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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Ratings: 433 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mattsbeerlist
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bluHatter
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick cola black with 3 fingers of thick creamy brown head.

S: Figs, chocolate, roasted stout.

T: Chocolate and orange rind. A lot of interesting muted characters accented by a long bitter drawl.

M: Full bodied but not overly thick. Just the right amount of carbonation to break it up a bit.

O: Another fantastic stout with an interesting tangy quality. Delicious!

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Photo of lstokes
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Fountainhead in Chicago. This came out pitch-black with two fingers of bright white head. The smell is very briny--I guess that's what I wanted when I ordered this? The malt palate is roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and charred coffee--a really well-done Irish Dry Stout, but then hey! There's some tangy salt/brine there. You will either like it or find this absolutely repulsive, but I was on the former side. The perfectly smooth, creamy, and full mouthfeel helped a lot.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of isualum12
2.47/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pop top was really cool. I had heard good things about this beer so I went after it. I am now glad I didn't work hard to get it.

Smell was fig and alcohol. It was string but decently nice. I was not turned off at all.
Look was black as oil but very little head. Not that impressive but it was fine.
Taste- nasty alcohol content mixed with bad vinegar. I almost spit the second drink.
Feel it was ok but not palatable.

Overall gross. I did not finish my fourth drink of a 12oz beer. Down the drain it went.

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Photo of shand
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with some sort of bizarre pull ring.

It pours a deep brown with a tiny head. Aroma is herbal and roasty at the same time, with some deep malts and coffee composing the roasts. The taste is fairly unique, with the oysters surely adding some salty zing to the beer's full roasted flavor. It's just a very well composed stout. The mouthfeel is very nice, it goes on with just the right amount of body at first, and leaves the mouth perfectly dry after a sip. Overall, this is a great and fairly unique beer. I'd like to try some more oyster stouts.

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Photo of nicholas527
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Socramahis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into an English pint glass. Helping border relations, you know.

The pour's really a lot thinner than I'd expect from a stout, allowing for a little bit of light penetration that allows you to see a true browned bronze through the edges. It's an attractive effect. Recreates pub lighting right there in the glass. The head foams up to about two fingers before reducing to a half. Thick and sticky, but airy. Holds together.

Milk chocolate dominates the aroma of this one. I should note that it's not just reminiscent of chocolate. It doesn't have a chocolate characteristic so much as it smells like it's made by Nestle or Hershey's.

The first flavor to ride in is a burnt coffee flavor, followed by nutty wood, followed by an almost salty dryness. A very rustic, dry stout. The burnt characteristic is a little aggressive, if only because it competes with sharp pungent notes of oak, walnut, and that salty dryness. I also don't want to suggest that the saltiness could actually be from the oysters, but... Let's be real. Perhaps.

Savory with a bit of sweetness and tang, it drinks like a comforting soup. The dryness is welcome. The texture is really perfect for a stout - smooth as hell but with certain bite. Not at all what I expected from a thin pour.

I had no idea that oyster stout was a thing. A friend clued me in when he brought one back from a Maine brewery. I purchased this Irish one from a store in St. Louis. Searching for it today, I found a whole mess of them. I do love Irish dry stouts, and I'd be interested to pursue more "oyster" stouts. A great brew.

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Photo of cripsyxpanda
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beowolf1911
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle with a cool pull ring lid. I could not find a freshness date of any kind. Label was too modern and loud for my taste. After a vigorous poor into a Hennepin glass the bear foamed into a nice but too fluffy 2.5 finger head. The head held its ground well and yielded a nice lace, but was not the creamy dense head I expected. The scent was earthy without any sea, which I expected. Some overcooked coffee in the nose, and a hint of toffee, no chocolate that I really hoped for. The appearance was nice and dark, but not black and lacking that deep glow I love in a good stout. The taste was dominated by dark overcooked coffee, but in a nice, down home way. After it warmed a bit there was a slight sweetness like dried fruit, plumb and bitter grapes, again just a hint sweet. There was a bit of low tide in the background but not the sea flavor I was hoping for in my first taste of an oyster stout. The dram was a bit warming, with no noticeable alcohol, more like a warm loaf of pumpernickel bread. In all a decent stout, not much different than the masses out there, definitely more expensive than most. The best part was the cap, but that doesn't last long.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not entirely sure where this brew came from. Perhaps it was part of a Healthy Spirits BOTM package. None the less…

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Reddish-brown in color with a thin, slightly creamy, light tan foam. Retention is good and there's some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Herbal, earthy qualities hit the nose in tandem. Dark chocolate and brewed coffee are present too at a moderate level. A certain savory/salty scent is hard to pin down.

Dark roasted malts with a smoky/bitter quality upfront and a Greek coffee middle. Dry finish keeps a focus on the coffee flavor. Moderately bitter.

Creamy textured with a medium body. Very smooth despite the presence of such dark malt flavors.

Overall I'm enjoying this example of the style. Not one of the best in the bunch but a very well put-together beer. Great texture/mouthfeel, could use more complexity in the dark grain flavors along with improved head formation/retention.

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Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a finger of tan head.

Black malt smell and toasted grain.

Roasted malt taste, some burnt malt there too. Moves to a watery taste.

The texture is like nothing else. It's soft, like drinking a cloud, then leaves a coating. Medium body and low carbonation.

This beer is worth drinking for the experience of the texture. Besides that it's a descent stout.

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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 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 delzer13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vande
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - brownish - black pour with a coco-brown head....

s - sea salt and brine. tobacco...agreed with an earlier note written by someone, smells like a wharf...

t - briny, salty tones flow throughout with hints of coffee and roasted malt mixed in the bunch

m - little lighter than I'd a thought, but at the least, a medium bodied stout...slightly acidic.

o - an interesting beer. My first oyster stout... This one was actually brought back from across the seas...

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz / 330mL bottle poured into a mini "pint" glass.

Appearance - Dark ruby black body. Light brown head. Good retention. Patchy lacing.

Smell - Spicy. Dry. Cardboard. Smells like a wharf.

Taste - Spicy. Acidic. Roasted coffee. Smooth as hell. Slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Smooth here too. Lots of frothy body carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Very drinkable. Interesting. Worthy as a tasting, or session beer -- if you can afford more than one!

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Photo of PerHops
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black with a thin layer of white that hangs around. Bird's eye view displays a vortex of carbonation in the center of the snifter.

S- Cherries, oak, leather, cocoa, tobacco, apple pie.

T- bitter chocolate with some ripe cherries and berries, and a dry coffee cigar and sea like finish. Excellent.

M- High carbonation lightens the body and makes this more porter like than stout. It's still a very good beer.

O- I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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