Bulls Bay Oyster Stout - COAST Brewing Company
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Reviews by Daktah:
4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got a bottle of this without knowing at first what "BB" stood for - thought it was bourbon barrel when I opened it and then was confused by the lack of bourbon smell. Looked it up to learn it's "Bulls Bay".
Pours nearly black with a substantial dark tan head. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, a little chocolate - very solid without any one element overpowering. Taste is similar with a little of the oyster brininess coming through. As the beer warmed it got a little saltier and a little drier, which was a cool twist. I think this is the third oyster stout I've had and I really like the concept and effect.
I'd put this beer just over "medium" in terms of body - a very good structure for all the flavors going on here. Almost no trace of alcohol but tons of flavor, which is always a great combination. Overall a great beer that I will seek out when I return to Charleston.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2013 15:52:42 | More by Daktah
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3.84/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
COAST Bullls Bay Oyster Stout
growler into a british pint glass
A: Pours an opaque black with a sliver of mocha colored head, which dissipates down quickly to only an outer ring. Leaves only the faintest hints of spotty lacing.
S: Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, creamed coffee, a subtle briny/salty aroma. Nice, but nothing outstanding.
T: Follows the nose. Heavier roasted flavors. Fairly big dark chocolate notes. There is definitely a distinct briny/saltiness on the finish, along with some bitterness. Graham cracker. Some sweetness comes out as it warms to balance out the saltiness, but at times the salitness is dominating and detracts from the other flavors.
M/D: Full bodied, not too thin- which is nice, appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is somewhat limited by the saltiness.
O: Overall, not my favorite offering from COAST. Interesting though, and worth a try. I remember liking it a lot more the last time I had it (last year, poured on tap and paired with food). Id drink this again, but its not something I will run out and by another growler of.
Serving type: growler
03-02-2013 23:33:54 | More by zac16125
4.28/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L - Jet black color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head. Moderate retention. Head fades into a tan haze that lingers at the surface all the way down the glass. Not much lacing.
S - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate primarily. Maybe some dark fruits. There’s also this smell that I’ve never smelled before in a stout. Could that be the briny oysters?
T - Starts sweet with chocolate and plum flavors. Slowly builds to a bitter roasted coffee taste. Finishes with the subtle but unmistakeable earthy and briny taste of oysters.
F - Medium-bodied with more carbonation than expected, a more crisp than creamy mouthfeel, and an interesting bitter, dry, and salty finish. Roasted coffee and briny oyster flavors linger.
O - This was a delicious and very unique stout. When I heard the words “oyster stout,” I was skeptical. I thought that the oyster presence would be either non-existent or overpowering. While I do like oysters, a beer with an overpowering oyster flavor does not sound appetizing. COAST did a great job of making a good stout and adding just enough oysters to give them a subtle but noticeable presence. The body was a bit too thin, but that’s pretty much the only complaint I have about this beer. Definitely glad I picked it up.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2012 22:44:20 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber, bottled 3/8/12, into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Modernartblues for sharing.
A: Black body, brown highlights, and a solid cap of fine, clumpy tan foam. Decent retention and spotty lace.
S: Fresh and vibrant, with vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of earthiness. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose, but with the addition of a light brininess toward the clean, roasty, bitter, vanilla-tinged finish. Pleasant.
M: Medium body, soft, moderate carbonation. Nice.
O: Tasty stout. Nothing crazy, but it all coheres very well.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2012 00:02:52 | More by woosterbill
Bulls Bay Oyster Stout from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.