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 Agold
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark dark beer with a beautiful, creamy, whipped cream, nitro head. I cant even call it lacing because there is no lace. Just a sheet of foam on the side of the glass. Aroma was killed by the nitro. I get a bit of mild roast, but the nitro is overwhelming. Same in the flavor. Unfortunately the only nitro beer I have been super impressed with is old raspy. This beer seems to be taken over by the character of the nitro instead of the character of the ber. Moutgfeel is the customary creamy nitro moutgfeel. For me, nitro is not for the beer. It is for the head. Nice.beer, but I would love to see what it is like without the nitro.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains slightly and then becomes a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass yielding various bubbles across the surface. Above-average lacing.

S- Roasty but sweet, almost floral, malt nose. No saltiness like I was expecting.

T- The salt element comes through in the flavor but only in a mild sense. Mostly it's just a well-done stout with firm yet subtle roasted malts. A bit sweet as well. Very straightforward and simple, but also very attractive.

M- Full and bristly with medium carbonation.

O- If you're at all interested in oyster stouts, I highly recommend this one. High in drinkability.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big hit of supple roastiness. Dry, but there are solid chocolate and toffee components. After that, there's a brine-iness that must be from the oysters. Lots of aroma for a dry stout. Well done.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but is quite weak compared to the nose. Dry roastiness with a touch of licorice and smoke. A bit of chocolate, but not really any toffee. Earthy oyster brine abounds.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Not much creaminess, but that's what you get with the style.

3.5 D: I think this is only my second oyster beer and first one that didn't taste like ass. Quite interesting and the oysters breathed life into a style that is pretty much dead to me.

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

Similar color and alcohol level to their Plain Porter, this is a deep ruby color almost black color with a light tan head forming thick and leaving behind dwindled/scattered lacing. Aroma has a salty brine to the herbal mint dark chocolate notes between the dark roasts and various hop varieties. Flavor is muted with dark bitter chocolate notes and a sea salt finish that actually works with a soft calcium ion infused water source. The only beer that's good for your bones, any oyster stout. The most well blended version of any of their beers I've had I'm really interested why this drinks so well this will kill an Irishmen especially at proper temp and serving technique, of course that would be cask. Fine drinking beer fine easy to gulp texture with ample flavor abound finishes lightly dry but not bittering hop pellet dry. Cohesive flavors and excellent beverage marry in my glass I'm ready for a whole four pack how expensive were these freakin' beers?

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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