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Oyster Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-29-2002

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Arty0861
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
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

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.

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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.66/5  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?

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Once again love the ring pull cap and the shiny reflective labels.

A: Black in the glass with a creamy soft moocha colored head of 1 finger statue that reminded me a lot of their wrasslers porter which I had the previous night. A very similar experience except the lacing stuck a bit better this time around with a near full spongey band.

S: Soft fresh rostiness, with a soft scent of onion grass. The nose is a bit softer this time around but exhibits much the same character with some juicy black fruit and a golden spiciness. I was expecting however something a bit more saltier and roastier and perhaps some mention of oysters would have been nice.

T: A bit thin substance wise, weak store bought coffee with a Schwarz like feel and roastiness, falls a bit short character wise per style. The bitterness is strange, the spicy nugget and east kent hops try to come out but is mooted and covered up by the roast and is muddled.Earthy roast bitterness is only dominantly on the finish. Lacks the salty and oyster character I was hoping for, really tame with an overall decent flavor , but lacked the character and nature per style and a safe play.

M: Again nothing spectacular, softy rosty character with tiny effervesce bubbles and a milky feel and consistency.

D: As far as oyster stouts go this was disappointing, hardly worth a repeat or recommendation. Slightly dry, but not as bold in flavor as its label. Will get a few hits from the curious, but hardcore oyster stout drinkers should pass this by as a beer with training wheels.

End beer musing: im pretty sure this and the wrassler is the same beer recipe with the exception of the addition of the oysters and a slight tweak of hops. though this comes off a bit muddled flavor wise. my average expectations derive from the lack of oyster content which i was looking forward to.

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

Opaque black with hints of red/brown, this unique stout uses real oysters in the process, so I couldn't resist picking up a bottle.

Odor is roasty, like a burnt chocolate.

The oyster ingredients are subtle, and virtually undetectable if not for the label and name.

Maybe there's a hint of brininess, but other than that, this is a good, if not particularly memorable stout.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to garnet when held to the light with lots of nice bubbling. The head is two fingers post pour, and one finger in just bubbly bone colored foam.

Tart malts with some very powdery smelling chocolate and coffee very faint in the nose. Then some charred bread crust and cocoa nibs.

The beer has a nice dry mouthfeel and some nice roasty malt notes that impart soft and powdery tasting and feeling flavors of chocolate and coffee. Pumpernickel bread crsut with that dry finish makes this a session stout marks above Guinness in my opinion.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown to light black. Light tan head. Nose has chocolate and a metallic sort of aroma, also reminds me of smell of heating coils on old school space heater. Roasty flavors on palate, easy drinking, quite light actually, and I can't detect oysters .

Photo of biglite351
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light through the center of the glass. Tall creamy off-white head.

S - malts, caramel, smoke and candy (oddly). Mild bu5 nice.

T - caramel, malts, sweetness and smoke. Bitter turn in the after taste.

M - mild coating with a tingle on the back sides and underside of the tongue.

D - two would do...

Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a black color with one finger if creamy off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, chocolate, and light coffee. Not really getting any oysters in the smell.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, oysters, chocolate, toasted malts, and smokey malts.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - A decent oyster stout. Not my favorite, but worth checking out.

Photo of aepb1
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a small white head that sticks around

S- Toffee smokey malts, standard smells for style

T- Roasty malts, chocolate/coffee and the oyster shows up very first straight through finish

M- Medium bodied, great smooth carbonation

D- Excellent example of style and a great experience

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Photo of djmitche
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.