Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 32
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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 30
Photo of spointon
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 loren01
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

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Oyster Stout from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.