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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Charred chestnut brown with a slim band of reddish gold at the bottom edge of the glass. All 7.5% stouts should be opaque, as this one is. The large lid is pale milk chocolate in hue and exudes quality. It looks fantastic as it melts and is laying down extensive curtains of tattered lace. This is a solid looking American stout, without a doubt.

The nose is definitely blueberry-like and is only marginally stout-like. I'm glad that so many berries are used (30 lbs per batch), but the 'natural' blueberry flavor smells a tad perfumy. Not too bad, though. More stoutness probably would have led to the next highest score.

I'm usually a proponent of adding a boatload of fruit to any given fruit beer. That said, I'm not sure it works in this case. The reason why BBBOS is no better than average is that the stout is nothing to shout about. The roasted maltiness comes close to being obliterated by too much blueberry.

That would be fine, except the blueberry tastes even more artificial and perfumy than it smells. It shouldn't be too much work to get through this bottle, but I have no desire to drink another (now or ever). An out of place bitterness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel, although full enough, doesn't make a great impression. It's more 'corn syrup' full than 'chock full of malt' full, if that makes any sense. It's also slightly chalky.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (my first review) isn't that good and Orange Blossom Cream Ale is even worse. Even though Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is the best of the lot, it isn't good beer by any stretch of the imagination. If you're curious, start with a single.

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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 duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I visited Buffalo Bill's once, over the Holiday Break in 2005. I used to have a girlfriend who lived in Hayward when we were stationed in Alameda in the late-1980s. I awoke this morning, ready for my usual repast of oatmeal (maybe with blueberries, I have that) and coffee, only to realize that the dishwasher was running and all of the necessary utensils were inside of it! Desparate times call for desparate measures and so my day begins in earnest. Random thoughts at 0614 (Local, EDT).

From the bottle: "Handcrafted"; "oatmeal stout brewed with blueberries and natural flavor added".

A screw-top!?! Really?!? I just felt like I went to a lot of unnecessary work and to take out my frustration, I nearly inverted the bottle until I realized what I was doing. At base, it is a stout, so if you do not think that there was a pseudo-cascade going on, you are deluding yourself. It settled into a dense finger of deep-tan head that acted as a cap above the beer. Nose was very fruity, very blueberry, and while I do not enjoy them quite as much as when I was a kid, blueberry pie remains my favorite. Ah, sweet blueberries ... Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Mouthfeel was full, kind of creamy, dense with carbonation. The flavor was more blueberry than stout, so depending on your preference, it may or may not work for you. At this hour, it was working for me since I am positive that I would not have wanted a regular stout just now. The blueberry flavor was very evocative of summer and my youth and nostalgic drinking is one of my favorite things to do. Finish was semi-dry, since blueberries do not tend to be downright sweet anyway and when coupled with a non-sweet stout, they negated it being sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I didn't know Mr. Cody was a brewer... Anyway, this stuff pours a midnight garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived khaki foam. The nose comprises blueberry syrup, blackened pretzel, and, oddly enough, pancake batter. The taste is a harsh double penetration, with artificial blueberry on one side and a starkly bitter helping of burnt malts on the other. You have to be into this sort of thing, and I guess you can count me out of that particular fetish group. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fluid feel, and a dry finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. Though things were placid enough in the smell, the flavors clash painfully, and it's unsure whether or not they would have tasted better apart from each other anyway. Add to that an oatmeal stout base that's just way too thin and not very creamy, and you have a rather subpar beer on your hands, son.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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 imperialking
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose is almost like coffee tones and blueberry. Flavor carries the blueberry too of course, but there is a biting tang that kind of detracts a bit. Still it is decent though. Pretty robust character overall. Sweet tangy tones are there for sure. Feel has a biting carbonation a bit and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Overall this is a pretty decent fruit stout. I can't say I have had a lot of them, but this one is working pretty well.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of blueberries - powerful - I smelled them clearly even as I poured. I do have to give credit for the genuine blueberry aroma. Some "stout" (chocolatey/roasty) character is underneath.

The taste is sweet - blueberries dipped in alcohol. Blueberry waffles come to mind, as there is some bready notes underneath. The stout character lags a bit though there is some chocolatey/roasty notes. Blueberries not quite as strong in the taste as in the smell, though they reappear in the aftertaste.

There is something I don't quite care for about the feel. It does have a fullness about it but the oily texture replaces a full-bodied creamy texture.

This one would pair well with blueberry waffles or pancakes. As one to drink alone...well...it lags a bit there.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a lighter amber along the edges. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of blueberries, slight hops, and hints of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Not thick like many other double stouts, but not a watery feel. Tastes of blueberries upfront, very slight hop background, and finish is roasted malts. There's a dryness associated with this brew. I'm not getting a lot out of this besides the blueberries (as far as malt and hops). A new type of beer that I'm glad I tried, but not really my forte.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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

Appearance: black in color with a thick and fluffy 3" tan colored head that lasts.

Smell: blueberry rises easily from the glass. Some roasted malt sweetness lingers a bit more quitely.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee, and a fake blueberry concentrate taste. Bitterness is decent and helps balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: wierd flavor combo makes this a unique beer to try, but more than one bottle would not be an option for me.

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

Shared a case with friends. This beer is good in a surprising way. As in its good, not great, but pleasantly surprising. At first look at the label, I didn't think blueberries could stand up to the dark malts, but Buffalo Bill's nailed a good balance. Blueberries, juicy, upfront that fade into more subtle dark chocolate malts and a hint of smooth oats. Worth a try. Easily the best blueberry beer I've had, and I don't usually like Blueberry beers.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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 AngusOg
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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

12 oz bottles.
A nice dark liquid with a dark tan head.
Aroma strong of blueberries, some chocolate in there too. Smells very sweet.
Tastes pretty good. A lot of blueberry flavor, toasted malt with a char edge. Hint of oats/grains.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and semi-smooth.
Drinkability is very solid given the style of fruit stout and its strength. I would say this would make a good dessert beer, but its also fine to drink on whenever its around.

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Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up a few weeks ago at New Vintage in Meridian... Don't remember the price, but it was probably about $1.50. Shared with Brenda, mine poured into my Chimay goblet.

1 finger lite tan head.. die back to a descent cap and minimal splotchy lacing.. the brew is dark dark brown but does let some light shine through when held to a lamp.

The aroma is more fruity than anything else... definitely blueberry... no mistake... yet not much in the way of a traditional stout.

Flavor is again very very fruity with only touches of roasty grains.. only enough sweetness to make the blueberry's shine... finish is a little bit of chocolate with a fairly long dry blueberry essence... the body is medium and the carbonation is fine...

There isn't alot wrong with this brew... just nothing too great. I just normally don't appreciate fruit beers and especially traditional beer styles with a bunch of fruit thrown in. Again, not for me but alot of people will probably appreciate it.

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Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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