Moonstone Oyster Stout | The Lobster Trap

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Brewed by:
The Lobster Trap
North Carolina, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Deuane on 05-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 8
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GFish
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has that Guinness look, with a creamy tan head that develops on top of the black liquid; leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Roasty, up front, with the chocolate and coffee tones developing by mid-palate; there is a subtle mineral taste that develops in the after-taste from the oyster shells

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice example of the style; with a nice dry flavor profile and a great mouthfeel

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Photo of ZinFanDave
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At LAB. Close enough to black pour, some off white head.

Aroma had nice roast malt and dark chocolate.

Taste matches. Roast malt, chocolates. Coffee and cocoa finish.

Coated the mouth well, solid mid body. Good, straight forward, even if a little basic. Still much better than the standard Guiness.

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Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee pour with dark tan one finger head. Good retention and lace.

Nose is dark roast coffee and rich chocolate. Very nice.

Dry rich chocolate flavor with light roast notes. Weak bitters in the finish. Strong oyster flavor. Very nice.

Lighter feel than expected.

Very nice dry oyster stout.

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deliver to the table a sturdy-looking, black body with at least a full inch of khaki-colored foam.

Smell: Aroma of roasted barley with sweetish notes smelling of chocolate, primarily, but also coffee, vanilla, and a snippet of licorice. Distant whiff of pungent, briny seaside breezes.

Taste: Dusky, dusty roasted malt tones with light tastes of chocolate powder and coffee. Restrained sweetness. While plenty roasty, there are no sharp, acrid burnt grain flavors. Hint of pruneskin fruitiness. Buried within is a minute chalky mineral character and pinch of quality sea salt. Lightly roasty, earthy bitterness. Soft finish trailing out with a flavor of semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Slight smooth creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A relatively light, smooth stout that's certainly fine on it's own, but a bit better when paired with their raw oyster sampler.

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Photo of devilben02
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is as expected from a dry irish-style stout, with a deep, dark color and a creamy tan head. A "generous" pour that nearly overflowed the pint glass left only the slimmest amount of space for the head, which deflated both the appearance and the aroma. What I could get from the aroma was a dry sweetness and something of a crisp mineral scent.

The flavor is comforting and pleasant, with a mild, dry sweetness contrasted with the chocolate and coffee from the roasted malt. In addition, the earthy mineral character that was only barely detectible in the aroma is likewise subtlely infused into the flavor, presumably from the use of oyster shells in the beer. The mineral flavor is neither potent nor offensive, but merely creates an impression of sitting in a coastal New England restaurant on a cool fall evening and admiring the choppy waves as they lap against a rocky shore. Smooth and easy-drinking, this stout doesn't win you over with big, bold flavors, but it is pleasant, comforting, and a good choice to pair with a seafood dinner.

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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle. Says this is a stout suitable for quaffing with oyster, so it contains no oyster shell. Seems pointless when there are plenty of dry stouts around to enjoy with oysters.

Pours a deep dark ebony with small ruby highlights when held to light. Decent 2 finger mocha cap does not last long and weakly laces the glass.

Very faint nose for a stout, some coffee a bit of charred husk and light grassiness.

Mild easy to take stout with a toasty body and good balance between malts and hop. Dry but not aggressively bitter. Definitely a good swig with affinity to wash down shellfish. I suspect the toasty character and what little body this stout has, comes from the toasted flaked wheat they bulk up the body with, without that this would be more like a porter in body.

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Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Dry Irish Stout, brewed in house in half-barrel batches with with 5 pounds of oysters, shell and all.

A-Deep, black/brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left light, ringing lace.

S-Light roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, subtle sour twang and a waft of smoke.

T-Roasty up front with notes of light smoke and chocolate with a pleasant ending of drying bitterness. Subtle sour twang sneaks in on the backside.

M-Medium-light bodied and a touch on the thin side. Smooth and drying with decent lingering bitterness.

D-A good, solid dry stout for sure but nothing crazy here. Certainly tasty enough to hold my interest and paired VERY well with my raw Louisiana oysters!

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Moonstone Oyster Stout from The Lobster Trap
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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