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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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379 Ratings

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a humble-looking, black body with a foamy, sudsy head with a very, very light beige hue to it.

Smell: Not picking up any briny seaside notes, just fairly light notes of roasted malt, chocolate powder, and licorice. All light, mind you.

Taste: Faintly sweet very minimal chocolate character with a roasted grain flavor garnering a light flourish of acidic astringency. Hint of licorice. Modest bitterness. Powdery mineral taste like taking in a mouthful of chalk dust. Drying on the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: "Little oysters, little oysters?? But answer there came none." Lackluster flavor that leaves much to be desired with some nearing watery aspects to it make for a very hohum experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:33:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, cream-colored head. The head lingered for a while and receded with minimal lacing.

S - Very roasty aroma. Mild chocolate notes and yes a slight aroma that I assume is the oysters. Almost smelled like some delicious scallops from Sycamore.

T - Again, strong roastiness with chocolate and that oyster flavor. Oyster flavor has some smokiness, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was interesting. Like a smoked Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:51:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted malt scent along with a bit of caramel malt sweetness and a yeasty zing. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry roasted malt flavor along with a black malt bitterness and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. It goes down easy with a weird tang that I can't pinpoint. Oysters/Yeast esters? The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid dry stout. I'm not sure what character if any the oysters contribute, but this is a tasty beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:08:30 | More by WesWes
Photo of Thorpe429


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this bottle over. Poured into a goblet.

The color is dark brown with a half-finger head that recedes quickly and leaves just a touch of lace around the glass and a bit of white film on top of the brew. The aroma is interesting. I smell something a bit different, though I couldn't say it is oysters. (It probably doesn't help that I've never had oysters.) Very mild chocolate and a hint of roast.

The flavor exhibits some lightly-bitter chocolate characteristics as well as a light earthy note. Some slight roast is there as well. Something a bit off that I cant quite name. The body is a bit light with carbonaion toward the lower end of the spectrum. Finish is quite dry. Drinks fairly well. Definitely interestidry

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:48:24 | More by Thorpe429
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:27:59 | More by djmitche
Photo of kojevergas


2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Served on-tap at the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. The cream top complements the tan body, which is bled into by the black bubbles in a dazzling display mimicking that of Guinness. One finger, creamy head. Appealing.

Sm: Light scent of roasted barley, malt, and a bit of hops. Appealing but unpronounced.

T: Cream on the open - which is thin. Simple body with a note of roast and a note of hops. Not bold and not particularly good. I'm usually biased towards stouts, but this is bland.

Mf: Too smooth, but the dryness in the finish is nice.

Dr: Too bland and too expensive to consider again. This is the best of the porterhouse's self-brewed stouts, but that isn't saying much.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 17:09:02 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Tone


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight dry hop, hint of coffee, and hint of grass. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of citrus, and slight spice (ginger?). Overall, a good beer, but not quite what I want in an Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:45:58 | More by Tone
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3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was pretty darn black. The beer also had a strange fruity smell to it. Also I guess I should mention the beer had a pretty decent head that was mocha colored and fat. I did not like the beer as it was bitter and off balanced tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 18:23:27 | More by Minkybut
Photo of crossovert


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz pull top (sucky because I collect caps) brown bottle with a shiny label.

It pours a rich dark brown with a foamy off-white head. The head sticks for a nice while and recedes to some thick lacing.

The smell is pretty standard for the style. It is peaty with a hint of cocoa and a slight alcoholic tang.

The flavor is probably the best I've ever tasted in an Irish Dry Stout. It has a nice coffee flavor, a hint of rostiness, some sweetness, anise, and some oddity that I would equate to the addition of oysters. It has a subtle bitterness that gives it a little character.

This is the only Irish Dry stout that i have found that has body and character and flavor. It isn't just burnt wood flavored water. The higher level of carbonation is welcome.

This is as good as this style gets imo.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 05:20:12 | More by crossovert
Photo of SykDoc


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a healthy dark brown. It is translucent when held to the light. A 1/2 inch beige head forms leaving a nice spotty lacing. Looks black.

The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malts and a unique smokey oyster component that is intriguing to me. Some mild chocolatey notes.

The toast again includes roasted malty components of chocolate and coffee and an odd bitterness. Some salted oyster notes sneaks through again. Oddly enough, solid to my palate.

The mouthfeel is medium fulled bodied with a fizzy carbonation that loosens the flavor a bit. Bitter and quick dryness that leaves a velvet texture is solid.

Overall, I didn't really know what to expect from this beer. However, it is quite good and a nice representative of the style. Solid beer and easy to enjoy a couple of.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:14:08 | More by SykDoc
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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Black... about 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer and ring. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass. Great looking stout...

S: Smells like creamy coffee, little chocolate, little roasted malt with a hint of salt.

T: Bitter coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavor... Then there is this strange taste that follows.... it is salty and mineral like.. Just strange.. it has to be the oysters. Very unique finishing flavor.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, carbonation is right on with the style.

D: Very drinkable little stout, but that strange finish really makes you want to have just one. Hey it is a crazy idea.... worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:31:40 | More by mralphabet
Photo of theghost3


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent brown with a 1-finger beige head. Lots of layer lacing.

The aroma is toasted malts, smokey. The flavor is subdued toasted malts, dark chocolate, salty oysters, and slight herbal hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated, dry, and the body is not as thick as what I would expect.

This is a fairly drinkable stout that would go well with a soft cheese and crackers. The saltiness of the oysters comes through at the end of the flavor. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:13:23 | More by theghost3
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very faint oyster nose. Flavor is mostly burnt chocolate, hints of oyster. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 22:06:17 | More by jdhilt
Photo of jera1350


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest of brown in color with a one finger tan head that has a crystal like sheer to it. A bit of lacing. Love the little pop top on the bottle.

A weaker nose. A bit of sweet and lightly roasty malt does come through.

Very roasty malt, not very sweet at all. There is a bit of a salty/mineral taste to it, but I would never guess it was oyster. A fair hop presence. There are some notes of coffee and more of an oyster taste at the end, but it is very subtle.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but otherwise smooth. Less than a medium body.

Drinks just like a dry stout. There is nothing special about this beer. Is it made with oysters? Okay, doesn't really make it stand out from any others in the style and is not worth paying more than others in the style. Seems to be more of a novelty to me. Nonetheless, still a fine irish dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:01:08 | More by jera1350
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. The aroma is not great with cardboard, burnt malt, coffee, plastic, and hops. The taste is better than the aroma with only the coffee, burnt malt, and hops. The palate is thick and right for the style. Overall a decent beer but with an aroma problem. Maybe it's the oysters.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:25:09 | More by nick76
Photo of CampusCrew


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black like coffee with great head retention head retention and some lacing down the glass.

smell: deep dark malts, lots of chocolate flavor, some saltiness

taste: low hop profile than i thought, lots of deep dark malt flavor. lots of salt water on the back and a crazy long finish.

mouthfeel: medum to full, les than expected, but appreciated

drinkability: not bad. I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 19:52:56 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent stout with the oyster in it giving just a faintly noticeable, and very pleasant subtle sea-like/shellfish hint.

Basically black but with some light coming through, it has a very big tan head steadily shrinking to a rocky, foamy top and some frothy lace. Overall, it's very nice looking.

Aroma is caramelised sweet brown bread, prunes, raisins, hint of molasses, faint hint of the sea and shellfish. It is firm and characterful, very nice with slight uniqueness.

Taste is more mild than aroma, dryer, with lightly sweet-sour fruit (turned figs), up front and gentle darkly roasted barley and dark toast following, with a light sea/shellfish twang hint in the finish and aftertaste. It has light woody-roasty bitterness and bite at the finish, very gentle, with nice subtle complexity. Drinkability is high and the feel is firm, not watery or oily.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 21:28:26 | More by Offa
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep, dark, opaque brown, very close to solid black, topped with a large amount of tan head, which retains quite well and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice subdued but toasty roasted malts. Pleasant and interesting. I wouldn't peg oysters from the aroma, but there does seem to be something extra going on, something different.

T: A nice solid dry stout, with a little bit of saltiness on the finish. Complex, but very well balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, with a somewhat creamy finish. Quite smooth overall.

D: Very drinkable, and I could have a few pints for sure. I wouldn't have known it had oysters without reading the label, but there's definitely a noticeable extra note that I haven't tasted in other beers.

I've never had an oyster stout before, but based on this one, I'd try one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:41:38 | More by seand
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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ABV on this bottle is 5.2%.

Body is black, but very dark brown if you hold it up to the light. Has a substantial, greyish (must be the oysters) tan head, that lasts awhile, dissipating to a fine layer yet leaving some fine lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet dark malt, chocolate, some fruit. Some salty ocean freshness.

Taste is crisp and fine, very well balance of mildly sweet malt and acid. Some chocolate and dark fruit, I'm tasting cherries or maybe ripe blueberries. There really are some oysters in it too, but if it really tasted strongly of oysters I mightn't like it. There is a little metallic/mineral tanginess. Finishes dry, chocolaty, and somewhat hoppy.

Body is light and the carbonation makes it effervescent, giving it a very refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a very nice stout, with a lot of interesting flavors, and the ABV is low enough, one could drink several in a session. Should be quite nice with fresh oysters, but with the acidity, it can be paired well with some hearty Irish food, such as a shepherd's pie, or a smoked salmon boxty, as well as a bunch of other Irish dishes. I am liking it, but then I'm half Irish.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:28:16 | More by Beerenauslese
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Oyster Stout you may be mislead. I didn't pick up on much sea, oyster, salt water type characteristics but rather this fell right in line with most other dry stouts. It did however get a nod in the smell and taste profile as it was packed with goodness.

Smells of dark over ripened plumbs and a nice dry batch of kindling. Charred bark is a stunning and lingering finish. It finishes dry. The taste never completely cleans up as it lingers into the next pull. This has to be near the top of the heap for the style in my experience.

Notes: Although the price will keep this from being a staple in the fridge it is worthy of a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:47:00 | More by DogFood11
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A soothing and genuine Irish Stout that is the Stout version of down home cooking. Though the intrigue about the beer revolves about the 'oyster' namesake, this aspect of the beer has little impact on the beer, if any.

Dark, dark brown (might as well call it black) with a creamy/liquid lightly tanned head that forms on the beer with light retention and lacing. A good look but not outstanding.

The aromas lead with a good amoun to roast that rounds out the scent of coffee grounds, walnuts, and bitter cocoa nibs. Muted aromas of caramel, malted milk, and vanilla give a subtle and sweeter/creamier note but is complimentary and never shout for attention. No evidence of hops, oysters, or phenoics anywhere and only a mild fruity ester component deep in the aroma.

Flavors of roasted coffee beans, cocoa, burnt walnuts, caramelized apple, and chocolate malt (think Whoppers candies) make a nice and blended/complex taste to start. After the initial flavors subside, the minerally/salty/briney taste comes into play but in a subsidary role and never in a primary role. Outside of any conotation of any oyster addition, I would have simply attributed any difference to mineral additions if anything.

The mouthfeel is silky, simple, and velvety until the mid portion of the texture where the mineral feel makes the beer acidic, scrubed, or raw while leads to a rougher finish to the beer than I would have liked.

Generally a good flavored Irish Stout but without the smooth creamy texture and taste that is expected for most Irish Stouts. This one adds that minerally/briney taste that is as interesting and alluring as it is distracting.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 03:39:59 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never had an Oyster Stout and have always been intrigued to try one. 11.2oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a deep almost opaque black that shows slight ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a nice frothy light tan head that is quick to diminish to a ring leaving slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts and mild salt with just a trace of any oyster smell. The taste is roasted malts just in front of a distinct oyster taste, fairly well balanced. The beer is quite light and smooth with mild carbonation. This is certainly an interesting brew, I'm glad to have tried an oyster stout, but I'm not sure if I'll be trying any more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:14:48 | More by atsprings
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. My first from this brewery, and only my second real oyster stout. Pours a garnet tinged brown with good clarity, and a strange white head with a garnet tint. Smells slightly salty and savory with some creamy sweetness playing off the other aromas. The taste is similar. Starts with a light creaminess and a slight bitterness, and finishes with an overlay of brine, a touch of Iodine, and light but complex umami notes. Smooth and light, in the mouth. This is certainly an interesting beer, and I'm glad I tried it, but I probably won't be going back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 12:52:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

According to these folks, they are Ireland's Largest Irish Brewery...that bodes ill for their beers, but let's find out...Pours a deep, almost opaque mahogany. Lots of creamy, slightly tannish head that sticks like glue. Heavily punctuated with burned brown sugar notes in the nose - like you overcooked some syrup or something. Also some intersting, spicy notes...unusual and hard to place...Flavor is sharp and carries some mint and anise-like qualities right up front, very different. Highly roasted malt flavors in here, and a weird "tang" I can't quite place. They claim it's brewed with oysters, so maybe that's the reason for some of these characteristics. Finish is somewhat thin and carries a sharp bitterness. Overall, I'd have to say this is average at best, but it is unique and not as bad as I thought it would be. BEWARE the pull-top opener - it's a death trap!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:14:33 | More by SolomonGrundy
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2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a decent sized tan head.

S: The nose is fairly roasty but not all that impressive. A bit of chlorine and salt, and perhaps a tad metallic.

T: More of the same in terms of the flavor. What flavors are there are watery and bland and not all that enjoyable. Slightly roasted, salty, and a bit of a mineral quality.

M: Fairly light in body with a a similarly light carbonation to it.

D: What is it with this brewery? I've had three beers from them, none of them resembling anything enjoyable. Oh well...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 04:04:16 | More by womencantsail
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