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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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 elricorico
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

elricorico, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice opaque black colour. The head is dark brown, moderately large, very rich and moussy. May not be long-lasting but presents a good amount of lacing.
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste: roasted malts and some bitter herbal hops. Strong coffee presence.
Mouthfeel: creamy, fair carbonation and average alcohol strength. Full body.
Finish: lingering bitter roasted aftertaste.

Overall: very good beer. Well balanced and simple. Marston’s did not disappoint me and this one is going to be one of my favourites stouts. It is a pity that it is hard to find.

AlexLMS, Jan 26, 2008
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 IronDjinn
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Victoria, as I've yet to see it grace the shelves here in Alberta yet. Best before date stamped on back label is 27 MAR 08, so this stuff is still in primo shape.

Pours out a dense pitch black, consistently tight spongy tan head with exceptional retention.

Notes of wood and smoke appear first in the aroma, toasted grains, some faint chicory, and even some brine.

Mouthfeel is creamy but thin, while the flavour comes across quaint and watery at first. Some roasted malt eventually builds up enough steam to make itself present after half the glass has been emptied, some sweet malt as well, but for the most part this is a fairly one-dimensional stout. There is some smoke that eventually develops in the aftertaste.

Well then, a bit of a let down in the stout dep't here, at least this bottle that I sampled. Thin mouthfeel and limp flavour, not really something I wish to revisit.

IronDjinn, Nov 20, 2007
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 wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 12 Aug. 2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: coming in deeply dark brown colour, nearly black; topped with a foamy tan head that settles slowly to a thin carpet; mild but constant fizziness.
S: a rich scent of dark chocolates and roasted malts come hand in hand with a refreshing flow of sticky dark stone-fruits and more creamy roast-nuts; a delicately sour edge as of coffee beans sustains consistently at the back, and so does a mild layer of herbal hops. Overall, smoothly aromatic, well-mixed and easily approachable.
T: upfront on the palate comes plenty of burnt sugar and roasted malts with a nutty edge like Munich malts, laced with a faint touch of sour dark fruits at the back; the mid-palate goes surprisingly neutral in flavour, but quietly the earthy hop bitterness as well as a subtle roasty bitterness prevail on the palate, resulting in a moderately bitter-sweet nutty and dryish-roasty afternote.
M&D: thin-bodied overall and even slightly watery in the end, but the fizziness is well-controlled thus rendering a reasonably smooth texture, which I think suits the light flavour anyway. Not a bad beer, but it needs much much more elements to be a delicious brew to make people come back; otherwise, its rather quiet flavour profile does it make it more like a meal-drink than something to savour on its own.

wl0307, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5% pint bottle (brown).

Dark mahogany, almost black, with a lovelly tan foaming head, which didn't last very long during any of the three pours I had into a 0.2 litre Hannen Alt tumbler.

Burnt caramel and malts hit your nose straight away, but the aroma seemed to disappear quicker than the foaming head.

The taste is also leaning towards a burnt caramel/malt flavour.

The bottle claims it is dark, rich and smooth. It is dark, but rich and smooth it is not. Nothing wrong with it though, a little weak/watery for a true heavy style stout, but still a very pleasant beer.

BlackHaddock, Dec 01, 2006
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 ChainGangGuy
2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a russet-colored hue with a thin, dark tan head.

Smell: Rather unexciting. This beer is very lacking in aroma, with only the faintest hints of roasted malts showing.

Taste: Dull, lifeless flavors of chicory and chocolate, with only the smallest hint of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin-bodied for a stout with a sparkling carbonation that borders on being abrasive.

Drinkability: Far, far too lacking in all its aspects. One of the most unappealing examples of a stout.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black, with mahogany highlights. The thin, dark brown head dissipated quickly. There was a bit of ripe fruit in the aroma and much more chocolate than roast from the dark grains. Mild bitterness, definitely on the sweet side, with some milk chocolate. Caramel shows up briefly in the short finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special. Pretty easy going down though.

DrJay, Mar 26, 2006
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 Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Beer Market in Moscow, the brew came out an opaque brownish black under a 1/2 finger tan head that just ain't going nowhere. The creamy head leaves surprisingly little lace, despite its retention. The nose is mild roasted nut. The mouth is very prickly and quite light. A smooth creamy oasted malt taste greets the tongue, with the requisite burnt hops bite and a nice bitter finish. While spectacular is not a word I would use here, this is a solid performer and a good gateway beer to the stout style.

Globetrotter, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass but wonder if drinking from the bottle would've been better.
A good dark, inky color with a thin brown head that clung to the sides of the glass.
Smell was different, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a funk...socks or something.
Taste was thin coffee, chocolate and malt. No hops to speak of. left a sort of coating that wouldn't go away.
A unique taste to be sure

Mebuzzard, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Andreji
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased it at the market of El Corte Ingles, between La Gran Via and Puerta del Sol in Madrid.

On the balcony of a hostel room facing fuencarral, we decided to try this with a friend. The purchase itself was purely out of curiosity.

But then came the unimpressiveness. is this actually oyster at some point? I don't get it. the appearance is like a very thin stout, not too much to my appeal but I up-rate it just because I guess it was perhaps the least offending characteristic.

The smell was not only pathetic and weak, it simply stank. no, not that fish stink I would've expected from an oyster stout. it smelled burnt, not in that roasted fashion, simply in an unappealing one.

The taste was weak and lame, simply nothing to see about it. no elaborate taste, no particular taste, simply like dipping some barley into water. whoop-dee-fuckin-doo, there goes a few euros I'll never see again.

Andreji, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked the look of this beer as I poured it, thick, dark, like a stout should be. Thick, opaque brown colouring, I held it up to a light and it was a black, syrupy wall. I love stouts in the winter! Head dissipated quickly and clung to the glass to the end. Smell is not storng, but definitely very roasted, coffee, slight chocolate bitterness. Taste is much the same, not complex, but very dark and roasted, as I like it....certainly not unpleasant. Oddly enough I thougt it felt rather thin in my mouth compared with how thick it poured. I could easily make this a session beer in the winter, but price here in Canada rather prevents it. A really nice stout, recommended.

trevorwideman, Dec 12, 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 GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black!, opaque, nice spongey layer of tan foam

Aroma: lactose sweetness, licorice, roast, malt, iron, biscuits

Flavor: quite dry malt profile with a slight tanginess in its roasty edge, licorice, slight twinge of "the sea" (though I suppose that's just psychological), finishes as dry as it starts with a roasty bitterness and coffee-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, terse carbonation, a bit astringent on the teeth

Other Comments: I expected this to be sweeter than it is (which is not at all). More of a dry stout.

GreenCard, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of Garin
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours beautifully, a deep ruby black with a creamy head that sticks to the glass as it shrinks to a dense half inch layer. It does look quite nice.

Mild yeasty flavour and aroma with hints of roastiness and sweet malt. The colour suggests a lot more stout than this. Very light grainy aftertaste. There really isn't much here...

The mouthfeel is ok, and it is drinkable... If you're afraid of stout, this might be a good one.

Garin, Sep 19, 2004
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 stcules
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black, with some dark mahogany reflexes. Stout foam (scarce, brown, compact).
The smell is toasted malt. Almost burned malt. Vanilla, herbaceous, chicory. Dried plums.
The taste is again toasted malt, and cocoa powder. Chicory. Quite light.
It left some freshness.
Weak body.
Bitter, herbal aftertaste, quite persistent.

stcules, Feb 14, 2004
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 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 Rocko
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, not much of a head. Smell of coffee and dark bread. I don't think the taste is so sweet at all, bitter though of course with a burnt touch. Not so 'stouty' a bit light in the mouthfeel. After a Carnegie Porter this seems to be quite an average stout.

Rocko, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
2.68/5  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.

Popsinc, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, named because it usually accompanied a meal of oyster stew. Seems like I read somewhere that some oyster stouts had oyster nectar in the brewing mix. Nothing fishy here, though. Deep coffee color, and surprisingly mild. A good stout to have with a meal, oyster stew or otherwise.

Brent, Aug 18, 2001
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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
77 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.