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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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

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

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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 113
Photo of Daniell
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 AEK
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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 GoBrewOrGoHome
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black, creamy tan head,
S- hardly any aroma, slight hints of chocolate and roasted malts
T- bland, watery, coffee notes and dark malts
M- smooth, very light, not very interesting
D- classic bland nitro, nothing stands out about the beer, very light for a stout but easy to drink

Photo of atis
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from somewhere in England

Pours almost black with dark and foamy head; thick lacing. Aroma is quite simple and weak mild toasty malt.

Taste is again simple slightly toasted malt with sweetish feel, rather dry finish and long lasting roasted malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light.

I had higher expectations before buying this one, did not find any evidence of fruit of chocolate as indicated on the label. Certainly good aftertaste, but that was the only enjoyable feature of this beer.

Photo of mulder1010
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a SA Perfect Pint.

A-- Poured black with tints of red on the sides of the glass. No real head at all. A dark brown film that went away quicker than when I poured it.

S-- Chocolate, malted barley, and would swear a bit of Kahula. More or less reminds me of ovaltine. Barley was the biggest smell in this.

T-- Not very sweet at all. Mostly malted barley. Decent chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee. A little more robust in body and a little surprised. Not at all watery for a beer with a very low ABV.

M-- Med to low carbonation and the taste stays with you for a while. No sweet or milk (creamy) taste to this as I got more chocolate and coffee in this and a little more bitter than I expected. Flavors stick around a while and it is quite good in that way.

D-- Sessionable? Yes. Would this get boring? Yes. Needs more sweetness to this and could be a really nice sweet stout. Works OK as a lighter stout because it has a lot of character and has a nice body and is pretty flavorful and the flavors do stick around. Worth getting? Yes. Would work well with a German chocolate cake well and with a steak that has a coffee rub.

Photo of bludtek
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this stout from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass. It is dark, dark brown with an appealing chocolate milk-coloured head that was fairly thin, but nice while it lasted.

The smell is like tia maria and milk - a mixture of sweetness, coffee, alcohol and dairy.

The taste contrasts somewhat with the smell. Not as much sweetness as I was expecting. Toasted grains and lots of hops are present. I get dark chocolate and malt, but not much else. It finishes with a nice bitterness, but there is some sourness as well.

Mouthfeel is not that great with a "watered down with club soda" characteristic.

The lower alcohol content and lack of robustness makes for easy drinkability.

Photo of MAB
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost identical to the Satanic Mills I just drank, but ever so slightly thicker - very dark charcoal brown with ruby highlights and a sandy, thick, tan head that retains well. Strange, weak nose of cream cheese, coffee, rooibos tea, and brown bread - it smells thin, and sure 'nough, it tastes thin. Far from stout, it would make a passable dark mild, but the frail mocha-lemon flavor and the pilsener-thin mouthfeel simply do not cut it. This is a pretty lame excuse for a stout, lacking in flavor, depth, and body.

Photo of Shadman
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a hold over from May's beer club here in Medicine Hat.

Nice used deisel oil color with a somewhat toffee-like head. Receeds quickly to a tan cap with some nice webs of lacing.

Aroma a bit of a let down..guiness cold has more aroma..

Slight sourness, not overly sweet..roasted character defintely muted by the lactose..some nice hoppiness. Some mineral water twang in the background

Smooth and reasonably creamy

Nice, decently smooth...but not this brewer's best effort

Photo of mrandolph
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the classic oyster stout, and pours jet black with a lasting if small tan head. The nose is weak at best, but has some sweet malt notes. The flavor is a pleasing mix of roast and chocolate, backed by firmer bittering than I expected. The sweetness adds some body, which barely reaches medium levels. Overall, an ok beer, but not really the style-setting experience I had hoped for.

Photo of mapofthedead
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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 ThatWineGuy
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few of these over the holidays and thought at the time that it quaffed well. Sitting down to review it today seems another story... Tan head departed abruptly leaving a flat cola appearance with no visible carbonation. On closer inspection, there are little bursts of fizzy stuff happening at the surface, sort of weird actually. The most noticeable thing about the smell was the lack of it. Taste of burnt toast, bitter middle and finish with too much astringency in the aftertaste. Although the label described fruit and chocolate, neither is present to any degree, as far as I can tell. I expect more body and flavour in a stout, this really misses the mark. I was not impressed, although if I had oysters available I'd try it again.

Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 TerryW
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent but unremarkable brew. Not off in anyway, but not particularly remarkable either.

Pours dark with a short tan head. Drinks smooth, with chocolate and burned notes, but not assertive. Subtle, soft, subdued.

I prefer a stout with a bit more character. This is drinkable, but not something you would choose over another like offering.

Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt toast with scarlet underpinning. Although by no means is it wrong to do so, I'll avoid calling it black because with a strong back lighting the tone warms and both reds and browns come to the forefront. Despite refracting a good amount of light the beer stays opaque at all angles it's held. The head is thin and already by this point all but diminished.

The aroma combines equal - and very modest - proportions of coffee, smoke, and debittered chocolate. I fail to detect any fruit what so ever. It has the parts, so why doesn't it flaunt them? It's almost too coy even to be straightforward. Although warming did some to help I know to start writing the coroners report right from the first few sniffs.

The great Micheal Jackson described the beer has having the taste of "onions and shallots... with a woody, cedary background". It is a heck of a stretch but I can manage to see where he was coming from. I wouldn't otherwise have noticed, but (imaginary or not) there does seem to be a light shallot-like note. The cedar is a little more definite, although again, rather faint. What I want to know is: what happened to all those promises of chocolate?

I take it from the name this beer is meant to be enjoyed alongside oysters. Not being an oyster eater myself I can't speak to its ability to pair with shellfish. I will tell you, should it help, that the beer is medium-light bodied, quite drying, hardly bitter and despite what things look like, it possesses next-to-no roast. I'd stay clear of delicate, white fish but wager it would taste good with oysters (for those who like oysters, of course!)

So now when I don't order shellfish at a restaurant I'll know there's a beer for me to not order with it. Everything about this stout was over-modest. I don't like my stouts to be unassertive; I like my stouts to wear their colour proudly, to emit their scents fiercely, to be forward with their flavours, and leave me satisfied (not disgruntled) once the bottle's empty.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5% ABV.

Originally, Oyster Stout was a style on its own, with actual oysters added to the boil. Id like to try one of those, but theyre hard to find nowadays.

The pour reveals a very dark cherry colored liquid, almost black. The smallish head has good retention and leaves a smattering of tan lace on the glass. Roastyness and sweet chocolate fill the aroma. The taste has a wet grain character with a solid roasty, dark malt backbone. Chocolate, barley dough and some vanilla notes linger. The mouthfeel is quite thin with a languid carbonation. Hops are very subdued, offering some bitterness in the finish.

This is a nice example of an English stout, malty and sweet but not over-sweet.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Voonder for this one!

500 ml bottle, best by 20 Mar 09:

Pours black with a thick, rich tan head that descends to a thin cover that almost covers the top. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. There's an earthy, roasty note in the back.

The taste is of chocolate/coffee with a hint of onion-like spiciness. Earthy hop bitterness and a bit of sour fruitiness balance the sweetness. This is all mild, until an assertive cedar, woody finish makes it dry, with a touch of salt. The complexity of the brew is so subtle that it takes quite a bit of concentration and searching, but it's there, in a modest way.

At room temperature, it hits medium-bodied, but really goes no further. Not quite as smooth as I expected/would have liked, but it has a drinkable quality nevertheless. I can easily think of a classic English stout, and also a porter with more richness and body than this one. Still, it has a certain uniqueness and enough balance (I would consider it more a dry stout) to be worthwhile, and glad I had the chance to have it.

Photo of Jeffo
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A one finger tan head with popping bubbles on the top. Head dissipates quickly into a decent film; leaves minimal lacing. Some carbonation is there. Pitch black and cloudy.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt with a bit of mocha. A slight bit of coffee but relatively simple and weak.

TASTE: Roasty and somewhat smoky. Coffee is there and quite a sweet aftertaste that hangs around for a while. Relatively one dimensional for a stout, but nothing off-putting.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Pretty sticky on the palate as well. Smooth and next to no bite. Feels pretty nice except the sticky feeling is perhaps too much.

OVERALL: It's certainly drinkable, but the sweet aftertaste is perhaps a bit too overwhelming to make it a good session beer. The nose is certainly less than inspirational, but the taste is alright and the feel is okay as well, especially if you like you stout on the stickier side.

Photo of tpd975
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to CigarCityBrew for this one.

A: Pours a dark blackish brown with a nice solid khaki head that dies to a collar. Spotty lace is noted.

S: Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Same as nose with the roast being very prominent. The dark fruit is able to come thru though. There is a touch of sourness in the finish.

M: Medium in body somewhat dry finish.

D: So So.

Photo of elricorico
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of foles
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
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