So today’s St. Patrick’s Day, which doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot in the Marcacci household. I’m about a decade past wearing green all day and being hammered by noon, and since I’ve never really been an Irish beer guy, I’m not even going to review an Irish beer. Guinness be dammed!
Instead, I’m going with the last brew left from my previous beer run, Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout. Their Orange Blossom Cream Ale is one of my absolute favorite spring/summer beers, and I enjoyed my blueberry beer-reviewing binge a few years ago, so I figure I’m on the right path.
As per usual, Buffalo Bill comes correct with an Americana-style produce-looking label. The pour was mixed, with a great two finger foam head and very dark red color, but almost zero blueberry aroma. After letting it warm for a few minutes, I finally found a few hints of blueberries. One weird note to mention – there was a LOT of suspended sediment in the glass. I usually like this, but it was a bit too much for me and seemed a little gross.
Fortunately, the grossness factor was quickly washed away a the delicious combination of ripe blueberries and bready stout goodness. The blueberries came across quick and heavy, like biting into those perfect dark blue juicy berries you only get in summer. Yum. Toward the middle, the berries faded a bit into a bready oatmeal flavor, and I picked up some unexpected peppery notes. The brew faded nicely into a combo aftertaste of roasted malts, faint blueberries, and a touch of bitterness, which rounded out the front’s sweetness.
Overall, this is a cool beer to try, but I think the flavor is a bit too rich to really have more than one or two. However, if you’re really into blueberry flavored brews, this is a great one to try because it comes across as ripe, not artificial.
PS – even though I was a curmudgeon in my open about St. Patty’s Day, here’s my best wishes to all the LIBA faithful out celebrating their heritage today (even those who are faking it). Erin go bragh!