Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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Reviews by dauss:
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
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Was really looking forward to this beer on my one night stay in Dublin. I essentially only left the airport for this beer. I think I envisioned it to be a little too good, but the Oyster Stout is still one of the best stouts I've ever had, and I love stouts. Creates an amazing foamy head that is thick and cream, and the body's flavor, including the hints of real oysters, is like nothing I've ever had before. Truly an amazing beer.
Serving type: nitro-tap
06-12-2014 02:08:00 | More by marshmarsh
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, salt, and roast/mineral earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, salt, herbal, and roast/mineral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good stout. Good complexity and solid robustness of roast/bready malt, earthy hop, and salty oyster flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 03:53:31 | More by superspak
3.44/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 01:15:26 | More by woemad
4.3/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 22:02:03 | More by tjsdomer2
3.54/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 19:48:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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