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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 34
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-24-2010

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
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 80
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  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!

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Photo of mactrail
2.39/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black with silverish, brown notes as it pours into a nice brown head. Pour did seem a little thin. Nose is oysters, chcolate, roasted. Taste is chcolate, roasted malt, oysters, but very tame on the oyster taste. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin, booze. light oyster feel and taste. A good stout, unique.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of Rutager
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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