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Oyster Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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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:
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 Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Cyberkedi, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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 vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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

canucklehead, May 03, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears black with a thick dark brown head.

It smells a bit sand like, I get a slight tart smell. It also smells a bit nutty and mildly chocolate like.

It tastes initially of slightly salty seaweed. There is a slightly nutty and a bit of a mild chocolate type of a taste. There is a noticeable but gentle briny taste. I get the flavors of an oyster though they are subdued enough so that it is not rough. The oyster flavors actually blend very nicely with the roasted malt flavor of the stout.

The carbonation is moderate low. There is a smooth somewhat light mouthfeel to the beer.

The drinkability for this is amazingly good. It is very smooth the flavors blend very well with each other. I could drink this all day.

chumba526, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fort George Brewery in Astoria released its "Truffle Shuffle Stout" as its celebration to the anniversary of The Goonies (filmed in Astoria) last year. I wanted so badly to try out a truffle influenced beer but unfortunately missed the keg(s) that made it to Portland. A couple weeks ago, I heard that Upright was going to do a single firkin of this years Oyster Stout with some truffles stuffed inside. It was to be tapped at the bottle release at Grain & Gristle on Feb 22. Sadly I was working night shift and couldn't make it to the release. Its about noon right now on the 23 of February and I stopped by post work with no sleep to see if any is left. Success! An 8 ounce pour in a snifter is costing me $5 which is $3 more than its non fungus'd relative next to it, but I believe its worth every penney. Review done in real time.

A: Medium to dark brown with violet edges and a little wisp ring. No lacing to be seen here. Looks like a stout to me. 3.5/5

S: The serving temperature on this thing was about perfect. If I was guessing it was somewhere in the 60+ degree range. The smell is really quite nice at this temperature and it allows the earthiness of the truffles to come through. For that matter, the brininess of the oysters seems more pronounced with the help of the mushrooms and helps lend strong oceanic characteristics that aren't as loud without the fungus. A strong whiff of soy sauce and dried nori comes off the beer. The classic earth and funk of truffles comes through here as well and sets this rendition apart from the base beer in a good way. If blind-folded in a tasting, I would not peg the base beer and the truffle version as being remotely similar beers. This is quite extraordinary and a fantastic smell I could quaff all day. 4.5/5

T: Holy sweet chocolate covered truffles Batman! What a great blend of horse manure, sushi, and cocoa nibs. As unique as the base beer is, this one is definitely one of a kind. 4.5/5

M: The full, lightly carbonated body is dry enough to make me consider keeping a tongue depressor close by to separate the mascicating parts of my mouth. Not that its a bad thing. I really don't appreciate gummy beers. This is more in my sweet spot. 4.5/5

D: This is umami in a glass folks. It might be my fore runner for "beer of the year" at this point. My first parlay into the world of truffle infused beer and its been a good one. As unique and dare I say odd as this beer is, I can't help but find myself drawn to its originality and funkiness. Well done Ganum... You continue to impress. Keep up your work as the most innovative brewer in Portland and I will continue to seek out and buy your product. 5/5

hopsbreath, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

brewandbbq, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

ccrida, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  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!

msubulldog25, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

BDTyre, May 25, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -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.

beertunes, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

spointon, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of loren01
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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 RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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 barleywinefiend
3.98/5  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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

GreenCard, Mar 08, 2010
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Oyster Stout from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.