Pemaquid Oyster Stout | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed every year for the Pemaquid Oyster Festival in Damariscotta, this riich, chocolatey brew benefits from having ten dozen live oysters involved in the beer....mmmm oysters.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 54
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a bubbly cap

S: Lots of bitter roastiness up front, along with some toasted malt, toffee, and dark chocolate. Some anise in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of roasted and toasted maltiness and goes into some dark chocolate, anise, and caramel/toffee notes. Moderately sweet, but the bitterness of the roast balances nicely. Finishes with a light bitterness and lingering anise

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Just enough carbonation to moderate the thickness

O: A solid oyster stout that is nice and roasty with a good depth of underlying dark chocolate and anise flavors going on. Definitely doesn't feel like 6%, either, which makes it quite dangerous to drink. Definitely worth checking out if you see it on tap or hanging around in cans

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into wine glass no canned on date

A: nice black body with a chunky fat head that is slightly off white but disappears rather quickly

S: nice roasted malts smell, some licorice, bakers chocolate and light bits of stale coffee

T: nice lighter on the tongue rich burnt malts good bit of that bakers chocolate and a little bit of a saltiness on the finish

M: medium to leaning toward full beer isn't thick or cloying it actually is a pretty clean beer which is odd for a stout

O: Super easy drinking beer well put together stout and on the lighter side as well. I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured pint glass

Black liquid, two finger brown foam cap, no lacings

Aroma of roast malts, chocolate, licorice, tobacco

Roast malt, chocolate, a bit of brine,

Light mouthfeel, no sudsing,

Nice beer

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at Frontier in Brunswick, ME. Pours a nice opaque dark syrup color almost black, substantial tan khaki foam that lingers. Smell is at first syrupy, with a coffee and caramel taking over and a hint of the brine from the oysters is present as well. The taste is bread, malty, and rather sweet, sweeter than expected actually, here too you can taste the slight brine, it is really nice. Mouth feel is typical of a stout, a little more thick than some of the watery ones ive had in ME though. Overall a great beer, it actually made me visit the brewery in Belfast a few weeks later. Would recommend both the brew and the brewery to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes of the Pemaquid Oyster festival at the brewery from last year.

Pours a pitch black color, touch of head.

Nose is darker malts, light roast and coffee, caramel and toffee, hint of chocolate, fluffy dark malts and a hint of a briny salty earthy touch.

Taste has some more dark malts, little roast and coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, oats, etc... then an interesting briny taste, salty and very earthy almost mushroomy, as well as a bit of earthy hops. Finish continues a bit of the briny slight sea like taste, and some of the lingering roast chocolate and coffee.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, semi rich and creamy, decent carb.

Overall OK, nice malts but briny flavors are strange and don't meld well with the nice malts.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased fresh on 11/25/11

Purchased @ Marshall Wharf brewery, Belfast ME

This one pours a deep shade of brown bordering black with a faint ruby edge when held up to the light. A nice two fingered creamy lite tan head climbs to the rim and hangs on with a fair amount of retention. A curtain of lacing mixed with polka dots stick to the walls of the glass which compliments the appearance.

The aroma is soft and sweet with chocolate, molasses, coffee and a noticeable roastiness.

Flavor begins bitter sweet with chocolate followed by a lingering taste of coffee, roasted malt and earthy hops. I can detect a faint sandy/mineral aftertaste which must be related to the 10 live oysters this beer was brewed with.

The mouthfeel starts out clean and smooth over a medium body. Carbonation along with bitterness are both faint, however a definite dryness is noticeable after several glasses.

Overall an interesting example and quite enjoyable. Never in my wildest imagination would I ever have thought of beers brewed with oysters. Never the less, a real easy drinking sessionable stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro-tap at Three Tides, and served in a pint glass. The beer pours jet black, with a thin, milk chocolate colored, filmy head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, salt-water, and seafood. Flavors are initially heavy, dark roasted coffee, with a smooth chocolate undertone, and flavors end with briney and salt-water oyster flavors. Not overpowering, but unmistakably oyster, so if you aren't a fan, consider yourself forewarned. The aftertaste is roasted and smokey, again with seafood characteristics at the end. The brew is creamy and smooth, and very tasty overall. I am a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of ggilman
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Marshall Wharf, as well as an Old No. 58, which is on deck! I also grabbed a pint at McKay's Public House in Bar Harbor last week, but didn't have time to review then.

Poured into a Sebago Brewing Co. Tulip Glass.

Dark black. Made my tulip glass look like a Magic 8 Ball. Will I enjoy this beer? All signs point to yes! Doesn't foam up like crazy out of the growler, even with a very vigorous pour. One finger of foamy off white to tan head. No lacing, settles to a whisp, very elegant looking. You get a whiff of bitter chocolate and coffee, but it mainly smells like the ocean. Briney smooth mouthfeel. You can lick the sea salt off your lips. Great carbonation, and mineral mouthfeel. Little chocolate, little coffee, little smoke. This is one of the few Oyster Stouts (so I was told) that are actually brewed with Oysters! A dozen fresh Pemaquids made their way into the batch, and the briny, mineral taste they impart is terrific.

I haven't had very many Oyster Stouts, but this is amazing. Mineral Water meets Ice Coffee. Very refreshing, and I wish I had a dozen Pemaquids on the half shell to pair this delicious beer with.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a growler that was given to me by the MW Brewery crew (you all rock!) this beer was an opaque black color. When I first poured this beer out for me and my company it settled like a Guinness! The head was tan, two-fingers thick and retained nicely as a cap hat left very good lacing. The aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, unsweetened chocolate and hints of brine. The flavors were delicious and totally on-point for a stout. Chocolate malt, toffee, coffee, touches of rich soil, hints of caramel and a little smoke. As the beer warmed elements of brine began to appear, reflecting the ONE DOZEN OYSTERS that were used to brew this beer. I know how weird that sounds but you really can't tell aside from the touch of brine and perhaps a certain meaty 'depth' that the beer has. The finish was bitter and apropos to a stout. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body was full and the carbonation excellent for the style. The MW crew makes a number of good beers but this one really was my personal favorite and a joy to drink.

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Pemaquid Oyster Stout from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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