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Oyster Stout - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Ratings: 174
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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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Hanglow, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure that fired oysters would go well with this beer, but I chose to drink this on its own. Coming out of a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

This is black with a red hue. An inch thick head forms initially, dropping to a thin lace and leaving a few spots around the glass. The aromas offer the nose bits of bitter chocolate, oyster flesh, and a big note of molasses. Not particularly sweet, which is especially true of the taste. Some stouts offer a little sweetness to compliment their roasty flavors, but Marston's Oyster Stout stays roasty and astringent all the way through. It takes getting used to, and it works in the end. Meanwhile, notes of unsweetened chocolate, fried oyster shells, vague roastiness, and a faint banana aspect round out the taste. The aftertaste leaves a salty and roasty flavor lingering. It's lighter-medium bodied with low and gentle carbonation.

I did hope for a little more, but this is acceptable. It must have been from my great experience with Porterhouse's Oyster Stout.

DoubleJ, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Bellonc
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Bellonc, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at a small package store in New York state.

The appearance is black with very thin head to it.
Its` nose has moderate malts, bitter coffee, a bit of chocolate, kinda off balance though. Sipping on it, out of a pint glass and I taste cocoa, roasted malts, sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, drinks fairly easily. This is a decent stout, but not great one by any stretch. OK to give it a shot at least once.

mltobin, Oct 19, 2012
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 pin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

pin, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a stout, feels like a stout. Nose is very vague and boring. I guess some English hops and the mildest cocoa in the world. Taste follows suit, very boring and vague. I'm not really sure how this can be called a milk/sweet stout. Seems more like a standard English Stout. There's nothing particularly sweet about it. I'm doubly annoyed because the bar I was at swapped out Young's Double Chocolate Stout for this Double Boring Stout. Never tried eating oysters with a stout before. Maybe there's some magic with this beer in such a case, but I would never try this again alone.

TheRealBigC, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of RyanCMcGovern
3/5  rDev -11%

RyanCMcGovern, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

parintele, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of adamcthomp
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

adamcthomp, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mungus, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of arkanu
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

arkanu, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of PolarBear3
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark brown almost black in colour with a two fingered biege head that dissipates in time.

S - Not much on the nose at all really. Very faint sweet malts, candy sugar with slight chocolate

T - Roasted malt . coffee and a little chocolate but fairly dry and bitter not too mention very watery leaving a horrible after taste.

M - Medium carbonation and seems rather watery for a stout.

O - Pretty average I thought. Fairly watery and very disappointing for a stout. Lacks flavour depth and one I would not recommend.

PolarBear3, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Carissa
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Carissa, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Zakk
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Zakk, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Harkrank
3/5  rDev -11%

Harkrank, May 28, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

It pours a blackish brown with a creamy mocha head.

The smell has some oddity to it. A decent amount of english hops, and some yeasty scents. Also cocoa.

The flavor is nice. It is a dry stout with some metallic notes and some citrus.

crossovert, May 27, 2012
Photo of cralyanne
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

cralyanne, May 24, 2012
Photo of petluo
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

petluo, May 16, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark as night. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - I get sweet, dark fruits at first. I also get some dark chocolate.

T - I get mostly dark fruit. I do get some faint chocolate on the back end.

M - Medium

O - It is a very drinkable beer. There is nothing offensive about this beer, although nothing spectacular either. I could session this one.

buschbeer, May 06, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Mostly black with hints of cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. Thin tan head across the top with sheets, strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Not a lot going on in the aroma dept. A hint of something mild - vaguely fruity, vaguely English bitter hop.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt up front, moving into mild chocolate notes and then some black coffee. Bitter finish as well. I don't think this is a Milk/Sweet stout - not nearly sweet enough. I think it's better classified as an English stout. Simple flavor profile on the bitter and roasted side of things.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, cleanses the palate. Beer underneath is a bit watery though for a stout.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable - I could have another easily and I suspect it would be better from a cask. Did not have it with seafood, but I suspect it would be good with seafood. Overall, a so-so stout, but interesting in that the bitterness comes through more rather than it being sweet. I think the beer is mislabeled here as a milk/sweet stout and really should be reclassified as an English stout given the dominance of the roasted bitter flavor.

damndirtyape, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 06, 2012
Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
77 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.