Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-29-2002

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Reviews by TheSupremeAJ:
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a very cool pull off bottle cap that does not require an opener!!!! From Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

Very nice dark coor with rich, creamy head. Surely the oysters contributed.

Aroma is briny, rich, and chocolatey. Very sweet and salty.

Taste is balanced and beautiful... truly artisnal. A great example of an Oyster Stout!

Mouthfeel is rich and velvetly.

This is the 2nd oyster stout ive every tried other than Yard's Love Stout. This is quite similar... and this style is truly beginning to grow on me!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

The tan head is not too shy to flaunt a whole lot of lacing on the glass; brown edges, though pretty much black. Roasted nose, some minty hops and a faint hint of fresh ocean. Smooth and crisp with a refreshing quality underneath that creamy body. Bit of charcoal, but more sweetness of mild molasses and dark roasted coffee. Hints of salt and earth on the palate. Hops have a bite with a bit of wild herb flavor. Light touch of fruit and alcohol in the drying, roasty finish. Very much a Porter , and with an extra level of complexity from the use of oysters, which ends up working quite well.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet roasted chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, roast and maybe some salt with a dry, chalky, light bitter black patent malt finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK stout - sweet and dry.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown-orange color with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and some briney saltiness. The flavor is roasted malt with some hop bitterness. I also get some chocolate and some salt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of djmitche
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured quite dark, with a decent off-white head. I wasn't sure what to expect from an "oyster stout", but I really can't detect anything out of the ordinary here. The nose is faint - a bit of hops, really, with a tiny bit of smokiness. The taste is similar - mild, with a dry finish. There's not much sweetness here, but some decent roasted notes. The beer is a bit heavier than, say, a brown ale, which - coupled with the light carbonation - makes for a nice mouthful.

I could probably drink a few of these if they were at the local pub, but for the price here in the US, I won't be reaching for another.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. pull tab bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge four finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very creamy and sweet dark aroma with fruit and a kick of oyster. Dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, coffee, cream, milk, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Hints of the salty oysters come through giving an ocean like scent. Fruit hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. Fairly earthy with some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a creamy and sweet taste of roast, oyster, and dark fruit. Roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, coffee, creamy milk, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and smoke. The oyster taste is pretty noticeable giving a fairly salty, mineral like taste. Notes of dark dried fruit including plum, dark cherry, raisin, and figs. Some earthy, grassy hops provide some balancing bitterness. A pretty good Irish Stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat slick. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good Irish style dry stout. Good roasty flavors and a nice kick from the oyster.

Photo of centbeerfest
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a gift as a mixed six pack -yes i have great friends. I poured this into a pint glass to get started and was impressed by the nice head and dark coffee look.
Not much on the smell but had a bit of burnt toast smell. The head soon deflated but by the color I anticpated a hearty tasting beer.
Initial taste was enjoyable with a nutty flavor tbut soon disappeared like the head. Finish was thin. As the label said the added oyster is unidentifiable. Carbonation was good and quenched my thirst.
On the take-home scale, I would buy one if I was doing a stout tasting and had oysters, but probably not otherwise

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar color and alcohol level to their Plain Porter, this is a deep ruby color almost black color with a light tan head forming thick and leaving behind dwindled/scattered lacing. Aroma has a salty brine to the herbal mint dark chocolate notes between the dark roasts and various hop varieties. Flavor is muted with dark bitter chocolate notes and a sea salt finish that actually works with a soft calcium ion infused water source. The only beer that's good for your bones, any oyster stout. The most well blended version of any of their beers I've had I'm really interested why this drinks so well this will kill an Irishmen especially at proper temp and serving technique, of course that would be cask. Fine drinking beer fine easy to gulp texture with ample flavor abound finishes lightly dry but not bittering hop pellet dry. Cohesive flavors and excellent beverage marry in my glass I'm ready for a whole four pack how expensive were these freakin' beers?

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

undated 11.2 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours essentially clear but very dark brown with a smallish light tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma and flavor: I have limited experience with oysters, but the unusual aroma and flavor is consistent a significant contribution from what I remember of raw or stewed oysters. Nonetheless, there seems to be a more pronounced flavor component attributable to some spicing (nutmeg?); this makes it seem to me like a "Winter Stout". Slightly more sweet than bitter, especially after some warming, this stout also has a hint of sourness. (T=3.25)

Mouthfeel: near medium bodied; crisp, lively carbonation, and a good bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: a good and, in my experience, unique stout. {3.75} Recommended.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and two fingers of off-white foam. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly roasted malts with a good amount of mineral aroma that I've learned to identify with oyster stouts. The "oyster" part of this beer isn't over the top and actually plays nicely with the mild roasted malt aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth yet muted roasted malt flavors kick things off with a hint of darker black malt underlying everything. Shortly thereafter solid amounts of mineral flavor enter into things along with very small amounts of unsweetened chocolate. All of these flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I don't have a whole lot of experience in the style but this is one of the smoother ones I remember having. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice, but a bit lighter than i thought it would be, still a nice bitter coffee flavour and very smooth. Nitrofied, which i don't like, but again managed to keep some character, unlike Guinness. Too creamy in the end with some decent amount of flavour, up and down for me, thers good and bad points.

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stout it is, and appropriate: not a crushing Americanized version, but the look you'd expect and hope for from an Irish Dry straight from the source. Some brown highlights sneak through at the edges, and a tan cap of head rests on top. It offers reasonable retention and a pretty good volume of patchy and spotty lacing.
It's mostly roast in the nose, with a bit of some sweeter elements (caramel, a touch of vanilla) that's more those notes than the sugary aspects of them. A bit of a metallic element comes out, likely from the oyster, though it's not outright evident. A lightly tangy element (a factor of the roast?) sits underneath.
There's little sweetness in the flavor, but a choking dryness is avoided pretty skillfully considering what would be necessary to balance those elements. Otherwise, the taste is the same as the smell, and that metallic note is ever present.
The feel is good, appropriately full-bodied but not a huge American bruiser, nor should it be. It's mostly dry but might lean a touch gentler than some. There's enough smoothness at first, though it gets a little tough in the texture toward the middle.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to the anonymous rep (to me, at least) who left this for we discerning beer vendors. Another of those weird-ass pull-cap enclosures.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown, cola-highlighted colour, with two hefty fingers of rocky, foamy beige head, which leaves a complex pattern of chunky, disparate, honeycomb-esque lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of roasted, grainy caramel malt, a saltwater, ever so slightly seafood essence, some bitter cocoa notes, a prominent mineral character, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is dry, grainy, lightly toasted malt, a strangely earthy, more than sea-borne meatiness, some powdery milk notes, a childhood chalkboard essence, and tame leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles present as a low-fi burbling effect, the body a middling medium-weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, nothing really screwing with it. It finishes rather dry, the lightly toasted malt, and ethereal salmon smokehouse effect still lingering, some bitter chocolate and sassy weedy hops adding to the offsetting mix.

A quite interesting twist on the Irish Dry Stout trope, wherein the soft, dry roasted malt mainstay is gently nudged by some mild seaside characteristics. Enjoyable, surely, but more for the memory of Eire, than the promise of a current pub session, methinks.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle (with an unusual pull-cap) into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark sienna body with chocolate highlights capped by a small bubbling collar and slick wheat head. Pleasing sandy lacing leaves a sea-foam pattern behind.

Light roast and black malt notes in the nose, along with a low minerality likely from the oysters. An earthy grassy fragrance emerges from the various English hops as well.

Roast malt, coffee and bitter cocoa, along with a hint of the sea suggesting Islay malt, toasted kelp, and oyster brine. This all comes out in the finish which is appropriately dry and malt-forward. The hops add complexity and a very mild bitterness throughout.

Medium-bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated...

A well balanced dry stout...the oysters are well integrated into the flavor profile - though after having a domestic oyster stout or two, I didn't expect these elements to be overly assertive. Curious what this would be like on cask...

Photo of CanuckRover
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a couple times at the porterhouse, one of my favourite places when I'm in Dublin.

At first it comes across as any of the bar's other fine porters; great roasted malt, coffee and a mouth coating burnt bitterness. An epiphany if you've been drinking Guinness in the Temple all day.
Drink it a little more carefully and you get a pleasant fishiness. I know that sounds horrible, but others have said sea-salt and I think it goes a tad farther than that. Don't let it scare you off, it's a real tasty drink and one of the more original ones I've ever had.

I find it's best to try this with a pint of plain, alternating at least a couple sips, allowing you to clearly taste the taste of Dublin bay.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased in Mullingar Ireland. Cute pull ring cap. Head quickly disappeared but some residual lacing. Definitely a taste of salt. Not as bitter as some stouts but not as much oyster as I expected. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with hints of red/brown, this unique stout uses real oysters in the process, so I couldn't resist picking up a bottle.

Odor is roasty, like a burnt chocolate.

The oyster ingredients are subtle, and virtually undetectable if not for the label and name.

Maybe there's a hint of brininess, but other than that, this is a good, if not particularly memorable stout.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark coffee liquor, with two fingers of tan sea foam on top...

The first smell is light cocoa, the second is a barely discernible salty ocean, I'm not playing into the name, it really has it. Some cherries and Goldings hops aroma

Roasted malts and heavy chocolates, some light smoke and a little salt water taffy, not salty though just the taffy. Interesting sweet character comes with warming

Good medium body, some stickiness on the tongue and light carbonation. Creamy.

Overall a decent stout one I'd recommend.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with some red light sneaking in around the edges of the glass. Amazing foam.

Smell: Subdued caramel malt. Pretty good, but should be stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A hint of seawater in an ocean of coffee with strong notes of iodine. Subtly sophisticated. Mouthfeel is also great with a medium body and lots of spritz.

Overall Drinkability: A very pleasant oyster stout.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk chalice

Love the interesting pull tab on the bottle. But the real curiosity was what an oyster stout would taste like.

A - Pours dark brown with a bit of a tan head. No lacing, and settles quickly.

S - Strong hints of chocolate. Also scents of malt.

T - Tastes like a good dry Irish stout. A bit of acidity gives to a dry whisky-like flavor. Finish is malty and a flaovr of chocolate.

M - Quite light bodied for a stout. Typical to the style it is dry on the tongue.

O - This is a solid stout, and would be good for those looking for one to break in with. Contrary to the perception, it does not taste like oysters.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with my dessert panino at Tria. With the extra strength and body (compared to other Irish stouts), this beer came off a bit more like an English stout. I suppose that body could be from the oysters. Anyways, the stout had a lot more earthy and herbal taste than most, but it was still capped off by black roasted grains. Overall, this beer was interesting, delicious, and a great way to cap off a meal.

Photo of plfahey
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Thin khaki head has fair retention, and leaves a trace of lace on the glass.

Aroma-Smells bready and chocolatey, with a bit of caramel and raisins thrown in for good measure. Subtle hints of further dark fruit aromas suggest plums, prunes, and grapes. Slight aroma of fresh sea water.

Flavor-Smooth chocolate biscotti, honey drizzled on fresh bread, and light sweet caramel open the flavor. Subdued raisins make a brief appearance. Finish is dried by light roast character along with moderately low hop bitterness. Finish is an interesting blend of raisins, earthy hops, and mineral sea water, with roasted malt in the backseat.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation which imparts a slightly creamy texture upon the beer.

Aside from the fact that it doesn't hold its head very well, this is a pretty yummy beer. I'm not sure that I'd call it an Irish dry stout, but Im not sure that Porterhouse would call it such either. A very nice and very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a finger of tan head.

Black malt smell and toasted grain.

Roasted malt taste, some burnt malt there too. Moves to a watery taste.

The texture is like nothing else. It's soft, like drinking a cloud, then leaves a coating. Medium body and low carbonation.

This beer is worth drinking for the experience of the texture. Besides that it's a descent stout.

Photo of Arty0861
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect with an Oyster Stout, but the flavor was intriguing. Not too dark and not too light. Please bear with me as this is my 1st review. The next bottle of this I open will be with an Oyster Po-Boy

Photo of output01x
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, even coating that seems to have trouble disappearing fully. The body is a dark mahoganny brown with traces of crimson red when held to light. Thick lacing attempts to cling to the glass but is dragged down by its own mass.

Dark, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel mocha all make for a very appealing nose. Unfortunately, the fishy oyster aroma I was hoping for cannot be detected. Furthermore, I only get a hint of salt water, not a heavy aroma as other reviewers have indicated.

A sharp sweetness strikes the tip of the tongue at first sip. This is quickly followed by roasted malts with hints of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Earthy and a little salty, the flavors are rather bold for the style. A nice coffee dryness ends each taste.

Medium to full bodied with good carbonation, this beer doesn't want to be just sipped on. The body is thick and a somewhat sticky, but not nearly as dense as some stouts. The carbonation is just strong enough to give this beer a creamy texture.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.