Oyster Stout - Holy City Brewing

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JISurfer on 12-18-2011

After pairing rich, roasty stout with oysters for years, enterprising European brewers started putting oysters in the beer in the early 20th century. Oysters impart a silky mouthfeel thanks to their protein-y-ness, and maybe a delightful hint of brine, to the Oyster Stout style. It’s even harder to argue against making beer with oysters once the season hits in Charleston. A bushel of succulent oysters harvested around Bowens Island were added to every 15 barrels of this beer, making it a truly local drinking experience. It’s particularly suited for that most Charleston of cool-weather food festivities: the oyster roast.

20 IBU
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Photo of Keene
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drops from the can an opaque black with a dense, thick head of brown foam that quickly recedes. Malt and minerality in the nose plus a twinge of coffee and a suggestion of burnt bread. Medium to full bodied with a raisiny taste, pronounced bitterness and a lingering tang. Smooth on the palate. Some underlying sweetness tilts the scale back toward balanced and sticks around after the sip. A solid beer that could be even better with some cleaning up.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this one on-tap, poured into a pint glass at Gene's Haufbrau. Had a black color and a thick impenetrable consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy, tan-colored head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with some traces of coffee as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, light hops, and a moderate amount of malt. The advertised oyster component is there, but like with most oyster stouts, it comes off as a briny quality. Still, a pretty good flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, easy to drink beer. Not mind-blowing, but pretty good.

Photo of JISurfer
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from Holy City, had it on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in West Ashley. It was a black color with a tan head, nothing out of the ordinary for the style. The taste was more like a regular stout, couldn't really detect much of e saltiness that's associated with oyster stouts, ie COAST's offering. It did have a nice chocolatey undertone, to accentuate the slight hopiness. Definitely a good beer for the cold winter months.

Photo of welldigger888
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours an inky black goodness in to glass with an amazing tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of lace down glass.

All that one loves of a stout, big roast smooth chocolate and an even bitterness that has a wonderful briney mineral complexity. AWESOME!!!

Roasty briney goodness with a firm chocolate and hop bitterness and a long smooth mineral finish. OUTSTANDING!!!

The mouth on this is super smooth and creamy that begs for more pints!

I love this brew!

Oyster Stout from Holy City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.