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 ShuliShake
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A porter's depth. Translucent around the edges. Very little head even off the pour. No retention, and very light lacing.

S: Extremely light nose. Some coffee hints, and slight toasted malts.

T: A briny, salty, beginning. The oysters, although not discernible, add a very unique seafaring flavor, that quickly disperses leaving a coffee kick. There's also an underlying soapiness to this one.

M: Light for a stout. Slick. Also, there's much more carbonation here than the look would suggest. Odd.

O: Certainly different, and I commend them for it, but it's not something I'd pick up again. This one is a novelty for me.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a punt glass with a steelhead trout steak

A: pours a mostly clear yet thick deep brown with an amber hue with a finger and a half of off white head that lingers for a bit then dissipates, leaves scattered lacing on the glass, has a decent amount of carbonation bubbles
S: coffee malts and a nice sweetness from chocolate malts also might be a slightly detectable salt presence but that could just be in my head
T: great stout taste, coffee and chocolate malts with a detectable salt water finish and character in the middle as well
M: begins with a mild carbonation tingle, hits in the middle with a nice smoothness then moves into a finish like nothing ive encountered before, clearly salty and leaves the mouth with a salty finish like right after getting a mouth full of a wave when swimming in the ocean (i really don't think this is all in my head but i guess it is possible)
O: a nice stout overall, highly drinkable, not heavy in the least, salty finish makes you want another drink which in the end really doesn't help to cure the overall feeling of thirst, but i did really enjoy it

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich cola brown with some mahogany highlights on the edges of the glass.
There is a minimal beige head that foams up and fades quickly to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands.
Aroma is dry roasted malt and has some hints of brown sugar. I do get something a little odd in the background, not quite oxidation, but something I cant quite account forwith any other descriptor.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and tingly, almost prickly carbonation. The flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dry husk or nut shell note that is pretty dry by the finish. I dont get any hops here and overall the flavor is pretty mild. There is a slight lingering tangy brown sugar that seems to stick around a bit after each swallow.
Overall the beer is easy to drink, but I also find it difficult to remember. i bought it due to the cool pull tab bottle cap, but doubt that I would pick it up again as I found it slightly boring and underwhelming.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber color with a nice 1 finger tan head.

S: This seemed out of place, but the first smell I picked up was peach. Don't know where that came from. Some roasted malt and day old coffee as well.

T: I was a little (ok, a lot) skeptical about this one, but it's actually really good. A bit of brine at first, followed by some roasted malt and day old coffee. A slight bit of saltiness on the finish as well, but the oysters are very well hidden. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but all the elements work together pretty well.

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) bought from "Le souffleur de bières" in Nantes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted flavour of caramel and coffee, bitter and dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black-brown with a brown edge. The light brown head is very sticky and lacy.

S- Dark roasted malt smell, with minimal char.

T- Something a bit more than the typical dry stout, but a bit thinner than the typical Porter. Flavors of roasted malt & dark coffee. I did not detect oysters, the ocean, or any other shellfish for that matter, but a touch of saltiness is apparent.

M, D- Creamy, dry, correct level of CO2.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle
S: Smoky dark chocolate bar, sea breeze, and woody/stemmy/minty hops in equal measure. Faint yeast-derived fruitiness. Moderately-light intensity overall but quite nice.
T: Dark chocolate up front, smooth and mild with a faint hint of yeast fruitiness and smoke. In the middle a moderate, but biting roastiness emerges along with a bit of a carbonic bite due higher than average carbonation for the style and significant acidity. Hints at slightly sweet sea breeze and minerals in the middle which gives a subtle complexity to the roast character. Faint woody/herbal hops and stays on the bitter side throughout. Finishes slightly acidic and lightly earthy with a lingering coffee, charcoal, woody bitterness. Light and drinkable with enough subtle interest to have again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that fades slowly, leaving a bubbly creamy layer on top and very good foamy lacing rings.

Smells of oysters, salt water, sweet malt, coffee, roasted grains, caramel, light citrus hops, biscuit, charcoal, burnt pizza crust and cocoa; the oyster aroma is not a disgusting novelty and works very well with the complex roasty nose.

Tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream up front, followed by coffee, chocolate, toffee, sweet malt, roasted grains, light caramel, light citrus hops that seem bitter, herbs, charcoal, burnt toast, cocoa powder and salty oysters or shellfish; this is the third oyster stout that I’ve tried and for some reason I have found them all extremely tasty and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is creamy and zesty, with very light/high carbonation that allows the beer to flow down watery, like most stouts; the body is heavy and the finish is very dry with an overall light feel, especially considering the weight of the beer.

This could be a session beer for me, as I would love to sip this down as I was playing darts in a pub. Nice bitterness, light carbonation and low ABV make this highly quaffable. I enjoyed this quite a bit and suggest trying it if you can find it.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Darker brown color with a cola color around the edges. Frothy off color head with good legs.

Smell: Chocolate malt and sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation, Thin and water-like with a dry bite in the aftertaste. The flavors are not very prominent as the nose was and leaves a bit more to be desired. Might be getting a bit of the "oyster" flavor in the middle...or it could just be my imagination.

Overall: This is a very drinkable Stout but the flavors just weren't there for me to justify the price point. Glad I tried it out.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark ruby colored with about a finger of head that dissapted down to a small ring around the edge

S-nice chocolaty malts but there is a little metalic smell at the end

T-same a the smell some chocolate malt to it but I again find that metalic/mineral hint must be the oysters and then there is a sort of pepper spice that I can taste and I sort of like that

M-light carbonation dry finish

O-not bad, I think I was expecting more oyster flavors or something since this was my first oyster stout and I didn't know what to be ready to taste

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color. Fizzy dark tan head dissipates very fast.

Smell: Malty, yet somewhat odd, aroma, that's a bit smokey and a hint sweet.

Taste: Sweet, smoky, and somewhat spicy malt flavor with an odd, mild bitterness at the end. The bitterness becomes more intense over time - it is more of a smokey bitterness (than a hoppy one), but not even quite that.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied and generally smooth, with minimal carbonation

Drinkability: Really not a fan of the flavor here: it is a little too odd, in a not-particularly-pleasant way.

I guess this has oysters added in the brewing process - I have no clue what, exactly, they contribute to the flavor (as I've never eaten oysters before), but I don't find it particularly pleasing, to be honest - it isn't bad, just dull and odd.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Very dark amber in color.Thick crown of lasting,close & dense froth.Fairly good lacing.Toasted malt & fresh shell aromas.Toasted malt,dark fruit flavors & subtle salad fish.Mildy fresh shell & dry nuts underneath on the aftertaste leaving a gentle dry bitterness.Full body & light carbonation.Very good drinkability.

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Photo of bruachan
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fine deep mahogany color with a persistent head (both sudsy and tight of bubble)

aroma is mostly dry of malt kilning--in the high end of the breadcrust spectrum--though with enough malt richness. a soft, floral hop presence, too

dry but coating. some flavors in the nutty register but also a good dose of roasting astringency. some mineral hints, perhaps from the oysters

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Photo of LeathChuinn
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a half pint glass.

A: Dark reddish, brown in colour with a thin, tan colour head, moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is of roasted barley, chocolate and some sea salt.

T: Taste is of roasts, chocolate, mildly sweet and somewhat nutty also. It has a different taste to regular Irish stouts that I can only presume is the oysters though it doesn't have a very punchy seafood or shellfish flavour. It does become more noticeable if you leave a good mouthful un-swallowed for a while. There is a slight saltiness detectable also as there is in the smell.

MF: This beer has a slick, silky and very light feel in the mouth.

O: This is just like a regular Irish stout (a decent one) with a slightly different twist.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but has a coca-cola color when held to the light. Some lace and a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass.

Dark roasted malt, something earthy, and a little bit of sweet herb in the nose.

Nice clean flavors. Dark roasted malt with an ever so slight tart edge, completely balanced by a touch of sweetness, some charred qualities, and some herbal bitterness. Possibly hints of dark chocolate. Long and bitter in the finish. You get a hint that there is something else there, but you cannot tell what. Dries out very nicely.

A bit thinner than I wanted, and in a blind test I'd call this porter. A little astringent.

Lovely brew, whether porter or stout. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a black hue with amber highlights topped with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a roasted barley, dark chocolate and charcoal.

The taste consisted of roasted malts, charcoal and a touch of lactose sweetness. Residual roasted malts.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty dry stout directly from the source. Glad to see it here in NY.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml pull top bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a thick dark tan head that slowly faded into a good film leaving patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Very sweet and lightly smoky notes of roasted malts. There is something strange in there as well that I can’t quite place.
T: Sweet and roasted flavors of dark malts, caramel, dark chocolate, wood, and something that I could see being described as barbequed oysters. The finish is just a tad bitter from leafy hops. This is an interesting flavor profile.
M: Very airy mouthfeel due to thick bubbly carbonation. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is light and drying.
O: An interesting Irish stout. This would go really well is meat or raw oysters.

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Photo of output01x
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, even coating that seems to have trouble disappearing fully. The body is a dark mahoganny brown with traces of crimson red when held to light. Thick lacing attempts to cling to the glass but is dragged down by its own mass.

Dark, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel mocha all make for a very appealing nose. Unfortunately, the fishy oyster aroma I was hoping for cannot be detected. Furthermore, I only get a hint of salt water, not a heavy aroma as other reviewers have indicated.

A sharp sweetness strikes the tip of the tongue at first sip. This is quickly followed by roasted malts with hints of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Earthy and a little salty, the flavors are rather bold for the style. A nice coffee dryness ends each taste.

Medium to full bodied with good carbonation, this beer doesn't want to be just sipped on. The body is thick and a somewhat sticky, but not nearly as dense as some stouts. The carbonation is just strong enough to give this beer a creamy texture.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drunk beer while eating oysters, but nothing with oyster brewed into it!
This Stout is delicious. Rich Creamy head, smooth taste, dark bodied. There is an actual feeling of sea breeze or something indefinable but nice about the scent. i am certainly going to order myself more of this one!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark coffee liquor, with two fingers of tan sea foam on top...

The first smell is light cocoa, the second is a barely discernible salty ocean, I'm not playing into the name, it really has it. Some cherries and Goldings hops aroma

Roasted malts and heavy chocolates, some light smoke and a little salt water taffy, not salty though just the taffy. Interesting sweet character comes with warming

Good medium body, some stickiness on the tongue and light carbonation. Creamy.

Overall a decent stout one I'd recommend.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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