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:
501
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 252
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 zac16125
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

Appearance: C- , Pours a dark brown/black with almost no head. What little head it had disappated almost immediately and didn't even leave a film to sit atop the beer. Absolutely no lacing.

Smell: B- , Heavy blueberry aromas with some hop accents as well.

Taste: C , It starts off pretty bad. The blueberry accents are initially pretty weak, being overwhelmed by a poorly balanced malt and hop combo, too heavy on the malt characters for my liking. Its also overly carbonated which masked the smoothness I expect in an oatmeal stout. As it warms in the glass it did get significantly better. The blueberry characters drew out and the smoothness starts to peak through, but still not great by any means. Part of this may have been my fault, I think I drank this beer too cold, and if I had another I would make sure I let it sit for a minute outside of the fridge before I drank it.

Mouthfeel: B , lighter than I expected, and overly carbonated, but leaves a good aftertaste and post-drink mouthfeel which is probably the best part of the beer, which says something.

Drinkability: B , really easy to drink, I could certainly have a couple, but I don't think I would choose to.

Overall not awful, but nothing to write home about. It wasn't what I expected from an oatmeal stout, it reminded me more of a not very good Americal Pale Ale infused with blueberries. I don't plan on getting this again and its not something I would recommend.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(Bottle coded B3209 510 E):

Pours a very dark brown color body, with a huge tan head, average sized bubbles, somewhat diminishing. Very hoppy aroma. Some acidic fruit too. Light fruit taste, berries. Some roasted notes too. Inhaling deep, blueberry, fruit. Almost a fake taste, plasticy. Blueberry aftertaste. Some graininess, but not very good. Sour. More roasted as it warms, but still that fake fruit taste or something. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not offensive, but not very good either. A bit bitter.

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Photo of crhensel
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Nice stout. Dark brown, tan head that reduces to a thin ring, little lace. Also some strange sediment.

S – Blueberry and booze, not much else. Smells good

T – Peppery tasting stout, with blueberry flavor on the finish. The blueberry lasts a long time after a swig. It seems that the peppery flavor comes from the hop. This beer has very little malt presence given the style. Not overly fruity, either. It has a discernable alcohol twang, which is surprising as it is a relatively mellow for a 2x stout.

M – I like it, very refreshing, not too syrupy, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, with a lil sharp carbonation.

D – This beer is palatable and just overall good; it is one of the best applications of blueberry that I can recall. Probably not the choice for RIS drinkers, though.

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Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a verry small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of blueberry, malt, and some cocoa.

taste is slightly watery, sour malt, blueberry, cocoa, and tad amount of coffee in the back, end is sour, dry, and a little bitter.

overall better than most beers with fruit.

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Photo of madbrewer9
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown with a slight tinge of red when held up to the light. Small dense head, with some nice fine lacing.
Little bit of malt, hop and roastiness in the aroma, but mostly blueberry.
Taste is slightly roasty and hoppy with the blueberry predominating, but not overwhelming.
The mix is different, but works pretty well together.
A little thin bodied for an Imperial stout.
Finishes smooth.
Very drinkable beer, interesting.

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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 brewerburgundy
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown with very little head. Ringed with larger than normal bubbles, the highlights are scarce and of tawny port. No lace.

Heady oatmeal stout mixed with guess what? Blueberries! Somewhere between blueberry candy and the real deal, not off putting. Hop spice.

The sweet backbone of the stout rumbles up the tongue leaving a residue of pleasantly faint blueberry. Drying out near the end with a twang of Noble, spicy, earthy hops out the back end. Toffee, caramel. Phenolic when warmed, more syrupy as well.

You can bite into this, it really is a better beer than you're expecting. Subtle carb.

One to two. A novelty that turns out to be good.

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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 barleywinefiend
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black color with good carbonatio and a tannish head. Nose is whhhholly BLUEBERRY. To much berry, no enough oats. Taste is pretty thin, blueberry heavy, not much oats but a roastiness going on. Mouthfeel is pretty much dominated by roasted malt, hints of oats being smothered by bllueberry. No way will I try this again but someone else might dig it.

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Photo of weller1js
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique take on an oatmeal stout. Hadn't seen it the last couple of holiday seasons; had to special order it from the store I work at part-time.

Appearance: dark brown as a stout should, not a very foamy head with a clean pour. Unfiltered bits of sediment present.

Smell: essence of blueberry compliments stronger oatmeal aroma. Have to agree with other review, does smell like Boo Berry cereal.

Taste: mild blueberry taste serves to mellow the stronger bitter hints of oatmeal; blueberry provides a cleaner finish.

Drinkability: while a moderately heavy beer (just by nature, it is a stout), the blueberry provides the cleaner finish than you would expect with an oatmeal stout. Fans of oatmeal stouts will appreciate the different take without an overpowering variation.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why is this in the Imperial category?

appearance: low light tan creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body. Poured thin for an imperial

smell: some fruit aroma, fruity cereal aroma. Like Boo Berry cereal.

taste: oatmeal tamed it and this had little alcohol bite for a 7.5. A little as a Guiness, very suprised! Blueberry muffin taste, but not overly dominate. Came across as a little macro but not horrible.

mouthfeel: medium bodied but extremely light for the style. Again why is this imperial?

drinkability: a solid stout but I would pass on it in a heartbeat. Very low compelxity for an Imperial Stout. If that's what they were trying to accomplish, then A plus.... Also, it's gettign worse as it gets warmer....

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Photo of Gremner
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep, coffee colored that had hints of ruby when held to the light. Thick, off white head that left moderate lacing.

S- Roasted malts and blueberry dominate with hints of hops.

T- Roasted malts are up front with a nice punch of hops. The blueberry was more prominent than I expected.

M- Its full bodied and heavy. Feels like a stout.

D- I liked drinking this beer, but one at a time was enough. It was just too sweet. The three major flavors (roasted malt, hops, and blueberry) were all good, but all very individual. They didn't really balance or work together.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. Man...little to no head was formed...hopefully not a sign of things to come. The body is dark brown with lighter edges when held up to the light.

Blueberries on the nose of course! This is followed by some toasted grainy malts, coffee and maybe a little dark chocolate in the background. There is something about this smell that reminds me of a barber shop or a hair salon...strange!

The blueberry flavor hits the palate first. It is an odd flavor...a little on the plastic/fake tasting side. The stout characteristics kick in once warmed. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium...a little dry and carbonated.

This is a very odd combo of flavors...didn't really work for me...will not be getting again.

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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 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 Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a normal sized brown head that doesn't last. About the lightest oatmeal stout I have ever seen.

Smells of blue berries and roasted malt. The blur berry scent reminds me a bit of blueberry soda. Malt isn't much here.

The taste starts out light blue berries with only a little patent malt in the aftertaste to suggest a stout. Not much stout in this, it really is more of a fruit beer. That being said it doesn't taste bad just not much stout here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Fairly drinkable but don't buy this expecting a stout. Buy this if you are seeking a blueberry beer.

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Photo of vpipkt
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, dark with a deep tan head over 1 inch on initial pour. The head diminished quickly but a thin fine lacing forms all the way down the glass.

Aroma is heavy of wild blueberries on pouring and over the glass aromas of stout, oatmeal, and blueberries. As it warms, the stout aroma grows and so does an alcoholic twinge. Note, wild blueberries are a bit different than the enormous ones at your local grocery chain, both in taste and aroma. This nicely captures the wild blueberries!

Flavor is initially good stout, oatmeal, toffee, and then developing a stronger core of blueberries. Aftertaste is malty and often bitter. Aftertaste grows more alcoholic as the beer warms and the blueberries do give way to malty notes. Sad to see the blueberries give way as the beer reached temps more typical of a stout serving (50+ F).

Mouthfeel is great - very smooth and not too heavy, but definitely a stout.

Drinkability is fairly good because it is not overly heavy. A bit of a downgrade on drinkability due to the deterioration in flavor as it warms.

Overall a fun stout to try in a smaller serving. Good capturing of the wild blueberries. Complex and challenging but not overly heavy.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of Katahdin
4.65/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not what i was expecting at all. An interesting Bluberry beer that pours far darker and heavier than most fruit beers. The Stout gives ita good, full body and the blueberry aroma is definitely there but not overwhelming. Tastes very smooth on the mouth and was very easily drinkable. An excellent winter beer, with a summer taste.

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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 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 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 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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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
3.34 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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