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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%


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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Reviews by dauss:
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dauss

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml bottle with a pull handle cap. Haven't seen those kind of caps before. No freshness date or stamp on the bottle. The blurb on the bottle says that fresh oysters are added to the brewing process. This batch is 5.2% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown. Very good clarity with hints of ruby. A large tan head forms on top. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma: Roast character is upfront and dominant with a very faint hints of earthy and lightly spicy hop aroma.

Taste: First impressions is a slightly sweet medium bodied maltiness. Dark roasted coffee and hints of chocolate and more of that earthy hop flavor. The taste quickly fades and ends up very thin, dry, and bland. A very light touch of astringency is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: It is an interesting beer. It starts off medium bodied, but then finishes very thin and dry. Carbonation is moderately high with a fine carbonation that lends a very creamy mouthfeel upfront.

Notes: So, this isn't my first oyster stout, and the oyster character is no where to be found, or at least I can't find it. The beer has a very nice aroma, and the beginning of the sip is delicious, but then it just falls apart in the finish. If it was able to maintain that nice medium body and sweetness through the finish, I would be able to enjoy this beer significantly more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:26:05 | More by dauss
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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.

Chocolaty and roasty in the nose. IT seemed rather one-dimensional.

The flavor was rich, roasty and chocolaty – a little more interesting than the smell. I didn’t get any kind of oyster flavor, but it might have been buried under the chocolate. At the swallow there was a mildly bitter hop note.

The mouthfeel was a little bit watery for a stout.

This was an okay stout, and I think I might choose it over a Guinness or Murphy’s. However, I don’t think it was worth what I paid for it, which I cannot remember except that it was a little pricy given the amount of beer.

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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.

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I first read about oyster stouts in a book by Roger Protz, learning that these beers very rarely contain actual oysters today; most modern examples contain a little shell material or just carry the moniker because of the historical association. This one is apparently legit. Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass, this is a dark blackish brown brew with yellowish highlights and around two fingers of bubbly beige head. Aroma evokes caramel, light molasses, maybe a small measure of singed barley, and a wispy but nevertheless palpable sea salt note. Palate is expectedly dry and rather toasty. I get some licorice, faint aromatic wintergreen, medicinal iodine, chocolate "Tootsie Roll" candy, light roast weak coffee, and white pepper spice. The latter element lingers through into the roasted dry finish, which also features some earthy hops. It seems that other reviewers struggle to taste the oysters but I do get a different flavor here that makes this one stand apart from other Irish dry stouts. I agree that the beer does not taste overly briny but certainly this is not a Guinness. Body is chalky and dry with a mild metallic tang pervading the whole proceedings, along with a flinty calcium bite. Cool experience if not an acquired taste.

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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.

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Dark mahogany brown with a half centimetre tall head that is an light, tan brown and creamy looking with good retention.

Rich with a lot of dark chocolate and strong coffee notes with some roasted barely coming through as well. This is followed by a creamy, milk chocolate smell and some sweetness that is complimented by some light vanilla and fruits such a cherry and blackcurrant.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.