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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of blurredline
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Travisnin
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of flowbee
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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 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

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