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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-29-2002

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Photo of JamesMN
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown (and translucent when held up to the light). Thin light brown head.

Aroma: Soy sauce and some malt.

Taste: Light and decently malty. Sort of milky and chalky. There's really not much flavor here so it would pair well with food (i.e. oysters). Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Between light and medium bodied. Above average carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A little disappointed in how thin and watery this one was. There just wasn't much to taste. Although there is an interesting aftertaste that I can't define. Would I drink it again? Nah.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dmmcgove
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kremlock
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grain: pale malt, roast barley, black malt and flaked barley
Hops: Galena, nugget and EKG

A: Deep dark ruby colour with a nice 1/2 inch head

S: Med roast, coffee and a hint of toffee

T: Bitter to malt well balanced ( I found it more bitter then malty and that is my preference) and it has a nice dry finish

M: Carbonation is med to high, cuts right in with food. Finish is dry

O: A well balanced stout. Carb is on the high side so I would have this with a rich greasy food (deep fried mars bar or deep fried chicken)

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Interesting cap design. Instead of the traditional crown, it's capped with a form-fitting crown that is opened with an odd sardine-can type pull ring. I've never seen anything like this, I wonder if it has any advantages over the traditional crown. No bottling date, so I have no idea how fresh this is. I purchased it from a less-traveled liquor store, so it could be older than I'd like.

A: Pours a translucent black with hues of brown and ruby. the head is large, pillowy, and sandy colored. It has excellent retention, and a thick cap always adorns the beer. A thick veil of lacing coats the entire glass.

S: Roasted barley, espresso, dark chocolate, slight earthiness and acidity, hint of salty brine. A touch metallic. Perhaps some slight raisin/fig and a tight berry scent.

T: Roasted barley and a slight metallic taste. Acrid and smokey. Touch of cola and molasses. Mild burnt malt acidity. Hops interject briefly with a moderate bitterness and some grassy tastes. Minerals and salty brine mid-palate. Espresso and dark chocolate toward the end. Finishes with cola, brine, salt, and minerals.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very full, creamy, and fluffy in the mouth. Subtle astringency. Mild carbonation lifts the body a bit.

O: There aren't a hell of a lot of oyster stouts on the market. This one is on par with the few that I've had. It could benefit from a bit more depth and malt character, but it's solid enough. It does seem that it would make a great pairing with some oysters.

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Photo of vicsju1991
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Skeletor1976
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dspencer714
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe that this is the first "oyster stout" I have had to date. Or, at least, the first one in a very long time.

Unique profile. Flavor is interestingly inky. Definitely different. I like it. Very smooth feel. Carbonation is low and seems appropriate for the style. Interesting brew. I like.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet roasted chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, roast and maybe some salt with a dry, chalky, light bitter black patent malt finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK stout - sweet and dry.

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Photo of pault
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Zakk
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of masonkessinger
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rjpetrizzo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown opaque color with a thin light tan head and light lacing. Aroma of light toasted and caramel malt, dark fruit; earthy. Nice toasty malt with odd, but interesting mineral start. Malt middle and dry finish. Somewhat thin bodied. Interesting and different. Worth a revisit. I worry about the first guy who thought it was a good idea to put oysters in a beer. Guess it worked out though.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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