Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

California
United States
Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Warm up your holiday season with this rich chocolate oatmeal stout brewed with English hops and blueberries.

Profile

ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Willamette, Kent Goldings, Cascade
Malts: 
Pale, Chocolate, Black, Caramel, Oats
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (2015 BJCP Category 29A). A mix of blueberry fruit and a back note of roast grains dominates the aroma. There are also hints of stone fruit, although whether from strength of the malts or the mixing of the fruit and grains is indeterminable. The color is nearly black and nearly opaque with garnet highlights when held to a light. A tan, light head persists on top. The flavor belies not just the blueberry fruit, but alcohol flavors that indicate a beer that is stronger than your typical oatmeal stout. Rich roast malt flavors and, again, some stone fruit character is quite apparent. The mouthfeel is medium-full, possibly from the use of oatmeal in the grain bill. The dark grains lend some astringency that balances well with the residual malt sweetness and the blueberry flavor. The strength of the beer works well with the fruit addition, lending a balance between relatively intense dark grains, alcohol, and fruit character. This is a fruit beer that can work for everyone, unless you happen to despise blueberries, stouts, or both. If that is not you, I would recommend trying this beer for its creativity and fermentation quality.

Brewery Introduction

Perhaps no other brewery better personifies the maverick attitude of the microbrewing industry than Buffalo Bill’s Brewery. One of the first brewpubs in America, started in 1983, Buffalo Bill’s helped launch the U.S. craft beer movement.

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