Oyster Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Oyster StoutOyster Stout
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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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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 222
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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Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A deep brown beer with a lightly tanned head.

S. Woody, smokey and juicy currants.

T. Chocolate, oaky, some coffee and a slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium

D. A nice oyster stout from Porterhouse that I would put on a par with Marston's version of an oyster stout.

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Photo of codsmith
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: velvety black with huge white creamy head that stay around around 1/2 finger theought the beer

S: smells of seasalt, lemons and a typical dry stout. Very interesting and not your typical

T: very subtle notes of lemon, dark grains and a slight bitterness shines through at the end, but not over powering to the flavor at all.

M: very creamy and smooth. Probably one of the smoothest beers you will ever have.

O: If you like dry stouts with flavor, this is a good beer to try. Definitely a unique flavor profile, but its not over powering

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and it was served to me with a smallish off white cap.

s: Mild roasty notes of coffee grounds and something sort of tart and kind of spicy. The oysters I suppose? The effect is subtle if that's what it is.

t: Roasty flavors that suggest bakers chocolate is joined by tart, maybe tangy is a better word, almost salty flavor that I don't recall tasting before. There is a fruity component to the tartness as well. The finish has a surprisingly bitter charred coffee flavor that lingers for quite awhile along with a tart cherry flavor.

m: Nice body for a smaller beer.

o: This is the first oyster stout I've had in a long time and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Just a really nice dry stout but with a subtle twist.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a shaker glass. Pours a deep brown color with a nice, thick creamy head that leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with rich chocolate and coffee roasted qualities. The aroma is just what I'm looking for in a dry stout.

The taste is everything I mentioned plus a briny quality that is slightly off-putting. This is my first oyster stout so maybe it's an acquired taste.

Very dry, nice carbonation but a little thin feeling.

Not my favorite, but I think I'll try and get my hands on a few more oyster stouts to compare it to.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a smallish head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of roasted malt with a little bit of char and ash. Toasted brown bread, almost like a cinnamon raisin bread, without the cinnamon or raisins if that makes any sense. Some brown sugar notes bring a sweetness to the aroma. Kind of has a brown ale aroma.

Light roasted malt with brown sugar sweetness. A bit of sweetness from the oysters as well as a light mineral character. Toasted bread and grassy hops add some bitterness. Quite flavorful but reminds me more of a brown ale, and a fine brown ale at that.

The feel is light, too light for a stout. Not even close really. Prickly carbonation, almost crisp. Some sweetness but overall, bitter on the palate. Low marks for being a "stout".

I like this beer, tastes great. Not really a stout though.

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

A: pours dark brown almost black as do most stouts. the head is about a finger and a half thick and looks creamy, almost like a nitro pour. does leave some lacing.
S: has almost a smoked oyster aroma, with some roasted malt, coffee, along with a ocean brine, but its oyster stout!
T: strange mix between coffee, beer and oysters, but its not a bad mix. malt is nice with a dry dark roasted flavor.
M: smooth, not slimy like one would think with oyster in the name. carbonation holds well also.
O: very good flavor, leaves me wanting another

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark but with thin body to it and lackluster carbonation and head.

S: Smells pretty weird. Very little smell but I can detect maybe salt and malt (that rhymes!).

T: Taste is ok. It tastes like Guiness but with a chalky, salt essence to it. Not the greatest, but it's not bad either.

M: Average again. Not too much body and toward the end felt almost like water.

Overall, it's an ok beer. I wouldn't buy again, but I would recommend to try if you've never had.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a non-BA friend. This is my first oyster stout so it has me very interested. I think I'd very much like to grab a few others and really see what this style is about.

A- The pour looks very lackluster. Its as if theres no body to this "stout" at all. Its very clear and very red on the pour. It collects nearly black but bubbles are seen through the body. Not much head, no retention and no lacing.

S- Woah, this aroma is weird. Its not gross, but it should be. Its very briny with a strong seaweed smell. My friend had a good description when she said, "Its like you are walking along a muddy beach on a rainy day and you smell all the seaweed and fish and shellfish after high tide." The actual majority of the smell is beer-like though. There's some roast, some coffee and very little hops. Honestly, the aroma is like a very lackluster porter with some strange seaside things going on inside.

T- I think my last line for the smell speaks for the taste too. Like a mediocre porter with something strange in it. Again, its not gross, but it should be. Its salty, very briny, with some shellfishiness and lots of seaweed and kelp. Almost like bad sushi. A dry roastiness builds as you drink.

M- Quite dry with a low body and higher carbonation.

D- This was a pretty cool little beer. It wasnt the freshest but it held up fine. It has me interested in oyster stouts even more. I'd like to see how this stacks up against others.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter.

Has a deep, dark brown color with a slight redness and a 2 finger that clears up quickly. Good lacing down the side of the glass.

Has a salty, toasty smell with a hint of hops and coffee. There is a unique smell to it, but I wouldn't guess seafood. A little spice.

This has a nice medium mouthfeel. It has a hoppy, coffee, caramel taste, with a nice bitterness, and I truly believe I can detect some of the oysters. I taste quite a bit of saltiness to this beer, maybe thats the seafood in it! Certainly well balanced, very tasty and a nice malty smokey aftertaste.

It is smooth and refreshing, and has a nicely balanced, complex taste that is a nice change for a stout. Light for a stout but very drinkable.

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Photo of centbeerfest
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a gift as a mixed six pack -yes i have great friends. I poured this into a pint glass to get started and was impressed by the nice head and dark coffee look.
Not much on the smell but had a bit of burnt toast smell. The head soon deflated but by the color I anticpated a hearty tasting beer.
Initial taste was enjoyable with a nutty flavor tbut soon disappeared like the head. Finish was thin. As the label said the added oyster is unidentifiable. Carbonation was good and quenched my thirst.
On the take-home scale, I would buy one if I was doing a stout tasting and had oysters, but probably not otherwise

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Winking Lizards about a month ago.

Appearence - No real head at all on this one. Pretty light for a stout. More of a dark mahogany brown. Average to poor lacing. A slight hint of red that is very faint.

Smell - Definitely some sort of seafood smell to this. It is quite unpleasant. Hints of dark fruit and some smokey roasted malts. No real hints of chocolate or coffee.

Taste - The coffee is more prevalent in the taste. The oyster notes definitely present themselves in the taste; giving it a saltier and more funky taste. I definitely agree with the below poster about the cocoa puffs taste. It was ahrd to pinpoint, but he got it right on with that statement. Thanks, Reaper16. I try not to look at reviews until I review a beer for myself, but this ones taste was quite distinct.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabilty - Definitely a very smooth stout. Not really sour, but definitely funky. I thought this was quite delicious and I downed my fill in no time at all. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a globe glass. Thanks for the beer, Bo!

Pours a rusty nail/muddy water sort of brown color. I was expecting, you know, some darkness. This beer looks about as dark as some of the darker amber ales. The off-white head doesn't approach more than a finger, not even close. Lacing is unspectacular. Even without taking off for the weird color, this is an unimpressive looking dry stout.

This is a pretty average stout on the nose. Sure, you get some light roasted malt. Some cocoa powder. That's about it, though. I detect some salty component; that is assuredly coming from the oysters. It's a pretty tight, closed nose without a lot to offer, but what is there is on-point.

Thankfully, Porterhouse's Oyster Stout completely delivers on the palate. Cocoa Puffs brand cereal meets a significant black licorice characteristic. A gentle roast flavor transitions into a decided salinity from the oysters. That salty note finishes quite earthy; it's here where the hops meld with the brine flavor in a pretty wonderful way.

This beer feels more or less right for the style in terms of mouthfeel. It isn't heavy, but it has a certain gloop to it that sets it apart from other dry stouts. The drinkability is quite nice, mostly because of how well the flavors transition into one another. The licorice flavor is informed by the salty brine which plays well with the earthy hops on the finish.

If you've never had the classic pairing of stout + oysters, then go eat that. If you can't, then your next best option is to find an oyster stout. This would be a good choice.

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Photo of Arty0861
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect with an Oyster Stout, but the flavor was intriguing. Not too dark and not too light. Please bear with me as this is my 1st review. The next bottle of this I open will be with an Oyster Po-Boy

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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 deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From an interesting pull tab bottle cap.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, can make out some dark red hues when held up to the light, thin tan head that fades really fast, not much lacing on the glass if any at all.

Smell is primarily roasty toasty malt with little other character.

Taste starts out with roasted malt at the forefront, has a bit of a dry chalky presence, carbonation is high and kind of kills it, light nuttiness in the aftertaste but it isn't enough to save this beer from being fairly average, not picking up any oyster presence except for a little saltiness, body is thin.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. "pull-tab" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Brown in color, with ruby highlights, and a moderate head of off-whit foam.
Aroma-Dark malt, coffee notes
Taste-Roasted malt,coffee,sea salt? A rather dry finish, which certainly befits an Irish stout.
Overall good flavor, would make a nice session brew.

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

This beer is a dark colored liquid, not quite black, with a reddish hue. The smell is moderately smoky, with a pleasant grainy flavor. The taste is incredibly dry, with a little chalky flavor. The beer does have a little roasted malt flavor and some nut qualities. It finishes dry as well. Soft mouthfeel...a little lighter than expected for a stout. The beer is drinkable, but not really outstanding.

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