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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by broken22:
Photo of broken22
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

friend: Oyster Beer?!
Me: yup

When I was digging through the single bottle collection of beer at my beer store and found I picked it up and I never put it back. A beer made with Oyster shells sounds good and bad at the same time. I'm curious and willing so lets drink this thing.

This beer bottle had a unique cap that I had never seen before. There was a pull tab ring that made it so you could pull the cap right off. I like this design and would like to see it used more often. This beer pours out a medium to dark brown. I got a pretty foamy head during the pour and it lingered quite a bit before I could drink any beer. The beer smells like an Irish Dry Stout style of beer. It has that kind of almost musky malty like smell to it. The flavor light on the palate. There is very little bitterness and a slight smoky flavor. The one thing different about the normal Irish Dry Stout is this thing had a decent amount of carbonation. The bubble come alive on your tongue. The overall body of the beer is light to medium bodied.

This beer tastes pretty normal considering the ingredients of oyster shells. I was hoping for a more unique flavor profile than what I experienced. This beer, as exotic as my friends might think, is very easy to drink. This would be a good beer to give someone so they can feel adventurous and say that they had beer made with Oysters. Try one for yourself. Its an easy brew to drink and would probably go will with many different foods.

broken22, May 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

csmartin6, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of DWolf
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

DWolf, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  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.

Beaver13, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of djmitche
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

djmitche, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +9%

innominat, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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.

MattyG85, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

chickenm, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of centbeerfest
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
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

centbeerfest, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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?

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

chinchill, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

glid02, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

rastaman, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of Ang_Olive
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Ang_Olive, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.3%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  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.

Brenden, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
4/5  rDev +9%

Cookeeman, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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...

augustgarage, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

CanuckRover, Dec 27, 2007
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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.