Buffalo Bill's Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout

California
United States
Buffalo Bill's Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout, Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

A creamy oatmeal stout with rich layers of pumpkin, spice, and chocolate accents. Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout boasts a smooth roasted malt flavor, subtle sweetness, and the aroma of pumpkin crème brulée.

Profile

ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Willamette, Cascade
Malts: 
Pale, Chocolate, Black, Caramel, Oats
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Buffalo Bill's Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout by Buffalo Bill's Brewery was evaluated as an Autumn Seasonal Beer (Category 30B) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The goal is to evoke a harvest-themed dish balancing spice and other adjuncts with malt – with the possibility for restrained hop and alcohol character. The base beer style is a 16B Oatmeal Stout.  Briefly put, in addition to pumpkin and spice, one is looking for roasted malt and creamy oatmeal character.

Ecstatic about the forward aromas of low warming vanilla and creamed oats, that an integrated blend of roasted cacao nibs and spices reminiscent of nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom support. The appearance is on point with a persistent creamy tan head and a clear but almost opaque dark brown color.

The tannic cinnamon/nutmeg led spice blend is quickly met by pleasantly slick and creamy roasted chocolate and chunks of fresh pumpkin – like a roasted pumpkin brownie. The finish while slightly spice dominate and tannic, is clean, dry and crisp.   

Overall, a great smelling and tasting pumpkin oatmeal stout.  It has everything going on – pumpkin, spice, roasted chocolatey malt, creamy oatmeal, and drinkability. Unfortunately, the spice character is a bit dominant and leaves the aftertaste and mouth in a lurch at the end.

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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