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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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88
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 28
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally formulated and brewed in late 2009 with Jason McAdam of Burnside Brewing, this traditional British style stout uses both oyster liquor and whole oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Company in Washington, giving the full bodied and roasty beer a lightly savory character with a distinct mineral laden finish. 2012 World Beer Cup Bronze medal winner.

Hops: magnum, ahtanum
Malts: organic pale, caramel, chocolate wheat, black
Unmalted: black barley, rolled rye
Also: oyster juice, whole oysters
Yeast: Scottish ale

First Bottle Release - February 2010
Second Bottle Release - February 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-24-2010)
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I prepared to evaluate this stout brewed with whole oysters, I armed myself with a host of potential catch phrases such as "revolting" "abomination" and "existential crisis." As it turns out, my expectations of a terrorist attack on my palate were premature, for while they tell me this black ale is brewed with the squishy little bodies of genuine shellfish, their presence was thankfully of little note.

Of course, it's reasonable to ask, why brew a beer with oysters if you ultimately can't taste the oysters? But the good news here is that you can't taste the oysters and that alone is sufficient cause for celebration. At best, Upright's Oyster Stout tastes a little briny. Call it, Briny The Elder. The bottle unleashes a towering mass of lumpy dark tan foam above a body of black-coffee black. It's fair to call it overcarbonated but the overall heaviness of the ale keeps it smooth.

Aside from the brine-like suggestion of something unbeerish, this ale mostly tastes like normal export-style stout with a slight mintiness. It falls precisely midway between exceptional and disastrous.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is classic stout with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. I don't get much, if any, of the oyster characteristics in the aroma.

The flavor is a different story. I get the roasted malt and chocolate notes, but I also get some salty brineyness as well as some creamy notes.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of flowbee
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, somewhere

a fitting beer for a day where little was consumed outside of fresh local oysters, mussels and clams

appearance: really awesome label, served in a capital brewery shaker pint, ebony body - thick creamy chocolate head

smell: aromatic - roasty, chocolatey, espresso, smoke

taste: For the life of me, i've never been able to identify oyster in an oyster stout. That's OK - its reassuring to know its in there somewhere. Upright has really hit the nail on the head with this stout - rich and cream, smoky and chocolate, roasty, espresso, licorice, a touch salty

mouthfeel: great - creamy, rich, highly enjoyable

overall: a very great find

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of hopsbreath
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fort George Brewery in Astoria released its "Truffle Shuffle Stout" as its celebration to the anniversary of The Goonies (filmed in Astoria) last year. I wanted so badly to try out a truffle influenced beer but unfortunately missed the keg(s) that made it to Portland. A couple weeks ago, I heard that Upright was going to do a single firkin of this years Oyster Stout with some truffles stuffed inside. It was to be tapped at the bottle release at Grain & Gristle on Feb 22. Sadly I was working night shift and couldn't make it to the release. Its about noon right now on the 23 of February and I stopped by post work with no sleep to see if any is left. Success! An 8 ounce pour in a snifter is costing me $5 which is $3 more than its non fungus'd relative next to it, but I believe its worth every penney. Review done in real time.

A: Medium to dark brown with violet edges and a little wisp ring. No lacing to be seen here. Looks like a stout to me. 3.5/5

S: The serving temperature on this thing was about perfect. If I was guessing it was somewhere in the 60+ degree range. The smell is really quite nice at this temperature and it allows the earthiness of the truffles to come through. For that matter, the brininess of the oysters seems more pronounced with the help of the mushrooms and helps lend strong oceanic characteristics that aren't as loud without the fungus. A strong whiff of soy sauce and dried nori comes off the beer. The classic earth and funk of truffles comes through here as well and sets this rendition apart from the base beer in a good way. If blind-folded in a tasting, I would not peg the base beer and the truffle version as being remotely similar beers. This is quite extraordinary and a fantastic smell I could quaff all day. 4.5/5

T: Holy sweet chocolate covered truffles Batman! What a great blend of horse manure, sushi, and cocoa nibs. As unique as the base beer is, this one is definitely one of a kind. 4.5/5

M: The full, lightly carbonated body is dry enough to make me consider keeping a tongue depressor close by to separate the mascicating parts of my mouth. Not that its a bad thing. I really don't appreciate gummy beers. This is more in my sweet spot. 4.5/5

D: This is umami in a glass folks. It might be my fore runner for "beer of the year" at this point. My first parlay into the world of truffle infused beer and its been a good one. As unique and dare I say odd as this beer is, I can't help but find myself drawn to its originality and funkiness. Well done Ganum... You continue to impress. Keep up your work as the most innovative brewer in Portland and I will continue to seek out and buy your product. 5/5

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for sharing this at the 3rd annual chili showdown.
Poured into a pint glass, this was one of few beers that night I had seconds of. Black with brownish hints, the beer pours placidly with a thin layer of tan foam on top, which itself has a creamy surface texture. As it settles there's a little bit of spindly lacing around the edges. Roasty aroma that was dry with a hint of sweetness, and a savory brininess that is definitely oyster. Flavor is also roasty with dry bakers chocolate, hints of woody smoke and a savory hint of salinity. The body is creamy and silky smooth, light to medium in feel. One of the rare occasions where the oyster presence is actually noticeable... very well integrated and flavorful. Really enjoyed this, thanks again Eric!

Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours black with a massive, 3 finger, thick and creamy tan head.

Smell. Metalic roasty malts. Some grassy hops, coffee and a little chocolate. The metalic smell really takes away from what's underneath.

Taste. Grassy hops and roasty malt. Bitter and a little metalic, but not as strong as the smell would imply. Some slightly sour dark coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Just shy of a medium body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Can't get any oyster out of this but there are some unique qualities in the smell and taste that didn't work for me.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown, appearing black. One finger brown head and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark and roasty malt. Flavor is somewhat unusual although it has the coffee, roasted malt one would expect. A mild finish. A little underwhelming, but somewhat richer than most English stouts. A somewhat understated, but pleasant English stout.

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of throwerbri
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Appearance: A very dark brown body with a milky, light brown head that almost looks like a nitro pour. Thick head and lasts a good, long time.

Smell: Rich cocoa powder, a bit of charcoal, salty.

Taste: Definitely has a mineral/salty quality which i guess comes from the oysters. A different vibe than your usual stout. Good chocolate flavor, dried cherries & nuts and very creamy in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick in the finish, midway is medium but it really coats well with a low lying grittiness to even things out.

Overall: Oysters give this stout a lighter feel but it's a solid ale nonetheless.

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for bringing this bottle over the other night. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours near-black with a small tan head that goes away somewhat quickly, leaving behind a moderate amount of spotty lacing.

The nose carries a moderately-heavy amount of malt with some nice chocolate, coffee, and roast coming through. Flavor is similar, with roast and chocolate taking the high places. Body is medium with a slight bitterness, leading to a semi-dry finish.

I didn't taste the oysters, but still enjoyed this one.

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 release.

Pours black with a very thick and frothy tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, with a slight brininess in the finish.

The taste is of roasty malts and chocolate upfront with a definite salty, briny finish. Thankfully as I progress through the beer the brininess blends into the other flavors a bit more.

The mouthfeel is creamy medium to full bodied, though it has enough carbonation to keep it from becoming too heavy.

My first oyster stout, and it was a very interesting experience. Not something I would want all the time, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Oyster Stout from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.