Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster StoutAbita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to compliment the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly shucked LA oysters were added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.

45 IBU

Added by EgadBananas on 10-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the Cove in Baton Rouge at the Brasseurs a la Maison release party for the beer. Great selection from Abita, one of their better beers by far.

A - Jet black with a small cream head. Poured into a 16 oz pint glass from a jockey box so probably would have looked better in an Imperial Pint Glass on nitro but you couldn't complain about the pour. A

S - The salty oceanic smell combined with the dark malts to create a very enticing aroma. I really enjoy the smell of this beer. A+

T - Exceptional taste, smooth, deep flavors. Not as roasty as many stouts but having tasted this beer before the aging process pulls much of the harsh bitter grain notes out of the beer. The briny oysters enhance the flavors just enough for you to notice that something is different about this beer than other stouts or porters. Even though there is a good amount of alcohol in the beer, very little heat from the high level. A

M - Creamy and smooth. Would be great on Nitro but since we were drinking out of a jockey box we could not complain. Low carbonation limits the harshness that could have been present. In my opinion, what a stout/porter should feel like. A

O - Another great Select offering from Abita. It is not fair to craft beer drinkers in LA that this beer will only be offered on tap and very select accounts (hence the name I suppose). Would be great if bottled so that the home consumer could age the beer and enjoy at home with friends. Two pints were not enough for me. A

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cotton restaurant in Monroe, La.

Appearance: Ebony, with a about a knuckle and a half of rocky tan head. Settled to about a 1/4" with sticky lacing for the remainder.

Smell: Smelled of roasted malt, coffee, minimal spice, and a trace of oyster.

Taste: Tasted very much of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate (picture Turbodog on growth hormone). The oyster/salt at the back end is a very nice touch, a good change up and works very well here.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Extremely drinkable with nice viscosity.

Overall: I wouldn't say "Imperial" stout...but very impressed with this beer, would consume with abandon if this were bottled. My first oyster stout, and I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised by how well it works with the other flavors. The oyster/salt is layered so well, and as much as I did not want to agree with it -- I just couldn't fight it. Abita, shut up and take my money. Very good experience, will return for more tomorrow.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ The House Pub into a Maudite snifter.

1st Illinoian to review this bad boy.

Pours an opaque blackened color with a pillowy two fingers of light tan head. Nice retention with a bit of small bubbles as lace.

The nose is quite roasty and malty but doesnt warn me of a sweet beer but rathet a robust one. A bit of espresso and cream is also noticed.

The taste is indeed robust. And mighty tasty at that. A roasted/toasted malt taste speaks loudest, followed by some espresso, cocoa, with a creamy finish akin to a milk stout. For 8% this ABV is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied and packing a suiting amount of carbonation.

Overall, very impressed with this one. Very robust, creamy, and well-rounded. Glad I had the chance to enjoy this brew. Drinkable and solid as hell.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pitch black color. Dark brown edges. Nice light brown lace.

Salty, briny aroma with a nice roast and chocolate.

Chocolate, roasted malts and a salty finish.

Not sure what they mean by imperial, but I don't think it's an imperial stout. It's medium at best, but nice and creamy.

This is a great oyster stout... Andygator is bottled due to the Abita homebrew contest... so this homebrew contest winning brew, being miles better than the gator, deserves it's spot as a big bottled Abita brew.

Come on Abita!!!

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color but has traces of dark amber when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of oysters in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and toffee along with hints of sweetness and chocolate. There is a bit more maltiness compared to other oyster stouts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken last Saturday at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, at around 4:00am. 10 oz. pour to proper glassware.

A: Perfectly dark, a dense blackness. Small head, barely a skim of beige, but decent lace speckles with a gauzy film and limp ring.

S: A little smoky and an interesting salty scent. Light cocoa. Could have been stronger, but there were some competing aromas in the room.

T: Fudgy chocolate, a little acid that balances well. Ashy dryness then some tannic fruit skins. Mmm good.

M: 'Oatmeal' texture, which means a refined smoothness. Maybe a little thin, but that's not 'off' from the half dozen or so versions of similar stouts I've tried. Medium body and silky feel, some lingering bitterness. No indication of a purported 8% ABV.

O: Quite likable. Bartendress admitted to not usually liking Abita's beers but stated 'this one's really good' - and I agreed. Drink another? Sure, why not? Subtle cocoa and a little syrupy caramel, then drier. I've had a fair number of oyster stouts now and rank this among the better ones. Worth seeking out.

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