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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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387 Ratings

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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

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 08-29-2002)
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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle into a Guinness shaker pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with mocha head that sticks around for a while.

S: Smell is a little funky. There are chocolate and roast notes, but there is a noticeable fishiness that is too strong to be solely power of suggestion.

T: Taste is an improvement. Chocolate and coffee are here and the fishiness is gone. A bit of salt is present too, which is surprisingly refreshing.

D: Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the alcohol is hidden and the flavours are unique and interesting.

Overall: A nice little stout from Porterhouse. This one is very close to a regular Irish Dry, but the addition of oysters gives it a distinct and unique edge.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light khaki color head turns into a film that starts to dissipate. Dark ruby color body with opaque sides. Kind of boring for a Stout, reminds me of a average Porter.

Chocalate, dark malts and a sweet tar smell if that makes sense.

This reminds me of a Guiness with a unidentifiable taste, this has to be from the oysters. Burnt coffee, burnt grass, I'm getting a weird mint tea leaf taste with a bitter ending and aftertaste that sticks around.

Approaching medium body. It feels okay. Slight carbonation. Falls kind of short for a stout.

I'm really not impressed with this beer at all. Weird taste, not unbearably horrible but not worthy for me to want to try another one. The body feel falls short of what a stout should feel like.

9InchNails, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A deep brown beer with a lightly tanned head.

S. Woody, smokey and juicy currants.

T. Chocolate, oaky, some coffee and a slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium

D. A nice oyster stout from Porterhouse that I would put on a par with Marston's version of an oyster stout.

AEK, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: velvety black with huge white creamy head that stay around around 1/2 finger theought the beer

S: smells of seasalt, lemons and a typical dry stout. Very interesting and not your typical

T: very subtle notes of lemon, dark grains and a slight bitterness shines through at the end, but not over powering to the flavor at all.

M: very creamy and smooth. Probably one of the smoothest beers you will ever have.

O: If you like dry stouts with flavor, this is a good beer to try. Definitely a unique flavor profile, but its not over powering

codsmith, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of DIM
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and it was served to me with a smallish off white cap.

s: Mild roasty notes of coffee grounds and something sort of tart and kind of spicy. The oysters I suppose? The effect is subtle if that's what it is.

t: Roasty flavors that suggest bakers chocolate is joined by tart, maybe tangy is a better word, almost salty flavor that I don't recall tasting before. There is a fruity component to the tartness as well. The finish has a surprisingly bitter charred coffee flavor that lingers for quite awhile along with a tart cherry flavor.

m: Nice body for a smaller beer.

o: This is the first oyster stout I've had in a long time and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Just a really nice dry stout but with a subtle twist.

DIM, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a shaker glass. Pours a deep brown color with a nice, thick creamy head that leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with rich chocolate and coffee roasted qualities. The aroma is just what I'm looking for in a dry stout.

The taste is everything I mentioned plus a briny quality that is slightly off-putting. This is my first oyster stout so maybe it's an acquired taste.

Very dry, nice carbonation but a little thin feeling.

Not my favorite, but I think I'll try and get my hands on a few more oyster stouts to compare it to.

3rdRowTailgater, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a smallish head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of roasted malt with a little bit of char and ash. Toasted brown bread, almost like a cinnamon raisin bread, without the cinnamon or raisins if that makes any sense. Some brown sugar notes bring a sweetness to the aroma. Kind of has a brown ale aroma.

Light roasted malt with brown sugar sweetness. A bit of sweetness from the oysters as well as a light mineral character. Toasted bread and grassy hops add some bitterness. Quite flavorful but reminds me more of a brown ale, and a fine brown ale at that.

The feel is light, too light for a stout. Not even close really. Prickly carbonation, almost crisp. Some sweetness but overall, bitter on the palate. Low marks for being a "stout".

I like this beer, tastes great. Not really a stout though.

Gmann, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown almost black as do most stouts. the head is about a finger and a half thick and looks creamy, almost like a nitro pour. does leave some lacing.
S: has almost a smoked oyster aroma, with some roasted malt, coffee, along with a ocean brine, but its oyster stout!
T: strange mix between coffee, beer and oysters, but its not a bad mix. malt is nice with a dry dark roasted flavor.
M: smooth, not slimy like one would think with oyster in the name. carbonation holds well also.
O: very good flavor, leaves me wanting another

rootbeerman, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of godfathermg57
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark but with thin body to it and lackluster carbonation and head.

S: Smells pretty weird. Very little smell but I can detect maybe salt and malt (that rhymes!).

T: Taste is ok. It tastes like Guiness but with a chalky, salt essence to it. Not the greatest, but it's not bad either.

M: Average again. Not too much body and toward the end felt almost like water.

Overall, it's an ok beer. I wouldn't buy again, but I would recommend to try if you've never had.

godfathermg57, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a non-BA friend. This is my first oyster stout so it has me very interested. I think I'd very much like to grab a few others and really see what this style is about.

A- The pour looks very lackluster. Its as if theres no body to this "stout" at all. Its very clear and very red on the pour. It collects nearly black but bubbles are seen through the body. Not much head, no retention and no lacing.

S- Woah, this aroma is weird. Its not gross, but it should be. Its very briny with a strong seaweed smell. My friend had a good description when she said, "Its like you are walking along a muddy beach on a rainy day and you smell all the seaweed and fish and shellfish after high tide." The actual majority of the smell is beer-like though. There's some roast, some coffee and very little hops. Honestly, the aroma is like a very lackluster porter with some strange seaside things going on inside.

T- I think my last line for the smell speaks for the taste too. Like a mediocre porter with something strange in it. Again, its not gross, but it should be. Its salty, very briny, with some shellfishiness and lots of seaweed and kelp. Almost like bad sushi. A dry roastiness builds as you drink.

M- Quite dry with a low body and higher carbonation.

D- This was a pretty cool little beer. It wasnt the freshest but it held up fine. It has me interested in oyster stouts even more. I'd like to see how this stacks up against others.

MbpBugeye, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter.

Has a deep, dark brown color with a slight redness and a 2 finger that clears up quickly. Good lacing down the side of the glass.

Has a salty, toasty smell with a hint of hops and coffee. There is a unique smell to it, but I wouldn't guess seafood. A little spice.

This has a nice medium mouthfeel. It has a hoppy, coffee, caramel taste, with a nice bitterness, and I truly believe I can detect some of the oysters. I taste quite a bit of saltiness to this beer, maybe thats the seafood in it! Certainly well balanced, very tasty and a nice malty smokey aftertaste.

It is smooth and refreshing, and has a nicely balanced, complex taste that is a nice change for a stout. Light for a stout but very drinkable.

ryantho00, Mar 15, 2011
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 AwYeh
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into snifter; thanks to Jesse13713 for generously splitting this one with me.

A: Pours a semi-translucent deep brown color, with hints of red around the edges. Very little head, just a white ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Roasty, sweet malts here; a distinct seafood smell arises as the beer warms, as expected (though not as indistinguishable as the bottle claims).

T: Mild roasty malt flavor, not much else going on here. Lightly bittersweet finish.

M: Chalky, medium-bodied with light carbonation. Dry as expected.

D: Average drinkability; nothing distinct about this that would make me want to return to it, but not having a hard time getting it down either.

AwYeh, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Winking Lizards about a month ago.

Appearence - No real head at all on this one. Pretty light for a stout. More of a dark mahogany brown. Average to poor lacing. A slight hint of red that is very faint.

Smell - Definitely some sort of seafood smell to this. It is quite unpleasant. Hints of dark fruit and some smokey roasted malts. No real hints of chocolate or coffee.

Taste - The coffee is more prevalent in the taste. The oyster notes definitely present themselves in the taste; giving it a saltier and more funky taste. I definitely agree with the below poster about the cocoa puffs taste. It was ahrd to pinpoint, but he got it right on with that statement. Thanks, Reaper16. I try not to look at reviews until I review a beer for myself, but this ones taste was quite distinct.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabilty - Definitely a very smooth stout. Not really sour, but definitely funky. I thought this was quite delicious and I downed my fill in no time at all. I would definitely buy this again.

Jesse13713, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a globe glass. Thanks for the beer, Bo!

Pours a rusty nail/muddy water sort of brown color. I was expecting, you know, some darkness. This beer looks about as dark as some of the darker amber ales. The off-white head doesn't approach more than a finger, not even close. Lacing is unspectacular. Even without taking off for the weird color, this is an unimpressive looking dry stout.

This is a pretty average stout on the nose. Sure, you get some light roasted malt. Some cocoa powder. That's about it, though. I detect some salty component; that is assuredly coming from the oysters. It's a pretty tight, closed nose without a lot to offer, but what is there is on-point.

Thankfully, Porterhouse's Oyster Stout completely delivers on the palate. Cocoa Puffs brand cereal meets a significant black licorice characteristic. A gentle roast flavor transitions into a decided salinity from the oysters. That salty note finishes quite earthy; it's here where the hops meld with the brine flavor in a pretty wonderful way.

This beer feels more or less right for the style in terms of mouthfeel. It isn't heavy, but it has a certain gloop to it that sets it apart from other dry stouts. The drinkability is quite nice, mostly because of how well the flavors transition into one another. The licorice flavor is informed by the salty brine which plays well with the earthy hops on the finish.

If you've never had the classic pairing of stout + oysters, then go eat that. If you can't, then your next best option is to find an oyster stout. This would be a good choice.

Reaper16, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Arty0861
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Arty0861, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks really interesting, direct from Ireland, thanks a ton Optimator13 for something I've def never had before.

A really interesting ring to pop open the top, which pops with a decent "fwop". It pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly despite the small stature, with a slight bit of lacing, it just proves its not always the size, but how you use it. The beer itself is very dark molasses brown that makes light tough to sneak through.

Nose is lighter, a bit of dark malts, slight chocolate, hint of dark crystal, bit of roast and very slight briny like aroma.

Taste starts fairly dry, a nice dry Irish stout for sure, light roast and bit of chocolate, roasty with hints of coffee, fairly bitter though, a bitterness combined from the roasted malts and hints of a light grassy and just a touch of earthy hop addition. A very slight gritty feel and touch of minerality lead to that slight briny taste, bringing that oyster thought into play. Finish continues it's dry spell, but doesn't destroy the palate, just cleans it; some light lingering earthy and burnt malt bitterness, and slight gritty feel still.

Mouth is medium to a slight bit heavier bodied, a bit gritty but dry, and decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, fairly sessionable, no booze, a bit earthier and more bitter than I expected but not bad, and that strange gritty and light briny taste that flashes oysters in the mind. An interesting beer to sample.

jlindros, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From an interesting pull tab bottle cap.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, can make out some dark red hues when held up to the light, thin tan head that fades really fast, not much lacing on the glass if any at all.

Smell is primarily roasty toasty malt with little other character.

Taste starts out with roasted malt at the forefront, has a bit of a dry chalky presence, carbonation is high and kind of kills it, light nuttiness in the aftertaste but it isn't enough to save this beer from being fairly average, not picking up any oyster presence except for a little saltiness, body is thin.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. "pull-tab" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Brown in color, with ruby highlights, and a moderate head of off-whit foam.
Aroma-Dark malt, coffee notes
Taste-Roasted malt,coffee,sea salt? A rather dry finish, which certainly befits an Irish stout.
Overall good flavor, would make a nice session brew.

hosehead83, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark colored liquid, not quite black, with a reddish hue. The smell is moderately smoky, with a pleasant grainy flavor. The taste is incredibly dry, with a little chalky flavor. The beer does have a little roasted malt flavor and some nut qualities. It finishes dry as well. Soft mouthfeel...a little lighter than expected for a stout. The beer is drinkable, but not really outstanding.

Suds, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beers available at the local today, even at 5 bucks a bottle I still pulled the trigger.
Pours a solid dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head hung in there for a while before gravity got the best of it. Smell is lackluster. Hints of minerals, faint roasted malts, lightly sweet caramel or dark sugars. Smells like a sugary Guinness honestly. Taste is a sweet slightly roasty slightly mineral-y affair. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation and body. Easy to drink very sessionable, but lacking much roasty character.

johnnnniee, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights, and a bubbly tan head that quickly reduces to a thin lid. The bottle features a pull-tab top.

Has a malty, toffee aroma, with hints of biscuits and alcohol. No hint of the fresh oysters which, according to the label, are added during the brewing process.

Starts quite bitter, and stays that way throughout. There's a thin, burnt malt flavor, that feels almost smokey as you sip this one down. While it is good out of the bottle, I've got to imagine it is even better tasting on tap.

A thinnish mouthfeel, with a slight buttery feeling on the back of the tongue as you drink this bitter brew down.

I like this beer quite a bit; too bad that 11.2 ounces cost me $3.75. As such, while I find it quite drinkable, I doubt I actually will be drinking very much of this stout.

TheHoppiest, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First oyster stout. Tit-bit nervous.

The pour looked dark brown, but the end result was pretty opaque with muddied edges. Head was light tan, but looked almost white against the dark liquid. Lace was minimal, and retention was fast and gone.

Aroma yielded stout qualities for the most part: roasted, bit of chocolate sweetness, and toasted. Nothing seemed off from the smell.

Roasted taste, some chocolate, and a salty, fishy twang. It's slight, but does have a salty linger. Interesting.

Creamy, slick, medium in body. Sort of a leathery dryness, seemingly salt induced would be the best descriptor.

It's not bad, and unique... could be worth daring repeats and more ventures into this type of thing.

EgadBananas, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Lldeegan
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cap on this beer is what struck me. It's a pull-tab, almost like the old aluminum cans of beer.
Comes out of the bottle black with brown highlights, with a fine khaki head.
Bread, roasted chocolate, coffee on the nose.
Sweet and roasty malt upfront on the palate creamy and full bodied with a minerally and scarcely bitter and sour twang on back. There are hints of fruit, perhaps some licorice and cherry.
This beer is much like a Guinness with the creamy body and hint of sour following the roasty notes. There is that nice mineral snap that breaks up the sweet chocolate and coffee up front.
It is highly drinkable, and dare I say, it's better than Guinness?

Lldeegan, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Thin but creamy head; translucent body. A strong crimson hue to the dark brown body is quite striking. Heavy lacing.

S: It smells like soy sauce...and maybe ginger? Apparently there are "fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank." That explains a lot. Some roasted malt is also present. Good, but a little weird.

T: Again, strange but good. I think this stout tastes like stir-fried seafood (again with the impression of ginger). The maintaste is sadly brief, but good while it lasts. Despite the oddly savoury-sweet main taste, the aftertaste is a more normally stout-y roasted/bitter flavour.

M: Moderate carbonation; otherwise completely nondescript.

D: Way better than my rating might reflect. A successful experiment; perhaps not my favourite, but worth trying. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Feb 01, 2011
Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.