Oyster Stout | Holy City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
holycitybrewing.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JISurfer on 12-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
5
Avg:
4
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oyster Stout from Holy City Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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