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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 27
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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Photo of mactrail
2.35/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Really dark brown in the New Belgium snifter with plenty of beige foam. The smell is like old fruit with a metallic touch. Adequate carbonation.

Surprisingly dry with a flat chalky sensation. Sourish fermenting fruit with a lot of burnt taste. Maybe I just have bad luck with these Upright brews. I've only really like one of them, and this makes two that seem like they are on their way to being devoured by bacteria.

No date on this, but the Upright website shows this as one of their current beers. Eleven dollar drainpour for me. From the 750 ml bottle bought yesterday at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

mactrail, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

deonreds, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

RedDiamond, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Rutager, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

slimntubbs, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of blurredline
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

blurredline, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I get absolutely no hints of any sort of oyster products being used in the brewing process.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

twelveinches, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of froghop
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a very large brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, some coffee, and some dark fruits.

taste is smooth yet dry, chocolate flavors, and a slight amount of coffee, ends a little dry.

overall a very nicely built stout, nice flavors.

froghop, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with a big fluffy tan head that lasts for quite awhile. Relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Chocolatey malts, briny, with just a touch of oxidation. There's something lurking in the background as well that smells a bit like acetic acid - concerned there may be an off-flavor here.

T: Chocolate malts, minerals and brine, with a touch of leather and, again, some acetic sour/funk near the end – while it's not offensive, I'm pretty sure this isn't supposed to be there. It finishes with some residual malt sugars and lingering chocolate.

M: Thick, smooth body, with low carbonation sensation, and well-hidden alcohol presence.

O: Even as it is, this wasn't a bad beer. I assume the acetic character was an off-flavor, but it wasn't enough to render it undrinkable at all. I just don't think is what was intended, and certainly isn't to style. Still finished it without a problem.

macrosmatic, Today at 05:02 AM
Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black with a thick rich deep tan head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The dominant scents were the rich, deep roasted aromas. I didn't pick up any scent of oysters or the sea. the flavors were very rich roasty malts, smooth and toasty across the tongue. Again, no hint of anything oceanic. Neither did my two tasting partners (one of whom loves oysters, the other hates them) pick up anything from our little shelled friends.

The body was very nice, full and rich, a pleasure on the tongue. Drinkability was good, smooth, easy and comfortable. Overall, a very decent stout, worth a try if you see it. Despite the quality of this beer, I thought it was a bit overpriced ($11 at my local food coop), $8-9 would be a more fair price.

beertunes, Apr 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

throwerbri, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

nmann08, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Skrypt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Skrypt, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

strongaf, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared with friends and poured into several snifters. The brew streams brown as it comes out of the bottle and rests in the glass darker towards black. A solid 4 fingers of fluffy mocha head rest atop with solid retaining power. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves some patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pretty wicked. Thoughts of brine, olives and the seashore/bay are unmistakeable. Quite oceanic to say the least with a fishy nose coupled with minerals and cocoa. The roast of the grain imparts notes of coffee and a bit of earth. Some almost milk chocolately notes are present as it warms up.

The flavor is roasty from the grain with a taste of bitter chocolate, coffee and some earthen to mineral aspects. The bitterness tastes like freshly pulled shots of espresso. A bit of dark fruity quality like raisins and burnt sugar or molasses. Almost a nutty to milk chocolate aftertaste. It is surprising how much the nose is ocean-like but the flavor really only picks that up in the mineral aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to higher level of carbonation. It starts off really fishy and transitions to more of a classic mineral feel. Plenty of roast and seemingly no alcohol inclusion. I thought this brew was mighty interesting. Sometimes I think oyster stouts are just a novelty and hardly include enough to impart that thicker/slick feel to the body. This brew nearly takes the oyster inclusion over the edge. I liked it and wouldnt mind having it again sometime.

stakem, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of loren01
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black color, brown colored just a little bit of lace.
S: Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Really don't smell anything resembling oysters but smells pretty good nonetheless.
T: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee and maybe just a tad bit of oyster in there.
M: Medium to heavy bodied beer, slightly overcarbonated.
D: This is a pretty good beer, never had an oyster stout until now...not much oyster flavor in this one. Would buy this beer again for sure.

loren01, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

vkv822, Jul 08, 2011
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Oyster Stout from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.