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 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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Photo of ggilman
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. cool pop top bottle poured into a stemless Pinot glass.

Black, sort of. Ruby edged, slightly darker than cola. Short tight head settles to a whisp. Salty briny nose, most likely through the power of suggestion. A light whiff of medicinal coffee. Not a ton of flavor up front initially. Some bittering comes through soon after, and lingers on the back of the palate. As it warms some bitter bakers chocolate comes through. Highlight here is the mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation paired with a dry finish and mineral aftertaste makes this like a delicious alcoholic tonic water. Very drinkable. Begs to be sipped. The ABV is well hidden. Wish I had some oysters to pair it with. A style that has piqued my interest!

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Photo of dirkchivers
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from nikki's liquors in providence, ri.

a. deep ruby body, light tan head, bit of lacing
s. salt, clean ocean smell, like the sea on a cold morning. roast and sweet malt muted.
t. smokiness, flat roastiness, dry as per style, a sort of mineral taste not very sure of. finish is very dry, iced coffee note, and a slight similarity to the finish of an oyster - slightly sweet and salty.
m. medium body, more than i expected, very nice.
o. i quite like this beer. however the novelty aspect of the oysters is lost on me. i just cant taste a perceptible difference that could not be achieved by other means.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/29/11
*From notes

A: The lightest shade of black you've ever seen. It's not imposing in any way. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and really minimal, blasé lacing.

S: Salty. A bit of lightly toasted char and malt, but what I'm really getting is a heavy dose of low tide.

T: Mild, with a good dose of dirt and earth all the way through. There's a subtle minerality that kicks in on the mid-palate. The finish is a bit robust, and it comes together fairly well. The oyster essence is all around, but simply in a supporting role.

M: Impressive for an oyster stout. These tend to be exceedingly oily and thin, but this one hold up well in the mouth, giving it a bit more complexity then I was expecting.

O: Porterhouse Oyster Stout ain't half bad for an oyster stout. I love oysters, but for some reason I've never found an oyster stout I've really fallen for, and that goes for this one. Maybe it's a gimmick I'll just never get, but in the mean time I wouldn't pass one of these up if offered.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

The tan head is not too shy to flaunt a whole lot of lacing on the glass; brown edges, though pretty much black. Roasted nose, some minty hops and a faint hint of fresh ocean. Smooth and crisp with a refreshing quality underneath that creamy body. Bit of charcoal, but more sweetness of mild molasses and dark roasted coffee. Hints of salt and earth on the palate. Hops have a bite with a bit of wild herb flavor. Light touch of fruit and alcohol in the drying, roasty finish. Very much a Porter , and with an extra level of complexity from the use of oysters, which ends up working quite well.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown head.

Smell: Mild roasted malts smelling like cocoa and coffee.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Mild roasty and bitter coffee and chocolate combo.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy beer that is easy drinking.

Overall: Did not get the oyster flavor out of this beer at all. Still a good Dry Irish Stout, better than Guiness anyways.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured slightly chilled into a tulip glass, it pours nearly obsidian in color with a fairly thin frothy tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a slight surface layer on top and some a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

Pretty mild nose. Hints of dark malts and a hint of mild hops. Nothing very exciting honestly. No real "oysters" or "fishy" smells from this one. Hmmm....

Sipping reveals a dry dark malt flavor with hints of less-sweet caramel up front. Followed on the swallow by a dry hops mild bitterness and a hint of sweet caramel coming through on the finish. Not sure where the oysters come in...really are undetected. Somewhat watery but fairly easy to drink; pleasant.

A tingy twangy carbonation hits my palate quickly up front, and then it gets simply watery, which is pretty par for the course.

Nothing real flashy, but an easy drinker. Definitely something I'd drink another of, but mostly because it's easy to drink, not for the lacking robustness of flavors or complexity.

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

Yummm. Poured with lovely foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head with lots of lace. Color is an opaque pitch black. Aroma was interesting, it did have something odd, but maybe I sucumbed to some bs. Other than that, also roasty, malty and clean. Flavor was neat too; almost sweet, but not quite, very well done balance there. Body is very good and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. I can drink the hell out of this beer.

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

A - Perfect stout look, super dark body with a clean contrasting line to the whip cream beige, 2 finger head.

S - A roasty dry stout nose. Toasted malts and faint caramel.

T - Roasted and wet. Toasted malts and grains, and sweet mineral water. A semi dry aftertaste and not much in the way of oyster oil or brine I look for in this type of stout.

M - Pretty wet up front but a dryer finish. light bodied with a smooth creamy nitro ride.

O - This stout needs oyster, and a richer flavor. It has potential but didnt do it for me in the way of oyster stout.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: At first glance, you notice the abnormal cap. It has a pull tab, not like a can of soda, but like a can of sardines. I assume the irony is intentional. It's laughable at first, but in reality, it's ingenious if you're stuck without a bottle opener. It pours very dark brown, expectant of a stout. It has a very little amount of off-white head, not too remarkable.

S: Smells bitter and slightly nutty, a little moldy, and strong with cigarettes. I'm actually outside and there are eight people around me smoking incessantly so I'm having a little difficulty discerning all the aromatic qualities, but I was really hoping/expecting some sort of shellfish. It's not really there. I imagine the moldy, mildew trait is from the brewed oysters, but there's no way of telling definitively.

T/M: The flavor is surprisingly basic: some nuttiness, a little coffee, it's slightly bitter but relatively light. Overall, it's basic and disappointing.

Considering it's brewed with oysters, I was a little fearful but really anticipated some sort of shellfish quality. There's almost none of that here beyond an unwanted musky mildew aroma. I imagine Porterhouse was going for a certain texture here, or even trying to capitalize off of the novelty, but they really missed on all counts. For something so intriguing, it's pretty boring.

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Photo of Zorro
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Curious pull-tab cap on bottle, it gives the curious sensation of launching a grenade in your kitchen.

Brown colored beer with a small off-white colored head. Very light for the style.

Smells dry and full of patent malt. There is a curious perfume smell here; best guess that is the oyster. Faint soapy scent.

Starts out dry and full of patent malt. Light and highly carbonated I can’t say I can taste the oyster. Just taste patent malt no sea or oyster.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this was a hell of a disappointment! Paid $20 for a four pack but this beer isn't worth $4 for the four pack. Avoid this turkey!

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.2% ABV, ingredients listed, no date, "6° off kilter"

A - Clear amber during the pour, this beer becomes black in the glass. A low off-white head is retained fairly well and spotty lace clings to the glass.

S - Roasted barley imparts chocolate undertones and bread with coffee while a twang is different and probably the oysters but I wouldn't know, I'm most definitely not a seafood person. Good dry roast profile with mild English hops.

T - There's something different in there but it sure doesn't resemble anything like seafood to me. Roasted malt is dry and harsh while English hops finish it out. Flavor is a bit thin.

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly dry, the finish is just a bit on the harsh side. Acrid bitterness is potent. A metallic touch to the brew.

O - It's an alright dry stout but the mouthfeel and flavor seem to be on the thinner side. Not worth it's fairly high single-bottle price tag.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap Imperial Pint at Porterhouse brewing in Dublin

A: Black viscuous liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. A thick white creamy head overtop of it from the nitro pour.

S: Some faint roasted malts and... salty/brine? Not sure what that is but it's distinctly different.

T: Sweet malts, some mild roast and I perceive some mild salt/brine/sour characteristic that I can't quite place.

M: Full and creamy from the nitro

O: I kind of want to taste this on a regular tap and not just Nitro to do a comparison. Sadly, they only have it on nitro. It's good though. A lot more flavor as it warms up. I'd keep drinking it.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oyster stout? Yes please! I LOVE oysters. Imagine the flavor of an oyster in your beer. Bring it on! However, it doesn't smell like oysters. As a matter of fact, it doesn't taste like oysters either. You would think, a beer with the name OYSTER stout that it would at least taste like oysters.

I did a little bit of preliminary research on the beer, and everyone said it's just as sweet as it is salty. I'll admit, it's sweet… but not too sweet. Where is the salt everyone talks about? I can sense a very tiny bit of bitterness toward the back of my palate, but that's it. This beer is just not what I had expected.

The beer is smooth, has a distinct stout flavor to it, but that's about it. I actually looked forward to drinking this beer all day only to be let down at my first sip. If you are looking for a beer that tastes like oysters, this isn't it.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk chalice

Love the interesting pull tab on the bottle. But the real curiosity was what an oyster stout would taste like.

A - Pours dark brown with a bit of a tan head. No lacing, and settles quickly.

S - Strong hints of chocolate. Also scents of malt.

T - Tastes like a good dry Irish stout. A bit of acidity gives to a dry whisky-like flavor. Finish is malty and a flaovr of chocolate.

M - Quite light bodied for a stout. Typical to the style it is dry on the tongue.

O - This is a solid stout, and would be good for those looking for one to break in with. Contrary to the perception, it does not taste like oysters.

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Photo of broken22
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

friend: Oyster Beer?!
Me: yup

When I was digging through the single bottle collection of beer at my beer store and found I picked it up and I never put it back. A beer made with Oyster shells sounds good and bad at the same time. I'm curious and willing so lets drink this thing.

This beer bottle had a unique cap that I had never seen before. There was a pull tab ring that made it so you could pull the cap right off. I like this design and would like to see it used more often. This beer pours out a medium to dark brown. I got a pretty foamy head during the pour and it lingered quite a bit before I could drink any beer. The beer smells like an Irish Dry Stout style of beer. It has that kind of almost musky malty like smell to it. The flavor light on the palate. There is very little bitterness and a slight smoky flavor. The one thing different about the normal Irish Dry Stout is this thing had a decent amount of carbonation. The bubble come alive on your tongue. The overall body of the beer is light to medium bodied.

This beer tastes pretty normal considering the ingredients of oyster shells. I was hoping for a more unique flavor profile than what I experienced. This beer, as exotic as my friends might think, is very easy to drink. This would be a good beer to give someone so they can feel adventurous and say that they had beer made with Oysters. Try one for yourself. Its an easy brew to drink and would probably go will with many different foods.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle pours a medium brown color with a fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is typical roast and dark chocolate. Pretty clean, not alot of fruit and has some minerality to it.

Taste surprisingly shows very little sweetness. Mostly a dry, powdery roast flavor. Not much briny oyster contributions here. Very light-bodied, almost watery. This is not as good as the Harpoon 100 Barrel Oyster Stout. I thought the salty/sweet aspect was the best part of an oyster stout. This one is just kind of a bland, Irish dry stout. Delicate and mild, I feel like my review is bashing it...it does have some redeeming qualities, I just cant think of what right now :) Fun to try, but not recommended.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice looking, brownish with a good head that lasted, leaving nice lacing.

Smell was a bit earthy, mild but lightly fruity, with slightly salty caramel malt overtures.

Tastes mild and smooth, plenty of earthy malts with a gentle fruitiness and a generally low bitterness.

Feel is pretty rich and thick, with plenty of body and a medium malty aftertaste.

Overall it's a bit overblown on the mellow-side for an everyday beer, if you know what I mean, tho it was certainly overall enjoyable.

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Photo of plfahey
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Thin khaki head has fair retention, and leaves a trace of lace on the glass.

Aroma-Smells bready and chocolatey, with a bit of caramel and raisins thrown in for good measure. Subtle hints of further dark fruit aromas suggest plums, prunes, and grapes. Slight aroma of fresh sea water.

Flavor-Smooth chocolate biscotti, honey drizzled on fresh bread, and light sweet caramel open the flavor. Subdued raisins make a brief appearance. Finish is dried by light roast character along with moderately low hop bitterness. Finish is an interesting blend of raisins, earthy hops, and mineral sea water, with roasted malt in the backseat.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation which imparts a slightly creamy texture upon the beer.

Aside from the fact that it doesn't hold its head very well, this is a pretty yummy beer. I'm not sure that I'd call it an Irish dry stout, but Im not sure that Porterhouse would call it such either. A very nice and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a very cool pull off bottle cap that does not require an opener!!!! From Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

Very nice dark coor with rich, creamy head. Surely the oysters contributed.

Aroma is briny, rich, and chocolatey. Very sweet and salty.

Taste is balanced and beautiful... truly artisnal. A great example of an Oyster Stout!

Mouthfeel is rich and velvetly.

This is the 2nd oyster stout ive every tried other than Yard's Love Stout. This is quite similar... and this style is truly beginning to grow on me!!!

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

I've been curious to try this beer for a while but I've always passed it up due to the oddity of an oyster/stout blend. Pours a thinner dark brown with some easy carbonation. I can't detect much oyster in the nose, but then again I don't really know what oysters smell like. Some roast malts & smokiness are predominant. Dry and true to style in taste & comes with an bit of odd funkiness thats hard to pin point.

Unfortunately nothing warrenting the price tag. But thanks to BeerFM Andy for satisfying the Dtrain's curiosity.

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Photo of jsh420
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours dark ruby brown with a 1 finger light tan head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell is different - i get the roasted and chocolate malt but then there is something i cant describe - its almost mint?

taste - again what i could not name in the nose i get a lot of here - it reminds me of xmas maybe its allspice? - lots of roast on the end some chocolate - i have no idea what the oysters bring to the table

mouthfeel is light thin and a a tad fizzy

overall - this a total gimmick beer - i doubt they even brew it with oysters - i will never buy this again

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle into a Guinness shaker pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with mocha head that sticks around for a while.

S: Smell is a little funky. There are chocolate and roast notes, but there is a noticeable fishiness that is too strong to be solely power of suggestion.

T: Taste is an improvement. Chocolate and coffee are here and the fishiness is gone. A bit of salt is present too, which is surprisingly refreshing.

D: Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the alcohol is hidden and the flavours are unique and interesting.

Overall: A nice little stout from Porterhouse. This one is very close to a regular Irish Dry, but the addition of oysters gives it a distinct and unique edge.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light khaki color head turns into a film that starts to dissipate. Dark ruby color body with opaque sides. Kind of boring for a Stout, reminds me of a average Porter.

Chocalate, dark malts and a sweet tar smell if that makes sense.

This reminds me of a Guiness with a unidentifiable taste, this has to be from the oysters. Burnt coffee, burnt grass, I'm getting a weird mint tea leaf taste with a bitter ending and aftertaste that sticks around.

Approaching medium body. It feels okay. Slight carbonation. Falls kind of short for a stout.

I'm really not impressed with this beer at all. Weird taste, not unbearably horrible but not worthy for me to want to try another one. The body feel falls short of what a stout should feel like.

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Oyster Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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