Bowen's Island Oyster Stout
Holy City Brewing

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Stout - American
Ranked #494
Ranked #25,858
3.87 | pDev: 7.24%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheRaven from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love the silky smoothness the protein in oysters lends to a stout but it's no good if not added to a strong foundation. Poured from a can, this dark brown beer formed no head at all. The taste is toasty, nutty, and somewhat bittersweet chocolately. No carbonation to speak of and no real body either; would expect more viscosity with a stout. Aftertaste lingers and is pleasantly unoffensive. I drink local when I can and this is a decent offering for an SC brewer but considering the rapidly growing selection in the Southeast and elsewhere, your money is better spent on an alternative.

May 05, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown-black with ruby highlights producing less than a finger of finely bubbled, shortlived, mocha head that leaves only a thin wash of lace. Aroma is briney chocolate & roast with a hint of nuts. Taste is dark roasted malt, cocoa, iron, mineral & salt, with a peppery finish & bitter aftertaste that is a little out of character for the style. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with substantial carbonation, slightly chewy with a nice spice.

Mar 07, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is full of roasted malt. The taste matches the nose. An excellent beer.

Dec 04, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Aroma is deeply roasted and very enticing. The flavor is richly malty has a slight mineral element. It comes out more as it warms. Full bodied and well carbonated. Really good.

Mar 21, 2015
Bowen's Island Oyster Stout from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 14 ratings