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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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88
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 27
Gots: 12 | 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:
"Oyster Stout - Brewed in collaboration with Jason McAdam... using an old English method of incorporating oysters into the kettle."

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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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2013 13:56:49 | More by KStark
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 14:52:07 | More by stakem
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-20-2013 01:56:43 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-20-2013 00:47:44 | More by acurtis
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blurredline

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-15-2013 03:02:58 | More by blurredline
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 02:40:50 | More by bluckbeyes
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-04-2013 17:18:52 | More by t0rin0
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-12-2013 00:37:14 | More by spycow
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adkieffer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-17-2012 23:50:23 | More by adkieffer
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2012 11:54:13 | More by AxesandAnchors
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Ultraman9000

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-06-2012 10:34:34 | More by Ultraman9000
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 00:45:19 | More by emerge077
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-13-2012 07:14:44 | More by Travisnin
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vinella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 23:35:27 | More by vinella
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:35:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

08-01-2012 20:06:42 | More by Rollzroyce21
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:43:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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throwerbri

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-19-2012 23:33:47 | More by throwerbri
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flowbee

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

04-21-2012 19:35:09 | More by flowbee
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 18:11:53 | More by Thorpe429
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:21:13 | More by dirtylou
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piclee

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-04-2012 05:47:32 | More by piclee
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-29-2012 14:06:25 | More by sideshowe
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-11-2012 14:03:10 | More by beerhorn12
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seanthornton152

Oregon

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-16-2011 07:34:25 | More by seanthornton152
Oyster Stout from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.