Bulls Bay Oyster Stout
COAST Brewing Company

Bulls Bay Oyster StoutBulls Bay Oyster Stout
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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #9
Ranked #3,788
4.22 | pDev: 7.58%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Bulls Bay Oyster StoutBulls Bay Oyster Stout
Notes: Brewed with local oysters from Jeff Spahr at localoysters.com! Smooth and Roasty, briny (minerally and salty!??) that can only be attributed to the oysters.
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Photo of Daktah
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this without knowing at first what "BB" stood for - thought it was bourbon barrel when I opened it and then was confused by the lack of bourbon smell. Looked it up to learn it's "Bulls Bay".

Pours nearly black with a substantial dark tan head. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, a little chocolate - very solid without any one element overpowering. Taste is similar with a little of the oyster brininess coming through. As the beer warmed it got a little saltier and a little drier, which was a cool twist. I think this is the third oyster stout I've had and I really like the concept and effect.

I'd put this beer just over "medium" in terms of body - a very good structure for all the flavors going on here. Almost no trace of alcohol but tons of flavor, which is always a great combination. Overall a great beer that I will seek out when I return to Charleston.

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Photo of zac16125
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

COAST Bullls Bay Oyster Stout
growler into a british pint glass

A: Pours an opaque black with a sliver of mocha colored head, which dissipates down quickly to only an outer ring. Leaves only the faintest hints of spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, creamed coffee, a subtle briny/salty aroma. Nice, but nothing outstanding.

T: Follows the nose. Heavier roasted flavors. Fairly big dark chocolate notes. There is definitely a distinct briny/saltiness on the finish, along with some bitterness. Graham cracker. Some sweetness comes out as it warms to balance out the saltiness, but at times the salitness is dominating and detracts from the other flavors.

M/D: Full bodied, not too thin- which is nice, appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is somewhat limited by the saltiness.

O: Overall, not my favorite offering from COAST. Interesting though, and worth a try. I remember liking it a lot more the last time I had it (last year, poured on tap and paired with food). Id drink this again, but its not something I will run out and by another growler of.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Jet black color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head. Moderate retention. Head fades into a tan haze that lingers at the surface all the way down the glass. Not much lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate primarily. Maybe some dark fruits. There’s also this smell that I’ve never smelled before in a stout. Could that be the briny oysters?

T - Starts sweet with chocolate and plum flavors. Slowly builds to a bitter roasted coffee taste. Finishes with the subtle but unmistakeable earthy and briny taste of oysters.

F - Medium-bodied with more carbonation than expected, a more crisp than creamy mouthfeel, and an interesting bitter, dry, and salty finish. Roasted coffee and briny oyster flavors linger.

O - This was a delicious and very unique stout. When I heard the words “oyster stout,” I was skeptical. I thought that the oyster presence would be either non-existent or overpowering. While I do like oysters, a beer with an overpowering oyster flavor does not sound appetizing. COAST did a great job of making a good stout and adding just enough oysters to give them a subtle but noticeable presence. The body was a bit too thin, but that’s pretty much the only complaint I have about this beer. Definitely glad I picked it up.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 3/8/12, into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Modernartblues for sharing.

A: Black body, brown highlights, and a solid cap of fine, clumpy tan foam. Decent retention and spotty lace.

S: Fresh and vibrant, with vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of earthiness. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose, but with the addition of a light brininess toward the clean, roasty, bitter, vanilla-tinged finish. Pleasant.

M: Medium body, soft, moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Tasty stout. Nothing crazy, but it all coheres very well.


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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for the growler. You’re the best, Dan!

Bulls Bay pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s very near opaque. There are a few, faint burgundy highlights at the outermost edges though. Really nice color though. The head is mocha tan and stands about two fingers tall. It recedes somewhat quickly and leaves a light, spotty lacing in its wake. Pretty good lookin’ stuff though.

The nose is good, but would benefit from just a little more strength. A mix of chocolate and roasted malts hits the nose first. Smells nice. It’s not very sweet. Dark chocolate must be the ticket! There’s a rather strong coffee or espresso scent, in addition to some charred barley. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. That about wraps it up. Smells straight forward, just needs more strength.

Wow! The flavor definitely kicks it up a notch or two. The malt base definitely tastes like roasted malts and chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate tastes really nice and mixes well with the strong espresso flavor that follows. There’s a burnt flavor here that’s attributable to the coffee/espresso flavor or charred barley. Either way – I like it! A very salty flavor follows. Damned if it isn’t oyster-ish!!! Not sure I would’ve gotten there on a blind tasting, but that flavor is there! It’s interesting and is very tasty. Alcohol is buried and really isn’t a factor. Finishes chocolaty, charred, and salty. Nice!

Bulls Bay has a lighter body. Carbonation seems light and soft. I wouldn’t mind a little more body, but it’s pretty satisfying in terms of feel. Definitely an easy drinking stout. No doubt about that.

Coast Brewing Company brews impressive beer. I knew this would be good, but I really wasn’t expecting the oyster aspect of it to really shine through. Lo and behold…it does! Who knew? If you’re into all things stout and salt…give this one a shot! It delivers! Thanks, Dan!

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Photo of modernartblues
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Tripel Karmeliet Tulip

A: black fairly solid body with a 1" tan colored head that held on briefly before fading, touches of lacing

S: roasty with touches of chocolate and coffee, hints of salty brine

T: roasted malts, chocolate, sea salt, briny coffee, a rather intense oyster stout, haven't had too many in this style, but this is a clear favorite

M: smooth, but wearing in the long term, this is not an all nighter, but a couple of pints is very workable

O: another great beer from COAST, using local oysters is pretty badass and this beer shows their ability to do great things on the dark malt side of the street

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into taster at the brewery. Pours a deep creamy black. Smells of roasted malts, and a slightly sweet note to it.
Taste is of very roasted creamy malts mixed with some slight coffee; but here is where it gets interesting...I actually taste the oysters! It has a very very slight fishy salty sea water flavor. It sounds kind of gross, but its very well balanced and not in your face. It is full of flavor and actually has some alcohol for a stout! Nice job.

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: With the cask conditioning, the beer arrives with a dark fudge color with just a few bubbles on top; no lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey, with some coffee and citrus elements

Taste: The anticipate dry stout elements arrive, up front, with roast, chocolate and coffee; by mid-palate, a big surprise arrives with a blast of tangerine and in the aftertaste, the briny, metallic oyster flavors develop into a subtle, but clearly discernable aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: The cask really works for this beer as all of the elements present themselves without the interruption of too much carbonation; really like the surprisingly hoppy flavors as well as the brine in the aftertaste

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with caSSino while hanging out at Duckworth's! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and a slight salty note. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight salt, and toffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. This was my first Oyster Stout and I really enjoyed it. The oyster aspect wasn't as prominent as I was hoping but still had a presence. This did have a very nice backbone for a stout though. This one is definitely worth introducing to your palate at least once.

Also for you oyster lovers out there and the adventureous drinkers, caSSino and I decided to experiment on our second pints of this brew. With an empty glass we lined the bottom of the glass with Texas Pete and then poured the beer into the glass. This added a very nice spicy tabasco aspect to the brew on the followthrough only and made it quite enjoyable. We also shared tastes with others sitting at the bar and everyone really seemed to like it. Add at your own risk and based on your spice tolerance (mine is higher than most). COAST, are you listening? Get Tabasco barrels and put this beer in them. I will definitely thank you for this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to Calton for getting me this one, i had thought i missed out on it, but alas he came through like a champ! poured into a pint glass.

Very dark pour, black with a large tan heading creeping up the sides of the glass. Nice touches of lacing ringing the inside of the glass and coming to head with deep spider web like lacing throughout. Aroma was interesting and not at all what I expected. Very smoked with lots of hints of peat and roasted malts. A touch of something different and my brain wants to say it was sort of fishy, but again the expectations going in could be clouding that. Light touches of chocolate start to mix in as it warms as well. Nice body here, with a good level of carbonation throughout. Rich notes of roasted and smoked malts coming through from the very first sip with a touch of something else bouncing around in there as well. This other taste is not bad at all, it's just different and gives it a bit of a kick. Nice dry finish and smooth, even flavor kept it coming throughout the rest of the session.

Overall very solid and really quite nicely done. I have to admit name alone scared me off, but there was no reason for it. This was just a nicely done stout all the way around.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head that lingered around a while.

Smell: roasted malts with bits of chocolate were most prominent.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight amount of coffee flavor, and bit of oyster liquor creates a very well balanced stout. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth and velvety throughout with a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was very enjoybable from start to finish as it went down fairly quickly. I was able to have enjoy this on several evenings while in SC and was the favorite beer on my trip.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Piney Grove Greens. Poured into a pint glass.

Black body with a dark brown head resting on top. The head sticks around for a little while but eventually runs away. Smell's roasty with hints of mineral notes but nothing that screams oysters. Tastes roasty again but with a definite mineral presence, slightly sweet with hints of dark chocolate. Mouth feel is medium to heavy, very sticky in the mouth. Pretty easy drinking as the ABV would indicate. Not much about this screams oyster to me but I think it is noticeable once it is mentioned. I wish there was a place near me that I could enjoy this with some oysters. I'd buy this again. Another solid offering from COAST. Their stout's are always top notch.

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Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC poured into my COAST Pint Glass.

A - Dark black with a 1-inch mocha colored head that fades to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of ash with a slightly salty, minerally backbone. Dunno if I'd guess "oyster" if I wasn't told, but there's definitely something different.
T - Very complex and interesting flavors here. Dark roasted malt with a unique mineral quality dominates, along with a solid amount of chocolate and dark coffee. Finish lingers on the palate for some time, leaving a chalky and slightly salty feeling. Again, can't say I'd guess oysters at first, but it makes perfect sense when you actually taste the beer.
M - Silky-smooth with a creamy medium-full body and medium-low carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, just like every other COAST offering. I'll have no problem with this growler. I was really excited when I first heard of this brew, glad it lived up to my expectations!

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Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Green's on Piney Grove Road. Always a shout out to these fine folks.

Appearance - Deep chocolate color with a nice fine one-finger head forming upon the initial pour. Very nice retension on the sides of the glass as you give it a swirl. Fine tan head forms that lasts a good long while.

Smell - Nice lush chocolate nose. Bright refreshing aroma. Some sweet notes as well.

Taste - I'll start with the finish. Outstanding long-lasting grip on your taste buds. I enjoyed the opening refreshing taste. Some mineral notes and a lot of sweet malty goodness. The middle becomes a warming blanket with a bit of a hop presence. The finish is the winner here. Just when you thought the flavor would fade into a nice chocolate/cocoa final call, a second wave of malty coating covers your buds again. Lovely. Some mineral-like grip as well, but not off-putting at all.

Mouthfeel - medium to full-bodied here. The linger is very pronounced and enjoyable. A nice rich feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The creamy texture and ABV makes for a very rich, yet easy drinking offering. I've compared this to other Oyster Stouts and this is very much one I enjoy. Well done COAST.

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Photo of mjgarrett2
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from CBX.

A-Nice dark chocolate colored head is a good sign. Dark as night as one may expect.

S-Not revealing much with respect to the oyster. Smells sweet and smooth.

T-Mild and balanced; not overly sweet like imperial stouts can get but richer than a dry stout. After a few seconds you can detect an almost sweet oyster-liquor flavor of shellfish with the normal stout malts.

M-Again, not harsh at all. Surprisingly enjoyable level of carbonation.

D-More enjoyable than some of the off styles you see. Interesting and controlled enough to not get bored with trying to tease out the flavors. I found myself wanting a second glass, and then a third.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at the Greenville Beer Exchange on my way to a show up in Charlotte.

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours black with faint dark brown highlights and a thick, tightly foamed dark brown head.

S - Smells strongly chocolaty with some dark malt and coffee notes. Nose-tingling hops rounds out the aroma. The entire thing also has this earthy underpinning I can only assume is from the oyster shells.

T - The flavor starts with an earthy, mineral imbued and slightly chalky dark malt and chocolate flavor. Chocolate as in cocoa nibs and a faint bit of syrup. There is a slightly acidic coffee finish that also has some subtle hops flavor to it. I saw on COAST's Twitter feed where they were passing hot wort through cleaned oyster shells. Knowing this, I think the subtle, mineraly and slightly chalky taste of the shells looms a little more prominent in my mind.

M - Just under medium bodied, smooth.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery & at the world beer fest in cola. Poured a dark opaque black with a wonderful thick tan head that laced well.
A wonderful roasty mineral briney goodness on the nose and flavor profile. The local oysters brought a nice dry brine on the finish to a well balanced huge roasty grain bill. Outstanding brew here. Huge chewy creamy mouthfeel that was a pleasure to consume.I found this to be highly drinkable. Bravo to the good folk at COAST!!!

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