Oyster Stout | HenHouse Brewing

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HenHouse Brewing
California, United States

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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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of mnine
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icemanls4
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of Jame515
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SF beer week gala 2016.

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Photo of Bandi
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of peterlovesemail
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cdean801
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent, clean but characterful stout.

Black, it has a fairly big tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and a bit of lace.

Aroma is light roasty - earthy and minerally.

Taste is light but characterful roastiness, slight toasty caramelly quality, light mineral, and a light gaminess throughout. It is clean but not bland and maintains its flavour nicely, has nice balance and is highly drinkable. However, this is a lighter type of stout and its character is not overly strong.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of deac83
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wall to wall black. The head is dark brown but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The aroma is big on chocolate with some lighter coffee and roast flavors in the mix. There's a pleasant caramel malt sweetness holding things up. The contribution from the oyster shells is more meaty than fishy. The beer has a salty, umami-ish character. Sorta reminds me of how caramelized onions combine savory and sweet but with a fresh sea breeze twist. The beer has a surprisingly rich aroma for a <5% abv beer. Seems like HenHouse did a nice job with this one.

The taste starts sweet with caramel and grows increasingly roasty and savory. It finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and a lingering coffee aftertaste. Feel is smooth. Carbonation is pretty low. This oyster stout is a great example of a lower abv beer that doesn't skimp on flavor or creativity. It's hearty, interesting and only 4.9% abv. Great stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Oyster Stout from HenHouse Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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