Beer Porn: Flying Bison Blackbird Stout


This Beer Porn is written by guest author Adam Kern (owner of My Buffalo Shirts).

This being my third beer review it’s only appropriate to do a review of a local beer.

Going into this review I had a few options but I didn’t select this particular beer until I saw Flying Bison’s recent twitter update.  They stated that they had an announcement to come very soon, which it just so happened to be filtering local favorite Blackbird Stout.  They said it was available at the brewery store now and stated “you cant get beer this fresh anywhere.” Come to think of it, I don’t believe I’ve ever had fresh beer that just came out of the brewing cycle. I was sold.

Flying Bison brewery happened to be on the way home for me so I stopped by right after work. The brewery is located on 491 Ontario St. in Buffalo, located in Riverside. (note to foursquare users, they offer a free flying bison pint glass for the mayor!) The brewery itself is nothing glamorous, but you are able to taste and purchase beer. When I went there were a few people at the store front “bar” also purchasing Blackbird stout.

I purchased a Growler filled with fresh Blackbird Stout for a $13. Blackbird Stout is not one of Flying Bison’s regular brews, it’s a limited release. It’s an oatmeal stout with a 5.4% ABV. Currently you can only get this at the brewery in growlers or kegs, however I’m willing to bet (and hoping) that local bars will soon have this on tap.

On to the beer review…

As you can see from the picture above, Blackbird Stout is a dark beer with a slight amber hue. It has a small tan lacy head when poured. At first sip there was a rich roasted barley flavor which then smooths out to a silky slightly oat-y aftertaste. Its a very thick creamy beer with a slight carbonation. The slight carbonation was a bit of a surprise to me, (maybe since it was so fresh?), but had good drink-ability. It is a medium sweet beer with little to no hopiness (bitterness). It being an oatmeal stout I expected an overpowering oatmeal flavor, but it did not have it.

I got the perception that people were not fans of oatmeal stout brews in general. Various reasons were mentioned including taste, texture, thickness, and even the fact that oatmeal turned many away.  To be honest, I expected this to be a harsh review of a brew I did not enjoy but was quite the contrary. Overall, the Flying Bison Blackbird Oatmeal Stout is a very smooth silky beer with a rather surprising drink-ability. I would recommend this as a “kick-back on the couch Sunday evening” beer. It’s an excellent choice to kill off those winter blues.

And as always support your local brewery!

3 thoughts on “Beer Porn: Flying Bison Blackbird Stout

  1. Bob

    You actually got this at the brewery? A little history for you, since I grew up in that neighborhood… Back in the day (1970’s), that building housed a Your Host restaurant in the front. My mom used to take me there once a week. The highlight being each booth had a mini jukebox in it. Behind that, there was a Loblaws supermarket which eventually became a Super Duper. It was actually a great place to live – then, beginning in the late 80’s it all it went down hill.

  2. Tim

    This beer is on tap at Sterling Place on Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. It is pretty good. Another great oatmeal stout is Porter’s Breakfast Stout (or ale? Either way its delicious).

    • Don Burtless

      we had a bad experience at Sterling Place (service not the food), but I’ve wanted to go back. Also I’ve yet to try this beer myself, I’m slacking.

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