Where The Buffalo Roam
Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
American Barleywine
Ranked #125
Ranked #11,970
3.99 | pDev: 5.76%
Nov 29, 2023
Mar 14, 2017
Inspired by the wild plains where thousands upon thousands of footsteps have been taken by a truly noble animal, Where the Buffalo Roam takes its roots in oak bourbon barrels so this barley wine style ale can slowly age and meld with the bold, deep flavours of the quintessential southern drink. With notes of dark fruit and hints of toasted coconut, combined with the sweet and warming flavour of bourbon, Where the Buffalo Roam is a real treat to lay down with after migrating home. We invite you to take this distinct passage travelled by wonderers.
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Reviewed by HerrOneous from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 16-ounce can marked 4123, M12:17:12. Pours a deep amber, cloudy, medium white head dissapating to thin ring with lace. Smells of dark fruit, plums, butterscotch and caramel. Taste is dense layering of rich bready malt, burnt oranges, and alcohol. Full-bodied, the alcohol smooth and warm. It isn't a style I drink much of but this one clearly has enough marks to recommend it.
Nov 29, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can stamped M1217 13:55 presumably nearly 2 years old poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 13% 90 IBU. Purchased recently at room temp. The beer pours opaque medium amber with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with caramel malt, oak and fading bourbon. The taste is bittersweet caramel with mild cardboard and bourbon barrel. Strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV. Overall, very good if a bit faded. Still enjoyable.
Jun 10, 2023
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from an undated pint can into a hourglass/pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark golden/orange with a massive slightly-off-white head that required a second pouring to keep it from overflowing the glass, head dissipated gradually, leaving adequate lacing.

Nose: Stone fruit and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy, adequate carbonation.

Attack: Follows the nose, warms going down, a little malt, significant sweetness but not overly so.

Finish: Some hop bitterness nicely balanced by the attack flavor and warming, all hiding the listed 90 IBU -- this is not a hugely bitter beer.

Overall: I like it, and would buy it again when I can find it. It's pairing quite nicely with this morning's sourdough blueberry pancakes. I do agree with the other reviewers that a more fresh can would be even better -- I'm pretty sure this can is a couple years old.
May 13, 2023
Rated: 3.82 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jun 22, 2020
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cameron's Brewing Co. "Where The Buffalo Roam"
one pint can coded "A161811:08"
$4.99 @ Shop Rite Wine & Spirits, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, 13% ALC./VOL., I wasn't expecting that. And it's brewed with Cascade hops! It's poured a cloudy deep copper color beneath an inch or so of off-white foam. I don't get the Cascades clearly in the aroma although there is a floral and citrus character to it amidst bready and caramelish malts. On to the flavor then... well, as you might have already guessed, it tastes the same as it smells. Is there anything else to it? Ah, yes, there's the alcohol of course, which isn't as harsh as I thought it might be at 13%, which is great. It's there though. And there's also a light bit of yeasty fruitiness that I'll just describe as apple-like. There's a nice bit of toffee to it that balances it out. Ahh, and I almost forgot the bitterness. The label reads 90 IBUS but it doesn't come off like that. I'd say it appears more like 70. The head has held well and I still have a short but solid creamy cap. The lacing is nice as well. If it wasn't so hazy it could score well for appearance. It's malty but not too malty, and it appears medium to medium-full in body. It's got a gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth. If you're a fan of barleywine I'd say this is worth trying.
Review #6,990
Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can to snifter.
The appearance was a semi-rugged burnt dark amber to a woody red color. Stifled eggshell white foamy head slightly concaves to a point and leaves a mellow wispy lace.
The aroma allows a semi-sweet floral to orange pulpy character to mesh with some tobacco leaf, subtle herbal tones, old bourbon woody whiffs, caramel/toffee malts, honey, brown sugar and raisins.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side with some dry caramel malts easing into tobacco leaf. Aftertaste of dried tobacco leaf, toast, nuts, shaved orange bitterness and earthy products.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. Some dryness but also some syrupy stickiness. I didn't mind this texture despite not finding any date anywhere. Finishes fairly sticky through caramel malts.
Overall, to a degree, yes, this seems to be a fairly decent barleywine, but a part of me says this seems old. I'd have again preferably fresher.
Mar 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a medium amber with appropriate lingering head. Nice sweet honey aroma, some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, honey. Has a pervasive bitterness, I think it is due to the hops aging in the can unfortunately. Can is 2 years old at best. Pretty thick and syrupy considering the style. Overall, I wish I had drank it sooner, and I wish there was a canning date. I bought this prior to my decision to never buy any beer without a canning date...

16 oz can, about 2 years old. Can #55318
4 rating
Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a copper-burgundy with a hint of fog to it. Head is a finger of khaki/off-white foam that retains okay. Aroma is toffee, raisins, caramel, molasses and brown sugar all screaming right off the front of it. It smells sugary and sweet, to a degree of being worrisome - will it have balance? Caramel and toasty malts add a touch of base, but not much. Flavor profile is much more dense and well-refined, hitting notes of caramel, toasty, earthy and bready malts with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate and raisins all adding sweetness. Sugar qualities are not to be outdone by the alcohol content, which cuts it, establishing a dry finish. Notable booziness at the end. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a lightly fizzily, frothy texture that never strays too far from center or controlled. Overall, hefty barleywine with a lot of the sweet, sugary qualities one would expect. While the aroma is a little absent, the flavor profile comes on strong.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.
Feb 19, 2020
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
473 ml can, N0117 stamped on the can, no dating that I noticed. Can number 29797 printed on the label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toffee, citrus peel, caramel, dark fruit and woodiness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some vanilla, pear, pine and a bit of minty flavors all noticeable. Good amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit thick and slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Kinda on the boozy side, too. Overall I thought this was a good barleywine, I enjoyed it. $3.99 for a single can.
Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours into a stemmed glass a deep amber color with a half finger slight off white head atop.Buttery caramel,toast,and lingering hops in the nose.A medium smoother mouth feel,it glides down easy.Caramel and toast mixed with a hefty amount of earthy and leafy hops,the earthiness keeps the bourbon barrell sweetness in check just enough.It's smooth and rather boozy,a joy to drink.
Oct 03, 2019
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from undated can into a tulip glass. It has a classic Barleywine appearance: opaque orange-brown with a thick, creamy eggnog-colored head and thick, soapy lacing. At first, there wasn't much of a smell but as the glass warmed it became more pronounced: caramel, raisin, brown sugar, leather, tobacco, earthy char, and bourbon notes. The taste opens with sweet malts, toffee, and hints of raisin and brown sugar. But the sweetness upfront is quickly overcome by burnt peat, char, resinous pine, and tobacco ash. As the glass warms, the bourbon and oak notes increase. And it's a bitter brew at 90 IBU. The Cascade hops do their job well. It has a fairly creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and you can feel the warming 13% ABV from the first sip. Overall, Where the Buffalo Roam is a very nice example of an American Barleywine. While I generally prefer the less-bitter English variation, this was a pleasure to drink and I wouldn't hesitate to do so again.
Jul 28, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, #1700.

can to snifter.

LOOK: light brown, hints of red. small off-white head. good retention.

AROMA: Wood, barley, brandy,
TASTE: Wood, leather, barley, brandy....plus some light hints of mint and coconut.
FEEL: light carbonation, but par for style. a little sticky. medium to full body.

While not mind blowing, a nice sipper.

Jun 11, 2019
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing and hazy orangish copper; creamy light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel and toffee. Some raisins and dark fruits. Mild hints of citrus. There's no bourbon going on in the aroma department. The flavors have more caramel and toffee. More citrus really coming through in the finish, especially grapefruit. Solid hop bitterness. More raisins and dark fruits in the mix. The oak/wood really comes through, but the bourbon characteristics are pretty mild and basically go unnoticed. Solid malt backbone. There's a subtle sweetness going on, but it's nothing crazy, cloying or over the top. Like I said before, this one has a solid bitterness to it, so it's ultimately bittersweet. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick, slightly creamy and pretty smooth. This one is dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice barleywine. It's big and bold. The craftsmanship is on point. It basically has everything that you would look for in the style. The bourbon notes are forgettable although the oak/wood comes through, but it's still really good nonetheless. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it equally to their "Early Bird Breakfast", which is basically the same beer, but brewed with coffee.
May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tallboy can-in-a-box picked up at the LCBO at least a year ago and cellared ever since. Dated Dec 1 2017 and served barely chilled.

Pours a foggy amber-bronze colour, capped with less than a finger of loose, bubbly, off white-tinged froth that disintegrates within ninety seconds. A narrow collar survives, but little else of note; minimal lace. The bourbon-y alcohol fumes are pretty strong on the nose, with toffee and toasted, bready, biscuity malts also figuring in prominently. Raisin and date also come to mind, but they're sidelined in favour of earthy, resiny, vaguely pithy hops, as well as a modest but unmistakable oak note.

An intense beer - the fumes had me worried about it potentially being too hot, but the heat is actually pretty reasonable for 13%. The malt backing is robust, offering up plenty of bready, biscuity goodness and caramel/toffee sweetness, as well as subtler notes of plum, date, cherry and a spicy, fruitcake-type flavour. The bourbon asserts itself in earnest towards the tail end of the sip; oak wood and vanilla also come through, with a hint of spicy clove and cassia showing up alongside an earthy, spicy hop bitterness at the finish. Boozy-sweet aftertaste with oak tannin and bourbon lingering on the palate for a few moments after each sip. Full in body, with low carbonation levels that limply nudge the palate; the resultant mouthfeel is smooth and just a little slick, with the alcohol having a slight numbing effect. It's easier to knock back than it should be, so treat this one with the same respect that you'd afford any two-ton bovine.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-. Where the Buffalo Roam is easily the biggest, boldest Cameron beer I've had to date, beating out their Obsidian and Deviator without even batting an eye. Truth be told, it's a little boozier than I'd prefer... but I mean, there's no way a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine wasn't going to turn out to be a chest warmer, so there's certainly no reason for that to affect its grade. This batch is long gone, but I'd love to see a 2019 one in the LCBO this autumn or winter.
Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Tim for this can!

Slightly ruddy rust orange color with decent clarity more in line with filtered honey. I quickly realized as I started to pour that this needed a little more convincing for it to produce a thin, tightly knit khaki foam on top, which ends up managing a nice little ring and small spots of lacing.

The aroma hints at more of a classic English rather than American Barleywine. Massively caramel and earthy hop influenced. Fresh biscuits and sawdust compliment well, holding their own against the sweet and herbal promises.

Booze and wood actually come first in the flavor. After the initial bombardment, caramel syrup-drizzled pears, burned raisins, and icing glazed cinnamon rolls (extra light on the spice) lay the foundation. An extra dosing off woody hops linger in the finish, as toasted white bread crusts come through as it warms.

Quite obvious from the above, this beast is boozy, sweet, spicy, and bitter. The barrel influence actual does not impart many of your typically associated variables. Marshmallow, vanilla, yadda yadda... This guy keeps it simple. Wood and clean booze. I would never have guessed 13%, however.

This is a nice Barleywine. One that would be extra nice next to the fire place, slippers on, pipe lit, kids in bed. Oh if only such a world existed.

Mar 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Donco from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful golden color.
Not a huge amount of bourbon barrel. But this is a solid, well blended American Barleywine. Well balanced between a strong malt backbone and prominent hop bitterness. Very nice brew and recommended.
Feb 23, 2019
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Reviewed by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very good looking beer. Amber-gold with pretty off-white head. Nice lacing.

A bit hoppier than I like my barley wines, but still very good. Quite boozy...it's a slow sipper for sure.

Good beer. For the price, definitely worth the pick up. Share a can with a buddy.
Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can poured into Calusa snifter. Trade item from corm44.

Burnt orange-pumpkin color with a butter colored head of 2 fingers. Plenty of lacing.

Aromas of hop leaf, caramel, toffee, plum, and mint.

Nice flavors of oak, caramel, dill, toffee, mint, and slight plum. It borders on hoppy. Lingering resins.

Feel is creamy and has heavy resins. Nice level of carbonation and stickiness.

Overall, it's flavorful but a bit too hoppy for me. Good style example though, quite a sipper, and the flavors linger on.
Feb 06, 2019
Where The Buffalo Roam from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 60 ratings