Bulls Bay Oyster Stout | COAST Brewing Company

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Bulls Bay Oyster StoutBulls Bay Oyster Stout
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Bulls Bay Oyster StoutBulls Bay Oyster Stout

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mikesgroove on 01-19-2011

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Daktah
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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