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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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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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1/5  rDev -74%

stevied71, Jan 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Aje504, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Roasted malt aroma that's slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate and peppery spice.  Along with the chocolate there are hints of oatmeal anise and coffee bean.

Palate is on the lighter end of the spectrum with an assault of zesty spice, overly roasted malt and boozy heat.  Lots of burnt malt with hints of coffee roast, oatmeal and dark chocolate.  Heavy spice presence with lots of pepper/peppercorn, licorice and cinnamon.  Odd assortment of flavors but not really much of an oyster flavor.   Finishes with a shit ton of booze/warmth in the finish.  Abrasive flavor profile and the abv isn't well masked making it harsh and hard to drink a whole glass.

corby112, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dogglebe
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a cajun restaurant last night and was disappointed in it. It was a nice stout but it lacked the complexity of an imperial stout. The roasted malt was there, and a little crystal malt, but it was lacking everything else.

If this was sold as a sweet stout, I would've believed it. An imperial stout... I don't think so.

dogglebe, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Lantern, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Flabbyjandro, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Bearman13, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

rfdeen2, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jplopez21, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jonathaniler, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tuckerlikesbeer, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

aflies, Feb 19, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

WheelsPSU, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass pitch black, with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of sweet toasty malts, and dark caramel.

The taste is of burnt and roasted barley with a peppery bite of carbonic acid. The backbone of this brew is a sweet an syrupy flavor with similar caramel notes to the aroma. Medium-thick body with a viscous and silky mouthfel.

Good, but lacks depth.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Oyster, 32-oz growler bought at Whole Foods Bowery in NYC for $6.99.

Appearance: My assertive pour produces a massive three-finger head that promptly recedes into a regular one-finger head. Shiny soapy bubbles, beautiful. Good retention.

Smell: This is the one oyster stout that really has got the brininess. I wish I could have an oyster right now and I would dip it in the beer! Roastiness abounds, and also bitter coffee.

Taste: More of the same, with an intensified coffee taste and some chocolate but less of the oyster aspect. As it warms up, it becomes more interesting and flavorful, but it still falls flat at the end and way short of being an "Imperial". Sugar and coal around the edges.

Mouthfeel: If this were a regular stout, it would be alright. But Imperial? Average body, watery thin, medium flavor. Not dry, though, which I appreciate in a stout.

Overall: The oyster is well done, and this sure drinks well. But otherwise... a little bland. Although I guess I should expect this from Abita!

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mixed_master7, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GaBengal, Oct 04, 2013
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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.