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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Reviews by foles:
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4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Morrisons supermarket, Hatch End, UK. Pours a lovely pitch black colour, with no reflection / other colours at all. Head is white with a tinge of red in it. Mouthfeel is a some of cross between a munich dunkel, and a good porter. Very interesting indeed. The aftertaste is short, without leaving a bitter stout finish. THere is strong roasted element, mixed with a dark, muddy element. As I mentioned the munich dark lager taste is unavoidable (great). The only drawback is that all these flavours are not quite prominent enough.

All in all very nice and highly drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 17:27:37 | More by foles
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3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 21:55:37 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-19-2014 16:19:06 | More by NeoClassicist
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

02-28-2014 00:40:30 | More by bunta
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-22-2013 18:18:43 | More by Bandi
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New York

3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 00:17:06 | More by metter98
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +19.8%

12-21-2013 14:40:30 | More by MechMessiah
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-20-2013 00:27:07 | More by melster
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 10:08:21 | More by admiral
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New York

3/5  rDev -10.2%

09-02-2013 17:28:31 | More by LoveStout
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-30-2013 03:39:09 | More by chrishiker1409
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-18-2013 16:45:55 | More by FadetoBock
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-07-2013 11:48:45 | More by sleazo
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-04-2013 23:40:56 | More by Drknight
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3.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:21:30 | More by hosehead83
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

07-19-2013 01:25:06 | More by fdig23
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

07-17-2013 21:45:03 | More by MIrvine
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3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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]

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-13-2013 17:20:17 | More by mactrail
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-11-2013 21:40:01 | More by BeerTruck
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

07-06-2013 17:26:07 | More by mrfrancis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-22-2013 01:05:16 | More by acurtis
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2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 10:09:06 | More by SmashPants
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-16-2013 15:00:05 | More by TheBeeraholic
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3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:44:34 | More by DavoleBomb
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2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:09:55 | More by SpruceMoose
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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
77 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.