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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout - Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster StoutAbita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to compliment the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly shucked LA oysters were added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-13-2011)
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Reviews by SpottedDog:
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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the Cove in Baton Rouge at the Brasseurs a la Maison release party for the beer. Great selection from Abita, one of their better beers by far.

A - Jet black with a small cream head. Poured into a 16 oz pint glass from a jockey box so probably would have looked better in an Imperial Pint Glass on nitro but you couldn't complain about the pour. A

S - The salty oceanic smell combined with the dark malts to create a very enticing aroma. I really enjoy the smell of this beer. A+

T - Exceptional taste, smooth, deep flavors. Not as roasty as many stouts but having tasted this beer before the aging process pulls much of the harsh bitter grain notes out of the beer. The briny oysters enhance the flavors just enough for you to notice that something is different about this beer than other stouts or porters. Even though there is a good amount of alcohol in the beer, very little heat from the high level. A

M - Creamy and smooth. Would be great on Nitro but since we were drinking out of a jockey box we could not complain. Low carbonation limits the harshness that could have been present. In my opinion, what a stout/porter should feel like. A

O - Another great Select offering from Abita. It is not fair to craft beer drinkers in LA that this beer will only be offered on tap and very select accounts (hence the name I suppose). Would be great if bottled so that the home consumer could age the beer and enjoy at home with friends. Two pints were not enough for me. A

SpottedDog, Oct 20, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pitch black color. Dark brown edges. Nice light brown lace.

Salty, briny aroma with a nice roast and chocolate.

Chocolate, roasted malts and a salty finish.

Not sure what they mean by imperial, but I don't think it's an imperial stout. It's medium at best, but nice and creamy.

This is a great oyster stout... Andygator is bottled due to the Abita homebrew contest... so this homebrew contest winning brew, being miles better than the gator, deserves it's spot as a big bottled Abita brew.

Come on Abita!!!

EgadBananas, Oct 13, 2011
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A: The beer is near black in color but has traces of dark amber when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of oysters in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and toffee along with hints of sweetness and chocolate. There is a bit more maltiness compared to other oyster stouts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Smells of sweet toasty malts, and dark caramel.

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A Black in color, tan head, good lacing
S Faint chickory coffee
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M Creamy mouthfeel, nice chickory aftertaste.
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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.