Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of Popsinc
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another recent disappointment from the UK (ie. Burton Porter). As far as "Stouts" go, this one lacked depth, texture, richness, and overall quality. I found the beer to be quite light in fact. Where was the heaviness? Where was the complexity? None. This is not a beer that i would even rate as a true stout.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Novare Res as part of the 12 days of stouts

Served up with a beautiful creamy head. The lace forms well on the glass and covers the glass with each drink.

The aroma is a typical English sweet stout malty with a sweet almost metallic chocolate nose. No roasted notes.

The taste is very smooth on the mouth. Much like a cask frothy and sweet. A slight chocolate taste enters but mostly very sweet smooth malt. The finish is slightly roasted.

Almost like a sweet version of a Guinness

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Mostly picked it up for the name.
Handsome bottle design I have to say.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut/black in colour, left a half-inch of frothy mocha head. Receded fairly quickly, leaving only a razor thin ring and a few flakes of lacing.

Nose is nice and roasty with notes of chocolate, and mocha. A touch of mineral and something very strange I can't quite name - almost cheesy. Mild.

A decent-tasting stout, but certainly on the thin side. The typical milk stout tasting notes of chocolate, mocha, and light cream are certainly present, but are far too muted to really make a lasting impact, especially when challenged by a tinny, mineral character and the tea-like hop flavor. An interesting leeky flavor as well. As I work my way through the pint, I'm finding I'm not really digging the flavor - far too mild to be calling itself a stout.

Body is too thin, almost watery, with unnecessarily harsh carbonation. Really killing it for me.

Because the flavors are a bit washed out, this beer could have been great as an easy quaffer - something one could down with a plateful of oysters or scallops. But with such a thin body, harsh carbonation and mixed bag of flavors, this one didn't really do it for me. Felt more like an English mild brown ale than a stout. I could certainly down a pint or two of this, but there are better stouts and browns to be had instead, ones that blast the flavors rather than muffle them.

Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Brown in color and looks thin right off the bat. Very thin tan head. Little lacing. Unspectacular.

Some roasted elements, but not particularly pleasant or inviting.

Some roasted malt character and a hint of sweet fruits, but nothing comes together very well--seems a bit buttery. Not particularly enjoyable.

Extremely thin--a water-like mouthfeel.

Unenjoyable stout. Nothing really to recommend. Unspectacular on every level.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. I don't think this one actually contains oysters - it's just intended to be consumed alongside them.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark ruby-brown; appears black. Forms a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with weak notes of brown sugar and stewed hops. A distinctive metallic note upfront, and a considerable whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and stewed hops, along with faint hints of roasted malt and brine. A buttery diacetyl note in the background. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Meh. Drinkable enough, but doesn't excite the senses. All the components of a stout are present, but not standing to attention. I'll damn it with faint praise by noting that it's better than the other Marston's ales I've had to date. Don't go out of your way to try this.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Wow, "Official Beer of England", three lions and all - lemme check on that, aw, whatever.

This beer pours a solid black, with the slightest of cherry cola basal edges, and two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy mocha head, which settles rather lazily, leaving a few broad swaths of splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet, lightly toasted bready malt, a hint of caramel pudding, medium baker's chocolate, mildly astringent coffee grounds, and a softly sour milkiness. The taste is dry coffee, milky, bittersweet chocolate, a subtle roasted grainy caramel maltiness, dark fruit, ethereal leafy, earthy hops, and an underlying mineral character - Burton 'terroir', as it were.

The carbonation is quite average, just a meek frothiness throughout, the body on the far lee side of middleweight, and kind of thin, bordering on watery at times, which unnecessarily elevates the perceived zing from the bubbles, 86-ing any ideas of smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the lingering milky sweetness competing with bits and pieces of the cocoa and caramel malt.

A decently flavoured milk stout, married, for better or worse, to the regional endemic characteristics of its source - it's just lacking the soft, enveloping silky smoothness that one expects from the better examples of the style. And I don't like oysters, so I guess I'll never know what that's all about.

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 Daniell
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, foamy, good head/lacing initially. Not that persistent though. 3

S: Fairly typical stout smell but a bit weaker than usual. The malt really comes through. As it warms I get more pleasant yeasty notes. I will say this is more like cola than other stouts I've had. Then it almost gets a bit medicinal. 3

T: A bit sweet, a bit bitter, a bit watery. 3

M: The mouthfeel is good on this beer. Really allows it to slip down. 4

D: Very high to be honest. It's quite cheap for an import and low ABV compared to other stouts. I appreciate this, especially when it's not the dead of winter. The ABV makes it more refreshing but also takes away from the flavour. It definitely doesn't have the depth of flavour of Cooper's BES, one of my benchmarks. For a closer ABV comparison it also lacks the refinement and complexity of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout, which IIRC is 5% but has way more flavour packed into it. I'm not sure if I'd buy this one again, particularly as I'm a fan of depth of flavour. 4

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle. Mixed reviews on this one. Neutral malty aroma. Very good looks as 3/8" foamy head on black as night body. Above average mouthfeel that is initially engaging with thick rich malt, then tapers off to something with cocoa and something like club soda aggressive carbonation watering down. Just a tad astringent. Passable beer overall.

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 joemcgrath27
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near pitch black with a little light penetration at the bottom of the glass, thumb of mocha head left consistent lacing as it receded
S - very mild aromas of cocoa, roastiness, and sweet cola
T - rich roasty malt, sweet cola syrup, mild coffee, and a smoky finish
M - thick and smooth with a surprisingly robust carbonation kick, light burnt bitter finish
O - a very easy drinker, flavours are dark, rich, and smooth as the label suggests, well worth a try

Photo of bashiba
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark brown, with a light lingering tan head.

The smell is light and minerally.

The flavor is a bit hollow, a bit of roasted barley and a touch of smokeyness, but not much else, has a bit of sweet english grain coming through a bit as it warms.

Thin and watery.

A bit of a letdown, not very stouty.

Photo of mapofthedead
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice black color with some ruby highlights and a tan colored head. The head very quickly disappeared, leaving very little lacing.

S: Not much at all - a little fruit and a very feint hint of chocolate.

T: Hints of chocolate but little else, ends slightly bitter but not unpleasant.

W: Thin and watery, lacking body.

D: Drinkable but mainly because it is so lacking in anything stand-outish to offend.

Notes: 500 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. BBE NOV 09.

Photo of elricorico
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut, and is practically black in the glass. Two fingers of tan head to start, steadily but slowly receding. Lots of lacing.

Smell is a little bit dull, nothing really stands out. It seems malty, but muted.

A balance of sweet and sour rather than the usual sweet to bitter you might expect in a stout. Faint chocoalte, caramel and nuttiness make up the front half, with an almost fruity finish that is just a bit sour. Different, but pleasant.

On the lighter side for a stout, with prickly carbonation. Suitable for its flavour profile, but doesn't bring a lot to the table.

Certainly not a tough beer to drink, but a little dull for my tastes. Perhaps a sessioner for a pub visit, when you are focussing more on the company than the beer.

Photo of GrimmReaper
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at a P.G. LCB store in a 500 ml. bottle,just out of curiostiy,man was i fooled,Oyster Stout,don't let the name fool you.Great looking on the pour,very dark almost black,with a good size tan head that stays put for a while,and some nice lacing.The nose is of roasted coffee with deep malts and figs with some prunes coming at ya also, and smokey flavoring,also kinda of a Coca Cola smell in there,christ it almost looks like Coke too.Taste is not as rich as it looks,but still very enjoyable,goes down quite easy,a little dryness hits you as it goes down with the coffee flavoring and the malts,the lite sweetness of figs and prunes rounds it off,not rich like the bottle states,just right,very good brew,highly reccomended,definitely worth a try anyways.

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 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!


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 CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee and raisins, along with a grainy note.
Flavours are disappointing after that. There's roasted malt, toffee and diacetyl quite noticeable. It's too sweet though, almost cloying.
Needs more carbonation, body seems watery and flat.

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 paxkey
2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle.
best before date of 23 oct 11.
nice looking brown bottle with embossed detail.
Dark Rich Smooth Oyster stout.

poured in a chimay glass. black opaque with no head and very little sign of carbonation.

aroma:yeast malt chocolate coffee brandy.

was not expecting so much carbonation. and with a chalky coffee grounds aftertaste.

not winning me over so far.no sign of alcohol because there isnt much of it.leaves me feeling like i am sucking on a rag soaked in coffee-water.

interesting enough with some bitterness to get me through the glass, but kind of fails overall.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, $3.99. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a bit of a briny/mineral smell. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of salt/minerals. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's certainly one of the thinner stouts I've had lately. It's also a bit slick with moderate carbonation, and is easy enough to drink. It's decent overall, it was nice to try.

Photo of AEK
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. Deep black with a latte-ish tanned head.

S. Chocolate roasted malt, coffee and liquorice dominate the nose.

T. Slightly bitter chocolate taste with some sweet malt tones balancing things out. Hoppy bitterness.

M. Medium. Smooth and clean.

A nice stout from the Burton based brewery. It doesn't have the complexity of stronger Belgian and USA stouts but I very much like this easy drinking session beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size brown color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light black chocolates is the main feature. Taste is also dominated by some light black chocolate with some notes of roasted malt and light dry finish. Body is too thin for the style with some average carbonation. Good but lacking some character and ends up being average for an oyster stout.

Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh shit... dude you bought a milk stout.. god DANG IT, I thought it would have briney oyster goodness in it.. oh well, let's throw this in a nonic and see what happens, at least I can evaluate it fairly.

A very soft and foamy light milk chocolate looking head, but falls very quickly on the pour, only to settle on top of a classic dark walnut brown/black body with some see through character up against the light. Head seems to settle though at an impressive puck that holds for a bit nicely. Look alright, rather inviting somewhat.

Nose hits with a slightly soft light toast dark malted grain. It's rather faint, but nice. Otherwise, I am not sure where this is going, let's taste!

Extremely wet bodied even for a milk stout missing even a lactose sweetness that I expect but no worries. Wetness takes an edge to the after finish giving that classic porter like char and roast but with little body comes off as faint ash. Feels even a little bit tightly carbonated on the swallow coming off as off putting just a bit.

Overall I wouldn't even have this with oysters cause this beer while not horrible is just boring if I could use that phrase.

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
78 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.