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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

380 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-29-2002)
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Definitely filtered. Deep, dark brown when poured and black in the glass. Bright white/ beige head with decent lacing -- nothing crazy. Mildly carbonated.

Smell - Baker's chocolate/ caramel, peat moss, sweet bread, plum and a mixer of subtle bitter hops. Not picking up much oyster at all at this point.

Taste - Detecting very little oyster. Cocoa/ cacao nibs, dry woody notes from the roasted grains, quite dry and bitter, light caramel, slightly smoky from the peat moss, subtle brown sugar and barely detectible dark fruits, such as dates and prunes. Slightly salty on the finish, but again, perhaps a little too conservative. Overall, taste is fairly flat and somewhat 2-dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, probably one of the better aspects of this beer. It fits. This really sticks to the front of the mouth and seems to activate many of the bitter receptors. Not a full-bodied beer and it definitely could use more flavor (a much more concentrated mash would be nice) to help with mouthfeel. Personally, I would prefer a sticky, thick stout when drinking this style of beer.

Overall - Too reserved for an Oyster Stout, in my opinion. I want to taste the ocean, like having a mouthful of sea water. Obviously, this can be done well if one was to balance the meaty salts with nice, robust candi sugar and rich grain profile. Also, worth mentioning: this tastes like the same recipe used to brew their regular Stout, but with the subtle addition of oysters. It also reminds me of Guinness: boring and safe. Overall, rather bland. After having intense, true-to-style Oyster Stouts similar to those made by Upright Brewing and others, this just really pales in comparison. Won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:59:24 | More by Agent1
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From Notes

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane. There was no obvious freshness date on the bottle, which had a stupid, gimmicky pin meant to open the bottle. It did not work.

Poured a super dark brown color that might as well have been black, with an inch of tan foam that dropped after a few minutes leaving spotty lace. There was a rubyish tint to the beer when it was held up to direct light.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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