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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this stout. Was the best beer on my recent "Pub Crawl" of the English Heartland. A smooth, slightly sweet, deep-dark and velvety brew. Served in a thin, imperial pint glass from a traditional English Cask. The name of the bar escapes me but it was in Bath England.

Brouwerij78, May 26, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this beer over 10 years ago and it was love at first taste. I started looking for other oyster stouts. I have enjoyed Yard's love stout and brewed my own chocolate/oyster stout using real oysters in the boil. I like the mineral quality and the full mouthfeel. I find it to be highly quaffable and recommend it to anyone who enjoys stout.

Slatetank, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Carissa
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Carissa, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of MAB
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice stout and a bit different than others in that it is very dry. Some stouts are sour and tangy but this one is crisp and clean. It pairs extremely well with a chocolate desert.
The appearance is true to the style, with a dark roasted barley head and flavor. Well worth seeking out.

MAB, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of colebenoit
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a minimal amount of head, as to be expected, but it laces nicely along the side. The appearance is as dark as pitch with a tiny bit of deep ruby red along the top and bottom of the glass when held directly up to the light, otherwise pure blackness ensues. The aroma is downright amazing, with hints of cedar wood, very subtle smokiness, and a huge aroma of sweetenend cerries smothered in fine dark chocolate.

The taste is very complex indeed. While held in the mouth the taste is that of brown sugar, dark malt, and a touch of smokiness. Once swallowed this explodes into a dark chocolate flavour that quickly fades into an almost vegetive like woody flavour, that develops a pleasent bitterness/teartness on the finish. Long lingering but very pleasent on the palette. Very interesting contrast between the body and the finish.

In terms of mouthfeel its very nice, but it could be a tad creamier and a little less carbonated. As for its drinkability this is a very quaffable stout, with a very complex but not overpowering flavour, that does not confuse but encourages contemplation on its very fine flavour. A fine fine stout indeed.

colebenoit, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Kitsune
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Kitsune, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of bunta
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

bunta, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Sigmund
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned, opaque black (= very dark brown), pours with a good tan head that does not last long. Surprisingly fruity and vinous complex aroma of plums / prunes with notes of seaweed, cocoa, colombian coffee and cigars. Light bodied for a stout, but very refreshing. Moderate roast coffee flavour, quite dry, moderate roast bitterness in the aftertaste, a bit short. Must be a good accompaniment with all kinds of food - not only oysters.

Sigmund, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over extremely dark brown/nearly black liquid.

S: Milky smell with toasted malt and caramel.

T: Milky caramel and coffee taste up front which transitions to a salty, toasted malt finish.

M: Very smooth with thick viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: I found this milk/sweet stout to be highly drinkable with an enjoyable silky smooth mouthfeel.

DaftCaskBC, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of cdoublev
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is black as midnight with a toffee colored creamy head. This one smells slightly sweet with hints of the typical coffee and chocolate that accompany the stout style. This one tastes just as it smells. Very good. Everyone at the table agreed too.The heaviness however makes this hard to drink all night. When my second round came, I almost didn't want to drink it. Almost.

cdoublev, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with ruby highlights & a tan head; thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Floral & spice from the hops, a light fruitiness from the yeast & a light roastiness from the malt.

T: Nice chocolaty malt that's a little biscuity with hints of coffee as well, good fruitiness, hint of spicing, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a hint of roasted acidity, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

A little odd for a sweet stout (I think it's boardering on dry), but a very nice stout.

Derek, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Offa, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of foles
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

foles, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of diablo14
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

maybe im biased, but you just cant dislike a beer brewed with the traditional burton union method. i normally wouldnt rate a stout that only registers 4.5 on the AV richter scale, but this is a beaut drinking stout that goes wonderfully with rich or salty food, and i found it more complex than many reviewers have given it credit for.

pours with the classic deep stout color, with a very dark brown head which thinned but did not disappear totally. the smell and taste of this beer, as with their others, are all about subtlety. you have to let them wash over you rather than expect a balls and all blast as you would with other stouts. nose has a mellow roasted aspect with hints of golden syrup, chocolate and sweet malts that border on oatmeal. flavor has elements of treacle, chocolate, a nice firm malt character with a slightly salty presence. in there is also a lovely oakey nature that lurks in the background. gently hopped, it finishes very smoothly in line with the whole drinking experience of this brew. firm but not full in body, it is rich but not overpowering.

this is a stout to be had with a quality meal, or as part of a session. at any stage it goes down like magic. one of my favorite brewers, marstons have come up with a beer that sneaks up on ya. alas i think too many drinkers want to be totally blown away, but thats never been what these guys are about. a great combo of style, finesse and substance.

diablo14, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of steverx8
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%

steverx8, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of GrimmReaper
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

GrimmReaper, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Gottesverachter
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +18.7%

BierBliss, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MichaelBartz
4/5  rDev +18.7%

MichaelBartz, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thin brown head into my glass. Very nice.

A hint of lactose and chocolate greet the nose. Perhaps a whiff of oyster (it is an oyster stout after all)?

Sweet, milky with a slight hint of roasted coffee and chocolate. Chewy and slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and chewiness from the malt.

Enjoyable and deceptively quaffable. Good even if you don't know how oysters actually taste.

Brad007, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Nick_Foltz
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Nick_Foltz, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect match with local oysters and clams. This beer pours black as night and a tan head. The key element here is the refined use of chocolate malts. This is a very well made stout that doesn't kick your palate with huge flavours but rather sets up a nice bivalve or burger. Very drinkable and very refined.

canucklehead, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially recommended by my wife (God knows why as she doesn't drink beer...she just "heard it was good").

I've had several of these, so it is worth buying again.

A solid "4" in my opinion. I've had better stouts, but I've had worse (Labatt's Guinness Extra Stout, while okay, comes to mind).

Pours a dark ruby-brown colour, almost black. Head is tannish and dissolves fairly quickly. It has no distinct smell unlike most stouts I've had. Faint traces of roasted barley, very light chocolate smell.

Taste...typical stout. Nothing terribly exciting, but good enough that I keep buying it. Strong flavour, but does not lean one way or the other. I can taste the key tastes of a stout, but they are not overwhelming. The bottle recommends shellfish, which I don't eat, but no problems with other food. Shortbread comes to mind as a companion, but that could just be the Christmas season.

Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. No problems with drinking a few of these.

Its a good, well done stout. As I said before, better than some that I've had, but there's nothing about it to push it above a "4". Recommended, but there are better stouts out there.

BDTyre, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +18.7%

NightINgale, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of MIrvine
4/5  rDev +18.7%

MIrvine, Jul 17, 2013
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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
77 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.