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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade when I visited beautiful Portland, Oregon. The sample I got fizzed from hell to breakfast, so it was several minutes before I dared open the cap fully without getting beer all over me and my room. It pours an opaque oily sable with a very thick, though not too persistent, fluffy tan head that leaves a little lacing. Smoky aroma has an overtone of oyster and hints of coffee and molasses. Flavor definitely has an oyster tone - and I love oysters! Smoky, coffee, nutty, molasses and licorice tones are present as well. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy. This is worth seeking!

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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 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 vinella
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't care if nobody but me knows this yet but this is one of the new classic ales of the Pacific Northwest. The flavor of the oysters is subtle and may very well escape some people. As a chef for 30+ years, I'm attuned to the relative limitations of using oysters as a flavoring (as in stuffings, soups, and sauces) and I smelled and tasted them immediately. The idea is a natural, as Stout is certainly the proper pairing with raw oysters but the expression here, with the creamy ale and the salty, briny ocean tang, is sublime. In the glass, there's only a thready lace at the rim and it's not more than mildly effervescent but the mouthfeel is satiny and refined, a lovey counterpoint to the earthy oysters. Without the oysters, this would still be a fine Brit-styled Stout but with them, it's utterly engrossing and delicious. I tasted it on tap at the brewery and managed to snag the last bottle left at Upright. Notes on that after I open it...in about five years.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears black with a thick dark brown head.

It smells a bit sand like, I get a slight tart smell. It also smells a bit nutty and mildly chocolate like.

It tastes initially of slightly salty seaweed. There is a slightly nutty and a bit of a mild chocolate type of a taste. There is a noticeable but gentle briny taste. I get the flavors of an oyster though they are subdued enough so that it is not rough. The oyster flavors actually blend very nicely with the roasted malt flavor of the stout.

The carbonation is moderate low. There is a smooth somewhat light mouthfeel to the beer.

The drinkability for this is amazingly good. It is very smooth the flavors blend very well with each other. I could drink this all day.

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

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

very dark ruby, almost black body. Very thin, creamy tan head. Pours a perfect pint.

Slightly smoky chocolaty roasted malt scent. Creamy smoky chocolate and coffee flavour. Hints of toffee and caramel. Very rich - one of the better, well developed stouts I've had in a while.

Very smooth in the mouth, especially as it warms. Big, bottle but at around 6.25% easy to drink.

Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic label Ezra! Poured into a goblet, Upright's Oyster Stout is very dark, cola brown with a big, tight tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is rich dark malt, some charred roast, a bit of sweetness.

Taste is pretty full, more export stout then English IMHO. Big chocolate notes, minty hops, a little caramel. A nice bit of acridness balances out the finish. There's a faint saltiness, but I'm not sure I'd actually have caught it had I not been looking for oyster flavor, but it seemed to build fairly significantly as I worked my way through the bottle. Overall, it's balanced and smooth, well-made.

Mouthfeel is creamy and exceptionally full, yet really heavy, on the lighter side, and very soft. Mouthfeel was clearly the biggest beneficiary of the addition of the bivalves.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty export stout, very full favored, but more of a sipper then a session ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours opaque black with a brown head of a half inch. Some fairly quick settling revealed a partial skim coat and torn lacing.

Aromatics lead off with bitter chocolate, char, espresso and a hint of sea brine. Plenty of roasty smoke and a hint of salty tartness way in the back.

Full bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Crisp and well carbonated.

Dark chocolate, Kona roast, and salted char starts the palate. Quite dry for the style with a nice brackish backbone.

Finishes with lingering chocolate, char, and smoke.

Tasty beer but the Oysters are muted. Probably better when extremely fresh, but the beer drinks nice enough.

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 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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex stout that drinks bigger than its ABV. The oyster part is not that noticeable though there is a slight iodine tang to the finish. Some chocolate notes but the beer is more on the austere side with a dyish finish. I really like the complexity combined with great drinability. The coffee stout from Upright tastes like this beer with a strong coffee flavour. After being known for Saison and Farmhouse beers I now see these guys as top notch stout brewers

Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL into a snifter. Pours a deep black w/ a thick creamy mocha head that settles to a thin film and collar, some traces of lace left behind.

Aroma is deep and roasty, rich. Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts. Clean and precise. As it warms, there's a more earthy, briny quality as well.

Taste is roasty, chalky with a bitter finish. Chocolate/dry cocoa, straight espresso with minerally/metallic twang. Earthy, unique.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry and chalky with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a surprising, enjoyable twist on a stout. I didn't know quite what to expect here and I'm still not sure how the oysters factor in. I didn't distinctly taste oyster in this beer (or at least how I expected I might), but there is a certain briny, minerally quality that suggests their influence. Well done, Upright.

Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep mahogany, pretty much opaque, huge layer of dark tan foam with good head retention

Aroma: dark roast, coffee, cocoa, burnt caramel, sea water, soy sauce

Flavor: medium malt sweetness dominates the foretaste; then a roasted barley hit comes in along with a touch of acidity; not much in the way of oysters but if I really concentrate I get some sea water and a minerally overtone; finishes semisweet with a lingering smokey roast

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, silky smooth

Other comments: This is a fantastic stout, oysters or not. And if you're not a fan of oysters, don't worry. You'd never know.

Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a dark green 750ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured dark brown with a big 2" foamy/creamy tan head. The head settled pretty quickly onto a 1/4" cap. Nice retention with some foamy stickage down my glass.

S= Pretty muted in the aroma department. What I found was roasty coffee, faint cocoa, and a hard to describe and very faint briny quality.

T= Much better (richer) than the aroma. Modestly sweet malt up front was soon overtaken by roasted grain notes. Not much in the way of oyster flavor - probably a good thing - but there is certainly a note of sea water/brine in the back of your throat after each swallow. Finished just like it started, with the light sweetness and the roasty flavors duking it out.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied, with a very lively carbonation level that really pairs well with the heft of this beer.

D= Very drinkable and enjoyable. Though the oyster quality is elusive, I believe it adds something worthwhile to the beer. I would certainly drink this again if given the chance.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml green bottle with probably my favorite of all the Upright labels so far (crashing waves and a storm-rocked galleon fronting a lightning-lit sky). Poured to a couple mini-nonics and matched with a gooey goat cheese (Ancient Heritage Dairy's 'Adelle') ~ phenomenal!

A: Seems 'black' and thick; held to light it shows some streaks of amber and even some trickling carbonation. A dirty tan head, creamy and a finger-high to start with, falls rapidly; the result is a broken star-shaped film and a fine ring. Small flecks of lace that vanish rather than glide down the glass.

S: The aromatic sweetness of an oatmeal stout: husky grains, a little molasses, peppery spice, a brief woodiness. A hidden fruit 'something' in there - fleshy grape skin or

T: Dark chocolate and bitter earth, muddy and raw. Not really 'briny' in any certain terms; only when you think about does a certain 'oyster' flavor, a meaty savoriness, start to emerge. An almost sooty char is too-present at times, holds back just enough to keep from being TOO bitter. Slight hint of tang to go with a slightly weird mint flavor in the finish.

M: After a sharper start, a coating velvety feel that holds onto an earthy grime and spiced tingle. The finest carbonation prickle, then bitter chocolate for the long haul; this one you can still taste for a good half-hour after the last sip.

D: LOVE the intense smokiness, the surliness. I didn't think I'd like this as much as I did at first sip. Had it on several occasions as a draft pour at the time of its release; now, some 3 months later, is my first try from the bottle. Quite tasty and, as mentioned earlier, paired wonderfully with the cheese [distant thanks to Steve Jones of Cheese Bar, pairings courtesy of MIX magazine]. Recommended!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery.

Pouring black with a dense brown head, this looks great. The nose is great. Roasty with a coffee and chicory aroma, salty and mildly mineraly, some grainy acidity, an unsweetened cocoa character and a hint of dark brown sugar and cream are present. A touch of fruit is also present, likely from the yeast, with maybe pear?

Opening medium light in body with a prominent roasty note, a grainy acidity that has flavors of coffee and cocoa, burnt caramel and a mildly briny and moderate chalky calcium flavor. The blend of chalk and brine is excellent here. Drying on the finish with a creamy dark chocolate character to go with the lingering acidity, this beer is delicious.

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