruby highlights forms a tan thick head forming fine layers of lacing. Aroma like I said un-natural as it gets what is going on here sharp candy blueberry pie notes not earthy blueberry skin. Flavor is horrible big layer of roasty alcoholic notes from the minimal 7.5% with off flavors hailing from the artificial blueberry flavoring to the actual hop additions that are just clashing with the dark roasts. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation, meaning too much. Body is medium bodied though it work work better if it had more balls. Drinkability overall is shite, this is a one and done beer, I will never drink this again as long as Dark Horse is alive and well producing Blueberry Stouts.

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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 WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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 erosier
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium bodied and medium sized tan colored head that left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, sweet blueberry (extract I believe), darker coffee and chocolate aromas and a sweetness from something like brown sugar.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, sweet blueberry, chewy oatmeal, some brown sugary sweetness, and hints of coffee and chocolate. The blueberry is there but isn't overpowering like in some fruit beers. This one meshes the flavors nicely so you can tell it's a stout with some blueberry flavors in it.
M: Rich, smooth, medium bodied feeling, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, this was a nice take on the style. Mixed the flavors very well together and a great feel to it.

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

Roomie brought this number home.. given my dislike for their pumpkin beer (although the original and first I believe to be bottled), I am interested in this one.

- Very nice dark black/brown.. minimal light tan fizz, leaves some spotting and a small ring in my cheater pint glass.

- The zesty bright fresh blueberry aroma is very present.. and smells very good. Not much in the roasty grain department though.. blueberry certainly dominates. Little light cocoa and perhaps a tad bit of bitter grassy hop..

- Grainy, chocolate, sweet, subtle oats and grain.. nice zesty fresh blueberry flavor without seeming fake and synthetic... rather good and balanced. Certainly good.

- Medium bodied, slightly creamy... tad bit chalky..

- Overall an interesting, and quite a good beer if you are into blueberries.. which I happen to be. A well made and balanced brew.. a great buy/.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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 MoustacheHero
1.94/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I usually love Buffalo Bill. Their Orange Blossom is superb, but this product needs work.

The bottle may have spent some time at the local liquor store, but I would hope they tested for settling or protein coagulation. Upon pouring the bottle into a glass the beer looked like a snow globe, and no amount of stirring, swirling, etc would break up the globs of blueberry mush, or whatever it was. I wasn't afraid to drink it (I'm the kind of guy who drinks chicha) but it was pretty horrifying. I actually got on here tonight to see if anyone else saw this. To the rating!

a: Horrifying protein, or blueberry, or yeasy or whatever haze. Would make a new beer drinker think it was unsafe.

s: Mild toasty notes familiar to a stout.

t: Flat stout taste with hints of fruity esters.

m: Thin for an oatmeal stout, thickened by haze globs.

d: I won't be going back with out all my gaurds up.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it had a dark almost black color body with a 2 inch cream colored head to it. The smell is of malts and artificial blueberries. It taste like oatmeal with fresh blueberries, and to me a little disappointing, was hoping for a more fruity taste. The mouth feel is nice and leaves a chalky taste on the tongue. The drink ability is ok.

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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 yesyouam
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is a solid black beer with a foamy, light brown head that has decent retention and lacing. It took a heavy pour. It has a big, sweet blueberry aroma with a touch of roast. It smells pretty artificial, but pleasant. It's pretty full bodied and pretty smooth with a chewy finish that leaves the tongue a little chalky. The flavor is a little disjointed. It starts with a dark, roasted flavor that's bound to a faceless (but well present) bitterness. That's followed by a sweet artificial blueberry flavor that reminds me of the Dum-Dum that I swiped off someone's desk in the office last week. There's a little touch of something poison in there. I do appreciate that it's a stout and that it tastes like "blueberry", but the excitement fades after about eight ounces.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - An impressive dark black with very little head that forums a moderate lace

S - Blueberries ahoy! It smells rich and nice maybe slightly artificial but I like it that way.

T - Very good. I can taste some stout components like chocolate that quickly moves to a more fruity berry like taste. Even though kind of novelty it clashes well! Great blueberry taste

M - Seriously 7.5 ABV? I thought it was 5! Light to medium at best

D - Overall whats to expect? You get blueberry full of flavor and smell on top of slight chocolate and bitter tones of a stout. Simple but perfect. If this sticks around I may pick up a whole sixer on the cheap. Good brew!

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Photo of GradyS1
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another intriguing winter seasonal. A nice medium bodied stout with an authentic blueberry undertone. Pours a mahogony brown with light edges, some light shows through. Aromas are enticing with loads of blueberry and chocolate malt. Flavor is mellow, medium bodied, easy to drink. Finish reveals all of the blueberry with a berry skin aftertaste that makes it seem like you ate a fresh one. Well balanced, oddly bitter finish that seems almost like a berry tannin. Pair with chocolate and we're in business.

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Photo of samie85
1.95/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A-Pours a dark brown color with three fingers of light brown sugar head. Glad to see it's not a fake-looking shade of purple.

S-Smells of a bit of cocoa and some ripe blueberries on the finish.

T-There's a weird medicinal bitterness that I'm associating with the blueberry, along with some rubbing alcohol on the finish.

M-This feels really thin, although smooth, with moderate carbonation and a distracting alcohol warmth.

D-The weird bitterness along with the the rubbing alcohol and the complete lack of any malt notes render this one almost totally undrinkable. Had to drain-pour this one.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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 JoeAmerican77
2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark pour with no head to speak of, like blueberry juice and dark rootbeer. Smells sweet, not much else. A piney and woody taste up front with a sweet noticeable blue berry back, actually more complex than I thought it would be. Complex but not entirely pleasant. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied and plenty of small medio carbonation. Not too drinkable. Maybe one was enough.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with barely a ring of too-white foam around the top that fizzles away. Aroma is blueberry and cardboard - with extra cardboard.

First sip is... oddly spiced. I swear I'm picking up cinnamon and clove flavors. Also, there is a strange lingering non-hop bitterness - quite harsh. You can kind of taste the blueberry in the back a little, but barely.

What I don't taste is the real problem. No malty sweetness, no roasted bitterness, no hops, and a thin mouthfeel to boot. There should be a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal, but that is lacking as well.

Drinkability suffers due to the strange bitter aftertaste and lack of balancing sweetness. This is not the first sub-par beer that I've had from this brewery (see pumpkin ale). Will be extremely wary of them in the future.

Do not recommend.

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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 DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a black body with a large tan head that has decent retention, good carbonation and reallly good lacing. The smell is some chocolate, hints of malts and hops, but mostly all blueberry. The taste is strong with blueberries and chocolate with hints of malts, hops, oats and a pine taste to it. It has a dry finish to the taste with some bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but yet rather dry. The sweetness of the blueberries and the bitterness of the chocolate is very well balanced, and with the smoothness the oats provide make this a nice drinkable beer. Very good beer and for just $1.59 not a bad price either.

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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 7beerphil
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown/black with next to no head, only a beige ring around the glass.

smells very malty with a mix of blueberry.

strong, bold taste. smokey with a blueberry hint. complex taste. the blueberry hint is what lingers. this is a rather smooth brew, especially for a stout.

good drinkability, although I'm not sure if I could handle more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of olmatty
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a black beer with a low tan head with moderate retention and poor lacing.

Smell-Very Light roasted malt with a light blueberry aroma.

Taste-Simple stout, a little roasty, a hint of chocolate and coffee and a significant tang of fresh and not sweet blueberry.

Mouthfeel-Thin for stout, relatively low carbonation is right on though. If this were to fizz it would be ruined. If it were on Nirto it might be divine.

Drinkability-Very drinkable. Somewhat nice. I'd recommend this to a bridge the gap for someone new to stout. For me i wish it had more body and a bit more malt complexity.

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Photo of psycle
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a dark brown in color. Not much of a head. Faint smell of blueberries but thats it. Now the taste was not very good. Initially the blueberries hit you but then the finish is almost medicinal. Could not really taste much of any oatmeal stout. Medium to thin in body.

Hopes were high since I love blueberries as well as stouts but this I will not be drinking again.

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