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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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter:

A - Presents a dark brown/black color with a creamy, tan head of 2 fingers. Retention is decent at best.

S - Strong blueberry aromas, but they don't seem entirely artificial. Roasted malt is countered with cream.

T - Blueberry opens, but is actually countered rather nicely by roasted malt and chocolate. I expected the blueberry to be overpowering, but it's not. Simple, but works well for what it is. Quite creamy.

M - Full, coarse and dry on the finish, nearly ideal for a stout.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Not an award winner, but certainly a good all around beer. (Also, the first blueberry beer I've had that's any good).

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark muddy brown with a tan head.

Before this beer even gets in the glass it's straight up blueberry muffins in the room. That's really all I'm getting, but that's a good thing because I like blueberry muffins.

Two things on the palate, it's got a lot of tartness and the alcohol is out of whack. I was a bit nervous when I saw the 7.2% on the label and it is hot.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a typical stout color....not quite black, but very dark brown and I can't see much of anything against a white background. The head is a tan color, and isn't all that impressive in terms of thickness, and also settles rather quick into a patchy, albeit dense layer. Lacing is pretty much non existent...overall a somewhat underwhelming look.

S- The primary aroma is of blueberry, both fresh and concentrated candy like versions. There is some other sweet elements noticed, such as caramel, burnt sugar, and dark molasses. There are some tinges of roasty malt and just a slightly boozy smell that reminds me of a liqueur. Not much in terms of traditional stout aromas.

T- The flavors are much better, being much more balanced between sweet and bitter. Of course, the blueberry essence is there, but it is much more subdued and natural tasting. The oatmeal used is much more noticeable, creating a very welcome dryness that lacked in the aroma. Along with this, there is some distinct bitter grain flavors that taste burnt to a point. Overall a nicely flavored stout and great use of the fruit here.

M- Thick to look at and thick on the palate...I really like that balance between fruit and dry stout. It's creamy and really fulfilling...it kind of reminds me of a variation on a dark fruit cake and has hints of a blueberry syrup. Very nice!

O- With the exception of the look and smell, this beer redeemed itself to become quite a nice beverage. Well balanced flavors, not being overly sweet, and a nicely textured mouthfeel, I feel that this is a well done take on a fruity style of stout. One knock I'd give it though is that, especially as it starts to warm, the booze becomes increasingly noticeable in both aroma and taste. Otherwise, a decent brew!

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Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours Black with very light tan head that houses bubbles both large and small.

S- I smelled the bottle and thought, "Gross, this smells like blueberry pancakes mix." And then I read the random neck label, "It's What's for Breakfast". So I guess that's what they were going for? In the glass the blueberry smell isn't quite as potent, and there's more malt. But it's still quite the fruit bomb.

T- Tastes like a wierd kind of bitter soda. The blueberry is really artificial tasting. It reminds me of blue raspberry candy or sherbet. Some roast and nuttiness, but a lot of sweet fruit.

M- It's not overly syrupy for the mouthfeel. But there's a disconnect between the sweetness in the front of my mouth and the bitterness at the back. It's almost like the beer seperates in my mouth into two distinct liquids before I can taste it.

O- My first impression was "Oh boy this is going to be awful", but in the end it wasn't awful, just not very good. A blueberry stout or porter, or even brown ale could be a delicious combination, but this one falls short by quite a bit.

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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 Claudius424
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille in Allston MA. Pours a purple/black with a very thin head. Smells of roasted malts and plums/blueberry like it's namesake. Taste is alright, the blueberry is there but is pretty faint behind the general stout taste. Overall not bad but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jdspears41
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks amazing once it is out of the bottle and in the glass. Has a redish wine tint.

S-SMELLS LIKE BLUEBERRIES! Awesome smell, couldnt wait to drink it!

T- Its a little blah when if comes to the first taste. After drinking it for a bit you can taste the blueberries everytime you breathe. I would say the aftertaste is what made it 3.5 for me, first taste is more of a 2.

M- No head on the beer, wish it had some sort of head. Other than that its not bad going down or anything like that. It was from the bottle so im guessing fresh it would have a head.

O-Ill buy this one again

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with a strong, syrupy blueberry component. The beer is artificial smelling. The flavor is full of blueberry and chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in. Once again, the fruit in the beer seems artificial and fake. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of marqoid
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Very dark with a thin head with little retained.
S: Ugh, artificial blueberry and sweet malts.
T: Double ugh, more artificial tasting blueberry with little roasted malt, but lots of sweetness. The sweetness does not come from the blueberry and this make the beer disjointed.
M: Thin, but the sweetness makes it difficult to drink.
O: I picked this up for my wife, but then read some good reviews and figured I'd try it myself. This was not good and quickly became a drain pour for me. This makes e thik something like blueberry koolaid added to Guinness.

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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 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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Photo of genuinedisciple
1.71/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tulip Glass

A: Dark Black, but not unlike any other stout. The lacing is decent, but mine seemed to go away rather quickly, leaving no stickiness behind.

S: You can definitely smell the blueberry. It's very difficult to smell much else.

T: Vanilla and Blueberries overpower this one. Vanilla more up front and then blueberries about 1/2 way through till the finish. The aftertaste is pure blueberry, very sweet.

M: Really Watery, not much too it.

*The appearance of this beer is the best thing I have to say about it. It smells too sweet, and it is too sweet. In my opinion, just the wrong combo/amounts of ingredients in this beer. Won't buy again.

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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 Thads324
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a lighter shade of black with ruby edges when held up to the light. thick tan head that goes nowhere.

S : immediate and intense blueberry smell. A bit of sour grape at the end. No stout aromas.

T : very much unlike the smell. Starts a smooth and chewy bread flavor, then hits with a subtle roasted coffee. Blueberry is subtle at the tail end of the beer, which is quite warming on the mouth and belly.

M : well carbed and balanced, but there is an odd astringency. It may be the alcohol or the odd blueberry aftertaste.

D : while easy to drink from a flavor standpoint, I'd only go for one since it is a much different flavor.

I really don't prefer fruit beers, but I thought this was original so I gave it a whirl. The aroma is pretty terrible, but the flavor is good. The oatmeal adds a good heartiness to the beer. It would probably be better with a little less booze and a little less blueberry to mask it. A unique beer that should be tried at least once.

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Photo of swierczt
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours charcoal black. However, not dark enough to block out the sunlight. Foamy tan head billows up the sides of the glass. Lingers around for a short time before settling.

S: Sweet blueberries. Almost reminiscent of some of the fruit bubble gum that I chewed as a child. Some toasted malts. Blueberry flavor is not overwhelming though.

T: Roasted malts, vanilla, caramel. Then blueberries are apparent in the finish. A bit too sweet for me up front, but this brew balances out a bit by the finish. The oatmeal stout comes out more for me as this offering warms up.

M: I thought that the mouthfeel was too thin and watery for the style. Carbonation was moderate.

D: Overall, I wasn't too fond of this beer. I appreciated trying a new style however. For me, it was two completely different flavors (roasted malts and sweet fruit) that did not mesh well. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A creamy flat light brown head. Dark ruby highlights held up to the light. Another shade darker it would be opaque. Nice looking beer.

It smells like your normal Stout with blueberries thrown in it. I didn't think I was going to be able to pick up the aroma of the blueberries but they're noticeable. It's quite interesting.

Okay the taste is weird. The blueberries kind of give it a metallic taste. I get chocolate and burnt caramel in the beginning; then the after taste of metallic bitter blueberry mixed with booze. Weird is all I can say.

Medium body feels nice in the mouth. Light to medium carbonation.

What a let down. I thought the taste was going to be great since I liked the aroma. It really tastes weird, almost medicinal with the added blueberries.

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Photo of BB1313
1.66/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My expectations weren't high at all, but damn this beer is horrible, I'm sorry. Pours black w/ a little white head that disappears and not much lacing going on. Smells like blueberries and cinnamon. The taste is Jagermeister like, definitely not what you want in a beer. Mouthfeel isn't bad, pretty carbonated, but smooth.. too bad the flavors are horrible. It finishes horrible, leaving a nasty aftertaste. I really wanted to pour this one down the drain, but I manned up... but it was really hard to.

This is honestly the worst beer I've ever had. I'm pissed I even gave it a chance, I only picked up a single so it's all good. AVOID!

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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 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 foogerd
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body, great huge massive caramel colored head.

S- straight up blueberry, but the real deal like freshly squeezed blueberry puree, with some milk chocolate in a stout, got to give credit to the brewmaster for making this thing work.

T- Blueberry takes more of a backburner role here, more of a stout/chocolate shake with some blueberries thrown in.

M- Nice thick and somewhat chewable.

D- not as tiring as you would think , and abv is very well hidden.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A - dark brown/midnight blue-black; one finger of off white/tan head that has decent retention and a little lacing

S- blueberries and toffee roasted malts; citric hops seem to back up the blueberry; a little simple and four square

T - all of the elements are well-integrated - the blueberry fits nicely into the roasty palate with the help of the hops; surprising synergy here; still just good; decent length, but not exciting

M - really winning; CO2 with the blueberry creates a very decadent texture; well done

D - an oddity; for a single pint it is quite enjoyable - but would I have another???

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Photo of jmich24
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A:Very dark brown. One finger light tan head disipates very fast. Not a lot of lacing.
S: Blueberry! A whole lot of blueberry.
T: Sweet blueberries, roasted malt, finishes with a much needed slight bitterness.
M: Thin mouthfeel for the style
D: This one is weird. Thin body, lots of blueberry. One bottle is enough.

This dose not scream out stout too me except for the color. I appreciate the creativity but I dont think the blueberry works that well.

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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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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
3.34 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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