Oyster Stout
Holy City Brewing

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #27
Ranked #17,700
3.94 | pDev: 13.45%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Oyster StoutOyster Stout
Notes: After pairing rich, roasty stout with oysters for years, enterprising European brewers started putting oysters in the beer in the early 20th century. Oysters impart a silky mouthfeel thanks to their protein-y-ness, and maybe a delightful hint of brine, to the Oyster Stout style. It’s even harder to argue against making beer with oysters once the season hits in Charleston. A bushel of succulent oysters harvested around Bowens Island were added to every 15 barrels of this beer, making it a truly local drinking experience. It’s particularly suited for that most Charleston of cool-weather food festivities: the oyster roast.

20 IBU
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass, didn't realize I didn't write a review last season, the time 2 cans exploded in my beer cabinet.
A: pours a rich dark dirty oil brown, short lived brown foam head, some carbonation
S: heavy semi sweet malt, light grainy aroma, hints of chocolate
M: thick body, semi dry finish on the tongue
T: roasted malt, chocolate, briney and slight salty taste, hint of caramel
O: great brew, not a huge oyster taste but very slight briney flavor

Mar 24, 2017
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Keene from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drops from the can an opaque black with a dense, thick head of brown foam that quickly recedes. Malt and minerality in the nose plus a twinge of coffee and a suggestion of burnt bread. Medium to full bodied with a raisiny taste, pronounced bitterness and a lingering tang. Smooth on the palate. Some underlying sweetness tilts the scale back toward balanced and sticks around after the sip. A solid beer that could be even better with some cleaning up.

Mar 08, 2015
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welldigger888 from South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours an inky black goodness in to glass with an amazing tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of lace down glass.

All that one loves of a stout, big roast smooth chocolate and an even bitterness that has a wonderful briney mineral complexity. AWESOME!!!

Roasty briney goodness with a firm chocolate and hop bitterness and a long smooth mineral finish. OUTSTANDING!!!

The mouth on this is super smooth and creamy that begs for more pints!

I love this brew!

Mar 22, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this one on-tap, poured into a pint glass at Gene's Haufbrau. Had a black color and a thick impenetrable consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy, tan-colored head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with some traces of coffee as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, light hops, and a moderate amount of malt. The advertised oyster component is there, but like with most oyster stouts, it comes off as a briny quality. Still, a pretty good flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, easy to drink beer. Not mind-blowing, but pretty good.

Jan 06, 2012
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JISurfer from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from Holy City, had it on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in West Ashley. It was a black color with a tan head, nothing out of the ordinary for the style. The taste was more like a regular stout, couldn't really detect much of e saltiness that's associated with oyster stouts, ie COAST's offering. It did have a nice chocolatey undertone, to accentuate the slight hopiness. Definitely a good beer for the cold winter months.

Dec 18, 2011
Oyster Stout from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 39 ratings