Oyster Stout | HenHouse Brewing

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Brewed by:
HenHouse Brewing
California, United States
henhousebrewing.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ngeunit1 on 07-13-2012

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#12,230
Reviews:
7
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28
pDev:
8.5%
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Reviews by juhl31:
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the 1 year annivesary of Henhouse at Taps in Petaluma. I absolutely loved it. There aren't enough dry stouts being brewed, at least here on the west coast (Russian River, Ruth McGowan's and Moylan's are the only ones I can think of).

I'm not sure what the oysters bring to the table, but this is a nicely drinkable dry stout, heavy on the bitter coffee and hop bitterness but somehow balanced with the sweetness and carbonation just enough to cut the typical roasted barley astringency you get from something like a Guinness or RRBV stout. Normally I prefer these on nitro, but this one had enough body, sweetness and creamy mouthfeel that I didn't really miss it. Heavier on the late hopping than is typical, but that isn't a bad thing, as it still tastes balanced and malt forward.

I'll be on the lookout for this one and will definitely drink it again. Also, it's nice to be able to finish a pint (an imperial pint no less) and not be plastered.

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Photo of dertyd
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out black with 1 finger of mocha colored head--------------- the aromas are of milk chocolate and roasty toasty malts--------------- the flavors are of milk chocolate and salinity, the beer has a full mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish------------- overall this beer was nice, it fits the style perfect it's nothing over the top just a well crafted oyster stout-----

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Sands, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of dark and roasted malts. There are slight hints of salty brine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; the roastiness lends some dryness to your mouth towards the back end of the taste.
O: This is a very aromatic and full flavored stout.

Serving type: on-tap

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SF beer week gala 2016.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of milk chocolate malts with some roastiness, minerals, and a touch of coffee.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with a hint of coffee and a bit of a mineraly flavor. Through the middle, some sweeter milk chocolate flavors come through with a bit more roasted flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with a touch of sweetness and minerals, and a hint of dark fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasted and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Oyster Stout. Really clean with a nice malt profile.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love a good oyster stout, and this one is mighty fine. super rich and creamy on the pour, a rising tan head an inch high and a matte black base, looks gorgeous in the glass, incredibly inviting! dry roasted dark barley gives a nice earthy bitterness to the nose and taste, it almost seems built like an irish dry stout, full bodied and boldly flavored on the grain side, but lighter in alcohol and somehow still incredibly drinkable without being real filling, despite the weight to it. i dont taste oyster in here as much as i have in other takes on the style, but there is a sort of mineral profile to it, perhaps oceanic, that comes on towards the finish and dries it up even more. i like the english ale yeast here, this is a style where i want to taste that, and i do here. its bready and flavorful, beautiful with the dark grain, and sort of timeless. feel is soft and creamy with a lot of body, and then a light salty earthy thing with the bitterness in the finish. a really delicious, round, flavorful stout that seems as true to style as can be, expertly made, and a joy to consume! super well done!

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Oyster Stout from HenHouse Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 28 ratings