Bulls Bay Oyster Stout | COAST Brewing Company

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Gavage
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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 prototypic
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev -5%
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 JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MacQ32
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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Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jfstilling
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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