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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 115
Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 12 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque black colour with some brownish highlights; atop is seated one solid inch of foamy, tan-coloured head. It recedes steadily over the next three minutes, leaving behind a bubbly film and modest collar, along with some scattered patches of lacing. Looks fine, and as for the aroma, there's lots of toffee and butterscotch sweetness, with the roasted malt aspects coming across as rather subdued. There's light suggestions of milk chocolate and coffee, but even when warm, there's not much to say about the nose on this one.

A very basic sort of stout, but approachable and sessionable nonetheless. Molasses and caramel flavours seem to dominate, with perhaps a weak note of dark fruit in the background. The roasted malts slowly take charge by the end of the sip, with hints of bitter baker's chocolate and herbal, leafy hops crossing the tongue. There's a touch of roasty astringency in the aftertaste, but sweeter notes of toffee linger a bit longer on the palate. Light-medium in body, with mild carbonation levels and a soft, smooth mouthfeel. It does seem a little thin, but for a 4.5% session stout, I don't consider that a very big drawback.

Final Grade: 3.49, a respectable B-. When you get right down to it, Marston's Oyster Stout is not the most memorable of stouts - but it's still a perfectly serviceable session option, ideal for washing down a hearty meal (which may or may not contain oysters). I'd drink this again, and I'd say it's probably worth a shot - it's not like the price point is outrageous - but your expectations will definitely need to be tempered. This is not the sort of beer that needs to be overanalyzed by people like me; it's the sort of beer you have one after another of at the pub.

Photo of DaveBar
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" head that is gone in seconds. Very dark almost black

S- Nice chocolaty scent

T- Good chocolate and coco. Light and airy

M- Tart and dry

O- Nice overall brew. Good balance and depth

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Chili!

Enjoy

Photo of zadro
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Refreshing, mild and rich taste

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -12%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a beige head which quickly disappeared. Nose is toffee and some malt and the taste follows the nose.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Tight moca foam head with good retention, light fizzy CO2 activity around the side of the glass and deep dark roasted barley malt colouration.

Smell - Coffee and dark chocolate roasted barley malt aroma with some mild biscuit. Smokey character and light fruit elements of cherry, apple and plum.

Taste - Great sweet nutty malt element up front with bitter coffee and dark chocolate back all balanced by light elements of cherry and plum.

Mouthfeel - Dry and smooth with a creamy feel. This is basically what you want in a milk Stout mouthfeel so this one is pretty much on point on all fronts.

Overall - Perfectly balanced stout this one is on point on all fronts and is a deserved winner of its 2012 best porter/stout award from the WBA. If you see this buy it you will not be disappointed. Great with Egg curry or foo-young dishes.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(purchased at Binny's on Marcey - poured into a proper British pint)

A: clear, dark brown liquid with strong ruby highlights... tall, fairly medium brown head on the pour, falls down in short time, but leaves a nice, messy cap - full coverage... the foam initially had a look as though the beer's cleanliness might be in question... we'll see...

S: you notice right away that something is off, or rather, different... starts off with a clean sort of wet slate scent, soon pulling through dry coffee grounds and a bit of toffee on the end... a shy overall smell that takes a strong whiff to get to whisper

T: again, coffee grounds with a vaguely molasses, sort of hard-baked, dark cookie flavor in the finish... fairly malty all through, showing some citrus pith-y bitterness and tang in the middle... roasted notes rise up quietly toward the finish and are somewhat rounded off, tempered by a moderate, lactose sort of bittersweet-ness - though not all that sweet... hops in the aftertaste?

M: pretty silky smooth with a soft, static, roasty buzz on top... a texture I've come across in a few darker British bottles... dry drop, though it leaves a little residual film... satisfying for what it is

O: by the end, pretty nice... pleasant degree of roast and body for what it is... I would have this again for sure - try to pair it with some selections from the raw bar though

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Roasted, burnt & floral aromas as cap is removed. Pours black in color showing very dark ruby tints to the light. Head is beige, creamy, close & lasting. Dried nuts, hints of wood, black coffee infusion & roasted grain are displayed to the nose. Roasted, burnt & watery upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate & subtle spicy touch. Hints of bitter cocoa, well balanced malts & hops & dried sensation. Sweet finish & slight hop on the aftertaste. Nice drinkability.

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of fast falling, rocky, mocha colored head. Alright lacing & near zero head retention

S: Dark fruit, figs & jammyness

T: Dark fruit, a touch of iron, leafy hops up front. Faint molasses notes, a touch of figs , & carob as this warms. Finishes slightly fruity with a bit of carob & iron

MF: Light body, very slight carbonation

Very tame take on the style not bad, but not good either

Loved this brewery's beer on cask in the UK, these small beers just don't travel well...

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the roasted malts seem a little muted and there are some additional hints of chocolate malts and brine. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to exhibit most of the characteristics of a milk/sweet stout, except that is a little lighter in body and doesn't have any sweetness.

Photo of admiral
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty, easy to drink sweet stout that is a pleasure to drink

taste: chocolate, plum. raison, slight lemon and spice with some red wine

quite sweet but not over done and well balanced with many nice flavours coming through on the palate. Would be very happy to have it again.

Photo of sleazo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A_Looks like a Guiness. Dark brown/black with a creamy tannish top.

S_Mild mineral notes Not much aroma

T_Slightly sweet with some roasted grains. A mineral/iodine note comes through as it warms. Aftertaste is mildly bitter with some chalk notes.

M_Typical nitro mouthfeel. Creamy with a low soft carbonation.

O_Decent enough but nothing to get excited about. Goes down smooth enough and was probably served too cold.

Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from .5liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of thick, tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malt, chocolate notes
Taste-Creamy, chocolate malt, cocoa, subtle brininess. Classic English stout. Medium bodied, nice character and flavor.

Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous appearance in the small goblet. Jet black, creamy beige head, and lacing like a milkshake down the glass. The taste is not much, which would seem to be the authentic style. Some caramel plus a mineral taste. Eventually some hop bitterness and a burnt malt flavor emerges.

Super creamy on the tongue with a satiny mouthfeel. Judging from other reviews, the nitro version is a huge improvement. Strangely delicate for such a black beer. A satisfying quaff for a lower-alcohol brew. On tap at San Diego Brewing Co. [notes from April 8, 2012 visit]

Photo of SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: unique and chunky 500mL brown bottle, decent old-school label as well.

Appearance: body is heavy, unmoving black with a good thick and creamy head. Lovely.

Aroma: very light on the nose, almost unnoticeable. Sweet malts and dark fruits are there though.

Taste: very, very light, once again - almost unnoticeable again. Honestly, what's the point? Tiny amount of malts & stonefruits.

Aftertaste: disappears quickly - really not much flavour behind this beer.

Mouth feel: mid-range body with a very low carbonation. Somewhat buttery in feel too. I really think it could have used a bit more life from some more carbonation.

Overall: a truly disappointing beer - too light on flavour with a truly horrendous price tag equivalent to AU$110 for 24 x 330mL.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.75 S: Not a lot going on here, which is really disappointing. What's worse is there isn't a lot of "oyster" in this. Light roastiness, a touch of mineral, and that's about it.

3.25 T: Taste is also pretty underwhelming, but it's way better than the nose. Mild roastiness with an almost fruity earthiness going on. It's hard to put into words, but it is enjoyable. I can only assume it's partially the oyster shells. A bit buttery as well. It's not bad, but not what I wanted either.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Slippery mouthfeel.

3.0 D: It's okay, but nothing to write home about and not much of what you'd want in an oyster stout.

Photo of SpruceMoose
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Stout o'clock once more. I'd seen this stout on the bottle shop shelves for quite a while now, but always brushed it off despite having a love for good stout. I'll try it later. I'm hungover. I don't have enough money. I can't be fucked. The list goes on and on. Finally, I decided to buy and try it and put to bed those constant voices reminding me of the stout I had never tried.

Serving Type: 500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Black and opaque. Almost no light can be seen through it. The head is almost completely white. How intriguing!

Smell: Subtle chocolate, coffee and malt. It's surprising how light and inoffensive the smell is given the extreme darkness of the body. Rather disappointing actually.

Taste: Starts off with roasted malt, chocolate, thyme and some very gentle spiciness, but dies very quickly. I know it's a milk stout, but milk stouts should be more flavoursome than this.

Mouthfeel: Water water everywhere, but I want to drink a stout. It's watery. The only thing that enables this beer to survive utmost crucifixion is the creaminess of the head. But the body? A let down.

Overall: A very uneventful stout. Marston's Oyster Stout looks gorgeous, but fails to match the appearance in the drinking faculty. I wanted to love it, but it just wouldn't let me. Perhaps Simon and Garfunkel would've sung this if they were alcoholics; Marston's, you're breaking my heart, you're shaking my confidence in stout...

Photo of Treyliff
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- pours dark brown/black with a small light tan foamy head with shirt retention

S- light fruity notes with just a touch of chocolate malt, sweet sugar

T- light and sweet malty notes with just a touch of roasted notes, fruity sweetness with a slightly salty finish, the finish is dry with a touch of mineral flavor

M- medium body, medium-high carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, smooth finish

O- I didn't dislike this beer, but it tasted nothing like a stout, so grading by the style I had to give it a low rating.

Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's always funny to me when there's mention of "salty/briny" flavors in an Oyster Stout. This is brewed with shells, and there is no salt present at all. It's meant to be paired with oysters, but doesn't taste like them... all the power of suggestion.

Black body, thin cap of tan foam on top. Creamy surface texture.

Roasty aroma, some carob and mild coffee.

Flavors of roast malt, light bitterness, mild coffee again, not really chocolatey, maybe some dry unsweetened cocoa. Dry roasty aftertaste lingers. Light bodied, ample carbonation but it comes off a little watery in the finish. Overall it's alright but not something that's especially unique on it's own.

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours am opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy, tan, one inch head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, iron, a light fruity note, and a hint of floral hops form the aroma.

Tinny roast malt, coffee, and minerals form the initial flavor, with lightly charred breadcrust, nutty caramel malt, and dark cherries rounding out the profile. Floral hops and chocolate become pronounced as it warms.

Body is a tad light and somewhat creamy, with low carbonation.

Not a bad stout, albeit a little light on roast character. Minerally, which I believe will pair well with shellfish.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure that fired oysters would go well with this beer, but I chose to drink this on its own. Coming out of a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

This is black with a red hue. An inch thick head forms initially, dropping to a thin lace and leaving a few spots around the glass. The aromas offer the nose bits of bitter chocolate, oyster flesh, and a big note of molasses. Not particularly sweet, which is especially true of the taste. Some stouts offer a little sweetness to compliment their roasty flavors, but Marston's Oyster Stout stays roasty and astringent all the way through. It takes getting used to, and it works in the end. Meanwhile, notes of unsweetened chocolate, fried oyster shells, vague roastiness, and a faint banana aspect round out the taste. The aftertaste leaves a salty and roasty flavor lingering. It's lighter-medium bodied with low and gentle carbonation.

I did hope for a little more, but this is acceptable. It must have been from my great experience with Porterhouse's Oyster Stout.

Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at a small package store in New York state.

The appearance is black with very thin head to it.
Its` nose has moderate malts, bitter coffee, a bit of chocolate, kinda off balance though. Sipping on it, out of a pint glass and I taste cocoa, roasted malts, sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, drinks fairly easily. This is a decent stout, but not great one by any stretch. OK to give it a shot at least once.

Photo of Offa
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid dry stout with nice well-rounded character. It is not a “sweet” stout and from everything I have read, including the Marston’s website, is not one of those that has oysters in it but is simply of a character that is supposed to go well with oysters, and it does. It is very drinkable, a good session stout, yet has plenty of well-rounded, if fairly subtle, character.

Almost black, it has a smallish dark tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.
Aroma is rich candied coffee, figs, metal, hint of cheese and dark toffee.
Taste is woody bitterness, dark fruity sweetness, rich dark toast but overall rather dry, neither sweet nor bitter although it has elements of both. There is a briny/salty/gamey hint despite the supposed lack of oysters. It is very drinkable and enjoyable, slightly different, if not outstanding.

Photo of TheRealBigC
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a stout, feels like a stout. Nose is very vague and boring. I guess some English hops and the mildest cocoa in the world. Taste follows suit, very boring and vague. I'm not really sure how this can be called a milk/sweet stout. Seems more like a standard English Stout. There's nothing particularly sweet about it. I'm doubly annoyed because the bar I was at swapped out Young's Double Chocolate Stout for this Double Boring Stout. Never tried eating oysters with a stout before. Maybe there's some magic with this beer in such a case, but I would never try this again alone.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rustic brick red highlights against a cola base shows up a standard issue black opaque in the vessel. A slight mocha head is frothy at a finger high stays only shortly before lapsing to a low profile covering.

S: Dark dry chocolate, black cherry fruitiness, semi-dry apples with a soft dark roast. Level of aroma is rather light, not much oyster presence if any is detected.

T: The flavor overall is smooth silty roast, with some fruity apple hints and grapes. Clean with a finish of caramelized sweetness.While i thought it was short on oyster flavor, it was creamy and smooth with a gentle flavor that was easy on the tongue.

M: Light smooth creamy body, fruity with a soft carbonation backing.

O: Overall a very smooth, lightly roasted easy drinking english session stout. Drinkability is smooth, think schwarz like roast combined with a double bock fruitiness. Dont expect a sweet stout, doesnt really fit into a defined style, a fruity drinking lightly roasted english styled beer. Only wished it had a bit more oyster presence if they are gonna market it that way.

Photo of PolarBear3
2.02/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark brown almost black in colour with a two fingered biege head that dissipates in time.

S - Not much on the nose at all really. Very faint sweet malts, candy sugar with slight chocolate

T - Roasted malt . coffee and a little chocolate but fairly dry and bitter not too mention very watery leaving a horrible after taste.

M - Medium carbonation and seems rather watery for a stout.

O - Pretty average I thought. Fairly watery and very disappointing for a stout. Lacks flavour depth and one I would not recommend.

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
78 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.