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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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
Ranking:
#45,314
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
510
pDev:
18.62%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
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Ratings: 510 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a flyer on this at Goebbels

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average lacing & near zero head retention

S: Blueberry syrup

T: Blueberry , iron, & charred grain & dryness up front. Dryness, a touch of booze warmth & coffee kick in once warm, along with just a bit too much blueberry for me once warm. Finishes Powdery dry , too sweet (all blueberries) & with a touch of baker's chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & warming, fairly noticeable carbonation

Drinks okay, but, too much blueberry & not enough stout going on for me right here. One & done for me. If I'd read the label closer I would've ditched this, for some reason I thought Pyramid did this. Time to start carrying some reading glasses on my beer safaris...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a wispy, light beige head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of light chocolate and roasted barley, all set against some particularly strong wafts of blueberry additive.

Taste: A taste of darkened grains with a subdued taste of unsweetened chocolate powder. Curiously, there's an inherent, unpleasant astringency to whole thing. But, then here comes the tart blueberry tones, though, unfortunately, they have some rather artificial qualities to them. A pity. Finishes with a touch of roasty bitterness and more of that displeasing astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No, thank you. If you're in desperate need for a blueberry-based stout, please turn your attention rightfully to Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout. The unrewarding blueberry flavoring couldn't (and could never) make up for a deficient stout.

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Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -9.9%

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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 +5.1%
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 Gavage
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 IPAchris
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black beer that looks black but doesn't produce much beyond a thin tan head over the top of it. The aroma smacks of roasted malt and a feint berry like notion that isn't super discernable as blueberry.

Taste is nice, not overly sweet, has that bramble quality to it. Some chocolate malt, not overly roasty, smooth enough. Hides alcohol decently.

I thought of it as the best thing Buffalo Bill's has done. The oats give a smooth mouthfeel, the sugar isn't overdone, and the berry quality is just enough.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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 clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a leather couch brown with some seethruness and a thin head that died quickly and didn't leave lace. Blueberry notes abound but that's all I'm smelling - like I am smelling blueberry syrup. A little too sharp blueberry taste and a rather thin body give this beer, which is smooth and contains a good malt base, somewhat of a fruit soda overcarbonation feel. Not a bad beer and the ABV is hidden but this reminded me a little of cherry soda with the crispness a little too much. If they tweak the blueberry tartness they could have a great beer here.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Sabtos
1.91/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Murky brown with a light tan, bumpy foam.

Smell is kind of tart, almost spoiled blueberry with stale Melba toast.

Taste is tart, metallic blueberry with chewy, crackery toast.

Thin, powdery dry, yet I'm starting to get unwanted hints of cough syrup. Blech!

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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 tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: oats and blueberries—really interesting smell

Taste: chocolate, cream, and oats at first.. blueberry in the middle to the end—light coffee towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that becomes slightly more bitter to the end, medium carbonation

Overall: Interesting combination. I love the blueberries as they do not seem artificial as some blueberry taste can. Wish this was a bit less bitter, but I would still get it again. I prefer Dark Horse Tres as a similar beer though.

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Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 510 ratings