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Oyster Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-29-2002

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight mint or herbal toothpaste aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and mint like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with no discernible oyster qualities and an interesting mint or herbal toothpaste presence that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and firm tan head; nice looking.

Nose is medium assertive candi sugar and black pepper with an undertone and "nose finish" of sweet black chocolate. A bit of a delicate nose but is actually very layered, complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is thin with light body and light carbonation.

Flavors are simple light roasted grain with a bit of bitter espresso in the finish. Flavors and finish are a bit weak and short. No oyster character is evident, although knowing that oysters were used one is prone to try to find them in the finish....it's a search.

Unique pull tab top is very cool.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a really nice deep black color with a nice thick tan head on top. The smell of the beer is a little on the light side, smell something like a Guinness with the roasted malts and such. The taste of the beer had a nice sting to it, not sure how else to explain it. It's roasted and has this strange bite to it. The mouthfeel is kind of oily but not heavy. Overall it's a pretty interesting stout and would totally drink it again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high creamy light beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a head covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts but also has some hints of briny oysters.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and very creamy on the palate with some dryness in the finish.
O: The addition of oysters makes this beer unique and having it on nitro tap definitely improves the appearance and drinkability.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A soothing and genuine Irish Stout that is the Stout version of down home cooking. Though the intrigue about the beer revolves about the 'oyster' namesake, this aspect of the beer has little impact on the beer, if any.

Dark, dark brown (might as well call it black) with a creamy/liquid lightly tanned head that forms on the beer with light retention and lacing. A good look but not outstanding.

The aromas lead with a good amoun to roast that rounds out the scent of coffee grounds, walnuts, and bitter cocoa nibs. Muted aromas of caramel, malted milk, and vanilla give a subtle and sweeter/creamier note but is complimentary and never shout for attention. No evidence of hops, oysters, or phenoics anywhere and only a mild fruity ester component deep in the aroma.

Flavors of roasted coffee beans, cocoa, burnt walnuts, caramelized apple, and chocolate malt (think Whoppers candies) make a nice and blended/complex taste to start. After the initial flavors subside, the minerally/salty/briney taste comes into play but in a subsidary role and never in a primary role. Outside of any conotation of any oyster addition, I would have simply attributed any difference to mineral additions if anything.

The mouthfeel is silky, simple, and velvety until the mid portion of the texture where the mineral feel makes the beer acidic, scrubed, or raw while leads to a rougher finish to the beer than I would have liked.

Generally a good flavored Irish Stout but without the smooth creamy texture and taste that is expected for most Irish Stouts. This one adds that minerally/briney taste that is as interesting and alluring as it is distracting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to the anonymous rep (to me, at least) who left this for we discerning beer vendors. Another of those weird-ass pull-cap enclosures.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown, cola-highlighted colour, with two hefty fingers of rocky, foamy beige head, which leaves a complex pattern of chunky, disparate, honeycomb-esque lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of roasted, grainy caramel malt, a saltwater, ever so slightly seafood essence, some bitter cocoa notes, a prominent mineral character, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is dry, grainy, lightly toasted malt, a strangely earthy, more than sea-borne meatiness, some powdery milk notes, a childhood chalkboard essence, and tame leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles present as a low-fi burbling effect, the body a middling medium-weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, nothing really screwing with it. It finishes rather dry, the lightly toasted malt, and ethereal salmon smokehouse effect still lingering, some bitter chocolate and sassy weedy hops adding to the offsetting mix.

A quite interesting twist on the Irish Dry Stout trope, wherein the soft, dry roasted malt mainstay is gently nudged by some mild seaside characteristics. Enjoyable, surely, but more for the memory of Eire, than the promise of a current pub session, methinks.

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2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Served on-tap at the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. The cream top complements the tan body, which is bled into by the black bubbles in a dazzling display mimicking that of Guinness. One finger, creamy head. Appealing.

Sm: Light scent of roasted barley, malt, and a bit of hops. Appealing but unpronounced.

T: Cream on the open - which is thin. Simple body with a note of roast and a note of hops. Not bold and not particularly good. I'm usually biased towards stouts, but this is bland.

Mf: Too smooth, but the dryness in the finish is nice.

Dr: Too bland and too expensive to consider again. This is the best of the porterhouse's self-brewed stouts, but that isn't saying much.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Fountainhead, from nitro-tap.
"Not suitable for vegetarians"

Served in a large snifter, this stout appeared to be almost all foam at first, until a closer inspection revealed a slow-motion reverse cascade effect. It was really something to behold. The nitro gave the foam that impossibly creamy texture, cappucino foam over the black coffee colored body.

Aroma was clean, mainly roasted barley, with some sweet tobacco in there that surfaced in the taste also.

Deeply bitter & roasty flavors, nice mix of mild hop character (Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings) and bitter bakers chocolate, with that tobacco note in the back also. Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable.

About the taste of actual oysters ... there's nothing briny, salty, savory in there at all. Even if they do throw a handful in the barrel, it seems that it's just for show. That ultra-smoothness is a result of nitrogen...

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: For a stout, I expect something a bit more than this - here, we have a translucent coffee brown liquid capped by a quickly fading ecru head; some decent lacing picks the score up a notch

Smell: Chocolate with a caramel edge; underneath, there is a mineral quality that comes, I presume from either the water, the oysters, or both

Taste: At first, the taste is dominated by roast (a hint of smoke) and chocolate, with a blend of berry fruit and mint making an appearance, in the middle; the briny minerality of the oysters adds another dimension, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin in the mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I seem to like this beer a lot more than others around here as I have found a surprising range of flavors in the mix

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, cream-colored head. The head lingered for a while and receded with minimal lacing.

S - Very roasty aroma. Mild chocolate notes and yes a slight aroma that I assume is the oysters. Almost smelled like some delicious scallops from Sycamore.

T - Again, strong roastiness with chocolate and that oyster flavor. Oyster flavor has some smokiness, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was interesting. Like a smoked Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, toffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, salt, and roast/mineral earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, salt, herbal, and roast/mineral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good stout. Good complexity and solid robustness of roast/bready malt, earthy hop, and salty oyster flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown bordering on black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts with just the lightest hint of ocean/brine.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of brininess from the oysters.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and really easy to drink - I have had this beer numerous times, though this is my first time reviewing it, and will continue to get this beer again. The flavor the oysters add is quite interesting. I love the very interesting opening cap - kind of a nifty.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

undated 11.2 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours essentially clear but very dark brown with a smallish light tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma and flavor: I have limited experience with oysters, but the unusual aroma and flavor is consistent a significant contribution from what I remember of raw or stewed oysters. Nonetheless, there seems to be a more pronounced flavor component attributable to some spicing (nutmeg?); this makes it seem to me like a "Winter Stout". Slightly more sweet than bitter, especially after some warming, this stout also has a hint of sourness. (T=3.25)

Mouthfeel: near medium bodied; crisp, lively carbonation, and a good bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: a good and, in my experience, unique stout. {3.75} Recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks really interesting, direct from Ireland, thanks a ton Optimator13 for something I've def never had before.

A really interesting ring to pop open the top, which pops with a decent "fwop". It pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly despite the small stature, with a slight bit of lacing, it just proves its not always the size, but how you use it. The beer itself is very dark molasses brown that makes light tough to sneak through.

Nose is lighter, a bit of dark malts, slight chocolate, hint of dark crystal, bit of roast and very slight briny like aroma.

Taste starts fairly dry, a nice dry Irish stout for sure, light roast and bit of chocolate, roasty with hints of coffee, fairly bitter though, a bitterness combined from the roasted malts and hints of a light grassy and just a touch of earthy hop addition. A very slight gritty feel and touch of minerality lead to that slight briny taste, bringing that oyster thought into play. Finish continues it's dry spell, but doesn't destroy the palate, just cleans it; some light lingering earthy and burnt malt bitterness, and slight gritty feel still.

Mouth is medium to a slight bit heavier bodied, a bit gritty but dry, and decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, fairly sessionable, no booze, a bit earthier and more bitter than I expected but not bad, and that strange gritty and light briny taste that flashes oysters in the mind. An interesting beer to sample.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small, light brown head of creamy foam on top of a black body with clear, brown highlights showing through. The foam settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Sweet, bready malt with some dark caramel and light roast. A hint of spicy hops in the background.

T - A round bitterness of roasted grain with dark bread notes up front. More roasted character in the middle with a hint of dark chocolate. Finishes with dry, roasted bitterness and a bit of lingering toffee.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice, rich stout with a lot of malt complexity to back the roasted character. Much better than the beer you find in the rest of Dublin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this bottle over. Poured into a goblet.

The color is dark brown with a half-finger head that recedes quickly and leaves just a touch of lace around the glass and a bit of white film on top of the brew. The aroma is interesting. I smell something a bit different, though I couldn't say it is oysters. (It probably doesn't help that I've never had oysters.) Very mild chocolate and a hint of roast.

The flavor exhibits some lightly-bitter chocolate characteristics as well as a light earthy note. Some slight roast is there as well. Something a bit off that I cant quite name. The body is a bit light with carbonaion toward the lower end of the spectrum. Finish is quite dry. Drinks fairly well. Definitely interestidry

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Dark brown with cranberry highlights. Nice light khaki head.

S – Nice complexity. Roast, caramel, salt water taffy, gingerbread, oatmeal raisin cookies and bran muffins.

T – A savory saline note up front is backed by smokey malt and dry roast. Ends dry and mineraly with beach wood and an edge of char.

M – Medium light. More porter-like than stout.

O – An interesting brew. What the oysters bring to the table is less about “oyster” flavor and more about elevating salt content while still keeping it in check. The added salt adds an interesting dimension to some familiar flavors, but the net effect is more novel than exceptional.

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Photo of smithj4
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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