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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:
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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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Photo of seand
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.

seand, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
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.

Beerenauslese, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
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.

DogFood11, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
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!

SolomonGrundy, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
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...

womencantsail, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Bottle lists ABV listed at 5.2%.

Appearance: Poured out much lighter than expected, in terms of color/opacity, that is. A loose, tan head surged upward, peaking at about 3/4 of an inch in height. It then descended and settled as a modest cap. Body is brownish-black with reddish shades. Head retention is impressive, but body color and opacity are not.

Smell: Sweet Maris Otter malt, roasted barley, a touch of barbecued meat, and flowery hops. Milk chocolate also comes through, faintly. I also detect salty notes, which go hand-in-hand with the barbecued meat aroma. Nicely put together, and surprisingly pungent for such a light ale.

Taste: Maris Otter, roasted barley, and salt are the first three flavors I get. Smoked meat and prickly, floral hops quickly join in. The aftertaste is really special: what started out as just salty has evolved into salty-bitter-roasty-sweet. And it lasts forever! I'm not sure how much the oysters contribute (I haven't tasted oysters in a long time), but this is a fantastically balanced and complex flavor profile for an Irish dry stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, assertive, malty, and crisp. Carbonation is on the high end, and provides a lot of palate activity. Great mouth-coating; I love all of the lingering flavors!

Drinkability: All I can say is that I wish this came in six-packs. I had no idea an Irish dry stout could be so interesting and complex. On top of that, it's relatively light-bodied with a manageable ABV. Highly recommended!

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks: pours a nearly-opaque deep purple-brown, revealing maroon highlights when held to the light. A tight head of light khaki fades quickly to a thick tan ring, leaving random spatters of lacing.

Smells: Restrained yet interesting. Toasted bread, a bit of light roasted coffee, cereal grain, roasted peanuts and walnuts. The Goldings hops impart a light, earthy character. Like the label says, the oysters lend a mild discernible yet unidentifiable aroma. It's almost fishy, ocean-like, but somehow blends with the roasted character well.

Tastes: just like the aroma. The grains seem only lightly toasted, giving off flavors that trend more toward bread than coffee. Peanut skins, the tiniest tinge of sweet bubble gum, a bit of earthy soil from the hops, and again that undeniable oyster tang. It's hard to describe, but reined in nicely.

Feels: a bit runny. The body is a shade under medium-light, the carbonation is a muted medium but turns soda-fizzy after a few seconds in the mouth.

Drinks: I'm impressed with the balance this beer strikes. It's decidedly mild, but utilizes the flavors that are there to their fullest extent. I won't be shellfish in recommending it.

Phelps, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, clear brown with a quickly-developed and long lasting frothy, tannish head. Much lacing is left on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S - Dark roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and a lot of bread crust. Slight earthy British-type hop aroma.

F/M - Burnt, dark roasted malt flavors with a subtle, yet highly distinguishable saltiness. The saltiness increases the perception of body; this is a rather dry Irish stout, but the saltiness makes it seem much fuller. Moderate earthy British hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderate, and the roasted malts add another layer of bitterness, without being overly astringent in the finish; however, a slight astringency is definitely present.

D - Average drinkability but after finishing the pint, I'm ready to try something different. I think that it's the saltiness that's making me thirsty for a more refreshing beer - kinda like the bartender mixed the salted peanuts with the stout in order to get people to drink more of it. Its an ok sipper, but really doesn't do the trick for me.

domtronzero, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a half inch of khaki head that dissipates quickly. Leaves moderate, tear-shaped soapy lacing.

Nose: Nutmeg and mint stand out. Some mineral aromas that can probably be attributed to the oysters.

Taste: A bit thin, but it opens up mid-palate. Roasty malts, light hop bitterness, a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. Almost watery. I have tried a few oyster stouts, and many seem to have this quality.

Drinkability: I could see downing a few pints of this in a pub. I wouldn't want it all the time.

DaveHS, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle. This is the first time I've seen this in Orange County. On to the beer:

Into my Guinness pint glass, the beer is dark ruby brown in color with ruby red hues. The light density of the head means more of it, and lots of lacing, along with its head being long lasting. There's unsweetened chcolate in the nose with a very light roast to it. There's somehting else, oysters? It smells more like mint to me.

The flavor isn't complex, but the quality of it is. It tastes like a semi-sweet chocolate mint drink. Again, why am I tasting mint? I must be mistaken it for something else. Overall very appealing to say the least, and not burnt like other dry stouts. The beer is light bodied, and the carbonation doesn't get it the way.

Much different from any Irish stout I've tasted. It may also be the best I've tasted out of Ireland. Outstanding!

DoubleJ, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap pint at Beachwood BBQ, my first true Oyster stout, this is definitely not Kosher,

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a fizzy off-white head, fair retention, muddled look. Not the best looking stout in the world, but I don't care with how good it tastes.

S: Dark roasted malt, hint of fruit/cherries.

T: The dark malt is great here, but the oysters are adding another dimension. There's a hard to define fruity character with a bit of saltiness. Great bittersweet ~ 60% cacao chocolate. Incredibly tasty and not heavy at all.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, very easy drinking.

D: My favourite of the day at Beachwood. This is delicious complex stout. Very tasty, this place is a must visit if I'm ever in Dublintown. Get a pint and go back to the 1800s with this beer. Probably as close as you can get to a stout from Joyce's day.

Halcyondays, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small, light brown head of creamy foam on top of a black body with clear, brown highlights showing through. The foam settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Sweet, bready malt with some dark caramel and light roast. A hint of spicy hops in the background.

T - A round bitterness of roasted grain with dark bread notes up front. More roasted character in the middle with a hint of dark chocolate. Finishes with dry, roasted bitterness and a bit of lingering toffee.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice, rich stout with a lot of malt complexity to back the roasted character. Much better than the beer you find in the rest of Dublin.

nickfl, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd never seen this been before May, when the Shelton Bros. booth at Point Blank's Open House had it on display. A recent find at Beaumont Market, a 330ML/11.2 oz. bottle with a curious pulltab/cap, the first I've seen of it's kind; poured to a pint glass.

100% Irish" and"6° Off Kilter" seem to be two common themes on the label.

A: Very solid foam, a light khaki atop a dense mahogany brown. Shows some light through, so it's a moody, brooding sort of sultriness that I like in a stout, dark and full of character. Good head retention and an ample speckling of lace.

S: Chocolate-y/chalky nose, loads of ashy minerals and tinny metal. Smells of the sea, plenty strong.

T: A soul-sucking, tongue-curling dryness that is toasted malt weighted with earthy, almost muddy, dark chocolate. The kicker is an appealing blend of spice and brine married with the rich flavor of terrain. Captivating.

M: Smooth and rather hearty; a thinner body upfront but heavy dose of dryness, I mean DRYNESS, in the finish, and the end result grows chewier/meatier by the second.

D: May not be to the liking of all, but ~ oh my ~ as tasty a version of the style as I've had yet. Don't be scared off by the 'Oyster' in Oyster Stout if you're crustacean-averse; you really wouldn't know it and you'd miss out on an extremely tasty beer. Loved it, and could have several more.

msubulldog25, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of 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.

dauss, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of clickpush
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer w 1.5 finger of tan head. Thick head remains for entire duration of session. Smells like cola, lots of roastiness, quite dry. Flavor is very roasty and dry, coffee flavors, chalky. Very light. Mouthfeel is effervescent, light yet chewy. Long lasting bitter flavor. Somewhat hoppy finish as well. Very good drinking. Yum.

clickpush, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although it was probably not intentional on the brewer's behalf, it strikes me as being mighty suitable that a beer containing oysters look as deep, cold and dark as the ocean itself. The body is not quite opaque; it has all the colours of a sky at dusk, shadowy tones of navy, purple and black. A dreary sheet of head enhances the overcast.

The brewery says of using fresh oysters that they contribute "a discernible but unidentifiable aromatic aspect". This is true in the sense that if you weren't informed of their inclusion you probably wouldn't know any better, but once told you suddenly become fully aware. Their contribution is certainly not imperceptible, but it's almost negligible.

It is a familiar sea-breeze brininess and it's more apparent in smell than in taste, although it can be detected there too. The briny character itself may not be trifling, rather, it is likely the beer's others flavours - flat coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a nibble of hazelnut and a shot of cherry brandy - that are responsible for it being easily overlooked.

The brininess also has competition in the mouthfeel where an oily acidity, a coffee bean-like bitterness, the dry, sooty texture of raw cocoa, the bittersweetness, smoke and heavy roast of roasted malts and (a perhaps unintended, but very slight) lactic quality all get shuffled into that coastal, sea-salt mineralness as well. It's complex, but a bit light-bodied.

The beer's distinctiveness is debatable but its quality and superbness is not. There's no doubt that if I owned a restaurant that sold oysters, Porterhouse Oyster Stout would be on the menu. I imagine the beer's scope is not limited only to seafood; anything this roasty and bittersweet is a natural fit for dessert as well. Not that it actually needs any food at all, it does make a wonderful pint (or 330ml bottle) on its own!

biegaman, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After removal of the cap by the exceptionally cool pull-ring... translucent reddish nut brown with a massive crown of caramel nougat colored foam. The head sticks around forever and does a pretty good job decorating the glass.

The nose is gently roasted and cocoa-like, with the 'discernable, yet unidentifiable notes' of oysters, as seen on the label. Couldn't have said it better myself. It's subtle, though, and won't turn off anyone who doesn't like the thought of bivalves in their beer.

Oyster Stout isn't explosive on the palate, it's just a well-rounded, well-balanced, tasty ale. Porterhouse calls themselves 'Ireland's Largest Genuine Irish Brewery'. While size doesn't imply quality (as we all know given what's most popular in this country), these guys pretty much nailed the Irish dry stout style with this one.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, an ale yeast fruitiness, and more hop flavor-bitterness than expected, courtesy of Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings. The oysters... still discernable, yet unidentifiable. This is delicious beer that is helped by being fresh; hardly a given since it's from across the pond.

The mouthfeel is just big enough for the ABV (4.8% on the website, 5.2% on the label). It manages to develop a hint of smooth creaminess as it warms, which is as much as can be expected.

Porterhouse Oyster Stout is wonderful beer that comes in an attractive package. It was probably too expensive for regular consumption, but this little 330 ml bottle is quite the treat. Recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pretty excited to see that his brewery is in SC. I've heard good things about them.

A - Very dark brown with a ruby hue, small thin white layer of head rests on top.

S - A hint of roasted malt with a lot of sea salt aroma. Maybe a hint of black pepper.

T - light roasted malt flavor with a salty finish. Very strange taste at the end that I can't quite place. It doesn't taste like oysters but I think it would go great with a half dozen of them. Very unique flavor.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D - Interesting flavor that I really can't place. This beer is pretty good and I could definitely see it pairing well with seafood. I would pick it up again but wouldn't go crazy trying to obtain it.

jpmclaug, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep, deep copper black color, very near opaque
S: roasted malt, a bit light in body quality, crack grain, decent
T: taste is good, roasted malt, nice semi-bitter hop finish, a bit thin perhaps in the taste and doesn't have the characteristic velvety feel although it is CO2 and not N2, that aside it reminds me more a a dark thin ale, hard to say that it's a stout
M: OK, a bit thin and tinny in aftertaste
D: decent enough but nothing special

wisrarebeer, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown-orange color with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and some briney saltiness. The flavor is roasted malt with some hop bitterness. I also get some chocolate and some salt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, says 5.2% ABV. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and an aroma that I can't identify. I assume that's from the oysters, but I could be wrong about that. This brew tastes good, I can taste roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a minerally and slightly salty taste that I'm pretty sure comes from the oysters. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, but it does seems a bit thin for a stout. Good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth, a little bit slick and goes down easy. In my opinion this brew wasn't quite as good as Harpoon's Island Creek Oyster Stout, but it's still a good brew and definitely worth a try. I'd buy this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and firm tan head; nice looking.

Nose is medium assertive candi sugar and black pepper with an undertone and "nose finish" of sweet black chocolate. A bit of a delicate nose but is actually very layered, complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is thin with light body and light carbonation.

Flavors are simple light roasted grain with a bit of bitter espresso in the finish. Flavors and finish are a bit weak and short. No oyster character is evident, although knowing that oysters were used one is prone to try to find them in the finish....it's a search.

Unique pull tab top is very cool.

GRG1313, Jun 29, 2010
Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.